The Irish singer Glen Hansard and Czech musician Markéta Irglová, who won an Oscar this year for best original song with their composition Falling Slowly will make an appearance in The Simpsons. Twelve women from a small Czech town find inspiration in the movie Calendar Girls. And, the Napoleonic Society plans to pay tribute to the horses that were killed in Battle of Austerlitz. Find out more in Magazine with Daniela Lazarova.
The town of Vyžlovka near Prague has made the news. Inspired by the movie Calendar girls – twelve women from the local community agreed to pose nude for a calendar in order to raise money for an indoor swimming pool. They posed outdoors – in the woods, at the lakeside and out on the local football field. The calendar is now on sale in Prague and the ladies are hoping to make a pile of money. All of them say the photo shoot was the most fun that they’d had in a long time.
Dealing with bad parking is a task for the traffic police, but occasionally people who find a car parked outside their garage door take the matter into their own hands. One such case in Plzeň ended badly last week. The landlady responsible for manning a sidewalk elevator used to deliver the garbage from a three storey building out onto the pavement for the garbage disposal service was exasperated to find a car parked right over the elevator doors. However instead of waiting for the owner or calling the traffic police to have the car towed away she decided to remove the offending vehicle herself by setting the elevator in motion, thinking that, as it came up, the car would gently roll further away. The doors rose up – but instead of moving the car out of the way they raised it up -on its nose – suspending it at a 45 degree angle. The traffic police were not amused and both the driver and landlady were given a fat fine.
The public library in the town of Bohumín, Moravia, celebrated its 85th birthday last week with a fun event intended to remind people of the significance of books in the age of the internet. They called on the locals to assemble on the main square in as great a number as possible – each carrying a book of their choice. And despite the rainy weather last Saturday people turned up carrying novels, encyclopedias, folding picture books, travelogues, cookbooks, science fiction and the Bible – 692 of them in all, including toddlers with bedtime stories and babies with a book in their pram. They made the Czech Book of Records in the number of people assembled in one place with a book – beating an earlier record of 622 people set last year in Sedlčany. The library itself handed out 700 books as gifts.
The farming community in the town of Sasov has a tractor that turns teenagers’ heads. In fact it turns all heads whenever it hits the road because it is covered with bright green marihuana leaves. The reason for this unusual décor is that the tractor has been converted to run on technical marihuana oil. The farm grows technical marihuana and found that making its own marihuana oil saves plenty of money on diesel fuels. The tractor runs more smoothly, has a lower consumption and is environmentally friendly. Gradually the farm intends to convert all its farming machinery to run on marihuana.