Vodafone confirms interest in Oskar Mobil; PPF drops out of Cesky Telecom bid; FDI nearly double in 2004, including reinvested profits; One in four Czechs admits to having paid a bribe; Skoda Auto to double investment in India; 100 Czech electronic goods stores per year closing; Czech crown sets all-time high of 21.93 against the US dollar; Record number of Czechs expected to take foreign holidays in 2005
A Czech-speaking customer buys a chain of homemade sausages in a trendy part of town. But, don't be fooled into thinking this is Prague: this is in fact Toronto, fashionable Queen Street West, where a delicatessen, known as the Prague Deli, has been preparing fine Czech foods since 1968. Run by three generations in the Kral family, the deli is nothing less than an "institution". Some would say: a "bite" of home away from home. It's where almost all Czech Torontonians go to stock up on schnitzel, cold-cuts, or even just desserts.
This Monday marks the 220th anniversary of the birth of one of the great daughters of the Czech nation. Magdalena Dobromila Rettigova was a woman of many talents and interests but today she is perhaps best-known for her famous cookery book, which can still be found on many a bookshelf in the Czech Republic.
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.
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