A bizarre new fashion has come to the Czech Republic - people are getting themselves ravens as house pets. The attractions of shopping abroad: Germans come to the Czech Republic, while Czechs head for Poland. And, how small is the smallest present in the world? Find out more in Magazine with Daniela Lazarova.
Studying abroad has been increasingly popular ever since 1989, and now with EU membership bringing lower tuition fees, even more Czechs consider studying abroad. The International Fair for Languages, Education and Cultures, Expolingua offered the Prague public an overview of different international educational possibilities in terms of studying at university, language learning, cultural experience and working abroad.
The 14th annual international fair of information and communication technology is taking place in Brno this week. The INVEX fair brings leading Czech and international firms in the technology and multimedia industry together to exhibit the finest products and service that their industry has to offer. Martin Hrobsky attended the fair and filed this report.
It has been called the communist's answer to Coca Cola and Pepsi - a fizzy cola with an unexpected twist - the Czech brand Kofola - actually invented in the 1960s by the Communist Planning Committee as a means of using up surplus caffeine extracted from coffee beans. In the 1970s and 80s the brand enjoyed wide popularity in Czechoslovakia but found itself trouble in 1990 when brand giants like Coca Cola and Pepsi fully entered the Czechoslovak market.
Karlovy Vary - the biggest and most elegant Czech spa town - is hosting an annual balneology fair this week. For the uninitiated, that means a fair looking at issues connected with spas. Going for spa cure is something deeply rooted in Central European culture. This year the event includes a conference about the economic aspects of balneology. Spa doctors and managers are discussing conditions in the business in the Czech Republic following the enlargement of the European Union.
Police are continuing their search for a businessman who was kidnapped ten days ago. The father of Stanislav Brunclik paid a ransom of several million crowns to the kidnappers, who did not release him. Interior Minister Frantisek Bublan said on Sunday Mr Brunclik's parents had made a mistake in not going to the police immediately.
Brno, the second largest city in the Czech Republic, recently hosted the 46th international engineering fair at Brno's historic exhibition centre. The fair brings together over 2000 firms from 33 countries. Last week, over 100,000 people from not only the Czech Republic but as far as Asia and North America have came to the fair to see what the leading Czech, as well as other international engineering firms have to offer. Martin Hrobsky spoke to Jiri Erlebach, spokesperson for the fair.
This weekend saw the culmination of a four-day erotic fair held in Prague for the 10th year in row. Primarily a trade-show for adult entertainment, Erotica Sex 2004, saw the usual assortment of X-rated stands hawking their wares: from clothes to adult films to jewellery, as well as a variety of strip-teases and explicit performances for adults only. While certainly not to everyone's taste, such fairs have proved popular in the Czech Republic, not just among professionals in the business, and sleazy hangers-on, but also among people who are just
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