Dieting to be slim? Think again. A new survey has revealed that women with a 42 dress size (size 14) are happier than others! Scuba divers drink a toast to the New Year 20 meters underwater and, why is there so little water in the sea? Find out more in Magazine with Daniela Lazarová.
If there were a prize for the most original New Year’s toast the Chrudim Scuba Diver’s Club would be a serious contestant. Over a dozen professional scuba divers popped champagne bottles and drank a New Year’s toast 20 meters underwater this year. The New Year’s party took place in a caisson, a watertight box used for the construction of dams or piers. The caisson is an underwater capsule of sorts, filled with compressed air and sealed at the top. An airlock allows access to the underwater chamber. As an underwater mini-pub it guarantees total privacy, but the freezing cold had the divers out in just a few minutes, happy to rejoin the celebrations on the ground.
As usual in the first days of the new year, fitness clubs are bursting at the seams as people driven by new year resolutions pump iron to try and lose the extra weight gained over the Christmas holidays. But before you rush off – stop and listen to this – a newly published study suggests that women with a dress size 42 are the happier than others. So if you are desperately striving to be a 34 or 36 thinking it will bring you instant happiness - then think again. Size 42 respondents were found to be happier both with the state of their private lives and their careers. The second happiest group were the 40 dress size ladies, followed by sizes 36, 44 and 38. But before you go and binge, please keep in mind that the unhappiest of the lot are the size 50s. So – don’t go overboard. Only one carton of Hagens Daaz and one plate of cream cakes allowed.
You’d be hard put to find someone in the Czech Republic who’s not seen it – the popular Soviet-era cartoon series about the big bad wolf and the smart little rabbit, who always outwits him at the end of the day. There aren’t many Soviet- era products that are still around but, like the cult fairy tale Mrazík from 1964, the legendary wolf and rabbit from Nu, pogodi! are still going strong and you’ll see them on computer screens, mobile phones, schoolbags and puzzles. The cartoon series has an interesting history – it was made by Alexej Kotenochkin in the late 1960s, becoming an instant hit.
The town of Liberec, which is to host the Nordic World Ski Championship in February, is in the grip of ski fever. While the organizers are busy producing artificial snow, local businesspeople are gearing up for an onslaught of visitors and even the local puppet company has tailored its programme to the big event. Last Friday the Liberec puppet theatre premiered a play about Jiří Raška –the only Czech to win an Olympic Gold Medal in the ski jump. He won the gold in 1968 in Grenoble jumping 79 meters for the world title. Raška himself was present at the premiere and said later he had greatly enjoyed himself, adding that about 70 to 80 percent of the play was based on his real life.