Compact archive June 3, 2008

Paintball in Prague

Paintball is a modern, fast growing, adrenalin sport. It requires not just speed and accuracy but also tactical thinking and the ability to stay calm. You can experience the joy and satisfaction of victory, as well as the disappointment of defeat. Paintball is played all over the world by millions of men and women of all ages, from different professions and lifestyles. Individuals, a bunch of friends, or a large company enjoy paintball.

There are many ways to play a paintball game but all of them have one thing in common, there is always two teams competing against each other. The objective for the game can vary, in one game you could be trying to capture the flag of the opposing team and in another game defending your flag, or possibly trying to eliminate all the players on the opposing team. The number of players on each team is optional, it is limited only by the size of the field. There can be just two people playing or over 500 players on each side. The games can have time limits, usually 10 minutes depending on the size of the field and the amount of players. This prevents people from spending too long out of the game.

In Prague, you can visit the paintball spot close to the centre, on an island called Cisarska louka (The Emperors Meadow). This area has a beautiful view of the river and the ancient castle Vysehrad. It is easily accessible by car or public transport.
Price of a game: 750,- czk, Price of a ball: 1,- czk. The price includes: Entrance to the field, lending fee for paintball gun and mask, lending fee for overall (camouflage design), hood and paintball gloves, 100 paintballs, CO2 for the whole game. The facility consists of three separated fields which can be joined together to make one large field. Each was built in a different style. The first one is set up as an old town with houses and barriers. The second one has inflatable barriers which are used for sport paintball, and the last one is a military style.

Ruzyne Airport will be sold directly

The Czech Government has voted for direct sell of the package of 100% funds to a strategic partner, Topolanek stated. The strategic partner is supposed to pay more than 100 billion czk to the state. The government also set the minister of finance, Miroslav Kaluousek, to start the process of choosing the main advisor for the privatization. The office is needed for judging of the offers.

According to assumptions it will probably be a consortium of an entrepreneur of a big airport and a financial institution. The decision for direct sell was made on the basis of not very numerous privatizations on the market, and also relatively prosperous time for aviation.


Anti-Art in National Gallery

grizzly man by marcin dziaczkowsky To went away from the mainstream and ruling conventions, not to be a subject to the art market, to create art for the value of the gesture, not for the monetary value of the object. Such is the idea of the exhibition of alternative contemporary art in Prague, which starts today, and continues until 14th September 2008.

One of the main ideas of this year is the statement, that the art value of an arpiece is not determined by the object itself, but by the gesture of the artist who created it. The example would be Marcel Duchamp, who in 1917 transported the industrially made pissoir into a show room, thus creating the first ready-made and aroused a debate of theoreticians about anti-art. In the end the Duchamp’s pissoir was labelled the most fundamental artpiece of the 20th century.

We previously informed you about the exhibition venue in the National Gallery, however other part of the exhibition is placed in Kinsky Palace.


Bem's Reaction to Havel's “Do not vote for ODS“ appeal

Pavel Bem wrote for Lidove noviny newspaper an article called ‘A wave of anger from Havel’. Bem states, that “…Havel in his Article only warns, alleges, laughs at, gingers up, on purpose. In the name of some ‘higher principle’, with no respect to the others, without respect to truth, only with respect that he is the chosen bearer of light and universal truth.”

“The ex-president complains there are shopping centres growing, destroying local ways, complains about the way how modern buildings look like, even when their owners want them to look like that, about the ‘Businessmen Baroque’ of satellites growing without shops, schools, or civilian life. But, such is the reality and free will of people.” Wrote the Prague Mayor Bem

The center point of Bem’s essay is the fact, Havel was against the ODS project of the tunnel below Letna, and that Havel supports the theatres ODS want to cut off grants. Those two articles cannot be judged objectively, because both represent completely different point of views. If we simplify both presentations, it would look like this:

Theatre matter: ODS: Prague theatres are getting enough and they should be able to make money by themselves. Havel: If we let theatres without support, they will have to reduce their staff and to play only commercial pieces.

Letna tunnel matter: Havel: There are places with higher need of a by-pass, and much much cheaper. ODS: It is expensive, but needed.

Blob matter: ODS: Klaus doesn’t like it, we cannot go against our founding father. Havel: The international contest has a higher value that one man’s opinion, even when he is the president.

Suburbs matter: Havel: To build without a long-term plan devastates the countryside, and doesn’t care about the locals. ODS: The state needs money, and supranational companies bring them.

It can’t get clearer than this. Who is with the left wing, who is with the right wing?

Metallica concert in Prague Today, let your Cameras at Home

lars ulrich, the copy rights enthusiastic The organizer of today concert of the American music group Metallica gave notice of photographing, filming, or audio recording ban. They also announced there is no possibility of storing anything in the area of Sk Slavia Praha. Anyone, who will try to get through with a recording device on them, can get ban to the area.

Remember – any record that you make at the concert, can cost the group members millions, and when you copy Metallica music, you make Ulrich very sad. The stadium opens at four p.m. and Metallica starts playing after two other groups at half past seven. The end of the concert is planned on ten p.m.