Over the last few years reality shows throughout the world have enjoyed growing popularity among both radio and TV audiences, and the Czech Republic has not been immune. Following the Czech release of Pop Idol, broadcasters in this country, have been looking for new ways to attract audiences through the reality format. But none has gone as far as Cerna Hora - a commercial radio station in east Bohemia - that hit upon the idea to offer listeners a chance to win - not a new car or a paid vacation - but a trip to the plastic surgeon's.
Science can make our lives easier, it can even save our lives but it can also make us look better. Yes, there are years and years of serious research even behind cosmetic surgery and new methods are emerging by the day. Do you want to get rid of wrinkles? Forget about silicon and collagen, scientists say now. Your own cells can do the trick! In today's Czech Science we get a glimpse of a fascinating field called cell therapy and tissue engineering that has many applications and a great potential in all areas of medicine.
For centuries, Czechs have enjoyed the Christmas treat vanocka, which means bakers have labored to make the sweet, fruity bread for just as many centuries. Radio Prague's Eric Martin found out just how difficult the bread is to make. The product of his hours-long solo attempt was practically inedible, so we sent him to get his act together at a well-known Prague bakery as it prepared for the Christmas season's first batch of vanocka.
Many people from Prague's large ex-pat community would balk at the idea of having a carp for Christmas dinner. In places like Ireland and England, the fish is hardly ever eaten as it's considered to be a "dirty" animal. Luckily for many ex-pats, the British-owned Robertson's Butchers has now been supplying meat products that are very common in other countries on the Prague market as well. This includes providing turkeys and hams for people's Christmas dinners.
An old saying goes, "in Prague is bliss" but a recent study shows that in fact, Hradec Kralove is the place to live in the Czech Republic. This town located about 100 km east of Prague scored very well on ten quality of life indicators including employment, housing, crime and quality of the environment. In contrast, the city of Louny, placed 60 km north-west of Prague was dubbed the worst place to live.
As the fifteenth anniversary of the Velvet Revolution fast approaches, many people in the Czech Republic have been taking stock of the vast changes since then. Take the nation's health: Czechs aren't growing any taller but men seem to be putting on weight. More diseases are being diagnosed but are also being treated more efficiently. That's what statistical data tell us about Czech population 15 years after the fall of communism.
Just as you cross the Czech Republic's border, you can see them everywhere. Counterfeit goods: from "label" shoes and clothes, to fake watches, to pirated CDs, being sold mostly at open-air markets, especially in the border regions of the country. Despite frequent police crackdowns, the Czech Republic still has a bad reputation with foreign producers, accused of not doing enough to protect their intellectual property. A gaffe by the Prime Minister's wife Sarka, who was spotted showing off a fake Louis Vuitton handbag, has added fire to the
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