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The early music ensemble Ginevra brings history to life

14-09-2014 02:01 | Daniela Lazarová

Ginevra, photo: archive of Ginevra The music ensemble GINEVRA specializes in early music, drawing on Irish and Scottish melodies and composing their own songs inspired by local legends. The group’s name harks back to the days of King Arthur, Queen Ginevra and the Knights of the Round Table and their performances at Czech castles and chateaus bring history to life for hundreds of appreciative visitors.  More

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Czech History

“Adventurers Against Their Will” highlights fate of people displaced during WWII

13-09-2014 02:01 | Jan Richter

Photo: archive of Joanie Schirm During the Second World War, millions of people lost their homes, family and friends, and were forced to start new lives elsewhere. The book Adventurers Against Their Will traces several such stories, based on wartime correspondence between a Czech Jewish physician who found refuge in China, and his friends and relatives scattered around the world. The award-winning book by Joanie Schirm has just come out in Czech.  More

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Letter from Prague

Very local radio

13-09-2014 02:01 | Ian Willoughby

Photo: Ian Willoughby On the way down the hill from the Roman Catholic graveyard in the small town of Třešť in the Vysočina I was surprised by a short burst of music. It came from a rather inconspicuous loudspeaker on the roof of a terraced house.  More

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Czech Books

Marek Toman: The Special Meaning of Pancakes

13-09-2014 02:01 | David Vaughan

Marek Toman, photo: David Vaughan The work of the novelist Marek Toman is diverse. It takes us from Jewish Prague in the 16th century all the way to the drama of the Velvet Revolution four hundred years later. He has even written one novel in which radio becomes a central character. His latest book, due to be published next year, again takes us back in time. It focuses on a notorious 17th century court case, but is far from being a mere costume drama. In the author’s work the past is always nearer to the present than you might expect.  More

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Arts

Amanita Design founder Jakub Dvorský on successful artistic point-and-click games Machinarium and Botanicula

12-09-2014 15:51 | Jan Velinger

Machinarium, photo: Amanita Design Amanita Design is the independent Czech game design studio behind the point-and-click adventure games Machinarium and Botanicula. With beautifully hand-drawn or painted backgrounds and richly-designed worlds, the games put players in the shoes of protagonists such as a broken little robot or a group of unusual creatures who face wrongdoers or dark forces. More

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Marketplace

American turns passion for children’s books into business

10-09-2014 14:56 | Ruth Fraňková

Jeffrey Zamoff, photo: BrownBoxBooks Facebook page American Jeffrey Zamoff has been living in Prague for six years, earning his living as an English teacher and collecting and selling old vinyl records for pleasure. Two years ago, he decided to enlarge his offer with used English books for kids and discovered a hole in the market. His hobby soon turned into a small business, and besides running an internet shop, he has just opened a brick and mortar shop in the city.  More

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Sports News

Sports News

08-09-2014 15:51 | Ruth Fraňková

Marie Bouzková, photo: Jaroslav Plašil In sports news this Monday: Czech tennis player Marie Bouzková secures the first ever US Open junior title for the Czech Republic; Javelin thrower Barbora Špotáková wins her third Diamond League title; Czech athlete Jan Kuf wins bronze medal in modern pentathlon World Championship; and the Czech national football team gets ready for the opening game of Euro 2016 qualifiers against the Netherlands:  More

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Business

Business News

12-09-2014 15:53 | Jan Richter

Photo: Grant Cochrane / FreeDigitalPhotos.net In Business News this week: Czechs might lose up 33 billion in EU funds this year; Record volumes of investment registered in H1; Czech Republic increases numbers of economic diplomats; Bootleg liquor market shrinks after methanol scandal; and Prague...  More

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Will water trams one day crisscross the Vltava River?

12-09-2014 14:27 | Jan Velinger

Photo: Kristýna Maková A candidate for the post of mayor for Prague 5, the Czech News Agency reported this week, has come forward with a novel idea to try and improve public transport in the congested city centre: water trams which would cross from one side of the Vltava River...  More

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Current Affairs

School hand-book on Islamic history and culture hits the rocks

12-09-2014 15:50 | Daniela Lazarová

Illustrative photo: archive of Radio Prague A project aimed at presenting the history and culture of Islam to Czech students in view of building a multicultural, tolerant society has hit the rocks. The Czech Education Ministry announced on Thursday it was withdrawing its support for the project...  More

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Panorama

Doctors Without Borders appeals for help as Ebola crisis escalates

11-09-2014 16:02 | Daniela Lazarová

Health workers, attend to patients that contracted the Ebola virus, at a clinic in Monrovia, Liberia, photo: CTK The NGO Médecins Sans Frontières or Doctors Without Borders this week denounced international inaction in Ebola-stricken African countries, saying developed states must deploy specialized medical assets without delay if the situation is to be brought...  More

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In Focus

Czech scientists searching for ways to remove toxins from drinking water

09-09-2014 15:08 | Daniela Lazarová

Illustrative photo: CTK Detergents, painkillers and contraceptives are things we use daily. What most of us don’t realize is that all of them contribute to the presence of toxins in our rivers and even drinking water. A special research team at Brno’s Masaryk University is...  More

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One on One

Lukáš Houdek, a photographer, writer and curator tackling prejudices head-on

08-09-2014 15:51 | Ian Willoughby

Lukáš Houdek, photo: Ian Willoughby Lukáš Houdek is a man of varied interests. As well as being a photographer who has explored the post-war massacres of Czechoslovakia’s ethnic Germans, he is co-curator of an exhibition entitled Transgender Me that gets underway in Prague on Monday. In...  More

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Mailbox

Mailbox

06-09-2014 02:01 | Pavla Horáková

František Janeček, photo: archive of JAWA In this edition: Ways to listen to Radio Prague, former Beethoven Strasse and Radetzky Strasse in Prague, answers to last month’s quiz question, new question for September. Listeners/readers quoted: Richard P Robinette, Hisanobu Ota, Jahangir Alam Manto,...  More

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