Monday, October 22, 2012

Radio Prague Today 10.22.2012

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Sports News 22.10.2012

In Sports News this Monday: in football, Plzeň draws against Jablonec in one of season's highlight matches; Jágrmania continues in Czech hockey extraliga; in tennis, Tomáš Berdych claims second title of the season, and in basketball, former NBA player Jiří Welsch returns home.

Portrait artist and painter Marie Gabánková

Marie Gabánková is a noted portrait artist, painter and teacher. She was born in Ostrava and left Czechoslovakia with her family shortly after the Soviet invasion of 1968, aged just seventeen. She has lived in Canada ever since and has had a book of her works published in England, and had such noted figures as singer-songwriter Karel Kryl and writer Josef Škvorecký sit down for portraits. When I met up with her I began by asking Marie what memories she has of her youth in Czechoslovakia.

Social Democrats triumph in senate elections, deepening government crisis

The second round of Senate elections over the weekend dealt another blow to the centre-right coalition government. The left-wing parties boosted their dominant position in the upper chamber even gaining a constitutional majority which bodes ill for government reforms as the three ruling parties now struggle to maintain a razor-sharp majority in the lower house.