Tagged: society

A Special Request

As you probably know, I don’t make money from this blog. If you have enjoyed reading the posts, I would be glad if you could send a few Kč (or $, €, £) as...

Random Observations: Weekends in Prague

Every weekend large parts of Prague turn into ghost towns. This is particularly visible when a public holiday is close and people bridge that gap by taking leave. Normally busy streets look like a town after evacuation, and in usually dense rows of parked cars only here and there one vehicle remains.

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...

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...

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...

Air Raid Sirens

  Every first Wednesday of the month at noon, public life in the Czech Republic is absorbed by the wailing of air raid sirens, followed by an announcement assuring us that this is not...