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IF I HAD ONLY KNEW !.

Having Just Visited Slavia Cafe, For the First Time. If I Had Only Knew !. There was a Portal, to the Jungle. At the Slavia Toilet,s !. Michal Ajvaz. Czech Writer, Poet. Writer in same vain as Jachym Topel. Was Warned Beforehand. That Understanding Book. Would Be Near on Impossible. Did Not Have a Problem.

" The Other City " by Michal Ajvaz. Describes there is another Hidden World. Behind Praha,s Fine Great City.

From Places I Love Like Petrin Hill. Mala Strana. Fighting a Shark in St Nicholas Church Bell Tower. Been to a Classical Concert in this Venue. After Eating across the Road in Zlatych Hvezd. Then Being Shot Down in Mid Air Above Charles Bridge. Flying on a Ray Fish !. Plus the Streetcar. Which You Do not want a Ride in !. Big Importance of Books & Library. " The Alchemist " By Paul Coelho. Rightly Gets Much Acclaim. This Czech Book. Gives Me Much the Same Rewards.

Message For Me. Be True to Yourself. Do Not Live a Lie. Good Translation by Gerald Tur…

BRAVO HANA.

26-11-15. Long Awaited, Sheffield City Hall Concert, has Arrived. Finish Work. Get Changed. Dash back to City Centre. At Stage Door, Greet Lovely BBC Broadcaster, Trisha Cooper. City Hall Backroom Staff. Very Polite & Friendly. Trisha Asked if the CZ, Slovak Sheffield Member,s. Would Like to Meet Maestro Pietari Inkinen. Conductor of the Prague Symphony Orchestra. Friend, Bibiana, Only One Interested.

Before this. Orchestra Member,s leave Rehearsal. Fascinating, to See them in Casual Wear. So at ease with their Work. So the Two of us are Shown to the Maestro,s Dressing Room. Behind in the City Hall. It is Apparent. How Much Space is at a Premium. Even After a Refurbishment.

Maestro Inkinen is a Charming & Easy to Talk To. Was Kind to Spare us Some Time. Maestro Inkinen is in Much Demand. Conductor as Well as the Prague Symphony, Conduct,s for the New Zealand Symphony, Japan Philharmonic & Ludwigsburg Schlossfestspiele Orchestra,s.

He Say,s the UK Tour is Going Well. He E…

CESTMIROVA CHAT.

25-9-15. Need to Check in. For Return Flight,s. Lufthansa have no Praha Office. So to Praha Airport for a 23 Hour Before Take Off Check in. Make a Good Find. Czech Self Service Catering. Up Stairs with Viewing Area. Between Terminals. Very Reasonable Prices. Enjoyed a Good Czech Soup. Return to Change. Then Travel to Prazskeho Povstani, Tram - Nuselska Radnice. Zly Casy, Cestmirova 5, Praha 4. Has Fine Bottle Shop. Purchase Gypsy Porter. Brewed by Kocour. With a Little Help from Gazza Prescott ( Hopcraft ) & Max Pivero. Wish i Had More Space in My Case, For More Bottles !. Downstairs, it Would be Rude, Not To. Drink Superb Matuska Extra Special Bitter. Plus Beskydian Bandit. Strike Up Very Good Conversation with Nice Czech Couple. Tomas, Very Interesting Guy. R Cooks Fine Chicken Meal, for Me in the Evening. I Was Embarrassed. Could not Eat it all. That,s What You Get Drinking !. Another Excellent Czech Home Trip. Comes to a End.

AMY.

24-9-15. Time to See Film " Amy ". Documentary by Asif Kapadia. Amy Winehouse was One of the Finest Jazz Singer,s, Ever. A Talent that will not be Surpassed. Bring Your Tissues Though. Its Very sad. From Her Early Years. To Stardom. Addiction, to a Early Death. Her Father & Ex Husband Blake Fielder. Objected to the Film. Said it Did Not Show them in a Good Light. Too Right !. Amy Found the Fame, Hard to Deal with. Hard Drug,s, & Drink, did not Help. She Needed More Shelter. Which Her Loved Ones. Could Not Provide. Tony Bennett Admired Her So Much. The Parts of them together, offered Some Bright Relief. After Leaving Cinema. Bought Ham, & Cheese Sandwich. From Paul,s, Andel. Back at Novy Dvory. Watch Hokej, Trinec Beating Ostrava. On TV. Composing This Today. On a Wet & Windy Day in Sheffield. Playing Amy Winehouse : Hidden Treasures. With the Track " Our Day Will Come ". Which Means So Much to Me. One Can Only Think. Amy,s Music Will Live On Fore…

BABUSHKA RULE.

Never Heard of M. Henderson Ellis. Liked his Book Though. " Keeping Bedlam At Bay In The Prague Cafe ". He Lived for Two Year,s in Praha. Main Person in Story. John Shirting, just Lives for Coffee. Story Capture,s the Czech Capital very Well. John has Problem,s though. A Call Girl called Monika. Plus His School Day Nemesis, Therodore Mizen. Not Mentioning His Black Bile & Imaginative Illusion,s. Novel carry,s on to a Bar called " The Prop Room ". Hero Tries to Leave His Problem,s Behind in Budapest. Life is Not Like This Though, So Must Return. People who inhibit Pages Sparkle. Abe, Patel, Gus & Bunny. True Star for Me in The Book, is Grandma Sminkova. Passage on the Feared Babushka,s. In Czech Society. Is So True. You Mess with These at Your Peril !.

NATURAL FRUIT.

24-9-15. No Pivo Day, Today. Metro & Tram - Letna. Read Book. Then Tram & Metro - Andel. Have Time for Lunch. Before Planned Film to Watch. Head to Plzenska 344/1, Praha 5. To Ugova Salaterie. Nice Soup. Plus in the Czech Republic. Fruit Juice,s Like in the UK. Not Easily Available. Bad For Teeth. So Only Natural Made Fruit Drinks. Have a Good One Here. Freshly Made in Front Of You. Plenty of Money on Show. Designer Hand Bag,s to the Fore. Enjoying this Good Clean Living !.

BLADES IN AMERICKA.

23-9-15. Kulovy Blesk, Full. No Space Available. Stop at Prague Beer Museum 2, Namesti Miru, Americka 34/3, Praha 2. Nice New Outlet. Attentive Staff. Full of Happy Punter,s. Remind,s Me of Wetherspoon,s, Back Home. Seems Unlike a Praha Bar. Love the Rustic & Down to Earth Feel, of the First Prague Beer Museum, Better. Dlouha 720/46. Am More Comfortable There. Drink among a Few. Kocour Samural IPA. Plus My Friend,s Most Loved Pivo, of their Visit. Ferdinand D,este. Eat nice French Fries. Then Meet Couple from Sheffield. Even Better Still. They are Blades !. Final Drink at Mlsenej Kocour. Problem with Drinking All Day. Advice While Well Intended. Left Sour Taste. Advice to Terry. Never Put Anybody on a Pedestal !. Return Home.

RIGHT IMPRESSED.

23-9-15. Rugby World Cup Sensation. Japan Beat South Africa. They Try Again Against Scotland. Watch Game at Bar Jama, U Jama 7, Praha 1. With Friend,s From Edinburgh. So I Am Adopted Scot for the Day. Even Sing " Flower Of Scotland ". Bar Jama Has Excellent Range of Pivo,s. Drink Kutna Hora. Follow this Up Later with Zemsky. Last Visit was Disappointed with the Food. Excelled This Time Though. Enjoyed the Bulgarian Potato Soup. Following Irish Strew, was of Good Standard Too. Special Mention for the Bar & Waiting Staff. Looked After us in Style. Right Impressed. Which is More Than Can be Said for Next Door. Went Next Door to Kyvadio, after Jama. Drank Pilsner Urquell. Will Not Be in a Hurry to Visit there Again. Oh, and Scotland Duly Beat Japan !.

SKVELY NOVY SVET.

23-9-15. Raining in Praha, now. Something Which Happened at Last Visit to DOX. Attending Skvely Novy Svet ( Brave New World ). Holesovice Art Exhibition. Based on Future Viewpoint,s. Aldous Huxley ( Brave New World ). George Orwell ( 1984 ). & Ray Bradbury ( Fahrenheit 451 ). In Today,s Age, Constant Surveillance. The Consumer Society & Media Control. Orwell,s Vision. Just after the End of the Second World War. Time of the Cold War. Seemed Far Fetched. Not So, as it Turned Out. Very True. Plenty of Big Brother Invasion of People,s Privacy. Justification Being Given that it is a Home Security Issue. Globalization. Media Overlord,s. Exhibition is Take From International Contemporary Artist,s. My Highlight,s Being. Barbora Balkova,s ( Roundabout). Tethered Dictator,s, Hitler, Stalin & Mao Ce Tung. Work by Michal Clmala. Plus the Strom Tree. From the Science & Technology Centre. Ostrava CZ. Finish with Honey Cake & Latte. Located in the Good DOX Cafe.

KRC CLOCK THEORY.

