Compact archive June 29, 2006

International movie festival Karlovy Vary

41st International movie festival in Carlsbad starts tomorrow. During 10 days you have a chance to see 230 movies. There will be many movies from many countries and many celebrities.

You can see almost every genre. You can visit some seminars for example about horror.

As a guests or celebrities who gain awards. You can met actors, producers, directors etc.: Matthew Barney, Richard P. Rubinstein, Andy Garcia, Robert K. Shay, Luc Besson, Terry Gilliam, Kim Ki-duk or Goran Paskaljevic.

The movies are from USA, Romania, Thailand, Brazil, Iraq, Belgium, Czech Republic, France, Bulgaria, Sweden… and much more.

Every information you can need you find at official IFFKV pages.


Another bank with clear mind

Most absurd fee was voted the paying for an incoming payment. It was two months ago. A month ago Postovni sporitelna (Post Savings Bank) cancelled this fee. Second bank did the same yesterday.

It was eBanka (eBank). The fee doesn’t exists from 1st July. It was 2,10 or 6,10 crown for a payment. The rest of Czech banks don’t think about it. Consumers Defence Association of the Czech Republic critics this fee as well as other things in bank sector. The organisation has a goal to fight for better protection of costumers.

And why was this fee voted by customers as a most absurd? Imagine that someone doesn’t like you and he know the number of your bank account. He sends to your account one single crown million times. Bank takes from your account six crowns for each transfer. The result: You have a loss 5 million crowns. It is nice, isn’t it?

Torches made a symbol of a peace at Prague Castle

Humanistic movement created a classic symbol of a peace at Hradcanske square directly in front of Prague Castle.
It was 16th June and it was made as a support of a peace in the world and also a protest against occupation of Iraq.

This action was well prepared, the torches was sold to volunteers who want to be a part of this large symbol and the layout was directed by many people who directed one section of a symbol. A diameter of the symbol was 15 meters wide and it was made by more than 300 people.

You can see the photos at Humanistic movement official pages.

Prague rewiew by a Canadian

Today I bring you next review of Prague. The author describes her experience in Prague. She isn’t one of them who breathtakingly gaze at Charles Bridge or the Astronomical clock. I appreciate another point of view, so you can read here another things than usual monument descriptions.

The thing about Czech money was that there was a lot of coins. Not just coins, but giant, heavy coins. The coins were at least twice the weight of the equivalently valued Canadian coin. The dual-metal fifty koruna piece was particularly quite the looker. I imagine Czech men being plagued with hole problems in their trousers.

How difficult is travelling in Prague for people on wheelchairs?

Public transport in Prague is accessible, dense and relatively fast. But not for people on a wheelchair. For them is transport in a bus, a tram or a metro only a dream. Or a nightmare.

Imagine that you are on a wheel chair and you want to get from one side of a Prague to another by public transport.
First step: How to get to metro station? Still there are many sidewalks in Prague what haven’t barrier less access so get from one side of a road to another is problem.
Second: You must get under a ground into a platform. New stations are barrier less – they have elevators, but almost every old station is without it. So you have no chance to get to Prague centre by metro.
Third: At some stations the gap between the metro train and platform is so big, than your wheel can get stuck there. In metro train you have also no chance how to give a not to driver than you want to leave the train.

Buses: Only small number of buses have low-lying floor. You must wait to this bus or you can have a bad luck and the line have no low-lying floor buses at all.

Trams: Forget it. There is no chance to get to tram (there is only one exception).

There is also more problems like how to get to some offices with barrier access. You can also find some grotesque things like a ring or a bell for wheelchaired people, which is set at a place unreachable from a wheelchair or a elevator with buttons too high to push. And where is biggest problem (if we don’t count some examples of a stupidity like these)? Money. Changes in transport for better live of people at wheelchairs costs milliards of crowns.


Robotic doctor in Prague hospital

Still it will take some time to an existence of artificial doctor who will be able to cure patients or recognize the wounds. For now we can see them only in Star Wars movie or Star Trek: Voyager series. But robotic technology can be helpful already now.

Prague Na Homolce hospital has a “robotic servant”. This useful piece of technology allows to make a virtual tour for a doctor who cannot be really presented at a place. The robot moves in a hospital and visits patient room. The motion is directed by a doctor from a distance. In rooms the robot can visit every patient and a doctor can communicate with them via cameras and raudio system at both sides. A doctor can see the wounds, speak with nurses and other doctors or suggest a treatment.

This technology can help in many ways. It can control and gives advices to younger doctors, it can be used as an expert assistance in operations, when the doctor is in another hospital or a country. This allows to reduce a need of transportation a patient for another expert opinion. When hospital need to know an attitude of doctor who is at vacation or at home this is very helpful. And there is another quality of this robot: doctor can visit a patient contagious disease without fear.

Na Homolce hospital now testing the robot and his use. It would be the first “robotic doctor” used in Central and Easter Europe. Total number of robots used in the world is about 80.

Big statues come to Prague again

Sculpture Grande is an every year open air exhibition of statues. Exhibition ground is Prague Wenceslas square, where you can see really big statues.

The exhibition is between 19th July and 30 October and you can see there many styles of modern art in a statuary for free. There will be many “most” things in the exhibition.

Biggest statue will be National museum itself, transformed into a sculpture. Highest sculpture will have 11 meters. Most famous author is Dennis Oppenheim and most authors work at sculpture “12 words”. Most visible is statue the Tsunami. It will create an illusion of water sweeping over speculator as is was in 2004 at Sri Lanka and Thailand.