28-11-2015 02:01 | Pavla Horáková

Franz Hruschka, photo: Public Domain Today in Mailbox: Czech Christmas carols, answers to last month's mystery Czech quiz, a brand new quiz question. Listeners/readers quoted: Karel Smolek, Meng Cheng, Sowmya Chitturi, Jahangir Alam Manto, Hans Verner Lollike, Mary Lou Krenek, P. Sivashanmugham.  More

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To have something under the thumb

28-11-2015 02:01 | Ruth Fraňková

Photo: archive of Radio Prague Hello and welcome to a fresh edition of SoundCzech, in which you can learn interesting Czech idioms with the help of song lyrics. Today’s song is by the singer songwriter Jaromír Nohavica. It’s called Kdybych byl ředitelem zeměkoule – If I was Director of the World and the phrase to listen out for is mít všechno pod palcem:  More

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Aussie Film Fest offers taste of Australian drama & comedy

27-11-2015 16:08 | Jan Velinger

Photo: archive of Aussie Film Fest The Aussie Film Fest opened at Prague’s Lucerna theatre on Thursday, with more days and more films in its second edition. This year, the festival is also being held in Bratislava and features a number of hits which saw premieres just recently.  More

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Former intelligence chief: We have known for a long time that terrorists use this country as a safe haven or transit state

26-11-2015 16:08 | Daniela Lazarová

Photo: Filip Jandourek Ever since the terrorist attacks in Paris, security issues have been at the forefront of public and media attention in the Czech Republic. Although the country’s intelligence says it has no indication of an imminent threat, security has been tightened around key institutions and will remain so at least until the end of the year. The need to consider security is affecting things like the traditional lighting of the Christmas tree on Old Town Square as well as people’s travel plans for the holidays.  More

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Buoyant Czech antiques market takes new directions

25-11-2015 13:34 | Chris Johnstone

Antique market, photo: CTK The Autumn edition of Prague’s flagship antique market has just finished with exhibitors of high priced paintings, glassware, militaria, and furniture in buoyant spirits on the hopes of high spending Czechs and foreigners coming through the doors. The optimism is fuelled by the fact that many Czechs apparently feel that they have a bit of cash to spare on an antique purchase as leaving the cash in the bank gives a poor return. And foreign buyers too seem to believe that there are bargains and investments to be found.  More

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Sports News

Sports News

23-11-2015 16:01 | Ian Willoughby

Slovan Liberec - Sparta Prague, photo: CTK In Sports News this Monday: Sparta slip off top of table after over three months after Congo’s Delarge gives Liberec 1:0 win; new leaders Plzeň and Sparta prepare for Europa League action; Sáblíková enjoying best ever start to season, says coach after her latest feats; and Synek named Czech rower of year for sixth time.  More

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Letter from Prague

Many different November 17 demonstrations, worlds apart

21-11-2015 02:01 | Chris Johnstone

Photo: CTK There were supposed to have been around 17 demonstrations in Prague on the November 17 state holiday to commemorate the start of the students’ protest that sparked the Velvet Revolution and the fall of Communism.  More

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Prague council votes to ban all gaming bars

27-11-2015 15:40 | Jan Velinger

Photo: Filip Jandourek The council at Prague City Hall has voted to ban all gaming bars in the city. More than 200 establishments with gambling machines are to be closed down, while a full ban is to be implemented in Prague 4, which also includes casinos.  More

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Business News

27-11-2015 15:07 | Ruth Fraňková

Photo: Filip Jandourek In Business News this week: Lower house seeks up to 44 billion crowns for 2016 budget; Electricity prices to remain unchanged in 2016; Farmers and local councils threatened by refusal to pay power support says ministry; Country’s largest insurer agrees...  More


Current Affairs

Czech Republic and China ink investment boosting memorandum

27-11-2015 14:46 | Chris Johnstone

Bohuslav Sobotka, Chinese President Xi Jinping, photo: CTK Czech prime minister Bohuslav Sobotka has signed a memorandum of understanding between the Czech and Chinese governments. The main theme of the memorandum is for the two countries to support China’s worldwide trade and investment initiative “One Belt,...  More

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In Focus

Supermarket stereotypes targeted by food waste campaigners

24-11-2015 15:52 | Ruth Fraňková

Gleaning, photo: archive of Zachraň jídlo The average European throws out around one hundred kilos of foodstuffs every year, and the Czech Republic is no exception. For several years now, an initiative called Zachraň Jídlo or Save Food has been trying to prevent the enormous waste as well as...  More

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Sunday Music Show

Tara Fuki and their music of the night

22-11-2015 02:01 | Daniela Lazarová

Photo: Indies Scope records Sunday Music Show brings you the haunting, dream-like music of the duo Tara Fuki. The two female cellists and singers are hard to categorize saying they bring music from dreams and the subconscious, weaving fragile but powerful creations “as thin as...  More

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21-11-2015 02:01 | Daniela Lazarová

Photo: CTK In Magazine: the Ship of Fools passes through Prague, the world champ in pull-ups is Czech, breweries are preparing a number of special brews for the Christmas market, meet Ivan, Vasil, Sergei, Igor and Boris, five Russian veterans on the road and Czech...  More

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