The former Czech President Vaclav Havel celebrated his 67th birthday on October 5th - what was on the menu of his birthday dinner? A Czech farmer explains why lamas make good watchdogs. And a police surveillance camera is a great way to prevent theft - unless of course the camera itself gets stolen. Find out more in this week's Magazine with Daniela Lazarova.
Join any Czech company and you can be almost certain to find a Vaclav among them. Vaclav is one of the most popular names in the Czech Republic -and it was only a matter of time before someone came up with the idea of getting as many of them together as possible and setting a new record. Last year 88 Vaclavs met in Cesky Krumlov which gained them a place in the Guinness Book of Records. An attempt to break that record on the last weekend of September failed miserably due to poor weather. Only about thirty Vaclavs arrived this year. Neither President Vaclav Klaus, nor his predecessor Vaclav Havel were among them.....
Of course it is easier if you don't insist on everyone having the same first name. Close to 5,000 people gathered in one of Pilsen's main squares, Namesti Republiky last weekend to break last year's record in the biggest number of people joining in a toast. To be precise : 4,956 people clinked beer glasses in a huge toast launching this year's three day Pilsnerfest.
The biggest number of people to raise their glasses in a toast is reported from the United States where close to 200,000 people in three different locations all joined in a toast at the same time.
People have different ways of settling their disputes. A fifty one year old man from Zlin expressed his dislike of a neighbour by emptying his garbage can in the man's garden every day. After months of futile efforts to find the culprit -the neighbour was finally rewarded. Amongst the rubbish he found a letter from the local police station urging someone to pay a parking fine without delay. The culprit, whose full name and address was on the letter, now has to pay more than a parking ticket. He faces a 30 thousand crown fine and has become the local black sheep.
The long summer draught is bringing to light long-forgotten sights and places.
In the vicinity of the Slapy dam near Prague, where the water-level has dropped by a dramatic 10 metres, people come to get a glimpse of a long buried settlement and military bunkers used in the Second World War. Near the Orlik dam, old settlers who were evacuated in the 60s, are returning for a glimpse of their former homes, of the places where they used to walk and even the remains of the local pub. One man has been going back to the riverside for days now - he believes that his grandmothers' house -where he spent many happy summers -is just below the water mark. Others hope to see the spire of a local church -one of the few buildings which remained whole as the murky waters of the Vltava closed over it. All those who are still hoping have just a few days - after that the water level is expected to rise up again and the Vltava river will re-claim its secrets.
A police surveillance camera on the roof of the National Museum of Technology significantly contributed to reducing crime in the area -until the camera itself got stolen that is. The police were there in 5 minutes from the unexpected blackout but whoever it was had already gone. The camera, worth 200 thousand crowns, must now be replaced and the police are laying the blame on the museum for failing to inform them about a scaffolding on the building which made the theft a very simple task indeed.