Compact archive April 8, 2008

Charles University 660 Years Anniversary

CU Yesterday Monday marked Charles University anniversary. The oldest university in the Central Europe was founded exactly 660 years ago, from the will of the Emperor Charles IV. The original four faculties were the faculty of theology, faculty of law, faculty of medicine and faculty of arts.

Charles University is still the humanitarian center of education in the Czech Republic. The original students of the university were of four nations: Czech, Bavarian, Saxon and Polish. Nowadays, thanks to exchange students programmes, it hosts the best students from all around the world.

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New Prague Metro Stations

letnany station under construction Construction of the Metro line C extension is progressing further to the northeast to connect the city center to the large housing blocks in Prosek.

tunnel The new track will be 4,6 km long. There will be three more stations (Strizkov, Prosek and Letnany) they are planned to open in May 2008.

Expenses are about 15,5 billions czk, the three stations take care of an area inhabited by 50 000 people.

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First Czech Woman heading to North Pole

trace map Right now, the Czech Polar CENTRAL GROUP expedition is probably on its way to the centre of the North Pole. The three of them were able to use their satellite phone after few days of silence. The group is formed by two men, Dusan Kunovsky and Ladislav Franta and also Miluse Netolicka, the first Czech woman on the poles. Except for small frostbites, they are all right.

If everything goes according to the plan, they should reach the centre during the next few days. The progress is however quite difficult, as there are strong wind and severe frost, at the present moment around -40 Celsius. Greater danger is from the ‘negative drift’; the arctic ice is moving from the pole, and it is getting more and more cracked every year.

The group heads from Barneo Russian polar station, which is about 130km far from the pole. From the base, they go by ski. A part of resources is taken care of by a dog sledge, the rest has the group on their backs. A documentary movie should the outcome.

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Welcome in Prague by Youtube

If you have a look at the server Youtube, you will see how Prague welcomes its visitors – it is almost morning, but the walls of the hotel room are shaking; at the door, there is a pile of beer and vodka and vine and whatever bottles. How did they got there? A group of grammar-school students went for a trip to Prague.

According the immediate impression of Prague, which one can get on Youtube, there is no better and cheaper place to get drunk. “Only the fittest can survive” states the introduction of the drinking videos of German students.

According to Prague Information Service, 63% of tourists look for information on the Internet. If you stay tuned on Youtube, you will, in few minutes, see many drunks and prostitutes, roaming Prague. I just want to add: the experience may differ. Everyone gets what he wants. Prague is not a city inhabited solely by drunks and prostitutes!

Continue to youtube here . Based on: MF Dnes

Arno (FR) Concert

arno He has a thick, hoarse voice. You could roll a few cigarettes and destille a few barrels of whiskey of it. Arno himself would speak about Sergi Gainsbourg and Tom Waits. Their songs were more influential than those of his fellow countryman, famous chansonnier Jacques Brel. They all love blues, jazz and country, they are all great composers, and at the same time very interesting poets.

Arno’s last album Jus de box, oscillating between sophisticated pop-rock and tormentors ballads. The deep-felt Jusqu’au bout can be put near Waits’ hits; waltz rhythm, piano and violin dress in Douce is in quality close to love songs of Serge Gainsbourg.

Arno makes nice music, which clearly proves francophone chanson found its future – as if the spirit of Serge Gainsbourg wentz into him.

Friday 18th April 2008, 19:30, Palác Akropolis, Kubelíkova 27, Praha 3

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