Compact archive August 14, 2008

Prague Town Council Supports Tibet

Anyone, who would walk the Jungmanova ulice street nowadays, would see the Tibetan flag, hanging from Skodova palac. It was hung there by the Prague Town Council, to express their support of Tibet occupied by China. The reason, why the flag appeared in this time, is naturally the Olympic Games in Peking.

MF Dnes asked the Prague Mayor Bem, who answered by his favorite means; the sms message: “It is no boycott of the Olympics, it is only confirmation of the long-term attitude of the Capital of the Czech Republic to the situation in Tibet and its genocide.”

It is not first time, when politic elites of the Czech Republic expressed their support of Tibet – last time the flag hung from a window of the Green Party.


Charles Bridge was harmed by salt, water and thoughtless repair

The famous Charles Bridge, that is being reconstructed right now, is the typical example bridges doesn’t have to be always damaged solely by traffic. The state of one of the most important historic monuments have been gradually worsening, especially because of natural causes and bad repairs.

The last, communist, one took place at the turn of the 60’s and the 70’s, during which was installed a system of anchors, a steel concrete panel was laid longwise (not very wise) and pillars were supposed to be protected by layers of isolation. The hydroisolation, however, didn’t work out well for Charles Bridge, as the pillars became permanently wet and their state gradually worsened.

That is the reason, why a lot of the sandstone blocks have to be replaced. The other ones have to go because of winter salting. Salt got inside the bridge and damaged it a lot, also because the salty snow used to be only pushed to one side of the bridge, where it was let to melt and further damage the bridge. Nowadays, the snow is carried away from it.


UNESCO: Prague shouldn't build skyscrapers taller 70m

The skyscrapers planned for Pankrac district in Prague have a problem; According to UNESCO’s World Heritage Committee the buildings must be lowered, otherwise they would damage one of Europe’s best preserved historical city panoramas.

UNESCO set the limit for the new buildings at 60 to 70 metres, but according to the current plans, the ‘V’ shaped twin building reaches 100metres, by which it would became the highest skyscraper in Prague.

The initiator who called in UNESCO was the Arnika association, who have been criticising the height of such tall buildings on Pankrac for many years, but neither the local Town Hall, nor the Culture Ministry reacted. Then, they turned to UNESCO. Its officials came to inspect the situation in Prague, with the result – if the buildings exceed 70 metres, UNESCO quite probably cuts Prague out of their list.


Another Olympic Gold for Czechs

Katerina Emmons have won another medal! The shooter who won gold in 10 metre air rifle competition have gained another trophy; in the women’s 50m rifle 3×20 shoots, which is her additional discipline.

The final ten shoots Emmons initiated by a great hit of 10,7 points, meanwhile the leading Chinese Tu Li spoiled her initiation; than, the home representative woke up and staid in lead.

The final round was quite thrilling – the American shooter didn’t make it and from second position fell down to fifth when hit only 8,7 points, third Cuban hitting only 9,5 points, which Emmons immediately disciplined and gained 10,2, winning the silver.


Summer of Love 2008 this weekend

The one-day open air electronic music festival Summer of Love goes to its twelfth year – 12th season of the most popular one-day dance festival. It promises 6 stages, over 80 performers, world stars and famous headliners, as well as new talented personalities.

The main stage offers a bright scale of various styles, always provided by world headliners, supported by other quality names. The first among the names walk Stereo MCs, followed by Fresh German sound M.A.N.D.Y. and morning sunrise with the sound of Ed Rush.

16.08.2008 The Pardubice Racecourse, Czech Republic
tickets: 999czk SUMMER OF LOVE 2008 ‘Closer To Your Heart’ – Open air electronic music festival.