Prague is not just the city with a thousand spires but also a modern place that guarantees round the clock fun. That's how City Hall is introducing the Czech capital to the world. In a three-minute clip, it takes the attention away from the country's famed liquid bread to present it as a place of dynamic and sophisticated entertainment.
Coilin O'Connor's guest for One on One this week is Vaclav Marhoul who was in the news earlier this year as the organiser of the huge military parade held in Prague's Letenska Plan to mark the 60th anniversary of the end of the Second World War. Besides this activity, Mr Marhoul has many other interests. In addition to his work as a writer and producer for the popular Sklep theatre, he is a well known filmmaker and former head of Barrandov Studios. He is also a founder member of the Tvrdohlavi group of artists, which translates as "The Stubborn
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Prague Castle has been the dramatic setting for the Summer Shakespeare Festival now for eleven years. It was former president Vaclav Havel, himself a celebrated playwright, who thought that The Bard's work might best be experienced there, on a midsummer night. From a single production of Romeo and Juliet in the summer of 1994, the festival has become a major cultural event.
With a bit of exaggeration we can say that since the fall of communism Prague has become one big building site. The centre of Prague has a 1000-year old history. So every time before the heavy machinery arrives at a building site, every square metre has to be sieved for remnants of past settlements. In today's Czech Science we take you to an excavation site which in a year's time will become one of the largest shopping centres in the city.
The Prague 1 Town Hall has announced a tender for plans to remodel the city's main thoroughfare, Wenceslas Square. Councillors say it needs to improve in terms of layout and transport, and want to ban the parking of cars on the square. They also want to see wider pavements, more benches and less stands, said a spokesperson. Architects must submit their proposals by the end of November, though the project to reshape Wenceslas Square is unlikely to be completed before 2010.
With all the sports events on in the Czech Republic one might be forgiven for having missed the first World Championship in - that's right - marbles in Prague. But, what a shame if you did! Czechs closed out the competition's top five spots, making it clear that in the Czech Republic marbles are a lot more than just a kid's game.
Almost exactly three years ago Prague made headlines around the world when the city was hit by the worst flooding in five hundred years. At the time, damage was caused to many historical structures, partly because of an inadequate anti-flood system. Since then a lot has been spent on improving that system, and it was tested for the first time at the weekend in a major operation involving all the emergency services. Michal Kopecky is the assistant of Prague's mayor - he described the new system to Martin Mikule.
Prague Mayor Pavel Bem has said that the weekend's anti-flood exercise
showed that the city can be ready to cope with flooding in half a day.
It took rescuers precisely half a day to erect barriers along the
Vltava River to protect the city, Mr Bem said. Some 500 fire fighters
and police officers raised 2.5 kilometres of portable aluminium walls
which are designed to protect the city against an 11-metre flood wave,
the level which the Vltava River reached during the 2002 floods that
cost the city 26 billion crowns (over a billion dollars). The massive
exercise, at an overall cost of 2 million crowns (80,000 dollars),
started on Friday evening and ended on Sunday afternoon.
The weather should continue to be partly cloudy in the coming days, with occasional showers. Heavier rain can be expected in the west of the country. Daytime temperatures should range from 23 to 15 degrees Celsius.
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