Thursday, May 19, 2011

Radio Prague Today 5.19.2011

Articles posted on www.radio.cz today

Public confidence in president hits record low

Public confidence in the country's president, Václav Klaus, has fallen to an all-time low, according to a new poll conducted by the STEM agency. The results, reported on Wednesday, show the president's numbers as dropping to 47 percent, down from last December when the they stood at 63. The drop, say political analysts, is likely to be related the president's role in the recent government crisis but also other notable factors, including remarks by a key aide on the death of Osama Bin Laden, and even a comic 'pen stealing' incident in Chile that became a hit on you.tube.

New royal couple looks Czech gift horse in the mouth

Amid all the disagreements in the cabinet there has also been wrangling of a different sort – apparently the issue of what to give the new Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, William and Kate, for a wedding present. The powers that be in fact agreed on quite a lot on Wednesday, and between an anti-corruption bill, welfare reform and a ten-year outlook for the armed forces, they also hammered an agreement to give the new royal couple a horse. It is of course a horse as souped up as they come, a rare young stallion with a radiant pedigree, but London apparently wants a look under the bonnet before they welcome the gift horse to the queen's own stables.

Prague's Golden Lane to reopen to visitors

It's one of the most Romantic places in the Czech capital. With its charming row of tiny houses built in the Mannerist style Prague's Golden Lane attracts visitors from near and far. Painters strive to capture its old-world charm and tour-guides elaborate about the colourful personalities that once inhabited them – alchemists who tried to turn stone into gold or make youth elixirs, Franz Kafka who reportedly resided there for a time, or fortune-teller and astrologer Magdalena Prusova also known as Madame de Thebes who was killed by the Gestapo because she foretold the end of Nazism.