A Czech expedition sets of for the Gobi desert in Mongolia to find a dinosaur skeleton. There's a baby boom at the Czech senate - though nothing to do with the elderly senators. And, a very short ride on a tiger - but it got Mr. Joo into the Czech Book of Records! Find out more in Magazine with Daniela Lazarova.
We've all seen them and some of us have used them. I'm talking about the disposable paper bags that airlines provide for - well, throwing up. Mr. Kubista from Plzen has gone a step further - he collects them. In the course of his lifetime he has assembled over 12,000 of these paper bags and they now fill up every spare nook and cranny of his apartment. His bedroom walls are plastered with them, his living room is plastered with them, as is his kitchen. Everywhere you look there are boxes full of them. Technically speaking there is no better place to throw up than at Mr. Kubista's. Except that he would not dream of using any of the precious bags in his collection for this purpose. The bags carry the names of airlines in various languages. What Mr. Kubista himself failed to get them on his frequent travels abroad, his friends got them for him. His latest addition is a paper bag from Turkmenistan airlines. Many of the bags are no longer being produced -or have been replaced by new versions. They span half a century. Mr. Kubista's only regret is that the future of "throw-up" bags is uncertain. Many airlines are economizing and have started using just plain old paper bags. Up in the clouds during a turbulent flight - you may not think it makes any difference, but for Mr. Kubista in Plzen it's a minor tragedy.
Some people like being contrary. They swim in icy rivers in winter and ski down their road in sweltering 30 degree heat. In Usti nad Labem and Melnik summer skiing has become something of a tradition. It's actually a summer "fun event" held on the main square. A ski-marathon which involves various hurdles and a compulsory pint of beer mid-race - just to make it more difficult. Participants use old skis and dress up in funny costumes. "Once you decide to write off a pair of old skis - to be used for the summer race - then you come back every year," the organizers explain. And, with every year the race has more participants. You can tell because at the end of every summer skiing marathon there's a crazy group photo to remember the event by...
The owner of Joo-jo Circus - Jaromir Joo - has made it into the Czech Book of Records with a feat few people would be willing to try. He rode on a tiger for a record-breaking thirty seconds. Mr. Joo, who trains tigers, was hoping for a longer ride but Borneo was having none of it and threw his trainer off his back after just thirty seconds. His trainer was lucky to get away with just a snarl - in reprimand.