A traffic inspector makes off with a tram left unattended. The inhabitants of Hradec Králove put up a fight to bring back the sound of church bells at night, and Prague hosts the world’s geniuses. Find out more in magazine with Daniela Lazarova.
The inhabitants of Hradec Králové will once again be able to hear the church tower bells chiming the hour at midnight and in the early hours of the morning. The sound of bells between 11 pm and 7 am was banned by the city hall in April of this year at the request of two hotels stationed in the vicinity who claimed they were losing clients because of the noise. However the locals, who are used to the sound of bells, were not putting up with this and pushed for the ban to be removed. In May they organized a demonstration under the church tower at midnight – jangling their keys, blowing trumpets, whistles and using a variety of improvised noise-makers to get their message across. And they threatened to make enough noise to wake the dead every night if the bells were not allowed to ring. The town council gave way and said the bells should be allowed to chime freely every hour – day and night – as they have done for centuries.
A traffic inspector made news headlines this week after driving off with a tram which its driver had left unattended. Although city transport is very reliable as a rule, this is something that tram drivers occasionally do – hopping out of the tram to buy a baguette or newspaper at a newsstand.
The Museum of National Literature near Brno which displays precious old manuscripts dating back to the 14th and 15th centuries has made a visitor-friendly innovation. Since the authentic manuscripts are locked up in glass cases and are far too precious for visitors to handle the museum has had perfect copies made at considerable cost which visitors can leaf through as they wish. The copies are reportedly so good that only experts can tell them apart from the real thing. Although visitors naturally know that they are handling copies – the real advantage is that they can leaf through a manuscript page by page – admiring the old script, ornaments and pictures, while the authentic manuscript can only be viewed at the place where it has been left open.