Compact archive June 2, 2008

Rainstorms in Prague

Yesterday storms brought a short memory of the floods in 2002. The tropical weekend ended in fierce rainstorm. The water forced out many units of fire-brigade. There was water to be pumped out not only in basements, but also in Metro A/B Mustek at the Wenceslas Square. According to meteorologists, there were 2-cm groats falling in Prague that evening.

Meanwhile people travelled on by Metro, even when they had to get to it through 10cm of water at Mustek, the Zizkovsky vysilac television tower was hit by a lighting, and out-of-function for five hours, while it wasn’t possible to tune up the Czech Television in Prague. In June we can expect warm, but not tropical weather.


Z1 is the New Czech News Television

The Czech Republic has a new broadcast station. The commercially news-journalism station Z1 started yesterday at 19.00. The programme was started by the main news with reporters known from their activities in the Czech Television, Veronika Sedlackova and Jan Nemec. The leader of the television Martin Mrnka stated the aim of the television is to bring news channel on commercial basis.

The new television will be a competition of the statutory CT24. But the promotion of Z1 states they are aimed at a specific group of the most educated and rich viewers. They plan to gain three percents share. They build on successful news programmes, such as CNN or Sky News. It is possible to tune it up in Prague, Brno, Ostrava and Pilsen, and at

Metallica Tomorrow in Prague

Metallica is an American Rock band that formed in 1981 in Los Angeles, California. Metallica’s original line-up consisted of Lars Ulrich, rhythm guitarist and vocalist James Hetfield, lead guitarist Dave Mustaine, and bassist Ron McGovney. McGovney and Mustaine were later ejected from the band, in favor of Cliff Burton and Kirk Hammett, respectively. The ejection of Mustaine resulted in a feud between him and Metallica. Mustaine later went on to form the band Megadeth.

Metallica’s early releases included fast tempos, instrumentals, and aggressive musicianship that placed them as one of the “Big Four” of the thrash metal subgenre alongside Slayer, Megadeth and Anthrax. The band earned a growing fan base in the underground music community, and some critics say the 1986 release Master of Puppets is one of the most influential and “heavy” thrash metal albums.

The band achieved substantial commercial success with its self-titled 1991 album Metallica, which debuted at number one on the Billboard 200. Some critics and fans believed the band changed its musical direction to appeal to the mainstream audience. In 2000, Metallica was among several artists who filed a lawsuit against Napster for sharing the band’s copyright-protected material for free without the band members’ consent, by which became even more commercial in the eyes of many fans.

The band has become one of the most commercially successful with over 95 million records sold worldwide, including 57 million in the United States alone.

Metallica concert takes place in Prague Stadion Eden. It will be the first concert in this very new stadium, and Mettallica will show what they can do on 3rd June.


Prague Spring 2008 : BBC Orchestra excelled in Prague

Prazske Jaro – Prague Spring was unrecorded in the number of performing artists, who, for various reasons, decided to chancel their performance. For example Dagmar Peckova, who was supposed to perform the complex act from melodrama Awaiting, couldn’t arrive because of illness. Luckily, she was replaced by renowned American sopranos Deborah Polanski, who made an act full of emotions.

Also the London orchestra came to impress at the Prague Spring, with their present boss Jiri Belohlavek. The British performed as the wonderful music interprets of the 20th century music. They played Skladateluv apel from 1968, with certainty of experienced interpret of the 20th century and attacked the listeners’ senses with richness of colors. Based on LN Hradecka


Havel appealed to Prague: Do not vote for ODS

The unusually direct strike against the ruling ODS came from the ex-president Vaclav Havel this weekend. Havel is no longer politically active, this was one of the few political declarations he has made with some emphasis in the past five years.

Prague is the base of ODS, the Civic Democratic Party, the Prague mayor is a ODS member, too, why we should change it? “… I can’t think of anything else than to recommend to Prague citizens, not to vote for the party, which has ruled in Prague for so long, and which has allowed and done so much ill, in the incoming elections.” Havel wrote for LN on Saturday.

What is the biggest problem? For Havel, it is the way ODS wants to change supporting system of Prague theatres in a way, which would in the end mean commercialization of the repertoire. Other criticized deeds were the candidacy for Olympic Games, because Prague has major problems with traffic, in comparison with no projects of Prague growth that goes unlimited without services for the locals.