Czechs can look forward to a gorilla reality show. Crows from Russia get the cold shoulder. And, a famous skeleton takes a trip by car. Find out more in Magazine with Daniela Lazarova.
And -speaking of the dead - according to the AFP news agency an increasing number of Germans are making their final journey via the Czech Republic. To be precise via crematoriums near the Czech German border. This is not only because of lower costs but also due to a law left over from the Adolf Hitler era that stipulates that ashes must be taken to the cemetery for burial. Czech laws are far more lenient, allowing relatives to make their own choice in the matter or follow the wishes of the diseased. People take the ashes home, disperse them in a place the diseased loved or lay them in the family grave. Some Czech crematoriums even offer services such as using a rocket or balloon to disperse the ashes in the sky which is forbidden in Germany. So it seems that anyone who wants to go with a bang must come to the Czech Republic to do it.
Thousands of Czech tv viewers have taken a fancy to reality shows. Five or six of them are currently being aired. Unexpectedly Prague's Troja Zoo has announced it will run a reality show of its own, which is to be broadcast on Czech TV or on-line. It should be pretty much along the lines of other reality shows except it will feature gorillas instead of people. The gorilla reality show is to be called Revelation and it will include a daily "gorilla language course". We think that if viewers find it interesting to watch the behaviour of humans shut in a villa for three months, then they may also be interested in watching the behaviour of gorillas and finding out more about them, a spokesman for the zoo explained. The zoo wants to use the present wave of interest in reality shows to promote an interest in animals - in particular in gorillas - and the money raised by SMS messages will go towards protecting gorillas living in the wild. As for the gorillas taking part in the show - they'll get something out of it as well: 11 ripe melons, according to the zoos director. The main prize is no coincidence, the word melon is the Czech slang for one million crowns and the main prize in the most popular reality show currently on air is 11 million crowns - or eleven melons - as a Czech would say. It will be interesting to see how the gorillas do in viewer ratings and whether they stand a chance of beating the people reality shows.
If you are listening to us in Prague and soup is your favourite entrée, then there's one event you shouldn't miss. The Multicultural Centre Prague is organizing a soup night at Lucerna Pasaz on November 12th. The event is part of a broader framework aimed at promoting interest in other cultures. Along with a sample of soups from Bulgaria, Japan, Korea, Lebanon, Hungary, Poland, Greece or Benin you will get to enjoy their music and dancing. Not to mention the possibility of making new friends. So remember soup night is on November 12th and by then the weather is likely to be so cold that a plate of hot soup will be just what you need.