Compact archive August 20, 2008

The Best Circus in Prague Starts today

The Prague festival Letni Letna feels like a poor relation on the first glance, with its hard wooden benches in a circus tent. None the less, it promises performances of great value, it has one of the most interesting theatre programme from the whole summer. Letni Letna starts today in Letna park and continues until 2nd September.

The festival specializes to the Circo nuevo, i.e. the kind of circuss who put drilled animals off the stage and returned with brilliant shows of acrobats, theatre poetry and magic. Letni Letna have already brought some top artists of the genre, last year it was Johann Le Guillerm with his Ici Cirque. Acrobats are accompanied by performances for children and street-theatre performances.

Letni Letna – 20th August – 2nd September 2008 @ Prague Letna


Czech Government Supports Georgia Despite of Klaus

Klaus is not liable for the matter, we decide our foreign policy and we know Russia is guilty for the conflict, and that is the official stance. Such can be the explanation of Mirek Topolanek’s reaction on the words of Vaclav Klaus about South Ossetia and Abchasia.

Vaclav Klaus clearly stands at the Russian side of the conflict, since he wrote to MF Dnes: “responsibility for provoking the conflict lies on Georgia president, parliament and government is unexceptionable and fatal” That is where ‘his’ ODS headed by Topolanek disagree: “My opinion is, Saakasvili let himself be provoked by Russians by a prepared action.”

The Czech government is unified we need to help Georgia. The foreign minister Karel Schwarzenberg plans to propose we should set 150 millions czk apart for Georgia, e.g. for renewal of destroyed infrastructure. It is possible the Czech Republic will send some peace forces there.


Czech Butterfly Paradise? Prague. Really!

Grayling in Prague.. According to Czech Etymologists, most of the 141 species of day butterflies, who range in the Czech Republic, live in the capital or its close surroundings. And some species, like Eastern Baton Blue or Grayling even have their last hopeful populations.

The explanation of Entomologists is the capital city of Prague lies on a very diverse geological and geographical territory; “In Prague, a uniquely rich biotope concentrates, thus it is logical, that the world of insects comes in many varieties.”

High number of butterfly species on the area of Prague the Etymologist explain there are enclaves of almost untouched areas, like Divoka Sarka or Sance. The capital has another advantage – a low interest of farmers for cultivation. The soil is not than polluted by pesticides or other chemicals. Source: LN

Blue Mauritius coming to Prague

The most famous stamp among the general public comes to Prague to be the cherry on the cake of the exposition of British Queen’s collection on the world exhibition Praga 2008. Collections from 61 countries is protected by 1 billion czk policy.

Besides the Blue Mauritius, which price is, according to the organizers, incalculable, there will be other stamps from the ‘first league’ of the most valuable ones of the world. The other very valuable stamp from the Queen’s collection is the black one-penny stamp with the portrait of Queen Victoria. The piece was the first stick-on stamp in the world back n 1840.

The Exhibition also brings very special Czech stamps to our eyes – a block of Blue Merkur from the first half of the 19th century. The block leaves its safe-deposit only rarely. Merkur is the first newspaper stamp of the world – it served only for newspaper as a postal cover for delivery, it wasn’t possible to use for other postal services.

The exhibition takes place 12-14 September 2008 in the Industrial Palace of the Prague Exhibition ground. The exhibition is expected to take place with high interest of the public, as the last year volume was attended by 65 thousands.


Fairtrade Grows in the Czech Republic. Slowly.

The perception what is ‘normal’ changes slowly here, but one thing is obvious – ‘normal’ shopping includes much more bio food nowadays, and Czechs are finding their way to Fairtrade products as well. Fairtrade means products not only form Africa, but also Southern America and South-east Asia. Food producers can, thanks to it, get to markets of the advanced countries.

In 2006, Czechs spend about 10 millions czk on Fairtrade products, a year later in 2007 it was 25 millions already. Compared to Britain, where the complete sales reached 15,25 billions czk, it is nothing, but still it is an improvement. From the bigger chain shops only Marks & Spencer and DM drug-stores sell it here, Tesco CR prepare first fair-trade products to be sold this October.