Compact archive July 7, 2008

Public Drinking in Prague Banned at some Places

carefully.... Since Monday the new public notice of the city hall come into operation. For most of us who, once in while, go to have a romantic bottle of wine while watching the sunset from Kampa Park there is a question we would like to know an answer to – will the new law be a tool against the homeless, or a tool against decent people?

Kampa park was the controversial park of the public notice, however the resolution was passed, so there is no alcohol drinking allowed since. The other places are the area at Narodni Trida around Tesco, the park in front of the main train station, at Petrin hill, at I. P. Pavlova square or at Karlovo namesti.

The parks that were spared of the ban are for example Letna and Stromovka by the Exhibition ground. The general places where drinking is banned in Prague are in areas around schools, medical facilities, metro stations, children playgrounds and bus/tram stations.

Meanwhile everyone probably agrees public drinking ban is necessary if we want to keep our metropolis at higher level, we are can but hope this law won’t be abused for repression, but used for getting rid of various unpleasant individuals.


Another musical Giant in Prague: Seal

British singer Seal, who is among the biggest stars of contemporary soul, performs this Tuesday in Prague. He returns to the same place where he sung three years ago, to the HC Sparta arena at the Exhibition ground in Prague

This time, he prepared repertoire from his last year published album System. The almost two metre tall man with the face covered with scars can look forward to Prague – his new album was among the most selling twenty for quite a few weeks.

45yo Seal was born in London to parents of Brazil and Nigeria origin. The typical scars on his face were caused by a serious dermatological disease of his early childhood.

Seal Tomorrow in HC Sparta Prague! Read on for info about tickets etc..


Vaclav Havel Interview for Financial Times

The Ex president Vaclav Havel feels sorry, the former communist states weren’t able to finish the revolution from 1989 by reforming post-communism; to get rid of ex-communists with economic power. He said that for Financial Times interview.

“As the young generation grows up, the society needs to get rid of people in power deformed by communism” he states. According to him, it is a trend of two faces; at one side it brings benefits to certain people, at the other side it generates danger for the other.

Havel also spoke about changes that brought technical development to the society, e.g. about mobile phones, compared to little development the society did on humane fields.


UNESCO honours Prague for its care of historical landmarks

The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) committee have honoured Prague for the state of Sights and Monuments at their meeting in Quebec. UNESCO approves of Prague, and Czech Republic heritage organization.

The Prague mayor Pavel Bem and the leader of municipal preservationists Jan Knezinek are very pleased with the results.

“Prague sight reservation is very unique and the extent and quality of sight keeping is very extraordinary in the world context. The note from UNESCO made me very happy.” Bem wrote.

Skalsky, who criticizes building of the new skyscrapers at Pankrac, commented the report is surprising in the context of UNESCO last year deliverance about the planned construction at Pankrac. They expressed their “serious discomposure”with the new skyscrapers. Later on, the skyscrapers were granted a licence.

Jugglig Festival in Prague

Since the right hemisphere is normally associated with creativity, then any activity which helps to awaken this suppressed hemisphere is certainly welcome. Enter juggling. Who could argue juggling does not use both sides of the brain? Both hands are used in juggling, aren’t they?

Jugglers learn in a narrow focus situation. Recall how most people learn to read. First, they learn to recognize the letters (the ball or pin). Then they learn to recognize the word (the juggling pattern). However, once this basic juggling “pattern” (the word) has been learned, then the focus can shift to a higher level still (the words become a sentence). An example of this would be a juggler on a rola-bola.

If an accomplished juggler now wants to learn a new trick, once again the focus must become narrow, the ball or pin must capture the attention (enter left-brain activity). Like a beginning new juggler, he or she must focus on throwing a double flip with the right hand before the left hand can throw a pin behind the back.

It appears juggling, like life itself, is a paradox. To catch we must not reach. To see the pattern we must not look at its parts. To learn we must unlearn.

If you like juggling and street art, there are some good news for you. From 24th to 27th of July there is going to be 8th year of Czech Juggling Convention and Street Festival in Prague. It is, as organizers states, a big celebration of juggling, acrobatic, new circus and other street art forms. Not only Czech people will be performers, the event is international. It consists not of performances on streets of Prague, some workshops, but also evening programs, lectures and gala shows. Read on

· TJ Sokol Zizkov – Konevova 19, Prague 3, Czech republic
· Park on the Vitkov hill in the centre of the city