Saturday, January 12, 2013

Radio Prague Today 1.12.2013

Articles posted today

Miloš Zeman, Karel Schwarzeberg heading to Czech presidential runoff

Miloš Zeman and Karel Schwazrnberg have emerged as the strongest candidates from the first round of the Czech presidential election, and are heading to a runoff for the top post held in two weeks' time. A former Social Democrat prime minister, Miloš Zeman picked up over 24 percent of the vote while Foreign Minister Karel Schwarzenberg surprisingly came in close second.

Zeman-Schwarzenberg showdown scenario few had predicted

The first Czech president directly elected by voters will be either Miloš Zeman or Karel Schwarzenberg. The former headed the polls going into the first round, and confirmed the role of bookmakers' favourite by coming first with 24.2 percent of the vote. However, while some thought Mr. Schwarzenberg might perhaps squeak past Jan Fischer (who had for a considerable period headed the polls himself), nobody predicted he could achieve a showing as strong as 23.4 percent.

Mailbox 12.1.2013

Today in Mailbox: Czech presidential elections, a poem about Tycho Brahe by Sarah Williams, new QSL cards, Radio Prague on Facebook, RP's monthly listners' competition. Listeners/readers quoted: Vladimir Gudzenko, Caitlin Brown, Hans Verner Lollike, Jayanta Chakrabarty.

Another rotten day!

Welcome to another edition of SoundCzech – Radio Prague's language course in which you can pick up useful phrases with the help of song lyrics. Today's song is called Další blbej den (the Czech version of Nick Cave's Death is Not the End ) and is sung by the duo Aleš Brychta and Pavla Kapitanová. The phrase to listen out for is actually hard to miss because it is simply everywhere : blbej den.