This song might sound like something out of a Western, but it is every bit as Czech as Dvořák or Smetana. 'Sbohem kapitáne můj' is one of the hundreds of melodies to form part of the Czech tramping songbook. Such songs have, for the last 90 years, been providing the soundtrack to a particularly Czech pastime – tramping. To an untrained eye, tramping consists of weekends spent living rough in the forest, and weekdays meeting with kindred spirits and singing in the pub. But to those initiated, tramping means much more – it's a way of life. At a fortnightly
Pavel Ivančic – a rising star in the world of fashion My guest on One on One this week is Pavel Ivančic, voted the Czech fashion designer of 2007. Together with his wife Radana he established his own fashion label Muset, which has been presented all over the world and received a number of awards at home. A graduate of Prague’s Academy of Arts, Architecture and Design, Pavel Ivančic also attended the prestigious Central Saint Martin’s College of Art and Design in London. I met him last week at the Designblok festival in Prague, where he presented
Since 1884, the Zátka Brothers’s plant in Boršov nad Vltavou, just south of České Budějovice in southern Bohemia, has been producing noodles, spaghetti, macaroni and other types of pasta. The small factory on the bank of the Vltava River, survived two world wars as well as totalitarianism, and is one of the few remaining witnesses to efforts by the first wave of Czech industrialists. In this edition of Panorama, we take a tour of the oldest Czech pasta plant.
According to the latest government figures, a third of children born in the Czech Republic in 2007 were born out of wedlock. The percentage of extramarital newborns has been on the rise since the early 1990s, although experts say there is a difference between the Czech Republic and those European countries with the highest rates of extramarital births.
“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?
Jana Ciglerová: Americans say their lives are fantastic, Czechs say everything is terrible – neither is true
Study: Demand for new flats in Prague set to keep outstripping supply
“There is good, better and then there is the USSR.” – New book depicts life in communist Czechoslovakia through memories of people who experienced it
CzechTourism head hints attracting tourists no longer agency’s main goal
‘The fat lady sings’: Prague’s State Opera marks restoration to former glory with gala concert