25-10-2016 03:14

Current Affairs

Awards-scandal threatens to blight official celebrations of Czechoslovak Independence Day

24-10-2016 13:09 | Daniela Lazarová

George Brady, photo: CTK

George Brady, photo: CTK

A scandal has broken out in connection with Friday’s award-giving ceremony at Prague Castle, that threatens to blight the official celebrations of Czechoslovak Independence Day on October 28. Culture Minister Daniel Herman has accused the president of having threatened him that, if he met with the Dalai Lama, his uncle, Auschwitz survivor George Brady, would be taken off the nominees’ list for a state award. The claim –and Brady’s absence on the list - have sparked widespread criticism and demands for an explanation. More

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Sports News

Sports News

24-10-2016 16:11 | Ian Willoughby

Michal Krmenčík (left), photo: CTK In Sports News this Monday: Plzeň now seven points ahead of Sparta following fifth straight win over rivals; Mladá Boleslav blow points lead but Slavia draw near leaders with sixth win in row; and Třinec fail to pick up any points for first time this Extraliga season.  More

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One on One

Eva Jiřičná, part 2: Wenceslas Sq. “biggest loss” in post-1989 development of Prague

24-10-2016 14:06 | Ian Willoughby

Eva Jiřičná, photo: Barbora Kmentová Stripped of her citizenship by Czechoslovakia’s Communist authorities after 1968, architect Eva Jiřičná, then in her late 20s, remained in London. In the UK her sleek interiors were a major success and she soon developed an international reputation. It was not until the 1990s that Jiřičná was able to return to her native land. However, she wasn’t long in making up for lost time, designing a number of buildings that made their mark on Prague and Zlín, the town of her birth.  More

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Role-playing game Kingdom Come: Deliverance promises historically accurate adventure in 15th century Bohemia

21-10-2016 15:35 | Jan Velinger

'Kingdom Come: Deliverance', photo: Warhorse Studios Kingdom Come: Deliverance is a first-person, open-world realistic RPG set in 15th century Bohemia, developed by Warhorse Studios in the Czech Republic and set for release in 2017. The cornerstone of the project is historical accuracy rarely seen in a video game, from battles which really happened to settings and characters that really existed. As a plug in a teaser on youtube reads: Dungeons, no dragons.  More

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Nový Bor – a town in the heart of the Bohemian glass industry

20-10-2016 15:40 | Daniela Lazarová

Ajeto glassworks, photo: Libor Kukal The history of Nový Bor in North Bohemia- is indelibly linked with the art of glass-making. The tradition of glass making in the region goes back more than seven hundred years. Thanks to abundant stocks of wood –used as both fuel and raw material -and crushed quartz used in the melting of glass, the region provided ideal conditions for the craft. Glassworks in different areas date back to medieval times and have been traced due to various archaeological finds –such as small pieces of melted glass and fragments of moulds -in places where old glassworks used to stand.  More

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AT&T Time Warner deal would mean new owner for Czech TV Nova

24-10-2016 12:20 | Chris Johnstone

Photo: CTK What has been described as the biggest proposed global acquisition this year - the bid by US telecoms giant AT&T for Time Warner – has a Czech angle with the deal set to give its new owner control of the biggest Czech commercial television group centred...  More

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Czech auto sector facing ceiling for production growth

21-10-2016 14:38 | Chris Johnstone

Photo: archive of Radio Prague Czech car and vehicle production, accounting for just under 30 percent of the country’s total industrial production, is heading by the end of this year for the record figure of 1.3 million vehicles manufactured in the country.   More


Czech Books

The Bohemian Queen who saved London - and other true stories

22-10-2016 02:01 | David Vaughan

Hana Whitton, photo: Danka1, CC BY-SA 3.0 You may well have heard of the English princess who became Queen of Bohemia for just one winter, but did you know that it was a Bohemian queen who persuaded Richard II not to burn down London in a fit of rage? Or at least, so the story goes. The historical...  More

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22-10-2016 02:01 | Daniela Lazarová

Photo: archive of Radio Prague In Magazine: Prague among top 20 most visited cities in the world; police officers complain their bulletproof vests aren’t bulletproof; a minor takes two buses on a joyride; a Czech bug enthusiast boasts a 10cm cockroach and the most bizarre things Czechs...  More

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Sunday Music Show

Republic of Two – Indie folk duo return to nature on latest LP

16-10-2016 02:01 | Ian Willoughby

Photo: Indies MG The Prague band Republic of Two comprises Jiří Burian and Mikoláš Růžička, both of whom perform the music, sing and write the songs. After releasing their well-received debut LP, the indie folk duo were named Best New Act at the Czech equivalent of the...  More

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