The State Inspection Office puts its foot down: no Super Lover chewing gums for Czechs. Prison inmates run up a huge phone bill – on the house, and, an interpreter’s nightmare in Strasbourg. Find out more in Magazine with Daniela Lazarová.
Poets rarely have an easy life – that’s what makes their poetry so good – and some have problems years after they are dead. The Ukrainian poet Taras Shevchenko is a case in point. The Ukrainian Initiative – an association of Ukrainian nationals and friends of Ukraine in the Czech Republic -got a statue built in his memory, but they have had a slight problem placing it. Originally Shevchenko was to stand on Latvia Square in Prague 6, possibly because there is no Ukraine square. Unfortunately, due to the lack of a proper building permit the local authorities ordered the pedestal to be removed. Shevchenko had to go – and he headed for Kinski Square in Prague 5, where he is now in residence. In fact Ukrainian president Viktor Yushchenko was touched to see him there on his recent visit to Prague. But Shevchenko’s troubles are far from over. He happens to be standing in a protected historic part of the city where house owners have to ask for permission if they so much as change a window-frame. Conservationists will now have to OK the statue for it to be allowed to remain. Hopefully, they will take pity on the wondering poet and leave him where he is. If not President Yushchenko could look for him in vain when he next visits the Czech capital.
The State Inspection 0ffice has issued a ban on the sale of Super Lover chewing gums which have appeared on the European market. The chewing gums – made in China- are presented as a high potency drug that will turn men into super lovers while the female version promises to increase breast size – though it is not clear how quickly and how much. Now the inspection is not out to spoil anyone’s fun but it says the gums contain chemical substances which could be health damaging and which are only available on prescription in the Czech Republic. So if you have managed to get your hands on this Chinese wonder – careful with it- it might be a good idea to stick to Viagra.
A teenage birthday party went badly wrong after unsuspecting guests were served chocolate cake containing a hefty doze of marihuana. Eleven party goers ended up in hospital, one of them a girl of twelve. Clearly someone wanted a bit of fun – but it went completely over the top - six ambulances arrived to take the party guests away, TV crews got wind of the incident and the story appeared in the papers the next day. A birthday party that none of them are likely to forget in a hurry.