The renowned Czech geologist Josef Sekyra – the first Czech to reach the South Pole – has died at the age of 80. In December 1969, Sekyra was part of the American operation Deep Freeze which studied conditions in Antarctica, but that was just one of his many different accomplishments: from extensive travels to hundreds of published scientific papers.
Today in Mailbox: The Velorex expedition spotted in Arizona, another reaction to a proposed new Czech national anthem, Radio Prague reports on the anniversary of the Munich Agreement, ICE, The Plastic People of the Universe in Ohio. Listeners quoted: Laura Nagle, Christine Takaguchi-Coates, Jerry Lenamon, Gerd Asche, Jonathan Kempster, Frank Miata, Charles Konecny.
Four Velorex three-wheeler cars are being shipped from the Czech Republic to the US on Wednesday for an expedition across the legendary Route 66. The expedition will kick off from Chicago in early September and, if everything goes according to plan, the Czechoslovak-made veteran cars should reach their destination, Los Angeles, at the end of the month.
At the weekend two Czech pilots made history by flying a vintage Czech aircraft to the North Pole. The small twin-engine plane known as the Morava L-200 flew first took flight 50 years ago and the duo of Petr Bold and Richard Santus wanted to mark the anniversary by flying to the pole, stopping off for refuelling at the Russian base of Barneo. Preparing for the 11-hour journey meant preparing for the dangers of poor visibility, buffeting winds and even the possibility of an emergency landing among polar bears. Luckily, everything went off without
The L-200 Morava is a Czech-made retractable four-seat light aircraft designed in the mid 1950s. It was one of the few light aircraft to be exported from behind the Iron Curtain during the Cold War era and remains a favourite with many pilots today. Two Czech pilots – Petr Bold and Richard Santus – have decided to mark the plane’s fiftieth birthday anniversary by flying it to the North Pole and back. I spoke to Richard Santus earlier today to find out more about the plane and expedition North Pole 2008:
Ratatouille is not only filling cinemas –it has started off a craze among Czech kids for pet rats! Wondering what the underworld looks like? The town of Jihlava organizes pre-Christmas tours of Hell. And, two adventurous Czechs travel far from their homeland to lay a sun-dial on the bed of the Red Sea. Find out more in Magazine with Daniela Lazarova.
Compared to other Arab and Oriental scholars like TE Lawrence, the Czech Arabist Alois Musil is not so well known in the English-speaking world, mainly because most of his seminal works were initially published in German. Nevertheless, he is regarded by many as a crucial figure who contributed enormously to the West's understanding of Islam at a time when the study of the Arab world was in its infancy.
This week we reveal the name of our May mystery Czech and announce the names of the four lucky winners as well as a brand new competition question. Listeners quoted: Li Ming, Colin Law, Dean Bonnano, John Pastier, Paul R. Peacock, Suvro Chatterjee, Teodor Shepertycki, David Eldridge, Mary Lou Krenek.
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