You wouldn’t think they’d need to from the hordes of tourists, but Prague city council is constantly on the lookout for new ways to get people to visit the Czech capital. One of the most effective, of course, is TV advertising. The latest tourist commercial commissioned by the city council, however, is causing a bit of a stir, with many critics dismissing it as being full of tired old clichés.
Hundreds of fans of horror and so-called zombie flicks took part in Prague’s first-ever “Zombiewalk” on Saturday. Those taking part put on make-up and costumes for a short parade from the Old Town to Prague’s Wenceslas Square. The event drew on similar parades in other parts of Europe as well as North America. The largest such event took place last year at the Monroeville Mall in Pittsburgh, where director George A. Romero shot one of the most famous zombie pictures, Dawn of the Dead.
The Turner Diaries, a novel considered to be a major source of inspiration to the U.S. neo-Nazi movement, has been published in Prague, making the Czech Republic the only other country, besides the United States, where the book was published legally. The 1978 novel, written by a former U.S. white supremacy activist, describes a violent overthrow of the American government. The Czech police have not taken any steps against the publisher of the Czech translation of the Turner Diaries.
Prague City Council would like to bring the Slav Epic, a collection of huge paintings by Alphonse Mucha, to Prague despite the fact that it has failed to meet the artists’ condition to build a special pavilion for the works. Mucha donated the paintings to Prague in 1913 but they were only displayed in the Czech capital once, in 1928. For the past 45 years the Slav Epic has been exhibited in the town of Moravský Krumlov which is not happy about having to give up the treasure, pointing out that not having built a suitable gallery for the works Prague does not have the moral right to take possession of them.
In Sports News: Sparta Prague collapse and Slavia Prague go two points ahead with one game remaining in the Czech football league; Sparta’s boss announces his decision to quit at the end of the season – and is promptly sacked; the Czechs are beaten by Sweden at the Ice Hockey World Championships; Patrik Eliáš is hurt by a TV camera in that game, but should be fit for Wednesday’s quarter-finals game; Štěpánka Hilgertová, 40, wins her second European slalom title; and Kenya’s Kenneth Mungara wins the Prague International Marathon.
I sit and write this letter from Prague on my balcony, hoping that that grey cloud looming large at the end of the street comes no closer for fear of my laptop's survival, and indeed so that I avoid an electric shock. My view from up here consists of a tram lurking at the end of the road, waiting to wind its way back across this city along route number four to Kotlářka, if I'm not very much mistaken. And of course there are the neighbours, who I try to pretend that I can't see in their flats at all, and in return I hope they do the same to
The official opening of Slavia Prague's new stadium on Wednesday night was a momentous occasion for the football club, who for seven years had no ground of their own while a reconstruction project dragged on at their traditional home at Eden in Prague 10. Fourteen thousand red-and-white fans turned out to see the ultra-modern stadium, and an exhibition game between Slavia and Oxford University - the two sides having first played each other in 1899.
In today’s Special, we look at Military Prague: a few of the key moments in the city’s history, from the first Slavonic settlements, to the founding of Prague Castle and achievements later in the 20th century. Like any major city, Prague’s military history is impossible to separate from other historical developments: technological, economic, and cultural. As a site in the Czech lands it is of course difficult to overstate its importance.
This weekend will see thousands of runners take to the streets of Prague for the 14th Prague International Marathon. The main 26-mile event will start on Pařížska Street, off Prague's Old Town Square this Sunday morning. Yet again the race will see not only a line-up of the world's top elite athletes, but also competitors from all walks of life and all around the world. I spoke to the President of the Marathon's Organizing Committee, Carlo Capalbo, about the history of the event and how he has seen it grow over the years.
A one-day international conference on missile was held in Prague on Monday, attended by Czech Prime Minister Mirek Topolánek, NATO Secretary-General Jaap de Hoop Scheffer and U.S. Deputy Secretary of State John Rood, among others. The conference focused on American and European perspectives on missile defense and explores the possibility of incorporating a planned US radar base in the Czech Republic and an interceptor missile base in Poland into a future NATO defense system. Prime Minister Topolánek said in an opening address that he was glad to see NATO had acknowledged the fact that a missile attack by what Washington calls “rogue states” was a real threat and was ready to cooperate on defense matters with Washington.
Jana Ciglerová: Americans say their lives are fantastic, Czechs say everything is terrible – neither is true
“There is good, better and then there is the USSR.” – New book depicts life in communist Czechoslovakia through memories of people who experienced it
CzechTourism head hints attracting tourists no longer agency’s main goal
Minister: Czech Republic won’t take in 40 child refugees from Greek camps
Screenshot: a hybrid English-friendly Prague art-house cinema where screenings are events