For the next three months visitors will have an unparalleled opportunity to view work by famous 20th century Czech photographer Václav Chochola, at Prague Castle. Part of the Maximum Photography series, the show features large scan prints of some of the late artist’s best known photographs – from moody industrial landscapes to portraits to more experimental work.
Tuesday saw the visit of Andrew Cahn, the Chief Executive of UK Trade and Investment to Prague. The visit comes amidst increasing economic co-operation between Britain and the Czech Republic. Dominik Jun met Mr Cahn whilst he was conducting a tour of the reconstruction of Charles Bridge – itself a project contracted out to a British firm. He began by asking Mr Cahn to explain the work of UK Trade and Investment and the reasons for his visit here.
A new decree comes into effect in Prague on Tuesday which will see those who drop cigarette ends or chewing gum fined up to 30,000 crowns (nearly 2,000 USD). The decree is part of Prague City Hall’s bid to clean up the capital, but opponents say that the edict has not been properly publicized, and that tourists remain largely uninformed. Police will be given powers to hand out on-the-spot, thousand-crown, fines to those caught littering, feeding the pigeons and not cleaning up the soap suds after washing their cars. As punishment for larger infringements, individuals will be referred to the authorities.
In Business News this week: Hundreds of Czechs are laid off as firms are hit by the strength of the crown; household electricity prices are set to rise again; Prague readies itself for one of the biggest urban development projects the country has ever seen; Burger King is expanding into the Czech market; there are over 17,000 dollar millionaires in the Czech Republic, and retro Tatra cars make a comeback.
A corner of Prague Castle's grounds long hidden and possibly forgotten by many has been restored and opened to the public for the first time this month. The Saint Wenceslas' Vineyard and the Villa Richter, a summer house on the same site, were long closed off to the public. But now, after careful reconstruction, visitors will be able to take in a tour of the Villa and Vineyards whilst visiting Prague's world famous castle.
There have been reports that Prague’s oldest functioning railway station, Masarykovo nádraží, could disappear in a few years. City Hall is set to discuss the future of the station in the very near future, but there are already indications that the station building could be converted into a shopping centre and the land around it totally transformed.
The Irish low-cost carrier Ryanair will launch flights between Prague and Nottingham by the end of October, company representatives told journalist in Prague on Thursday. Ryanair hopes to annually transport 60,000 passengers between the two cities; tickets for the new flight should sell at 669 crowns, or just over 40 U.S. dollars, including taxes.
Czech doctors, in an extraordinary operation at the Vinohrady hospital this week, managed to save the mangled leg of a patient who had suffered a car crash. Doctors managed to save the 31-year-old patient’s foot after it was practically severed at the ankle, through extensive reconstructive surgery. Specialists were able to reconnect severed veins, arteries and nerves. Afterwards one of the surgeons said such operations are “once in a decade”. The patient is now in recovery.
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