Compact archive March 10, 2008

Marketa Irglova celebrates her birthday at home

The fresh owner of Oscar, Marketa Irglova, flew home first time from the festive ceremony in Los Angeles. She is going to spend about a week in Valasske Mezirici, her home-town in Moravia. Her partner, Glen Hansard, with whom she sings the Falling Slowly anthem, stays in New York.

Marketa, who just turned 20, goes on tour of 25 concerts at American cities. The Oscar success lifted sales of Once soundtrack even higher, and we are talking about a record, which became golden (half a million sold copies) before getting the Oscar.

HIM goes to Prague

Finnish rock group H.I.M comes back to the CR to introduce their new album called Venus Doom. They will perform in Prague Lucena, forerunned by British Paradise Lost.

Venus Doom is the sixth album of HIM, released last year. The fans can expect harder sound, influenced by Black Sabbath or Soundgarden. The group recorded their album with the producer and crony Tim Palmer (U2, Hot Hot Heat) who participated on the last album Dark Light from 2005.

Visually and musically distinct frontman HIM Ville Vallo founded the group HIM in 1996. At the time, it was called “His Infernal Majesty” which was abbreviated later.

12th March, Prague Lucerna, Vodičkova 36, Praha 1


Codex Gigas leaves the Czech Republic

Devil’s Bible, the famous unique piece from 13th century, made at Czech ground, is leaving again to Sweden, not to come back in this century. The last day of the exhibition was, as most of the previous days, sold out.. “During the half a year, the famous book was seen by 61 thousands people.” the speaker of the National Library Katerina Novakova said.

The almost 800 years old document because of its susceptibility to and for temperature and wetness changes allowed only 60 people by hour, so maximally 420 visitors a day. The book consists from the largest part of knowledge of western society of medieval ages.


Martina Sablikova won the world Championship

Czech speed skater won at the championship in Japan Nagano the five-kilometre track. Sablikova defended title again, after the loss at 3 kilometre track on Friday she proved, there is no match for her at the longest track.

Sablikova was gaining speed during the race, and at the end as the only one got under seven minutes, by which she surpassed the record of the Nagano track. “this way it is even more groovy” she commented. As she is known by her ascetic ways, she had just a few sandwiches and a glass of wine and went to pack that evening, meanwhile her trainer traditionally celebrated.