Compact archive July 15, 2008

Prazske Schody - Prague Steps - Bicicle race in Prague

In the context of the recent news of the first Czech gaining good scores at Tour de France, I can’t not recall the bicycle race, that takes place every year in Prague historical centre.

It is called simply Prazske schody, ‘Prague steps’. And as the name indicates, a significant part of the race are the hideous steps that await for locals and tourists for example around the Prague Castle.

That means about sixty competitors meet with huge applause from about ten thousand visitors every year.

Most popular is the tradition of descending the 189 Castle steps. Prazske Schody is unique to this discipline as all similar competition take place in an open country.

A First Czech who Scores well in Tour de France

Roman Kreuziger rides with the best, Roman Kreuziger climbs the well-known mountain peak of Tourmalet and so on and on. The media say his name, every now and then. The Czech rider from Plzen (Pilsen) is the first Czech who battles for the first steps of the ladder in the legendary Tour de France.

He has never ridden harder phase in his life. Two devilish uphills on Pyrenees peaks Tourmalet and Hautacam took his power and speech, he wasn’t able to talk for quite long in the end. But again, he walked with pride, he is at 21st place so far, and in duel for the best young rider to 25 years he is fourth.

So far, the leader of the race is Australian Cadel Evans.

Mighty Sounds 2008 Festival Drawing Near

mighty sounds girls 2007 Mighty Sounds 2008 has six stages – three live stages, two djs’ stages and the theatre chapitaux.

On live stages, there will be more than 100 bands from 14 countries of the world. Genres like ska, punk, reagge, dancehall, rock’n’roll and hard core, but the organizers do not hesitate when it comes to good guality hip hop or indie guitar music.

You will also be able to hear more than 100 djs on reproducted stages . First stage – Radio 1 stage is focused preferably on ska, reggae, dancehall, latino and during night jungle and breakbeat. Second one – SM stage has much wider range of music styles to offer – from soul over breakcore to heavy metal.

Read on the detailed info about Mighty Sounds

This year it will be from 18.7. to 20.07.2008. Official beginning is on Friday 18.07. at 3 p.m., but it is also possible to arrive already one day before that, in order to get the place of your choice at the camp site. Festival ends on Monday morning 21.7. around 08:00.


Czech Miss Buckova was among the finest at Miss world Competition

Eliska Buckova was quite successful at the most prestigious beauty contest of the world Miss Universe 2008 in Nha Trang, Vietnam. In competition of eighty girls from all around the world she made it to the elite fifteen. At the same time she was eleven in the ‘best body in bikini’ competition.

Buckova is a 18 year old high school student, comes from the most Eastern part of the Czech Republic, and she was quite happy and sweet; “I am happy, as to get so far is a great victory for me. The finals was a huge and unforgettable experience” The new Miss Universe became Dyana Mendozao from Venezuela.

Tickets for finals of Miss universe were should out weeks ago.
Czechs usually score high in natural beauty competitions.


Charles Bridge Reconstruction

The problem of Charles Bridge is greater than expected. Rain water runs into the unique Gothic monument and the stone blocks are loosening. Because of the state of the bridge there has been large reconstructions going on for over a year, getting more difficult, as they progress.

The ex-representative of Prague Vladimir Hruska watched the ongoing works and because he appealed to the Ministry of Culture, the reconstruction of Charles Bridge is being scanned. According to Hruska, use of pneumatic drill on a bridge from sandstone makes more harm than good.

The preservationists who work on the bridge admit they have problems with the monument – “… disassemble of the bridge was made difficult by the last repair in the 70’s – cement was used as binding material, and it cannot be removed simply by hammer and chisel.

Whether they will find any professional misconduct is a question.