Czech scientists have invented paint that lowers the concentration of harmful substances in the air. Across most of the country boys whip girls on Easter Monday, but in the town of Telč it’s the girls doing the whipping. And, where have all the tractors gone? Find out more in Magazine with Daniela Lazarova.
The police in the town of Hluboká nad Vltavou are investigating a very strange theft. A thief broke into one of the luxury villas on the town’s suburbs and made off with a book of poems by one of the country’s legendary poets Jaroslav Vrchlický. The villa’s alarm system was connected to the owner’s mobile and the thief was caught red-handed with the loot but the police could not figure out why the forty-year old man had left the valuables in the house untouched. The book of poetry he stole was an early twentieth century edition worth around 1,000 crowns which was a fraction of what he could have taken from the villa. The thief moreover claimed that he had only wanted to read the poems. He is now being examined by a police psychiatrist. Experts on Vrchlický say that the poet’s work is a lesson in the art of living. Well, maybe the thief just wanted to improve himself in this respect.
Spring is a time for detox diets and ideally a week or two spent in the mountains or at the seaside will do wonders for your body. But if you don’t have time for that you’ll be glad to hear that there is something you can do to improve your immediate environment. Czech scientists have invented paint that lowers the concentration of harmful substances in the air. According to experts at the Czech Academy of Sciences the paint uses photo-catalyst reactions – it contains titanium oxide that breaks down organic impurities in the air into water and carbon dioxide. The only condition for this reaction to take place and ensure the purifying effect is the presence of daylight. The substance will remain active for a period of 9-10 years. The new paint has been developed for both indoor and outdoor use and is said to be particularly suitable for health facilities. As you can see Czech scientists are working very hard to make our lives easier. Recently they invented a self-cleaning textile which will also clean itself with the help of a chemical reaction in daylight. Sounds unbelievable that all this should come from Prague? But then with Prague being famous for its winter smog – it is only natural that our scientists should look for ways to clear the air.
The pagan Easter tradition of boys whipping girls on Easter Monday in return for a painted egg has been around for centuries – unchanged as traditions generally are. But the girls in Telč are having none of it. They are ready to go along with the tradition but they want gender equality – so every leap year they get to whip the boys. And they don’t set about it with willow branches – they use big wooden spoons. The best-looking guys get the most attention of course that the Telč girls say they can’t think why it took them so long to turn the tables!