Saturday, June 30, 2012

Radio Prague Today 6.30.2012

Articles posted today

No regrets - the life of war bride Lillian Schořová

The previous episode of Czech Life featured the first part of Lillian Schořová's life story. The 92-year-old Englishwoman is one of the hundreds of English war brides who went home with their Czechoslovak husbands after the war. Lillian came to Czechoslovakia with Josef, a tankist from the armored brigade who was stationed in the United Kingdom, in 1945. In this episode, she talks about her life after the war, her difficulties learning Czech, her unusual career and how she feels today, looking back on all the ups and downs of her adventurous life.

Mailbox 30.6.2012

In Mailbox today: Response to a Czech Books programme on Lidice, Radio Prague's monthly listeners' quiz. Listeners/readers quoted: Roger Tidy, Paul R Peacock, Xiu-ping Qian, Colin Law, Jayanta Chakrabarty, Miguel Angel Lahera Rivero, Charles Konecny.

Lendl and Navrátilová: home and away

The year is 1984, and Ivan Lendl plays the winning point against John McEnroe in the final of the French Open in Paris, one of eight Grand Slam singles titles in his career. The 1970s and 80s were period of huge tennis success in Czechoslovakia, and the country put considerable resources into the sport. Unlike most of their compatriots, the country's top tennis players were able to travel round the world, and when Czechoslovak Radio caught up with the 19-year-old Lendl just before Christmas 1979, it was during one of his rare trips back home: