Compact archive December 19, 2006

Sean Lennon's concert in Prague

The son of John Lennon and Yoko Ono, Sean Lennon, will perform in Prague soon. Sean Lennon is now on his tour through the USA and Europe after he released his second album called Friendly Fire.

On this album Sean Lennon worked with some other children of famous people – Harper Simon, the son of Paul Simon or Bijou Phillips, the daughter of John Phillips from The Mamas and Papas. Sean Lennon started very early, he recited on his mother’s album Season of Glass in 1981 or contributed to the song It’s Alright on the album Every Man Has a Woman when he was nine.

The concert of Sean Lennon in Prague takes place in Lucerna Music Bar (Vodickova 36) on 5th February 2007. Lucerna’s booking office is open every weekday from 10:00 to 13:00 and from 14:00 to 18:00.

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Fight against the overcharged taxi services

A sad incident happened at the end of the last week when a foreign tourist refused to continue the journey in a taxi after she had seen on the taxi-meter that she had to pay 128 CZK for 300 meters. The taxi driver was rude to her and demanded the money.

Accidentally, the Deputy of Lord Mayer passed by. She backed the tourist up. According to her, the taxi driver breaks the edict that says that the maximum rate is 25 CZK/per kilometer. Drivers that overcharge, sometimes even several times, are fined by the municipal authorities. However, the drivers lodge an appeal and the cases last long. The warning against bad behaviour and high prices of Prague taxi drivers is even in foreign tourist guidebooks.

The municipal authorities want to change the road law so that taxi drivers can be punished easily. Also in Old Town Square taxi drivers with the rate of only 28 CZK per kilometer will stand from 1st January. They should be a good competition to the overcharged taxi drivers.

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Name a tree in Stromovka park in Prague

If you like walking in Prague’s park, one of the places you can go is Stromovka – Royal deer park. It is situated near Prague’s Exhibition Ground (Vystaviste) and Prague’s planetarium.

At the entrances to Stromovka you can see now a wooden figure that is about 2 meters high. It is one of the artefacts made by artist Kurt Gebauer. On the figures you may notice a practical map of Stromovka showing the routes of the park.

In this “tree park” (as Stromovka is called in Czech) you can also buy one of the trees, that has been planted lately, for 10 000 CZK. After bying the tree, you can place a note with your name on it.

Charles Bridge Museum

Charles Bridge, one of the most significant monument in Prague, will have its museum. The exposition will be very near Charles Bridge, in the monastery of the Knights of the Cross, and will be probably open in June next year.

Visitors of this exposition can learn more about Charles Bridge, its construction, changes during centuries and sculpture works there. Visitors can also learn more about the predecessor of Charles Bridge – Judith’s Bridge. The creator of the museum has already launched the web pages of the museum at www.muzeumkarlovamostu.cz (only in Czech).

Charles Bridge was founded by the emperor Charles IV. on 9th July 1357. It was called Prague Bridge or Stone Bridge, since 1870 the bridge has been called Charles Bridge.

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Tenor singer Rolando Villazon back in Prague

The world’s most desirable tenor singer Ronaldo Villazon is coming back to Prague after his great success here last time. Villazon will perform together with Prague Philharmonic conducted by Italian conductor Daniele Callegari in Smetana’s Hall of Prague’s Municipal House on 27th February 2007.

He is considered by the world’s press as the biggest star on the current opera scene. In Prague he will sing arias from operas by Verdi, Puccini, Donizetti, Tchaikovsky, Massenet and Gounod. He will add also Spanish and Latin American songs.

Tickets are on sale in Prague’s Municipal House (nam. Republiky 5) or through Ticketpro from 4995,- CZK to 395,- CZK. Tickets from the cancelled concert planned for last April are still valid.

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