“Eat Czech fish, it’s healthy” – that’s a new slogan being promoted by the Czech Agriculture Ministry as of September 1st. It’s part of a new campaign to promote local fish consumption. As it stands now, Czech consumption of fish remains among the lowest in the European Union: just 4.5 kilos of sea food and 1.5 kilos of fresh water fish per head per year.
Two very different predictions have come to light about the Czech Republic’s long-term demographic future. One version predicts a growing population, the other predicts population decline. Who is right? A headline in one major Czech newspaper says it loudly enough “By 2060: Czech a land of foreigners,” adding that up to a third of the Czech population will consist of foreigners in a matter of decades. The undertones may seem xenophobic to some, but is this really true?
In this week’s Magazine find out how a modern art exhibit shocked newly-weds in Pardubice; a growing number of Czechs are lining up for cosmetic surgery; Czech gym teachers decry the poor level of physical fitness among kids at the start of the new year. And, why couldn’t he just collect stamps? A Czech collector boasts a grand collection of historic enema kits.
The number of Czechs who meet their deaths while on holiday every summer is on the increase. In fact, more than 50 people have lost their lives abroad since the middle of June, according to figures just released by the Czech Foreign Ministry. The reason for the high fatality rate could well be that Czechs are inclined to take unnecessary risks while on holiday.
Today in Mailbox: sausage stands on Wenceslas Square in Prague, the number of letters and e-mails Radio Prague receives annually, the highest mountain in the Czech Republic, the 17th-century Prague opera diva Josephina Dušek. Listeners quoted: Mark Guy, Mostafa Kamal, Sanusi Isah Dankaba, Ashraful Islam, Vinc Wesley Dusek, Greg MacDonald.
A car-thief makes off with a car, not realizing there’s an eight-year-old boy sitting inside. A man reports a deer to the police for allegedly harassing his family and, the police are searching high and low for a suspect who escaped from a police station – handcuffed. Find out more in Magazine with Daniela Lazarova.
In a bid to tackle child obesity, the European Union wants to subsidise the hand-out of free fruit and vegetables in Czech schools. The system has already been tried in other EU member states, but may be rejected by Czech MPs, many of whom claim that it is up to parents, not politicians, to dictate how children eat.
There was plenty going on on Prague’s Wenceslas Square this week – and a lot at stake. While at the top end of the square people were signing petitions against the siting of a US radar in the Czech Republic, at its lower end a sausage vendor was fighting his own battle against the town hall’s decision to get him evicted.
Karlovy Vary is best-known for its health-giving waters. I’m right now inside the Sprudl Colonnade, or Vridelni kolonada, where people are filling up their special spa water mugs with all types of the hot, sulphurous stuff. But, for eight days a year, the attention shifts elsewhere, and a different crowd comes to Karlovy Vary for the biggest film festival in Central and Eastern Europe. This year, the festival has been bigger, busier and better than ever, here are just a few of the highlights…