Compact archive August 21, 2007

Refugee Camp Exhibit in Prague

Refugee camp If you want to imagine how it is to be a refugee living in a refugee camp, visit namesti Miru (metro line A) in Prague between 4th and 9th September 2007. You may see a refugee camp just in the centre of the city.

The outdoor educational exhibit A Refugee Camp in the Heart of the City is organized by the independent organization Doctors Without Borders. The tour in the ‘camp’ will take about one hour and it will be guided by aid workers experienced from foreign missions. The exhibit is free and open to the public.

Visitors can see there what’s important to secure to be able to survive. They can also take part in it – to try on a wristband measuring malnutrition, to measure the day portion of food or to carry a bucket of water on their head.


Actor Pierre Richard will shoot in Prague

Pierre Richard will be in Prague Prague will be presented as Paris. At least in a new film by Christophe Barratier who made his Edith Piaf also in Prague. One of the main characters will be played by famous French actor Pierre Richard. Besides Prague’s interiors the film will show several places in Prague, such as Lucerna Palac or Prague’s Opera.

The shooting will start at the end of August and it should take here 3 months. The movie called Faubourg 36 tells a story about three employees of a music-hall in France that has bankrupted. The employees decide to show their own performance to be able to buy the music-hall.

Christophe Barratier is known for his film Les Choristes. Some of the actors of that film will appear in this new one, such as Clovis Cornillac, Nora Arnezeder and Gérard Jugnot.

'Intelligent stops' will improve transportation in Prague

Information board on Malostranska stop Prague Public Transport Company plans to equip many tram and bus stops with electronic information boards giving information about up-to-date connections. Travellers will know when exactly their tram or bus comes and therefore they can plan their time better, for example they will know they have time to buy a newspaper. Such information boards are already in Barrandov and in Malostranska stop.

All trams and buses in Prague are equipped with GPS navigation and the control system knows about current tram service disruption and situation on Prague’s roads. Travellers waiting at stops without the information board can send an SMS to ask about the best connection. They will get a message back immediately with the answer.

These information boards should also appear at the entrance to Prague underground. They will also help blind people as they will say aloud which tram will arrive and to which direction. Prague Public Transport Company wants to change the orientation system in Prague metro as well.


Storms hit Prague

Heavy rain that started on Sunday evening in Prague caused a lot of problems. Water got into metro stations Chodov (line C) and Ceskomoravka, that’s why metro trains didn’t stop there from 21:30 to about midnight.

Firefighters had to help tens of people with flooded cellars. Several streets and park Folimanka were under water. Water got even to the department of emergency in the Vinohrady hospital. The worst situation in Prague was in Vinohrady area, Zizkov, Nusle, Chodov, Libna and Hostivar.

Storms might appear today and tomorrow as well, from Thursday the situation should be better. Meteorologists warn against heavy rains these days.

Tram service disruption between stops Malostranska - Ujezd

Due to the tram service disruption in Letenska street, several trams in Prague will be rerouted. It refers to lines no. 12, 20, 22, 23 and 57. The disruption will last from the morning 22nd August until the morning 2nd September 2007.

Line no. 12 from the direction of Sidliste Barrandov will be rerouted from stop Andel via stops Bertramka and Klamovka to loop Kotlarka where it will be finished.

Line no. 20 from the direction of Divoka Sarka will be rerouted from stop Malostranska via stops Strossmayerovo namesti, Nadrazi Holesovice and Maniny to loop Palmovka where it will be finished.

Lines no, 22, 23 and 57 in the section Malostranska – Narodni divadlo (National Theatre) rerouted via stop Staromestska. There will be an additional bus X-23 from stop Ujezd to stop Malostranske namesti.