Today in Mailbox: Magazine theme tune once again; ice hockey and Czech-Canadian relations; new driving regulations; Leos Janacek's Cunning Little Vixen. Listeners quoted: David Walmsley, Jess Dixon, George Myles, Frank Miata, Paul Kail, Brian Kendall.
Welcome to Mailbox. After a short break we are back to our normal schedule. In the meantime we have received quite a heap of letters and emails from our listeners from all over the world.
First of all, David Walmsley and Jess Dixon, both from Canada were intrigued by the theme music Daniela Lazarova has chosen for her weekly feature Magazine and they would like to know what it is. The music was copied off an ancient reel from the Czech Radio archives and the label on the case says it is "Jungle Jamboree" by Duke Ellington, played by The Jazz Fiddlers in 1976.
The number of our Canadian listeners seems to be on the rise or at least they are very good letter writers. This e-mail is from George Myles from Ottawa:
We have frequently reported in the last couple months on the new traffic regulations in the Czech Republic and also on the number of lives they are believed to have saved on the roads. Despite those figures, there are some who would like to see the rules made more lenient. Frank Miata who lives here in Prague diagrees.
Staying with the topic of unsafe driving, in response to our recent report about a lady who has been running a shelter for hedgehogs, our Prague listener Paul Kail sent us this.
And a lady who wished to remain anonymous but did sign her name listens to us... in Canada.
And finally, before we repeat our competition question for August for one last time, there is good news for our listener Brian Kendall from England whose request we quoted in July. He wrote he would like to hear "The Cunning Little Vixen" by Leos Janacek covered in Radio Prague's classical music programme Encore one day. Well, the good news is that David Vaughan will be featuring the piece in Encore next Sunday.
And the promised question for August:
"We would like you to tell us the name of the Czech-born tennis, soccer and ice hockey player who was born in 1895 and was this year inducted into the International Tennis Hall of Fame."
You have until next Thursday to send us your suggestions to the usual address, [email protected] or Radio Prague, 12099, Prague. Thanks for listening, good-bye.