Compact archive February 25, 2008

Czech PM went to Washington to finish Radar negotiations

Prime Minister Mirek Topolanek went to Washington to finish the negotiations about the rocket radar base in the Czech Republic.

“We have reached the point, where it is possible to finish the negotiations already.” Topolanek stated. “We are going to focus on last details, and wait for results of Polish-American negotiations.”

“The agenda is, except some details, ready, and both the actual contracts are ready to be signed in Washington” That the negotiations are coming to an end has been presented by the American ministry of defense for weeks. The Czech Government always explained the most important is not when, but how.


Gavilas like Prague Zoo

gavial Gavials are doing well. Acclimatization goes faster, than the Zoo, with Petr Fejk in front, expected. There were no complications so far. The animals spend most of their time at a heated island close to the glass by the pavilion corridor. They move flexibly in the water, demonstrating, they are from all crocodiles the specie most adapted to swimming and fish hunting.

gavilas Gavials like flowing water, and they appreciate artificial stream and the waterfall they have. They started to ingest without problems, and they have great appetite; 50-70 fish in total weight 2,5-3,5 kg every second day.

Together with gavials, 10 turtles of two kinds share the spacious pavilion. The turtles were scared at the beginning, but when found out the crocodiles aren’t interested, now they get up their backs and sunbathe.

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Marketa Irglova and Glen Hansard won the OSCAR

The incredible dream of two independent artists became true; the message of the movie Once, filmed in three weeks, but speaking with the power of emotions that are ageless, moved hearts and rejoiced souls so much Marketa Irglova and Glen Hansard won the Oscar for the best film song, Falling slowly.

Glen Hansard, gave the acceptance speech as the first one:

“Thanks! This is amazing. What are we doing here? This is mad. We made this film two years ago. We shot on two Handicams. It took us three weeks to make. We made it for a hundred grand. We never thought we would come into a room like this and be in front of you people. It’s been an amazing thing. Thanks for taking this film seriously, all of you. It means a lot to us. Thanks to the Academy, thanks to all the people who’ve helped us, they know who they are, we don’t need to say them. This is amazing. Make art. Make art. Thanks.”

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Because of directing confusion, after Glansard finished his speech, they were taken off stage, and after advertisements, Marketa Irglova was called back, which was against Oscar regulations, but really emotional. As she is a really shy person, to see her like this was moving for real.

“Hi everyone. I just want to thank you so much. This is such a big deal, not only for us, but for all other independent musicians and artists that spend most of their time struggling, and this, the fact that we’re standing here tonight, the fact that we’re able to hold this, it’s just to prove no matter how far out your dreams are, it’s possible. And, you know, fair play to those who dare to dream and don’t give up. And this song was written from a perspective of hope, and hope at the end of the day connects us all, no matter how different we are. And so thank you so much, who helped us along the way. Thank you.”

What to say more? Congratulations, Marketa and Glen, you have became legends. Good Luck.


Kosovo Independence Protesters Gather in Prague

About two hundreds protestants came to Prague to demonstrate against Independent Kosovo declaration, and to support Serbia. On the action, which was called in by an extremist organization ‘Autonomous Nationalists Middle Bohemia’, went without fights, police didn’t have to step in.

The afternoon demonstration took place in Prague, Paladskeho namesti, the Czech Hyde Park, and continued to Kinsky Square. Demonstrants carried flags and chanted “Kosovo is Serbia”.

It was also possible to hear anti-american slogans, and the participants also, among others, applauded the Serbia radicals, who set the American embassy in Belgrade on fire.

Czech diplomacy still haven’t acknowledged Kosovo independence, the Czech foreign minister Karel Schwarzenberg stated it will happen when ‘the time will come’.


International Metal in Prague

CHIMAIRA (USA), MAROON (GER), THE SORROW (AT). Americans Chimaira are no beginners on the music scene, they excite their audience by their aggressive style for quite a long time and they did quite a number of interesting enterprises Chimaira is a respected music group also tahnks to the fact they avoid trends, they have their own distinctive direction. If they are labelled by a genre, it is the genre they co-established. Their 2007 album Resurrection is an example of a quality Metal album.

Base of everything are instrumental and composing qualities of those six young men from Cleveland. Guitar attacks of Arnold-Devies are breath-taking. A jewel of the brutal rhythmic is a fantastic drum play of Andy Herrick. Roaring of the group frontman Mark Huntar needs no comment.

16th March 2008, start: 18.00 !, 420 CZK, Rock Café, Narodni 20, Prague 1