Compact archive February 6, 2008

Rihanna promises big show in Prague

rihanna Rihanna was born in 1988, in a county in Barbados called St. Michael. She lived the life of a normal island girl going to Combermere, a top sixth form school, similar to grammar schools in the UK. Rihanna won a beauty pageant and performed Mariah Carey’s “Hero” in a school talent show. Her life changed forever when one of her friends introduced her to Evan Rodgers, a producer from New York who was in Barbados for vacation with his wife, who is a native. Rodgers arranged for her to go to New York to meet Jay-Z, CEO of Def Jam Records. He heard her sing and knew she was going to be big and for more than just one song. She was 16 when she was signed to Def Jam. Rihnanna’s debut album is called “Music of the Sun”.

One of her nicknames is ‘The New Princess of Pop’. She dominated last year’s hit-parades with her song Umbrella. Now she comes to perform her mix of rnb, soul, reggae and pop music to the Czech Republic fro the firs time.

HC Sparta Arena, Prague Exhibition Ground, Tickets: 790, 990 in pre-sale. 20th March 2008.

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Svejnar: I am ahead in opinion polls

Ian Willoughby from Radio Praha had a chance to make an interview with Jan Svejnar recently. We bring you the shortened version.

What do you have to offer that the incumbent Vaclav Klaus doesn’t have to offer?

“Well, there is the fact that I am above politic parties. The president here should be politically independent. I am. I have both the local and the international experience, and obviously in the world of globalisation broad international experience is important.

“I am looking more forward than backward. I pretty much do hold strong views that are aligned with those of the Western world, be it in the area of global warming, or the active role that the Czech Republic can play in the EU. So there are major differences.”

Given yours relative outsider status – and Mr Klaus’s ultimate insider status – isn’t it a disadvantage for Jan Svejnar that when it comes to horse-trading for votes, he simply has less to offer?

“You’re right, I’m not offering that. I’m offering vision, I’m offering my skills, my expertise. I believe that the parties that are supporting me – and that’s my advantage, I’m supported by a significant part of the political spectrum, from the left to the right – will do whatever is needed in good old politics, where I have no comparative advantage whatsoever. I’m focusing really on ideas, and where the country should go.”

All things considered, how does the candidate himself rate his chances?

“One has to take the dynamics into account. When I started a couple of months ago I was obviously the outsider both in opinion polls and among the members of Parliament who are going to vote. Now I am the one who is if anything ahead in the opinion polls. Many people in Parliament are seriously considering voting for me, so I think that the chances now are about fifty-fifty.”

The original article is here

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The end of Czechoslovak Currency

1-kcs-1967-avers 1993, fifteen years ago is the date, when the Czechoslovakia divided. Forty thousands people worked at the time on introduction of two new currencies – Czech and Slovak Crown.

8th February 1993 is the date when the new currencies started to work, at that time the currency KCS (Czechoslovak Crown, not to be confused with KSC, which was the Communist Party of Czechoslovakia) gained revenue Czech/Slovak stamps, the new designs were introduced later.

It was necessary to stamp 45 millions 1000, 500 and 100 banknotes, worth 21 billions CZK. Ever since, there are CZK and SK currencies.

The Slovak Republic converts to Euro in 2009, the Czech Republic converts in 2012 or later.

Prague Dancing House is Beautiful

I go around it every day on my way to work. It is a dignified, yet sexy and emotive.

Prague Dancing House, designed by architects Vlado Milunc and Frank O Gehry, was originally called the “Astaire & Rogers Building”, named after Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers. It resembles a post-modern statue of a dancing couple.

So beautiful, yet ambivalent. Ghery’s buildings are a unit, and so the inside should be united too. But the building hosts a bar, La Perle de Prague restaurant and offices at the same time.

Not many Czechs go inside, even less have a chance to do some new pictures of the object. When I found some on the web addicted2decor (they claim the pictures are from Dwell.com, however they are no longer there) I decided to share them with you. Here they come.

I hope you enjoy these as much as I do.

How significant is the role of architecture for Prague tourism is clear.

Prague is a traditional city, which has grown for thousand years. The centre of the city fulfills various functions and it is suitable for pedestrians.

The dancing house represents unity of the old with the new and brings hopes for us, Czechs, to be in peace with our past, as well as with our future.

BUSH - High Contrast in Roxy Club, Prague

high contrast Lincoln Barrett aka High Contrast published his new album called „Tough Guys Don´t Dance“ in 2007 and now it is the right time to hear his present sound in Prague dominant club Roxy.

Everything Liam does in a studio, he learned by himself at the computer. He found his own way thanks to it – his liquid funk is spiced by samples and sound jumps to jazz or grime. Vocals, piano, violin, that’s his style.

On his vinyls and albums, you can hear classic or house music influences. Or a movie soundtrack. His tracks have dramatic composition, they are full of emotions, just like film music. Btw Lincoln dreams of making a real soundtrack to some cool movie.

High Contrast concert in Prague, presale 280 ticketpro.cz, 350 at the spot. Start 22:00, 21st March 2008, Experimental space Roxy, Dlouha 33, Prague 1

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