When did you last see your wife? A Czech man was married for a whole year without being aware of it. A jubilee car: the one millionth Fabia RS produced by the auto maker Skoda is bound for Great Britain. How many bureaucrats does the Czech Republic actually have? Politicians are placing bets on that but nobody really seems to know. Find out more in Magazine with Daniela Lazarova.
The Czech auto maker Skoda has produced it's one millionth Fabia RS - a luxury model bound for Britain. The jubilee Fabia left the factory gates with much fanfare, toasting and a huge bouquet on its bonnet. Its proud owners are a Mr. and Mrs. Johnson from Great Britain.
Can you imagine being married for a whole year and remaining unaware of it? This actually happened to a forty year old Czech who discovered that he was married quite by chance. He'd spent the past year in prison and one of his relatives accidentally let slip something about his wife during visiting hours. It came out that his own cousin had married a foreigner for money using the man's ID papers just one day after he started serving his sentence. The bride was a Vietnamese national who needed a marriage certificate in order to be allowed to stay in the country.
Thousands of Czech kids spent the night of April 2nd at libraries across the country. They spent the night, or what was left of it, in sleeping bags after taking part in various contests. The event, called Storybook night or Hans Christian Andersen night, is held on the anniversary of Anderson's birth. It has a six year tradition and is increasingly popular with Czech children. This year 300 libraries opened their doors to four and a half thousand kids. The smaller ones had a fairy tale marathon while the older ones took part in contests based on their knowledge of books. They played guessing games and were encouraged to write and perform their own play or story. The organizers are thus hoping to get more young children to read -or if they are too young -to persuade their parents to read for them on a daily basis and thus help them to acquire a love of books. Four children out of ten allegedly never read of their own accord and claim that it brings them no pleasure to do so.
Czech language courses have become increasingly popular in neighbouring Austria. The reason behind this sudden interest is simple -hotel, restaurant and shop owners in the border regions wish to offer their services in Czech in order to attract more Czech clients. The idea is that when they cross the border Czech tourists should get a list of places where they would feel right at home and could communicate in their mother tongue. These entrepreneurs know exactly what they are doing - the Austrian Tourist Bureau says the number of Czech tourists who visit the country for holidays or just weekend trips is growing all the time and the country's membership in the EU will further fuel this trend. I know that the name of a street is generally not a decisive factor when people start looking for a house. Nevertheless Prague now has the perfect address for musicians and music lovers - a housing estate in Prague's Stodulky district has streets that are named: Symphony, Melody, Harmony and Opera. What could be better? Perhaps they'll expand to Hip Hop, Rock and Funky as well.
In the past painting and decorating Easter eggs was an art handed down from generation to generation. Different regions had different painting techniques and different colours -so it was easy to say where an egg had been hand painted and in some cases even by whom. The old techniques are quite complicated, they require much practice and decorating one egg can take hours -so today most people just buy a few special eggs sold at the market place by elderly women who excel at the art - the last generation to do so - and then just buy a batch of colours for a quick fix at home. However if you are willing to learn how to produce a very special Easter egg then visit the Technical Museum in Prague this weekend where you can try your hand at this particular form of art under the guidance of professionals. If you were thinking more in terms of fun then go to the Old Town Square where you can buy them in all shapes and sizes - real, wooden, glass or chocolate eggs. One that you won't be able to buy but that you will be offered a taste of is a thirty kilo Easter egg made of ham. Another attempt to make the Guinness book of records.....