A Czech town declares war on bureaucrats, on average every tenth child born in the Czech Republic has a different biological father than presumed, and a man gets one million crowns in compensation for unwittingly fathering twins- find out more in this week's Magazine with Daniela Lazarova.
What's in a name? A lot - if it happens to be Stritez. The inhabitants of this south Bohemian village are rebelling against it. Their village was given the name Stritez much against their will in 1994-on the decision of higher authorities - "bureaucrats", the locals will tell you pronouncing the word as if it alone were an insult. They never call their village by its new name -always Kaplice-nadrazi which was what it was called in the past. "That is the name that is on all my documents - I don't see why they had to give us a name that we don't like," a seventy three year woman grumbled. The regional authorities who are responsible for the chance say that the village lost the right to bear the name Kaplice when it voted in local elections to become independent of the nearby town Kaplice. The row rages on -and half the post to the village is addressed to Stritez, the other half to Kaplice-nadrazi. Time will show who has the stronger willpower.....
Can a man who doesn't want children with his current girlfriend be tricked into having two? A case which has made headlines in the Czech Republic proves that anything's possible. A Prague city court ruled this week that the Gest clinic has to pay Tomas Kaspar one million Czech crowns for unlawfully using his sperm to fertilize his former girlfriend Jitka Bouchalova. The clinic made the mistake of not properly checking the documents for approval which Miss Bouchalova presented them. Miss Bouchalova, who has given birth to twins, allegedly acquired her boyfriend's sperm by telling him that she needed it in order to decide on the appropriate form of birth control. The woman testified that she and Kaspar had a serious seven year long relationship while her boyfriend maintained that they occasionally slept together. She was fined 50,000 crowns for her little trick and the unwitting and unwilling father has now acknowledged his children and is paying alimony. Well at least now he can well afford to. This is the first case of its type in the Czech Republic, but it is quite possible that many others never made it to court.
A beer brewery launched a special service in the Jeseniky Mountains this summer. It is called the Emergency Beer Service and provides emergency beer to parched mountain goers. A number of the firm's employees trek frequented mountain tracks and give first aid in cold beer to mountaineers who are dying for a drink.
School kids from the town Brandys nad Orlici marked the beginning of the school year with a very special project - they set the foundations for a future maze. It is to be a hornbeam maze - the hornbeam being something closely resembling the birch tree. The project involved planting 2,500 small hornbeam trees in a pattern forming a seemingly endless maze of corridors. The organizers boast that it will be a true British type maze -the only one of its kind in the Czech Republic - and it should be complete within five years by which time the trees will be tall enough to make it confusing for visitors. From a birds'eye view the maze should resemble the globe.