Category: People

Occasional Loss of Temper

People here sometimes resort to strong language when it is absolutely unnecessary and at occasions where you would not expect it. On the image above, tenants used the house caretaker’s notice about office hours...

The Notorious ‘Pigeon Squadron’

When I was still working as a journalist I have had several encounters with the infamous Pigeon Squadron. Journalists and organizers of press conferences in Prague alike fear the raids of this informal group...

‘Short Trousers Day’ for Václav Havel

How will you honour the late president of the Czech Republic and one of the key figures of the Velvet Revolution, Václav Havel, on the anniversary of his death? His supporters suggest to wear short trousers.

No, it’s not an air raid

Funny observation: It’s the first Wednesday of the month, and immediately after 12 o’clock people start searching on the web for “prague siren”, “siren noise in prague” and so on. Foreigners really seem to...

The Proxy War of Language Teachers

Every now and then, it happens again: I talk to Czechs in my broken Czech and they reply in their broken English – probably assuming that their broken English is still better than my...

A Presidential Candidate. But not the Usual One.

Czech composer and painter Prof. JUDr. Vladimír Franz looks slightly different than what one would expect of a presidential candidate. His body is allegedly entirely covered by tattoos. Yesterday the 53-year-old announced that he...

Prague’s Bogus Super Hero

One year ago, Prague’s petty crime scene was profoundly shaken up by a local super hero who intervened at the grass-roots level to fight parking offenders, smokers, people urinating in public and dog owners...

The Czech Forrest Gump

OK, he’s not in Prague, he ran away. Still, I just got to mention him here: His name is René Kujan. He ran around Iceland, that makes 30 marathons in 30 days. This mega...

Zombie Walk

Concepts of what makes a good zombie seem to range from the undead to characters inspired by genres like Splatter and Slasher Movies, or even by cartoon characters. I imagine that in Prague it...

Airport Prague, by Hynek Moravec at Wikipedia

Precognition Triggers Police Operation at Prague Airport

It happened on Wednesday, February 14, 2007. The police marched up at the Prague Airport Ruzyně, with automatic weapons, in bullet-proof vests, in armoured cars, and supported by specialists from the bomb squad. This...

Mountains in Prague

I love that video for the festival Zažijte Vršovice jinak (Experience Vrsovice – a Prague township – differently, i.e. with pedestrians reclaiming public space). It refers to the common argument that biking in Prague...

More Guerrilla Knitting

The Knitting Guerrilla of Prague struck again! I’m adding four more recent photos about non-violent Knitting Wars in Prague.

Gorilla @ Wikipedia

An accident? Suicide? Murder?

The 5-year-old gorilla Tatu was found dead in the Prague zoo. Cause of death: strangulation with a rope. Witnesses: Kamba. It is unclear how the events with the tragic ending unfolded. The zoo does...