Compact archive February 5, 2008

Czech Scientists at Antarctica found and eaten 50-years-old soup

1950's soup The unusual discovery happened at Antarctica to a team of Czech geological scientists. During their research, they found not only valuable minerals, but also food supplies left by a British science team in 1950’s. In the area, where the temperatures drop well under -30 Celsius, the bag soups stayed in a good shape. The team reported it tasted just fine.

According to the leader of the Czech expedition the half-a-century-old soup satisfied the Scottish specialist on logistics and transport in cold environment Nick Halls, too.

Czech scientists initiated geological mapping of neighbour areas of James Ross island, where is the Czech Polar Station. They found Jurassic sediments close to Crystal Hill, and to their surprise also a supply point set by the British Antarctic Survey (BAS), who is the world leader exploring global problems connected to Antarctica weather.


Russia warns Poland: learn from the history

Negotiations among Poland and the USA about the military base have moved forward. Moscow doesn’t like it, warns of new Russia-Poland confrontations.

“Attempts to set up a confrontation line in Poland has until now always ended up tragically – as in WWII when the country lost almost one third of its population.” these were the words of the Russian deputy for Nato Dimitrij Rogozin, stating Poland has not learned from the history.

It is not the first diplomatically stated warning, Russia send. Last time, General-in-chief Jurij Balujevskij stated that a possible start of a defensive missile from the base in Poland can be red by the Russian systems as a launch of a ballistic missile. That would ‘provoke a launch of a Russian missile in return’.

As for the radar in Brdy, close to Prague, it will be build, as the last week brought the main negotiations to an agreement of the US and Czech governments.


Morcheeba in Prague Lucerna

new morcheeba Morcheeba are an English band that mixes influences from trip hop, rock, rhythm and blues and pop. Their most popular albums include debut Who Can You Trust? and Big Calm. They achieved huge international pop crossover success with the single “Rome Wasn’t Built in a Day” in 2000.

The founding Godfrey brothers (DJ Paul Godfrey and multi-instrumentalist Ross Godfrey) recruited Skye Edwards as vocalist in the mid-1990s, when the Morcheeba project started. Five albums later (2003), Edwards was asked to leave the band by the Godfrey Brothers as the individuals were beginning to go in separate directions musically, as the brothers wanted to try different things and had different musical ambitions.

Morcheeba comes to the Czech Republic with another singer – Jody Sternberg – for their live performances. The experience, if you are used to ‘good old Morcheeba’ can differ. They are featuring their new album dive Deep, released 4th February.

29th April 2008, Prague, Lucerna Tickets pre-sale at ticketpro for 690, ale the spot for 790 CZK.


Pilsner Urquell Dominates Czech Market

urquell Last year, the Czech beer brand Pilsner Urquell held its 17% share on the non-alcoholic beer market.

Half a million hectolitres of nonalcoholic beer has been sold in the Czech Republic only. A year before, it was 328 thousands hectolitres. The general director of Urquell Mike Short claims, the sales of non-alcoholic beer are growing up in the whole Europe, but not so fast as in the CR.

Urquell’s brand is called Radegast Birell and it competes with another 25 brands on the Czech market.


Sazka Arena ends, O2 Arena starts

sazka arena Prague multi-functional hall Sazka Arena changes its name to O2 Arena this march. Five-year contract has been signed yesterday.

Telefónica has became the general partner so it’s logo and graphics will be seen in and outside the multipurpose arena. Unofficial data speak about 30-50 millions CZK in rental per year.

The Spanish giant in telecommunication, Teléfónica, has entered the agreement about general partnership with the concert organizer Live Nation, representing stars like Rolling Stones, Madonna, U2 or Coldplay, so there should be plenty good concerts to look forward to.