“It’s something like (cabin fever), but let’s say it lasts for 15 years or so…”
“South Town, also known as Jizni Mesto or Prague 11, is an endless field of these buildings, called panelak ”panel buildings” in Czech, which sprung up in the early 1960s and now make up more than 30 per cent of the nation’s housing stock.”
During my first two trips to Prague my wife and I stayed in an apartment in a “panelak” and it was a perfect short-term place to stay: Just enough space for two travelers who didn’t have many possessions. It was in the Pankrác neighborhood, right next to the Metro and an open-air market.
It was perfect then, but now that I have a family of my own I can understand the cabin fever.
In the news this past spring: Space is the final frontier for Czech child icon
The 19-centimeter (7.5-inch) toy version of the character, created by Czech animator Zdenek Miler, has been chosen to accompany U.S. astronaut Andrew Feustel on Endeavour’s last mission as NASA ends its shuttle program.
I like the Post’s headline much better than the Wall Street Journal’s, Space Shuttle Stowaway Is a Commie Mole.
Some new additions, each with audio courtesy Pavel Farkas: Houba, hrát, jíst, krást, krtek, netopýr, smát se.
Prague cinema archivists unveil book and postcard set harking back to a golden age of Czechoslovak movie poster design.
I was Googling a Czech word the other day to check my work–I’m not a fluent speaker, so I make lots of mistakes. What I found was new to me: Czech language resources on Wiktionary complete with sound files. The sound files seem to all originate from The Shtooka Project, “a non-profit organisation, with the object of creating free audio collections of words and expressions as well as developing software tools to exploit these collections.” The files are licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 2.0 France license.
I’m very pleased to announce the addition of something folks have been asking for since I first started this site: audio clips. This addition is thanks to the generosity of Pavel Farkas, who volunteered to produce the audio clips and supply them to me in a web-ready format. Not only do I owe him a debt of gratitude for all the work he did to make this happen, I owe him an apology for taking so long to update the site with the new feature. Thank you Pavel!
Thanks again to Pavel, and I hope everyone enjoys the new feature.
An interesting article about the fall of communism in Eastern and Central Europe and five people who “participated in this transformation.” Poland, East Germany, Czechoslovakia, Hungary, and Romania.
I must admit, however, the story caught my eye at first because I wondered what the soldier’s height had anything to do with it.
An exhibit at the Harvard University Center for Government and International Studies this month displayed “black and white photos snapped for over twenty years by citizen spies employed by the Cold War communist government.” The photos are also collected in a book.
As father of, now, three, I’m accustomed to not seeing the movies I wish I could see. Still, it’s with particular regret that I read of The Ironic Curtain, a Czech Film Series coming to New York. It sounds like a great lineup.