Compact archive September 19, 2008

Charles Bridge myth is soon going to be Busted ... or proven True.

Do you know the old Prague legend? Charles IV. ordered to add egg yolks to enrich the mortar used to bind the stone blocks to make it harder. Now, when the 15th century dominant of Prague is being reconstructed, we will soon find out the truth.

Charles Bridge Museum manager Stepan Rusak promises: “The most modern analysis of lime mortar will, first time in history, reveal the truth of this famous legend.” The new exposition of Charles Bridge opens in a month, 15th October. And… as you can guess, we will have to go the exhibition first to know the truth. But we will tell you, don’t worry.

The exposition is, above all, going to remind the complete history of the bridge, with all the repairs, and historic events connected to it. The midpoint of the exhibition is a newly made model of the bridge in 14th century, depicting its building, material transport, building machines and even 350 workmen.


Russia Threatens Czech Republic Again

Russian gain of confidence brings another verbal assaults. Meanwhile the ‘Threatening General’ Jurij Balujevskij was removed from position for his famous quote that Russia will target missiles at the CR, the second one to say the same, Putin, of course stayed where he is. The third to threaten was Dmitry Rogozin, Russia’s emissary to NATO.

“The Czech Government have sold safety of their people for a new toy – the anti-air defense … there is no difference between defence and offence systems. Russia of course has to react to this new unfriendly reality.” (source: CTK)

The Czech Foreign ministry speaker Zuzana Opletalova stated they are not going to react, because: “it is still the same virtual game.”

Russia now watches us, as the final part of our agreement about the USA soldiers stay at the Czech ground, SOFA, is to be signed. Meanwhile Czech authorities do not wish to provoke Russia, Condoleezza Rice commented upon their behaviour: using oil and gas as a weapon, threatening with nuclear attack, selling weapons to countries like Iran, persecution of the dissident and press. She summarized the overall Russian attitude as “increasingly authoritarian within and aggressive abroad.”


Masarykovo Nadrazi in Prague Confirmed to End

Prague Representatives have approved those 43 changes in the territorial plan, which mean actual end of Masarykovo Nadrazi as a railway station. The areas which are taken by the track will be changed into locations of parks and houses. The new ground plan also counts with prolonging the metro A to the Airoport Ruzyne and revitalization of brownfields.

Masarykovo Nadrazi is intended to change slowly in order not to harm its historical value, the whole process is take about ten years. The debates about future use of the protected buildings are still going on, as the most probable seems the museum of industrial revolution. The trains will move to Nadrazi Holesovice and Hlavni Nadrazi.

The infamous railway station Nadrazi Zizkov is being turned into something more respectable already, the station Smichovske Nadrazi is being slightly modified, but the original purpose is still kept.

Bem Drove new Prague Tramway

Pavel Bem went to Plzen yesterday, to not only see and baptize the new low-floor Prague tramway, but also to drive it. The metropolis should get about 250 of these trains; Skoda 15T ForCity. “Bem commented Prague deserves new trampark for a long time (the most common tramways in Prague were made in 1960’s)

The Prague Mayor have appreciated especially its black-red-silver design and comfort, which it offers to its drivers and passengers. The first trains of the 15T ForCity tramways should appear in Prague at the end of 2009.

The new tramway unit costs 66 millions czk. “The almost 20 billions order is paid solely from Prague budget itself” Bem said. He also added they only want to keep the ratio, where still the public transport beats the personal transport.


Skoda Manufacture in Russia

This year in February, the assembly of Skoda and Volkswagen cars in Russia was launched, in the newly build line by the city Kaluga, about 100km SW from Moscow.

Skoda cars sold in Russia are completed in Russia. The process looks like this: components are imported in containers from the original factory in Mlada Boleslav to Russian Kaluga. They are already made into units, interiors with decking, machines, wheel frames.

The sides have agreed that 30 months since the assembly has started the industries will either grow to complete fabric, constructing everything from the first screw, or they will have to pay very hig duty.