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Czechs gear up for 2011 population and housing census

Radio Prague |
28 February 2011

The Czech Statistical Office is gearing up for the 2011 population and housing census which is to take place March 25-26. The massive undertaking involving thousands of people took five years to prepare and is preceded by a nationwide media campaign.

80s retro project Nightwork lands 3 annual Anděl music awards

Radio Prague |
25 February 2011

The Czech annual Anděl music awards for 2010 were handed out on Wednesday. Three prizes went to the band Nightwork which parodies the 1980s.

Mene Tekel - bid to 'revive consciousness of nation' during communism

Radio Prague |
25 February 2011

Prague is remembering the long winter of Communism this week with an unusual multi-media festival called Mene Tekel. Hebrew for 'the writing on the wall', the festival – now in its fifth year - bills itself as 'an international festival against totalitarianism, evil and violence'. Films, concerts, exhibitions and even reconstructions of Stalinist show trials are on hand in what the organisers say is an attempt to preserve the memory of the nation.

Czech 'Jedi Knights' seek official recognition

Radio Prague |
24 February 2011

Around 150 people, self-professed Jedi knights (members of a fictional order made famous in George Lucas' Star Wars films) are attempting to found an official church of 'Jediism' in the Czech Republic.

Jan Blažej Santini's Baroque gems at Ždár nad Sázavou

Radio Prague |
24 February 2011

Tucked away in the highlands, far from the main roads in the forests between Bohemia and Moravia, lies the town of Žďár nad Sázavou. It is now an industrial town spotted with ugly prefab high-rises but on its northern edge, it boasts one of the gems of Baroque architecture, the UNESCO-listed church at Zelená Hora, as well as an ancient monastery that once gave rise to the whole town.

Alcohol consumption figures highlight rising number of problem drinkers

Radio Prague |
24 February 2011

The Czech Republic has just received the sort of global recognition it could do without – placed second in a world ranking of alcohol consumption in a World Health Organisation study. And local alcoholism experts say problem drinking is on the increase as Czechs seek an easy solution to increased stress and other problems.

UNESCO-listed carnival procession draws crowds at open-air museum

Radio Prague |
23 February 2011

Hundreds of people came to see the carnival, or Shrovetide processions at the open-air museum at Veselý Kopec, near Hlinsko in eastern Bohemia, on Saturday. It was the first opportunity to see the centuries-old folk tradition after it was added to the UNESCO list of world heritage.

Lithuanians share their memories and regrets from the 1968 Soviet invasion

Radio Prague |
23 February 2011

The international Mene Tekel project against totalitarianism began its fifth year on Monday. One of the focuses this year is on the Baltic state of Lithuania and the memories of Lithuanians who served in the Soviet occupation of Czechoslovakia.

Modern echoes from the Egyptian sands

Radio Prague |
22 February 2011

Professor Miroslav Bárta is the head of a Czech team of archaeologists working at a long established site in Egypt. Professor Bárta describes the new theories about the collapse of the Old Kingdom he has contributed to and his thoughts about the more recent demise of the reign of president Hosni Mubarak.

Proposed pension reforms divide pundits

Radio Prague |
22 February 2011

The government has agreed the main lines of one of its most ambitious reforms, that of the creaking pension system. But the formula advanced seems to have won few friends. Trade union leaders say it goes too far and some leading economists say it does not go far enough.

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