Thursday, March 24, 2011

Radio Prague Today 3.24.2011

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Prague City Hall hosts an exhibition on the art of watch-making

Prague's famous astronomical clock this year celebrates its 600 birthday. To mark the occasion Prague City Hall is hosting an exhibition on the art of watch making. I took a turn around the exhibition and its curator Jan Lidmansky showed me some of the treasures on loan.

Defence minister fights for his political future

Czech coalition leaders have crossed swords over one of the most influential men in the Czech cabinet – Defence Minister Alexandr Vondra of the Civic Democrats. Mr. Vondra has been dogged by problems lately, the most serious of which is a questionable multi-million crown contract relating to the country's EU presidency at a time when he held the EU portfolio. When the internet daily on Wednesday published information suggesting that Mr. Vondra had allegedly been aware of the dubious terms of the contract which cost taxpayers millions of crowns the two smaller parties moved in for the kill, demanding that minister Vondra face the problem squarely and accept political responsibility for the scandal. I asked political analyst Vít Hloušek if this is likely to be the last straw for the embattled defence minister.

"Jeffrey Bernard Is Unwell" returns to Prague stage after alcohol-induced break

When the theatre play Jeffrey Bernard Is Unwell by the British author Keith Waterhouse opened in Prague in March 2009, it became an instant success. The tragicomic show starred a leading Czech actor, Oldřich Kaiser, in the part of the heavy-drinking London journalist Jeffrey Bernard. But the play was cancelled in November because Mr Kaiser, just like the main character, was himself struggling to deal with alcohol abuse. Earlier this month, however, Mr Kaiser returned on stage as Jeffrey Bernard at another venue in the capital.