Compact archive October 9, 2007

Czech Olympic Logo has Changed

old olympic logo author-abl The original logo, that arrived to the IOC (International Olympic Committee) in Lausanne, together with the applicant letter had to be slightly changed.

According to the IOC the original graphic design was confusing. They proposed a slight adjustment, where the numbers move to the bottom of the picture. The Czech Olympic Committee agreed. The laurel twig is as in the original design, bounded with ribbons of red, blue and yellow. Red and yellow are the colors of Prague, blue symbolizes Vltava river.

Praha applying city 2016 Olympics new logo author-abl Together with the new logo, we also have our national slogan; “Vsichni jsme v národním tymu” (we are all in the national team)

And concerning the Olympics preparations? Prague Olympic Association presented new chapters of their plan; the placement of the sports fields – approximately 130 Olympic sports fields should spread to 75 places of the Czech Republic, with efforts to put as many places to the Metropolis as possible. Speaking about Prague, nowadays there are three new sports fields in the project – the Ceremonial Stadium in Letnany, an aquapark in Stuka and a cyclist velodrome.


Prague Public Transport Fare Increase, Yet Again

more and more expensive Not a lot of time has passed since the dramatic price increase of Prague public transport tickets in July 2005 when transfer tickets went up from 12 Kč to 20 Kč and single-use tickets from 8 Kč to 14 Kč. According to Hospodářské noviny, Prague public transit fares are already higher than those in Vienna or Paris when compared to the average salaries in those countries.

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Prague Mayor Bem met with Sir Nicholas Winton

sir winton in prague Sir Nicholas Winton, being respectable 98 old, met with Pavel Bem in his Prague office. Nicholas Winton was appointed a honorable Prague citizen in 1991.

Sir Nicholas Winton (born 1909) is a Briton who organized the rescue of about 669 mostly Jewish Czech children from their doomed fate in the Nazi death camps prior to the outbreak of World War II in an operation known as the Czech Kindertransport.
His achievement went unrecognized for more than half a century until 1988. For fifty years the children did not know to whom they owed their lives. The story of Nicholas Winton only emerged when his wife Grete came across an old leather briefcase in an attic and found lists of the children and letters from their parents. He hadn’t even told her of his efforts.

During the ceremonial meeting, Pavel Bem stated: „It doesn’t happen very often, that I would be able to shake hands with somebody, who has such credit for human lives saving, as you do. Even when since the moment, you have abled those kids to live and grow old, almost 70 years have passed, the power of your deed is unchangeable. Forever.“

During Sir Nicholas Winton’s stay in Prague, he was given a petition with signatures of students, nominating him for the Nobel Peace Prize. Bem added „I have a feeling you will get it, you deserve it without any discussion.“

Godmother of TATU Lucie Bila

(Lucie bila, prague zoo)! Prague Zoo prepares for the baptizing ceremony of the baby gorilla TATU, that takes place this Saturday. The quest of welcoming the animal to the society lies on a Czech pop Singer Lucie Bila. The name TATU was chosen regarding the TATU concert that took place at Zoo Prague at the time the baby gorilla was born.

As in the first case of gorilla baby born in the Czech Republic (little Moja), the sex of the animal remains unknown at the time of its baptism. Even when the zoo is trying to take a DNA sample from its poo, for some reson there is no poo sample that could be use for this kind of analysis. However there are presumptions it is a male.

The baptism is planned to be a party, public personas were invited, for example those from Cesky rozhlas, whose Leonardo station transmits the gorilla pavilion live to the famous Reality show Odhaleni where the participants of the big-brother-kind-of show are gorillas. Gorillas themselves got a new ‘living room’ last week, and are reported to be fine.


Petr Kolar on tour to his 40th birthday

Petr Kolar is one of the most popular singers in the Czech Republic. He is also a holder of a brilliant voice. If you would like to see and hear this charismatic man, you are lucky. On 24th September, he started a tour called “Petr Kolar 40” which is related to his jubilee. This tour will finish on 7th November in Prague.

If you want to hear romantic rock balads, a lot of hits and a great show, come to Letna in Prague on 7th November. The concert will take place in AC Sparta’s basketball hall. Tickets are available at Petr Kolar official websites.