This week we introduce two new voices on Radio Prague and we return to St Valentine's Day celebrations. We quote from e-mails sent by: Thomas Kuca, Tom Hawman, USA; K. Thiagarajan, India.
Thomas Kuca from New York has sent us a very nice e-mail in which he says he's just written to another international radio station commenting on their newly designed website.
"In my e-mail I commended the design of Radio Prague's website, noting how user-friendly it is. I also expressed my wish that all such international radio station websites would follow the same format as your station's design. Everything about the Radio Prague website is easy to navigate, unlike other station's sites. You have all the important information and links about your station and the Czech Republic on your main page. Why can't all radio stations follow your format and design? Are awards given to international radio station websites? Radio Prague would win!"
Thank you very much for that praise. I have forwarded the e-mail to our internet department who are indeed responsible for a very important part of what we do here at Radio Prague.
Another heart-warming e-mail came also from the United States, from Tom Hawman.
"I can remember saving my allowance for postage to mail letters to far away lands. I was 11 years old and probably on an FBI spy watch list for Russia as this was the height of the Cold War. My daughter thinks it's so quaint that I still have these thoughts but now with e-mail and everything "right now", what's the big deal. Well, after 45 years listening to shortwave radio off and on. So many stations gone, new ones on. You can even write a letter to Cuba AND China now. It's still just plain cool what you gave me. So, when I say thank you, I really do mean it."
Over the years, Radio Prague has also spoken in dozens of voices and let me use this occasion to introduce two new ones to you - even though one of them is not entirely new...
"Hi! I'm Linda Mastalir and I'm a Czech-Canadian. My parents left Czechoslovakia after 1968 and I was born in Vancouver, British Columbia. Some of you may remember that I was an intern at Radio Prague some years ago while I was a Master's degree student at the University of Toronto's Center for Russian and East European Studies. Now I'm back living in Prague and finishing my research for my history doctoral dissertation and I'm definitely happy to be back at Radio Prague. It's the ideal way to combine my interests as a journalist and as a historian, so I look forward to working with everyone again and exploring many new interesting stories."
Linda is one of the two new voices on Radio Prague and the other is Chris Jarrett from England.
"I'll be working for Radio Prague for the next few months as part of my university year abroad - I'll be here as an intern. I'm originally from Manchester, England, and I'm studying Russian and Czech currently back in England in Oxford. I am thoroughly enjoying work here at Radio Prague and I'm most certainly looking forward to the next few months here."
And before I say good bye, here's our competition question for February.
"An ancient people, known to us as Hittites, lived in what is now Turkey, in the 2nd millennium BC. They spoke an Indo-European language which was deciphered by a Czech archaeologist at the beginning of the 20th century. He was also the one who determined the Hittites' language was indeed Indo-European."
Please send us your answers by the end of this month, to English@radio.cz or to our postal address, Radio Prague, 12099 Prague 2, Czech Republic. Till next week, thanks for listening and good bye.