It’s the peak of the holiday season and thousands of people are packing up to leave the city. For those used to spending summers hiking in the mountains, holidays are forever connected with the taste of instant soups and mashes, which were lightweight and ready to eat but didn’t really have much flavour. Petra Pospěchová, a food journalist and keen mountain hiker, proves that you can climb the summits and eat well at the same time. Her Outdoor Cookbook, which came out just recently, features dozens of easy and tasteful recipes as well as a number
The introduction of a new regulation last year, which approved the return of motor vessels to most of the country’s rivers and reservoirs, considerably increased water traffic and boosted tourism along the Czech Republic’s rivers and dams. But the death of an 18-year-old girl, who was killed this weekend after a water scooter crashed into a boat on Orlik lake, has provoked a debate on whether the regulation is not too loose.
Královské (Royal) Cookie is a shop on Prague’s Vinohradská St. with a number of regal connections. The district has traditionally been known as Royal Vinohrady and, says UK-born co-owner Steve Gray, there is also a link between the business and the Queen of England. Gray runs Královské Cookie – whose flagship huge cookies are decorated according to customers’ requests – with his Czech boyfriend Petr, whom he met in London. When we spoke recently at the cosy shop, the Englishman filled me in on its origins.
The Czech Institute of Sociology has recently published results of a survey, which look at how Czechs spend their daily lives. It focuses on such topics as housing choices, inequalities, education, and the labour market. One of the authors of this long-term household survey is an Irish sociologist Pat Lyons, who has been based in the Czech Republic for more than a decade. I met him to discuss the first outcomes of the project, but I first asked him about a book he published along with his colleagues at the end of last year, called Forty-Seven Shades
Police conducting checks at the Vranov reservoir at the weekend found that in more than 20 cases children aboard boats did not have lifejackets even though the law requires all children up to the age of 10 to wear them. The police did not hand out fines to those captaining the vessels but let them go with a warning. The police found no discrepancies in paperwork and none of the boat captains was found to have been drinking.
The 51st Karlovy Vary International Film Festival began on Friday with one
of this year's top stars, American actor Willem Dafoe, being awarded
the festival's Crystal Globe - recognizing outstanding artistic
contribution to world cinematography. Mr Dafoe is known for a wide body of
work including roles in the films Platoon, Wild at Heart, Spider-Man, and
The Last Temptation of Christ.
On Friday, the festival opened with the world premiere of the Czech-British production Anthropoid.
It has been estimated that an enormous amount of food - 88 million tonnes is wasted in the European Union annually. A new campaign by the Zachraň Jidlo initiative wants to make a small dent in food waste the Czech Republic, reporting that up to one-fifth of fruit and vegetables is thrown away without ever making it to the store, for strictly cosmetic reasons.
Two Czechs drowned and a third person is still missing following a rafting accident on Friday on the Swiss river Landquart near Küblis, the Neue Zürcher Zeitung reports. The three were part of a group of 10 Czech tourists on two rafts; when one overturned, two people were able to save themselves but two others were later found drowned. The fate of a 66-year-old man remains unknown but officials are not hopeful. The search has since been called off until further notice.
Czechs are spending more each year on sports equipment and sport events, Czech Radio reports citing numbers by Eurostat. According to the broadcaster, they spend around 2,500 crowns per year on sport items, events or fitness club memberships. That is roughly twice the amount spent in 2012. Some spend considerably more, not least in areas of organized team sports such as ice hockey or football, where the numbers can go as high as 30,000 crowns. One interviewee told the broadcaster that ice hockey equipment for each of his sons cost 2,500 crowns alone - not including skates or helmets.
Over 1,000 skeletons discovered during renovation of Kutná Hora “bone church”
Language exams for foreigners seeking permanent residency permit to become tougher
Why are Russian and Chinese spying activities in Czech Republic so intense and how exactly do they do it?
Prague’s historical Koh-i-noor factory to be converted into residential area
The history of the “German Czechs”