Compact archive June 7, 2006

Mirrors are back in Petrin maze

In the middle of the April two of crooked mirrors were broken by some people in Petrin mirror maze.

Now the mirrors are back, the new one was installed yesterday. The replacement cost thirty thousand crowns. It takes so much time, because it was difficult to find a producer. It was found in Teplice, North-west Bohemia.

The maze ordered 10 mirrors. Two was replaced, two was changer for old one and six are used as a reserve.

The pavilion has become a mirror maze 95 years ago.

Handyman markets are more popular

Supermarkets specialized to “a home, a garden, and toys” is more popular in Czech Republic. There is five big companies offering this kind of products. A capital turnover was total 22,2 milliards CZK last year. It is 1,1 milliard more than in 2004.

Supermarkets for handyman and people with a profession like an electrician, a joiner or a builder are becoming more popular. 57 per cents of customers go shopping into this large markets than into another kinds. In year 2000 it was only 40 per cents.

Difference is in customers priorities in comparison with standard supermarkets. For handymen is most important professionalism of the shop, second one is good access with a car. After that are at third place prizes. In classic shops are prizes most important thing.

10 things better in America than in Europe

There I found a list of some things of whom author things that they are better in America than in Europe. There is mostly mentioned Prague or Vienna. I can’t have a relevant reaction at some things, because I never have been in America, but some at things I can.

#6- Degree scales. Come on now, Europe. Admit it. You’re just fucking around with us with that Celsius business, right? Having a laugh? “Oh no it’s 14 degrees, gonna be freezing, no wait 17 degrees, hot as hell!” (Yes, I know I probably got that totally wrong.) For serious? That scale does not have enough degrees. Try Fahrenheit for a while, dude- you’ll really enjoy it! (Don’t even get me started on the metric system…)

Well, I thing that is much better to have a degree scale associated with something important and with mostly used as water, (0 Celsius degrees-water freeze, 100 water boil) than some weird scale depending at an idea of scientist Fahrenheit.
And the metric system? Render down it is much easier, faster and transparent than Imperial system.

Fines of smokers: 750 000 CZK

The law which prohibits smoking at train platforms and at tram and bus stops is in validity from 1st January 2006.

750 000 CZK in fines is a large number, but is seems that this new law has no effect. The number of smokers at stations is same – about 1500 smokers each month pay a fine. This is criticised by municipal police as well, because there is no effect and the police has to do more work.

Still there is a problem that no one including police knows what exactly “the station” is and where people can smoke and where it is prohibited.


Cheater will be 12 years behind bars

Petr Smetka cheated 1095 people eleven years ago, the loss is 928 665 845, 40 CZK. Now he will have 12 years to think about it.

Smetka is a founder of H-System, a company offering cheap housing. But money of interested people was wittingly used to Smetka personal use and pay-off his companies created only for making a bank loans.

Instead of 1100 houses for customers only thirty was made. The rest of money disappeared. Prague High Court of Justice sentenced him to punishment 12 years, but the money are gone. Smetka says that he is innocent, that this large loss was unsuccessful prospectus. The adjudication is final, but Smetka can still make an extraordinary appeal.

It’s great that a cheater will get 12 years, but almost a milliard crowns of stolen people disappeared. And it would be foolish to believe that Smetka will return them money back. We can only hope that the stolen money are for him unreachable as well, because in my opinion 12 years or 6 six years with good behavior is a good trade for 900 millions CZK.