How Did We Get To The EU? (Jak Jsme Se Dostali Do EU?)

22 01 2009

Would you like to learn about the Czech Republic, its history and important historic events that lead the country to the European Union that it is presiding over? You will probably like the following video that describes just that in the Czech language with English subtitles.  Even though the movie is animated, viewers of all ages can enjoy its simplicity that captures all important aspects of Czech history.





Europe Still Occupied by Russia – Twenty Years Later! (Evropa Stále Obsazena Ruskem – O Dvacet Let Později!)

20 01 2009

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It has been twenty years since the fall of communism. When we look back, we are amazed how different we used to live. It could seem that the former Eastern Bloc countries have moved on towards independence and freedom, but is it really true? The recent affair with Russian natural gas showed us again how much these countries are still dependent on this powerful country. This was a tough time for Europe, but it showed that EU countries could overcome this burden by helping each other during tough times. What will they do to make sure this won’t happen again?

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Three Reasons to Read Karel Capek’s Work (Tři Důvody ke Čtení Děl Karla Čapka)

18 01 2009

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K. Capek

Karel Capek (1890 – 1935) was a Czech writer, political thinker, and philosopher that was known around the world. You have probably heard about him as an “inventor” of the word “Robot.” He was not only known for his resistance against the Nazis but also the Communists and always promoted a free and democratic Czechoslovakia. His work and pure democratic beliefs are just two of many reasons to read his great books that have been translated into many other languages. You may also find another reason to read his books – it has been 70 years since his death and anybody is able to freely publish his books, making them even more available to the world.

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See the Czech Republic in Less Than 10 Minutes (Spatřete Českou Republiku za Méně Než 10 Minut)

8 01 2009

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Prague Castle (

After our successful video post with the Czech Christmas fairy tales, were are adding another video sequence about Prague and the Czech Republic. We have selected two slideshows and two videos. All of them have something special about our country including famous politicians, movie stars, models, writers, conductors and more. Beautiful pictures of countryside, castles and cities don’t need explanations at all. The videos will either bring you back home or introduce this beautiful country to you for the first time. Enjoy!



Hluboka Chateau (

Po našem úspěšném příspěvku s Českými vánočními pohádkami vydáváme další video kolekci o Praze a České republice. Vybrali jsme dvě prezentace a dva videa. Všechny videa mají něco o zvláštního o naší zemi, včetně slavných filmových hvězd, modelek, politiků, spisovatelů, skladatelů a dalších. Krásné obrázky krajiny, hradů a měst nepotřebují vůbec vysvětlení. Tato videa vás buď přivedou zpět domů anebo vám poprvé představí tuto krásnou zemi. Pěknou zábavu!

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Jan. 6th – Three Kings Day (6. Leden – Svátek Tří Králů)

6 01 2009

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Three Kings (

Based on Czech and Slovak traditions, today is the last day, also known as the twelfth day, of Christmas. The 6th of January is celebrated as the Three Kings Day. During this day you can see children walking the streets caroling in their neighborhoods. It is also common today for many organizations to use this festive day for humanitarian activities to help others.

The three kings of three different countries, also known as wise men from the east, saw a bright star on the night when Christ was born. They followed it to Bethlehem and met the baby Jesus, to whom they gave three gifts: gold, myrrh and frankincense. Their names were Caspar, Melchior and Balthazar. Based on biblical stories, the three men represented three life stages – history, presence, and future (young, middle-aged, and old king). The oldest man also had a dark face that represented the shadow of death. Read the rest of this entry »

Woodrow Wilson Monument to Return to Prague (Návrat Památníku Woodrow Wilsona do Prahy)

5 01 2009

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Wilson monument in Prague

How many of you know that there was a monument to an American President in Prague? Yes, there was a statue of Woodrow Wilson located at the main train station in the center of Prague. The monument was destroyed by the Nazis in 1941 and was forgotten for more than 60 years. A new project, initiated by American Friends of the Czech Republic (AFoCR), will renew this monument in Prague to remind us of the close ties the Czech Republic and United States share.

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Is Czech Carp Special? (Je Cesky Kapr Zvlastni?)

29 12 2008

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As you may already know, Czechs and Slovaks eat carp on Christmas Eve as their main dish. Is this the only day that they eat fish then? Peter Gandalovic, Czech Agriculture Minister, started a project to encourage Czechs to eat more fish all year round. Apparently, the Czech Republic is the biggest producer of fish but it is a country with the lowest rates of fish consumption (we don’t have information about Slovakia). Moreover, recent news announced that Czech scientists will launch a three-year project to prove that carp meat will improve overall human health. Will these incentives change this sad statistics?

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