A thief active in a summer holiday resort made headlines this week when he not only robbed a German couple during the night but managed to have sex with the man’s fiancé before escaping with the loot. Find out more in Magazine with Daniela Lazarová.

A thief active in a summer holiday resort made headlines this week when he not only robbed a German couple during the night but managed to have sex with the man’s fiancé before escaping with the loot. The couple had rented a log cabin by a lake and were enjoying an intimate evening making love. The thief watched them through a window and later entered the cabin through an unlocked door. He stole the couple’s wallets, documents, a mobile phone and a credit card before approaching the young woman on the bed and starting to make love to her. The woman was roused from sleep but thinking it was her fiancé welcomed his attentions. It wasn’t until the fiancé woke up and saw a stranger making love to his girlfriend that all hell broke loose. In the ensuing chaos the thief disappeared with their possessions leaving the holiday-makers in shock.

When did you last lie to your partner about where you were last nigh or what that dress cost? Reader’s Digest conducted a worldwide survey on the lies we tell our partners and the results indicate that different nationalities tend to cover up different things. For instance Czechs most often lie about money they spend on themselves – men lie about the height of their salaries or what they spend on their hobbies. Women lie about the cost of dresses, shoes, jewelry and handbags. In the survey respondents were asked to think about what they lied about most often and tick one of the following: children, money, sex and where/who I was with. The French and the Canadians admitted to frequently lying about time spent with their kids –covering up ways of spending leisure time that their partner would disapprove of, or covering up their kids’ misbehaviour. The Germans and the Italians admitted to lying about sex – concerning the number of partners they had had and faking orgasms. While the Russians fib about where they had been or with whom. Well, how do you measure up to that?

Traveling tends to stress people out and it is not just caused by travel agencies going bankrupt. A Czech couple on their way from Budapest to Cyprus got into a flaming row at the airport. Their verbal battle turned physical and soon the couple came to blows. After the stewardesses vainly attempted to get them to calm down and take their seats the pilot called airport security and had them taken off the flight – still struggling to get at each other’s throats. They sobered up when they realized the plane had left without them and the company subsequently banned them from all its flights. And the reason for the quarrel? The woman was furious that by wondering off to get some bottled water the man had nearly missed the last boarding call for passengers to Cyprus.

Sick and tired of your office dress code? Come to the Czech Republic, where informality seems to be the name of the game. According to a poll conducted by Fashion Market only a fraction of Czechs are obliged to respect a dress code – with most people pulling on their favourite jeans, shirt and sweater to go to work. Forty-eight percent of respondents said they dressed to feel comfortable and please themselves. Only four percent said they had a strict dress code – 13 percent said they occasionally wore suits when they had an important meeting coming up. No prizes for guessing how we dress here at Radio Prague.

Pilots preparing to take off at Prague’s Ruzyně Airport last Friday were treated to the sight of a runaway horse on the enclosed premises. A number of them reported the sight to tower control. It later emerged that the horse belonged to one of the falconers who are employed to keep the airport and immediate vicinity free of birds. The falconers use horses in order to get around faster and in this case the horse had somehow managed to slip away. An airport spokeswoman said the falconer had caught up with the animal almost immediately and there had not been any danger to traffic because the horse had not actually got onto any of the runways.

What is the one sentence guaranteed to drive Czechs up the wall? It’s the phrase “things were better in the communist days”. According to the results of a survey conducted by Readers Digest this sentiment –often pronounced by members of the old generation – is sure to make a third of all Czechs grit their teeth. Away from politics, young people are most allergic to being asked what time they will get home, men hate hearing negative comments about their driving skills and women most hate being told to calm down.

The towns of Prague, Plzeň, Brno, České Budějovice and Zlín joined some 200 cities around Europe this week in an event called Researchers’ Night – when scientists throw open doors to labs, research centres and universities in order to bring various scientific achievements closer to the public and get more young people interested in science. Last year research workers showed the public how to brew beer and sink the Titanic - this year the public was treated to the sight of a nuclear blast – produced by a harmless explosive, shown how to distil alcohol and operate a robot.

You don’t hear about many harassment suits in the Czech Republic – since most people prefer to look for another job rather than face the publicity involved, but a case of alleged sexual harassment in Jeseník came to court in a rather unexpected manner. The case concerns the local town hall where a number of employees say they were subjected to long-term sexual and psychological harassment by their lady boss. Apparently the woman performed belly dances for the men and ended up sitting in their laps, made her male staff dress in black and forced her female staff to hug and kiss her for any favours she did them. The department finally complained to management and got her fired but now the lady has taken the matter to court and wants her job back. As a result her former employees are now speaking out about what they were forced to endure.