Compact archive May 10, 2006

Sinéad O'Connor in Prague

Irish singer Sinéad O’Connor will sing at open air festival Music In The Park as well as American gospel band Blind Boys of Alabama.
There will be many foreign performenrs, mostly from English speaking countries. There will be of course Czech perfromers like Jiri Suchy or Blue Effect.

This festival is 22nd July in Prague Stromovka. Concerts starts at midnoon and end at midnight.


Prague Spring is coming

Prague Spring one of most famous international festival of not-only classical music starts just tomorrow. It will be exactly 60 years of first Prague Spring and that will be becomingly presented.

Prague Spring is from 11th May to 3rd June and concerts will be in thirteen places, many of them are special like Municipal house, Klemetinum or St. Vitus Cathedral.

You can hear so wide choice of classical music, performed by artists from all corners of the Europe like Slovakia Philharmonic, Russian National Orchestra, English Chamber Orchestra, maybe best in the world Wiener Philharmonic or Japan Philharmonic Orchestra.

This year Prague Spring will have two opening concerts. First will be 11th May exact replica of first festival concert in year 1946 – J. B. Foerster: Ceremonial Overture in C major, Op. 70, Otakar Ostrcil: Stations of the Cross, Op. 24, and Antonin Dvorak: Symphony No. 7. Second opening concert will be traditional from year 1952 Bedrich Smetana: My Country.

All information you can find at official pages of Prague Spring.

Prague news 10th May

Unique music instruments made from match-sticks was found. They was found undamaged in a container not so far from Prague Vystaviste – Exhibition grounds, where was stolen on Sunday night. Founder was rewarded by 10 000 CZK.

Although British tourist Malcolm Tuffin, who was seriously injured when Christmas tree at Prague Old Town Square fall upon him on December 2003, was freely compensated by a half of a million CZK (investigation described incident as bad luck, without any guilty), he still wants money. Now it is two millions CZK.

Temperature in Prague is some days at about 22 degrees of Celsius (72 Fahrenheit) so a lot of people is using an offer to hire a boat or tread boat at Vltava river.


Martina Navratilova plays in Prague

Martina Navratilova, best female tennis-player of history is after 20 years back as a player in Czech Republic. She plays double with Barbora Strycova at Prague Open 2006.

Martina Navratilova is almost fifty years old and now she tried to show how she can play tennis after years. Prague tennis court is very special to her. Although she was born and grew in Czechoslovakia, she played only about ten matches out of 2500 of her life. It is because she escaped from communistic regime when she was young and has become citizen of USA.

Navratilova returned to her homeland – Czech Republic three or four times a year after Velvet Revolution. Still she has family here. Now she is trying to get both USA and Czech citizenship.

Her first match at Prague Open was great. She was little nervous at the beginning – after many many years she played before their home audience. Although she is not so fast as she was young, she has great technique and tons of experience. Together with Barbora Strycova won match against double Blahotová(CZ)-Rolle(USA) after 65 minutes 6:2, 6:3. Navratilova, Strycova had match ball from position 5:0.
Next challengers are Americans Harkleroad-Mattek in quarterfinals.

32 years Metro anniversary

Today it is 23 years from first open of Prague metro. It was in year 1974 and first trace was from Florenc to Kacerov at line C, total 9 stations. Next one Depo Hostivar will be opened 28th May 2006.

Now Prague metro has length 54 kilometers and has 54 stations in different distance. First planes of Prague metro are from year 1898! Next serious discussions about metro was in 1930’s.

In year 1966 started first work on underground tram. Than planes was changed to metro – more expensive, but more progressive.
After 1989 13 stations was renamed, because they have had obvious communistic propaganda names like Lenin’s, Gottwald’s of “Friendship’s”.


Privilege of parliament will be weaker

Members of Parliament voted for lesser privileges. 125 from 140 Members voted for accept of new constitutional law which is reducing Privilege of parliament only to electoral term, not rest of life like it is nowadays. No member was against, 15 members abstention from voting.

That will make Members cognizable after the end of electoral term. Now privilege gives to all Members chance be immune from suit if Parliament decide not to take away privilege from any Member.

Still Members and Senators can travel with public transport in Czech Republic for free, Members from Moravia cam even fly to Prague for free. And most criticised thing is still raising Members salary, which value is voted by Members of Parliament itself.


Police on two wheels is training

Municipal Police of Prague wants to have good motorcycle riders. The reason is simple: Municipal Police on two wheels can get to every place in Prague faster than in car, because it isn’t limited by traffic jams, which are very frequent in Prague.

But training this 15 policemen is little unusual. Best way how to be at least good rider is to train with best riders. So teachers are Czech representatives of motorcycle race Enduro like Europe vice-champion Karel Scheder.

Policemen trained riding, slalom and braking at wet surface, riding with a distance, escorting of a car, passing hurdles or turning to an opposite direction.

Prague Municipal police has 40 motorcycles and 80 drivers.
Municipal police has new competences like weighting trucks or buses, and there will be better connection between Police CZ and Municipal police.


New kind of a transport in Prague centre

There is new kind of transport for tourists. You don’t need to use a taxi, a historical tram or a carriage with horses. Now you can travel trough Prague centre on three-wheelers.

Wheelers with driver called Velotrixi can carry two passengers, a main of movement of three-wheeler is work for driver’s legs, when a wheeler need to ride up to a hill or start driving a driver can use an electric motor.

Cost of 45 minutes long ride is 600 Czech crowns, if traveller want to get to some place, he will pay 200 CZK. Prague offers twenty wheelers from spring to autumn. Their area is from Old Town Square and Wenceslas Square to Lesser Town Square and Smichov sometimes they will take a tour to Hradcany. Velotrixi can ride at every place, where usual bikes can ride.

This concept of ecological and interest transport has origin in Berlin and Mayor of Prague, Pavel Bem decided to try this in Prague. Now three-wheelers Velotrixi are riding in 35 cities in 17 countries of the world.