Thursday, 17 October 2019

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Czech tales from the crypt: mummification as a status symbol

Radio Prague |
17 October 2019

When most people think of mummies, images of Egyptian pharaohs (or perhaps Hollywood B movies) likely first spring to mind. But in the Czech lands, too, there are quite a few conserved mummies, coming principally from the Renaissance era. Probably the best-known Czech mummies are in the Klatovy catacombs of the former Jesuit church.

Century-old Prague meteorological column restored to former glory

Radio Prague |
17 October 2019

A meteorological column erected on the Prague square Vítězné náměstí in 1914 has just been restored. It is one of only two remaining such columns in the Czech capital, though in the past they were a common sight in the city and indeed throughout the country. I discussed the restoration job and more with Eva Heyd of the Czech National Trust, who initiated the project.

Czechia drops to 32nd place in WEF Global Competitiveness Report

Radio Prague |
17 October 2019

The Czech Republic has dropped by three positions to 32nd place in the World Economic Forum's 2019 Global Competitiveness Report. Despite that, Czechia remains the most competitive economy in Central Europe, suggests the rating. It finished behind Estonia, but ahead of the other Visegard Four countries, Poland, Slovakia, and Hungary.

New pipe organ for St Vitus Cathedral resounds for first time

Radio Prague |
16 October 2019

The new pipe organ for St. Vitus Cathedral in Prague resounded for the first time on Monday in a workshop near Barcelona, in Spain, where the instrument is being built. The pipe organ was commissioned by the Catholic Church and part of its cost, estimated at CZK 80 million, was raised in a public collection.

Prague's famous Lennon Wall undergoing transformation

Radio Prague |
16 October 2019

The Lennon Wall, located in a secluded square in Malá Strana, had long been a traditional place where anybody was free to do any type of graffiti they want, though the general subject was John Lennon and world peace. But the overwhelming interest in it proved too much. Now the famous wall is undergoing a major transformation.

Czechia now ahead of Spain in GDP per capita, but still below EU average

Radio Prague |
16 October 2019

The Czech Republic is now ahead of Spain in terms of GDP per capita adjusted to purchasing power parity (PPP). At least according to the latest OECD data, which show the country ranked 27th among the organisation's 36 member states, with Spain one place behind, news site Aktuálně reports. However, the country still ranks bellow the EU average.

State to limit access of firms and farmers to water in times of drought

Radio Prague |
15 October 2019

The Czech state is planning to limit the access that manufacturers and farmers have to water in times of drought, iHned.cz reported. However, critics say new legislation to that effect could adversely impact some businesses and spark lawsuits.

Olga Lomová: Western misconceptions could let China export much of its system and ultimately contribute to our enslavement

Radio Prague |
15 October 2019

Czech-Chinese relations have been in the news a lot lately, but how have they really developed over the decades? And how should we view Chinese moves to develop a new high-tech form of totalitarianism involving facial recognition and "social credit"? Radio Prague discussed those issues with sinologist Olga Lomová.

Hitler no 'gentleman', but court rules Czech state need not apologize for presidnet's claim Ferdinand Peroutka said so

Radio Prague |
15 October 2019

In a speech at a Holocaust conference in 2015, President Miloš Zeman falsely claimed one of the nation's most respected journalists had penned a pre-war article titled "Hitler is a gentleman". Ferdinand Peroutka, he claimed, was an admirer of the Nazi dictator. On Monday, a Prague court ruled against his granddaughter, who had sued for an apology.

Bertha von Suttner

Radio Prague |
16 October 2019

Few people today have heard of Bertha von Suttner, the Prague-born writer and activist whose message of peace stirred great powers to action. Yet her thoughts live on in today's international organisations.

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