22-9-15. Having Something to Celebrate. My Love of Sausage,s. Tonight,s Though was a Disappointment. Standard Down. Still I Have Visit to the Illegal Bar, Ve Smeckach, Praha 1. Run with Much Loving Care by Krc Born People. Drink Clock Twist American Red IPA 14 per cent. Seems Like a Different Drink then Earlier. Poured in a Tulip Glass. Good Head. Smooth. Very Rewarding. Finish with Clock Exorcist Stout, 14 per cent, Good Also. Small Bar. Nice Vibe. Well Run. My Praha City Centre Relaxing Place.

SWISS ROLLED.

22-9-15. The O2 Arena. What One Fellow Sparta Fan. Calls UMBERTO,S CIRCUS . My first Thoughts of the O2. How Vast it is. Water is Taken From Me. From Security Checks. There Goes My Water Juggling Act !. Have Seat. Sektor: 109 Rada : 14 Misto : 16. Contribute to Sparta Songs. Crowd of 2,893 Dwarfed in Huge Arena. Sparta Take the Lead in 10 min Through Jan Buchtele. Assisted by Rewa & Pribyl. Follow this Up in Second Period. Jan Buchtele. 25 min. In Interval. Add to My Pin Badge Collection. Purchase A C Sparta Praha Badge. Assisted Rewa & Glenn. Go Further in Front Through Canadian Defenseman Ryan Glenn. 27 mins. Assisted by Sabolic & Pech. Worrying Trend for Sparta. Get Control of Match,s. Allow Opposition Back in. Through Defensive Lapses. Zurich Not in Game Before. Now Very Much in it. Score, 31 Mins. Herzog ( Ch Baltisberger, & Rising Star A Matthews ). Nervous End for Sparta. Lions Score in 45 Min. Foucault. ( Keller & Shannon ).Sparta Hold On. Match Ends. Ch…

IMPERIAL IPA.

22-9-15. Meet Scottish Friends. Over for the Speedway. At Bar Napalme, Na Zertvach. Praha 8. They are Touring the Praha Bars. With the Help of Evan Rails Beer Guide. I Prefer Max Pivero,s Book. With a New One Pending. Though Now i am Quite Comfortable & Settled in Praha. Quite Happy to Have Two Favourite Locals. Prvni Pivni Tramway, Plus Bar Napalme. Drink Uneticke 10 Per Cent. Friends Arrive. Much Banter. Including Remarks on Napalme Chalkboard. In the Gents Toilet. Second Drink. Clock Red X IPA. 14 per cent. Though Tastes OK. Appears Flat. Maybe End Of Barrel. Friends Leave for Ricter Brewery. Napalme Bar Owners very Helpful. Have Very Good Parek. Then Best Drink. Falk Off. Imperial IPA. 20 per cent. Especially Enjoyed. Leave for Short Journey. To the O2 Arena.

SPARTA LIFEBLOOD.

22-9-15. Arrive at The Tipsport Arena, Holesovice. Fine to Take Photo,s of The Great Building. Purchase H C Sparta Praha Merchandise. From the Fanshop. Plus a Ticket for the Night,s Hokej. Champion,s League Match v ZSC Lion,s Zurich. Reference the Club Owner,s Statement. Top European Hokej Club,s. Have Suggested that Champion Hokej League Match,s. Should Be Really Played in the New O2 Arena. Does this Matter ?. More then what the Lifeblood of the Club. The Supporter,s. Want & Think ?.What Palms Have Been Greased ?. Fans have Shown What they Think. After the First Break in the Opening Period. Silence. Champion League Prices are Higher in the O2. More than Any of the Other Competing Czech Teams. The People I Really Feel Sorry For. Are the Player,s. They Just Want To Play Hokej. They Train at the Old Stadium. Like the Brand New Facility,s & Playing Surface at the O2. Appear in Glossy Promotional Video,s. Showing the Wonderful Sights of Praha. To Boost the Attendance,s. Wonder i…

INTO THE NOT KNOWN.

22-9-15. Metro - I P Pavlova. Tram - Narodni Divadlo. Being Big Sparta Fan. Everything " Slavia ". Is Taboo !. With H C Sparta Praha. Moving to the O2 Arena. Slavia,s Hokej Home. Terry Must Get Acclimatized. Before Sparta,s Tonight,s Champion Hokej League Match. So I Take a Step into the Not Known. Kavarna Slavia. Very Good View,s of the Vltava. Window Seats are all Reserved. This Place is Where All My Literary Hero,s Met & Talked. Vaclav Havel, Ivan Klima & Ludvik Vaculik. Pictures of Them Still Abound. Trapped in Time. I Am Seated Facing the Famous Painting. " The Absinthe Drinker ", By Viktor Oliva. Must Say. Do Love This Picture. Drink a Lovely " Slaviato ", Medove Latte ( Honey ). Was Delightful. So Terry. It Did Not Hurt Too Much. Did It ?. Now Ready for My First Visit to the O2 Arena.

