The US documentary "Super Size Me" exposes American fast food culture as one of the sources of the population's obesity. Its director, Morgan Spurlock, lived on nothing but McDonald's food for an entire month. As a result he put on weight, his cholesterol shot up and doctors compared his liver to pate. The film has now reached Czech audiences and its release is accompanied by a similar experiment to the one the director of "Super Size Me" went through. A volunteer is going to eat only typical Czech pub food for a month and then reveal the
Three-time football world champion Pele, Czech supermodel Tereza Maxova, and a twelve-year-old Czech boy named Vojtech: at a glitzy event in London over the weekend these three presented the Czech national squad's new football jersey. If clothes make the man, will the new ultra-light jersey, manufactured by Puma, "make" the Czech team in this year's World Cup? Organisers certainly hope so.
Czech pastry chefs are racking their brains to find the perfect Mozart dessert! Red lips on a road sign? In the town of As road signs regulate more than traffic. And - he is hairy, greedy and pushy: meet Richard, the winner of the gorilla reality show. Find out more in Magazine with Daniela Lazarova.
Tourism is an important source of income for the Czech Republic. And the country is attracting more foreign tourists every year. In 2005 their number reached a record 6.4 million. Now the Czech Ministry for Regional Development has set itself a much harder task - encouraging Czechs to holiday at home.
The Czech Republic has a large Roma minority who live very much on the margins of society. But estimating the size of that minority is - and the effectiveness of government measures to lift them out of social exclusion - has always been a difficult task. The week the government announced plans for an anonymous monitoring scheme to make that picture clearer. Czeslaw Walek is the head of the Government Council for Roma Affairs; my colleague Rob Cameron asked him why the government had decided on the scheme.
Ask a few Czechs where they are likely to be spending the end of the year and many will give you the same answer - at their country cottage. The tradition of country cottages stretches back over half a century and today it is hard to find a family which does not own one or have access to one through family and friends. Although sociologists predicted that the fall of communism would bring about a radical change, country cottages remain an important part in people's lives.
Are you tired of baking the same Christmas cookies year after year? Do you have a sweet tooth and think it deserves a special treat at Christmas time? Jarka Halkova asked Martin Polacko, a young and up-and-coming chef, to come to your aid. He proposed apples and pears wrapped in pastry "purses" - a Christmas dessert that's delicious and very easy to bake. Here's the recipe:
It's the end of the year and many people are taking the opportunity to look back over 2005, including demographers, who have found a surprising discrepancy in data regarding the size of the Czech population. Around 100,000 babies have been born in the Czech Republic this year. The country has accepted 28,000 immigrants, and overall the population increased by almost 26,000 people. But just how many inhabitants does the Czech Republic have?
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