Compact archive July 21, 2006

Forgotten Prague

Would you like to travel into the past and see Prague as it looked at the time of your grand-grandparents? The exhibition of photographs taken during the last quarter of the nineteenth century and in the prewar period can show you the city in a unique light.

The environment of the exhibition is very important for the way the photographs impact the viewers. From this perspective, the mystical cellars of Clam-Gallas palace seem to be the perfect pick.

Sixty-five photos of immense documentary value can thus help the visitor to “walk” through Prague which has been gone for decades. For all lovers of history and fans of architecture the only thing that remains to be done is to mention that the exhibition is opened daily till the end of August.


News from Prague ZOO

This week is significant for European suslik (sysel obecny). Two suslik couples from Pilsner ZOO were let into a new area at the edge of Prague ZOO. The number of susliks living there will increase as the two pairs can look forward to having about 30 new friends. For the time being susliks are protected from their predators. The space will later (probably before winter) no longer belong to the ZOO and the animals will thus be freed.

This event forms a part of the project named: “Will you help us back to nature?”, which aims to reintroduce back to nature four species – apart from suslik the organizers want to help the owls, bison and the last surviving species of the wild horse. The animal listed last is the most endangered one. Prague ZOO is extremely important for its reintroduction into its natural environment in Mongolia desert Gobi.

The project is aided by profits raised from selling biscuits Tatranky during the summer holidays. One tenth of each Czech crown spent on these biscuits goes towards freeing the animals. Currently the sum is slightly under half a million.


Field-hospital in Prague centre

Prague’s Wenceslas-square becomes a temporary home for a mobile hospital unit before it moves to Pakistan. In a remote area with the nearest medical provision two hundred kilometres away it will take care mostly of children.

The project is financed by sponsors of Hand for help – an organization which already sent field-hospital to Sri Lanka.

The hospital has a small surgery, a waiting room, an office and five emergency beds. The area does not have any electricity. The hospital thus has to have sun collectors as well as a generating set. The hospital unit is accessible to public for one week. You can also speak to the volunteers.

One doctor with the help of two medics and a technician will stay in Pakistan for about one month. During this time they will teach the locals about our material, instruments and medicines. Afterwards, the locals will be completely in charge of the hospital.

Trams return to Vodickova street

Wednesday morning is the planned date for the return of trams to Vodickova street. Neither trams nor private vehicles were allowed into the area after the collapse of the cubist house we reported about previously.

This should ease the chaos that now reigns in the capital city – given the other reconstruction works the total of more than twenty tram lines had to be altered. Nonetheless, the trams will pass the house only one by one and their speed will be reduced so as to minimise the vibrations.

By Tuesday evening the clear-up work should be finished. A scaffolding will be erected and connected to the facade by means of a steel construction. The house will be reconstructed to its original appearance. This is possible thanks to the well-kept detailed documentation and preservation of some of the objects from the interior of the house such as the original banisters. The works are expected to finish in September 2007.


Western hemisphere jumped

Wondering through Prague streets yesterday, you might have seen people looking at their watches in a very concentrated manner, counting down seconds and then – all of a sudden – jumping. The reason behind this rather bizarre behaviour was the World Jump Day.

World Jump Day aimed to put an end to global warming and create a more homogeneous climate as well as to lengthen daytime hours. This was to be achieved by a joint jump of at least 600 000 000 people on the western hemisphere at exactly 12:39:13 of our time.

The combined force of their impact was, according to German Professor Niesward from the Department of Gravitationsphysics, supposed to change Earths orbital rotation.

The only problem is that there is no Professor Niesward. He was “crated” by German artist Torsten Lauschmann. Scientist discredited the project (Newton’s Third Law) and very likely it was a mere artistic hoax.

Should you be one of the registered 600 248 012 jumpers or if this article aroused your curiosity, wait for the results – they should be published in the course of the coming few weeks.


Music in The Park without Sinead O'Conor

A dozen of hours filled with music are prepared for those, who decide to spent tomorrow at Music in The Park 2006 in Prague Stromovka park. Despite the relative “shortness” of this open-air-festival, it has a lot to offer – twelve hours of music from noon till midnight and twelve singers or bands.

The main star, Irish controversial songwriter and singer Sinead O’Conor, had to cancel her performance because of ill health. Her doctor recommends neither flight nor the performance. Sinead was supposed to spend in Prague the whole weekend with her close ones including her three children.

Even without the main jewel (the organizers are intensely looking for replacement both at home and abroad) the festival offers attractive programme. There are going to be two stages with stars such as funk and soul jazz saxophone player Maceo Parker or American gospel music group Blind Boys Of Alabama. Czech music scene will be represented for example by Zluty pes. You can also look forward to informal jam sessions. Here you will have a possibility to play with the stars.