Thursday, 18 October 2018

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Peak season ahead of mushroom-hunters reeling from dry spell

Radio Prague |
21 September 2018

Conditions in the last two weeks of September are often among the best for engaging in a favourite Czech pastime – mushroom picking. In early autumn, temperatures cool so the morning dew doesn't evaporate quickly, giving forest fungi just the right amount of dampness to thrive.

Government agrees next year's budget

Radio Prague |
21 September 2018

The 2019 draft budget is to focus on investment, increase of public sector salaries and the raising of pensioners' living standards, Finance Minister Alena Schillerová said after it won government approval on Wednesday. The budget proposal counts on a CZK 40 billion deficit; ten billion less than originally planned by the Ministry of Finance.

Putting a face to Queen Judita, Saint Zdislava, and the 'Vampire of Čelákovice'

Radio Prague |
20 September 2018

Her beauty and mind were said to have been beyond compare. But when the remains of Judita of Thuringia were first unearthed sixty years ago in the Benedictine monastery of Teplice, there was no way to tell whether the royal chronicler hadn't rather exaggerated the feminine charms of the Queen consort of Bohemia. After all, she'd been dead for more than eight centuries. But now, thanks to a team of Czech scientists, archaeologists, artists – and a Brazilian expert in digital facial reconstruction – you can judge for yourself.

Sculptor discovers monument by National Museum was actually dedicated to Jan Palach

Radio Prague |
19 September 2018

A sculptor tasked with reconstructing the communist era pylon in front of the National Museum's New Building has discovered old documents which show the monument's author, Czech architect Karel Prager, dedicated it to Jan Palach.

Bureaucracy to blame for rise in Prague house prices

Radio Prague |
19 September 2018

Czech economic research institute CETA published a study focused on the residential housing market in Prague on Friday, which claims that bureaucratic hurdles, coupled with high demand, are primarily responsible for the current low availability of housing in the capital. It also claims that Airbnb flats, which have been the centre of focus for many councillors, are not to blame.

Interview with virtuoso pianist Tomáš Kačo

Radio Prague |
18 September 2018

Earlier this year the young piano virtuoso Tomáš Kačo performed for the first time at New York's famous Carnegie Hall. It was the fulfilment of a long-held dream for the 31-year-old, who comes from a large Romany family in a small Czech town.

Czech app matches repairmen with customers - and seeks to boost durability

Radio Prague |
18 September 2018

Opravárna is a new Czech app, which matches handymen to repair requests sent from across the country. The app has been quick to catch on and currently has nearly a thousand handymen registered.

PM Andrej Babiš: 'Why should we be caring for Syrian orphans?'

Radio Prague |
18 September 2018

Prime Minister Andrej Babiš has come under fire for outright rejecting a proposal to take in 50 Syrian orphans – or even a single refugee until the EU secures its borders. In an interview published on Saturday, he said the Czech Republic had demonstrated its solidarity in other, meaningful ways and has its orphans to worry about.

In National Gallery, young fashion designers send message: "We're Next "

Radio Prague |
17 September 2018

Fashion initiative We're Next held their third annual event in Prague on Thursday evening, featuring designs by students from Prague's Academy of Arts, or Umprum, and the Royal Academy of Fine Arts in Antwerp.

Prague exhibition highlights interwar functional design by top artists

Radio Prague |
18 September 2018

Household items produced in Czechoslovakia in the 1920s and '30s by some of the country's top designers and artists, such as Ladislav Sutnar and Toyen, are currently on display at the Museum of Decorative Arts in Prague.

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