A Czech angler has landed the catch of his life - an Arapaima Gigas weighing over 100 kilograms. Hradec Kralove has a new attraction - a mobile tea-house. And, the Pohorelice carp gets on the EU list of protected food products. Find out more in Magazine with Daniela Lazarova.
Globe trotting Czech angler Jakub Vagner who boasts prize-catches from some of the world's most exotic fishing locations has just landed the catch of his life. On an expedition down the Amazon River he caught a huge specimen of the Arapaima Gigas - the biggest freshwater fish known to man. This one measured 2 meters 80cm, weighed 106 kilograms and put up a big fight. Jakub was sitting in an Indian canoe when the fish surfaced and was forced to dive in and fight for several hours - both above and below the water surface.
Of course Europe's rivers also provide fine opportunities for a good catch. A fisherman from Brandenburg was fishing in the Elbe when he felt the familiar tug at his fishing rod. He reeled it in and pulled out a Czech man's driver's license. Libor Henych - the man to whom the license belongs- couldn't believe his ears when he was contacted about it. The license had been stolen from his car along with other possessions ten years ago and had long since been replaced. The driver's license must have traveled 600 kilometers along the river before being fished out.
The police have arrested a 27 year old man who leaked photos of Skoda's latest model Superb to the press before its official unveiling. The man who took the photos and sold them to Blesk, the country's most popular tabloid newspaper, is said to have been an external employee at the plant. He took the photographs on the production line using his mobile phone and sold them to Blesk for a mere twenty thousand crowns. Although photos of new Skoda models have been leaked to the press in the past they were always taken during trial runs outside the factory gates. This is the first case of industrial espionage which the police have cracked and the employee responsible could spend up to 2 years in jail for it.
The town of Hradec Kralove has a new attraction - a mobile tea-house. The "samovar-on-wheels" is built onto an old-style bicycle such as were used in England before the Second World War for the sale of roasted chestnuts or hot dogs. The mobile tea house moves around town all day offering two brands of tea to passers by.
The age-limit at which you are allowed to drive a car in the Czech Republic is eighteen. But for any impatient teenagers - there is another alternative. They can get a license for small cars and start driving a year earlier. The downside is that the small cars are really small cars - nothing flashy to impress girlfriends with. The car must weigh less than half a ton - and there aren't many cars in the Czech Republic that meet this requirement. So it's really a choice between an old Fiat 500 and a Czech-constructed JAWA. As a result the interest in getting such a license is not a big as you might expect - only around 100 Czechs have one. Driving schools says that many of those who do are heading for a study stay in the United States where one can drive from age sixteen. Although a Czech license is not valid there - it gives young Czechs time to practice their driving skills before they go. There is just one tiny problem with this driving course and it surfaces on the day of the final driving test - the Fiat 500 which driving schools use is allegedly the only small car that accommodates the driver, instructor and inspector. Well, almost. The inspector squeezed into the back seat is not having the time of his life - and you need to impress him with your driving skills quickly so that he can get out before he gets severe cramps.