Imagine taking your children out on a Sunday walk and coming across a dinosaur bone 95 million years old! If marriage doesn't work for you but there's nobody to do the "hubby" work around the house your best bet is to "rent" somebody else's husband for an hour. And, Prague's Na Prikope street joins the big league. Find out more in this week's Magazine with Daniela Lazarova.
You want to attend a business dinner, a party or simply enjoy an evening out -but have no one to go out with? There are now various escort services in Prague which provide well educated, attractive and multi-lingual escorts of either sex for a night out on the town. For a steep price, of course. You can buy sex, or simply good company. But what if you simply want a husband for an hour or two? The Czech tabloid Blesk has the ideal solution for women who don't want to be burdened by a husband on a long term basis but just hate to be saddled with all the 'do it yourself" household chores that most husbands do in this country - like changing a burnt out fuse, fixing a dripping tap or putting up a painting on the wall. According to Blesk Mr. Lubomir Vocek - a happily married man- has decided to go public - and offer his services as a temporary husband. He'll come in for an hour at the sensible rate of 220 crowns and do all the "hubby work" around the house -minus sexual services. It is not mentioned whether you can yell abuse at him while he works. In any case the paper claims he's doing good business. As for his wife, she doesn't mind at all and seems happy enough to have him out of the house for a few hours. Well, you never know what line of business will make you rich...
Do you feel that the centre of Prague is becoming smothered in advertisements that don't always go well with the historic character of the city? Well, you are not alone. And the fact is that many of them are placed there illegally. The Prague City Hall is now waging a war on what it calls "ugly and disruptive objects" in the Lesser Town -historically the oldest part of the Czech capital - from ads draped across entire buildings to stalls and ad holders which have no place being there. This is a protected area and we can't have our historic legacy disappearing under piles of rubbish, the mayor said at a recent press conference in Prague. It may take a couple of months but we'll clean it up, he promised.
Walk through any Czech country town in the evening and even if you have no idea where you are you will easily find your way to the local pub. You'll know it by the sound of brass band music coming through the open windows and on a Sunday evening there is likely to be a dance as well. Country folk in their 50 and 60s prefer the music of their youth - and it is they who are keeping brass band music alive in this country. Even so brass band music is on its way out and sponsors are hard to find. What is keeping it alive are balls and dances in the country which involve live bands. But playing in a brass band alone does not provide an income once could live on -so brass band musicians hold down regular jobs, playing in the evenings and on weekends. Brass band music in the Czech lands was in its hey day in the mid 19thcentury and entered into a slow decline after the First World War, with the onset of jazz and country and western music. Today people in their 60s, 70s and 80s still love to dance to their favourite polkas but few would be willing to invest in cassettes or CDs. It is teenagers and people in their twenty's who spend the most on music -and none of them are willing to buy brass band. For them oompah-pah music is stuffy, outdated and a relic of the communist years when brass band music was a staple TV show for the masses. Moreover brass band music in the Czech lands tends to be conservative - unlike brass bands in the Balkans for instance. Music experts say that unless it opens up to foreign influences and becomes trendy brass band music will die out with its fans in ten or twenty years time. And few people will even remember the famous polka that was composed by a Czech and sung across Europe - as Skoda lasky, Rosamunde or Roll out the barrels.