The fugitive Czech businessman Radovan Krejčíř is thumbing his nose at the Czech authorities – from the page of new calendar promoting luxury cars. Got any spare orchid roots? Make a handbag! And, yes ma’am! The town where women call the shots. Find out more in Magazine with Daniela Lazarova.
People whom you haven’t seen in years tend to pop up when you least expect them to. The fugitive Czech businessman Radovan Krejčíř, who is wanted for billion-crown-tax-fraud, is featured on a Czech calendar promoting luxury cars. The motto of the Prague car salon which commissioned the calendar is “they know what to order” and one of the clients with refines tastes is none other than the wanted Mr. Krejčíř. The fugitive businessman who spent two years in the Seychelles, after fleeing from the Czech Republic, and is now living is South Africa is featured on the calendar’s July page with his wife and two dogs – looking very satisfied with life. Well, that’s one calendar that Czech interior ministry officials and members of the police force will not want to hang on their office walls – no matter how much they like luxury cars.
You may have seen the vegetable dresses that a Russian fashion designer presented in Moscow this week. Although here in Prague we don’t have carrot and cucumber dresses yet, there is something special on show – accessories made of plants. Handbags, shopping bags and baskets made of coconuts, palm leaves and orchid roots, among other exotic materials, are currently on display at the Prague Botanical Gardens. The exhibits are all made of 100 percent natural fibres – and some of the most intricate are made of as many as 15 different plants. They have come to us from different parts of the globe, but mainly Indonesia and South America. The bags come in all shapes and sizes and look extremely fashionable, but unfortunately they are not for sale. Though of course, if you are really desperate and have enough orchid roots or a spare coconut who’s to say you can’t try weaving one yourself.
The town of Žerutky near Blansko is about to become the only place in the Czech Republic exclusively run by women. The town has sixty inhabitants and a six-member town council made up of three men and three women. By chance, all three of the men are leaving – one was recalled, another is moving to a different part of the country and the third for health reasons. Elections to fill the vacant posts are taking place this weekend, but with exclusively female candidates in the running it is clear that the future of Žerutky will be in the hands of women. The mayor, Věra Poláková, says she’s looking forward to the new set-up. “I think it will be easier to reach agreement on things,” she told Mladá fronta Dnes. “Women are much easier to deal with, they have a practical, no-nonsense attitude and go straight to the core of the problem.” The ladies are aged 31 to 64 and there is unlikely to be any political bickering – all of them are independents. And with a town that size the priorities are self-evident – a new bus stop, a new roof for the local mixed-goods store and getting a team of labourers to fix the potholes and pavements. That’s for a start. Once they roll up their sleeves – the sky’s the limit.