Czech born porn star Dolly Buster aims to become a deputy of the European Parliament, Czech mps have failed miserably in an attempt to live on the minimum monthly wage in the Czech Republic, and how long would a Czech with an average wage have to work in order to amass as much money as Bill Gates? Just a few million years...Find out more in Magazine with Daniela Lazarova.
Czech politicians would most likely starve to death if they had to live on the present minimum wage in the Czech Republic. An attempt to show Czechs that it could be done has gone very badly wrong. Out of four deputies who agreed to take part in this experiment - three have run out of money a week before their one month term on a minimum wage expires. Living on the minimum wage entailed spending only 130 crowns a day - a feat which proved a lot harder than it might seem. Only deputy Petr Bratsky claims that he will survive on the money allotted thanks to a few boxes of staples which he prudently bought while he still had money to spend. There's rice, potatoes and flour and I still have a huge box of cornflakes, which I hate, but I think I'll soon be eating those as well, Bratsky said. Deputy Sojdrova has only ten crowns left - and an entire week to go. It makes you think, she told newsmen. I guess we should really revise the question of taxes. These statements have evoked much mirth and quips from those really living on a minimum wage about whether mps would recall any of this when they go back to their normal lifestyle next month.
The current and former presidents disagree on what Prague Castle should look like. While the former President Vaclav Havel is hoping to see an EU village grow up in the vicinity of Prague Castle - an alley of houses, each representing an EU member state - President Klaus has put his foot down. He has other plans for the premises. He wants to make it a less stately and more pleasant place for the public. For instance there are plans for small shops, restaurants and salons to fill the third courtyard. We don't just want five star restaurants but a normal pub as well, the head of the project told journalists. This is in line with the image that President Vaclav Klaus is trying to project - being a "people's" president. On the other hand the former president Vaclav Havel is said to be put out that some of the projects he launched have been scrapped. He is reportedly not giving up on the idea of having a Euro alley in the vicinity of Prague Castle. By the time the project is all set there might well be a different President in office, the chief architect of this particular project noted recently.
Fire fighters are called to various emergencies. Over the past few days they've been kept busy helping swans trapped in the ice on the Vltava river. But frozen birds are not all they are asked to bring out. Last week a man accidentally parked his Skoda car on the Vltava river. Everything was fine until he stepped out and realized he had driven off the embankment and was standing on the icy surface of the river. He promptly abandoned the vehicle - and called the fire brigade to get the car back on solid ground.
The Senate has rejected a proposal for March 8th to be officially registered as international women's day in the Czech Republic. In a fiery speech against marking the day, Senator Josef Pavlata described it as "a repulsive reminder of the communist regime when women would get chocolates, soap and towels and men would get roaring drunk". The decision has not gone down at all well with representatives of the feminist movement. Mrs. Michaela Marksova Tominova of the Centre for Gender Studies took a verbal swipe at the senator saying it was a pity he was still trapped in the old days. If the senator bothered to take a look around Europe on March 8th he would see that international women's day is marked quite differently, among other things by heightened attention to equality of the sexes, women's rights and related problems, Mrs. Tominova said.