In today’s music programme, we’ll be looking back at the life and times of folksinger and writer Josef Peterka, better known under the name of Bob Hurikán. Born in Prague in 1907 in what was then the Austro-Hungarian Empire, Hurikán became one of the main proponents of the ‘tramping’ movement in Bohemia (or trempink as it is also known) – more than a pastime but even a way of life combining a love of scouting, woodcraft and the American Wild West.
Among the first results of last year’s census in the Czech Republic, the Czech Statistical Office released the numbers of homeless people. This is the first attempt to count the number of people living without permanent shelter in the whole of the country. Yet the numbers may be more indicative than realistic.
Prague’s second annual Foodparade attracted hundreds of people to the city’s Troya Park on Saturday. Fifteen leading Czech restaurants presented their specialties at the festival with chefs preparing some of the food out in the open. Visitors could taste samples of Italian and French cuisine and find out about molecular gastronomy. The two-day festival ends on Sunday with a bartenders show.
In his weekly TV show “Ano, šéfe!” or “Yes, Boss!,” Zdeněk Pohlreich sets restaurant owners straight. Some might say he is the closest equivalent that the Czech Republic has to Gordon Ramsay. And the Czech celebrity chef has some authority on the topic: he started cooking in 1975, then left the country shortly after the Velvet Revolution and spent some time working abroad. Since returning home, he has applied what he calls “the Western standard of cooking and service” to a number of restaurants around Prague. Zdeněk Pohlreich’s current operation
The Czech Health Ministry has set itself a new target – getting Czechs to adopt a healthier lifestyle and start at an early age. According to Health Minister Leoš Heger a sedentary lifestyle, smoking and poor eating habits are largely to blame for the nation’s deteriorating health and he wants to address the root of the problem.
The hype over Western supermarkets of the 1990s started fading for Czechs sometime in the early noughties. As healthy eating became more of a priority for some Czech city dwellers, small organic food shops began cropping up in most cities. Organic was all the rage. Yet, many of the products sold in organic food shops were not locally grown, leaving a gap on the market for small and medium Czech farmers to fill.
Only around one third of Czechs leave work behind while on vacation, according to a new survey by the website onlineprace.cz released on Monday. Some 40 percent of those polled said they were available for their colleagues in emergency situations while on holiday; 16 percent said they wanted to follow developments at work no matter what.
Blue wellington boots that the Czech Olympic team wore to great success in the opening ceremony of the Olympic Games in London are reportedly selling well at the Czech House in London, not only among Czech visitors but Londoners and tourists. The Czech collection - blue and white suits topped off with wellington boots and parasols (a humorous reference to English weather) was one of the hits of the opening evening, trending high on Twitter and gaining international attention. Václav Hrbek, the head of Alpine Pro, official partner of the Czech Olympic team which invested heavily in the collection, told news website idnes that sales of the blue rubber boots had also gone up at home. He said that expected profits would be mild but indicated the project was crucial in terms of marketing.
Despite tough going in the actual arena on the first day, the Czech Olympic team scored fashion points at the start of the London games on Friday with original and witty uniforms. The 133 athletes appeared during the opening ceremony wearing blue and white suits topped off with wellington boots and parasols. While ‘wellies’ trended high on Twitter throughout the evening, the New York Times summarised the fashion spectacle as ‘Lauren vs. Rubber Wellies’ – comparing the Czech accessory to the US team’s, reportedly ‘controversial’, choice of berets and blazers by Ralph Lauren. BBC commentators themselves were also amused at the fashion quip on English weather.
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