NO CONTEST.

21-9-15. After Breakfast. Travel to The Castle. Those Stupid Segway,s Again ! Ban Them !. Something Else. Selfies. It,s Not Big. Its Not Clever !. Sit in the Royal Garden,s, Read Book. After Exchanging Money. Head Back to Praha 4. Planned Last Week to Go to The Speedway at the Marketa, Tonight. Friends Over From Scotland. However They are Extra Special People in Your Life. Which Mean Everything to You. " R " is Special. Work is Very Important in The Czech Republic. So Your Time is Precious. Meet " R " after Her Work. Go to the Delightful Styl & Interior. Vodickova 35. Praha 1. Arriving through Passage lined with Baroque Angel,s. Wooden Decking in Romantic Magic Garden. Drink Latte Coffee. Much Conversation & Empathy. Plus Exchanging Of Gift,s. Watch Good Woody Allen Film " Iracionalni Muz ". At the Tusk Colosseum. Film located at Newport Rhode Island. Starring Joaquin Phoenix & Emma Stone. " R " then Buys Me Cake. What Can I Say. Sp…

HAPPY DAY,S ARE HERE AGAIN.

20-9-15. After Weetwood " Cheshire Cat ". At Grain Loft. Manchester Airport. Lufthansa Plane - Frankfurt. Who are Efficient & Professional. Onward,s to Home ( Praha ). Welcomed at Base. Evening Meal. At Nearby Domyno. Now Run by Czech Brand, De Carlo ( Lhotka ). Went With Open Mind. Was Not Disappointed. Quick & Attentive Service. Decor, just as I Know it. Eat Medailonky Z Panenky. Pork Medallion,s. On Mustard Covered Toast. Black Streaked Bacon, Fried Egg. Served with Nice Cucumber Salad. Also had a Side Of Garlic Bageta. Very Tasty. Drink Dark Kozel. Would have Been Interested in the Guest American Pale Ale. If Offered. Happened to See on Outside Chalk Board. Later in the Week. Kozel was Fine Though. A C Sparta Praha. Win Four - Nil !. So Happy Day,s Are Here Again.

CHARLES MACKERRAS.

Fine Book Given to Me. Being a Dvorak Society Member. Chance Meeting in a London Cafe ( 1947 ). With a Cellist From The Anglo - Czechoslovak Friendship League. Led to a Trip to Praha. To Study with Talich. Charles Mackerras is Famous for His Interest & Promoting Czech Music. Plus Being Very Good in Opera Music. Straight Talking In His Nature. Caused Him A Problem. Regarding a Remark Regarding Britten. Mackerras Must Be Commended. For His Huge Research in To Musical Scores. Making His Interpretations . Which Was So Authentic. Very Good Personal Contributions. By Dame Janet Baker, Ales Brezina, Nigel Simeone, Heinz Stolba, John Tyrrell & Jiri Zahradka. Lovely Photographs. Plus a Very Good Index of Charles Mackerras Discography. Whilst Finishing the Book. Was Feeling So Emotional. Excellent Book. Did So Much for Music in General. Plus Czech Music has So Much to Be Grateful For.

A CUP OF COFFEE WITH MY INTERROGATOR.

( The Prague Chronicles of Ludvik Vaculik ) Translated By George Theiner. Who Edits " Index of Censorship ", Magazine. Also did Translation on Works. By My Great Likes. Ivan Klima, Milan Kundera & Josef Skvorecky. Vavlav Havel does Book Introduction. Book is in Style of Feuilleton, Samizdat. Essays. Writing for the Drawer. Banned or Restricted Writers. Producing just a Few Copies. Then Exchanged among Like-Minded People. Loved the " Genie ". Starting in the Slavia Cafe. Arab Relates Story of Sinbad The Sailor. Plus His Take of More Freedom in Praha. At This Time ( 1978 ) !. To Much Amusement !. Describing the Interviews. People Like Vaculik had to Attend. With the Authority,s. Much Repetition. Good Cop, Bad Cop. Degrading. Plus Not Good for the Soul. In Context. " Funeral Of a Spokesman ". You Could Not Even Go to Your Own Friends Funeral. Police Made Sure You Were Otherwise Engaged. People in The West. Just Cannot Relate to What Many People in Czech…

THE THING ABOUT PRAGUE.

Book by Rachael Weiss. Australian Writer who Moved to the Czech Republic. Lovely Cover, Sold the Book at Daunt Books. Mixed Feelings After Reading it. Liked the Section on Her Jewish Roots, working at the Spanish Synagogue. Was Amused at First with Her Recollections. Half Way through Book. Got Bored. My Time in Praha, More Interesting & Funny. True I Cannot Write with Her Eloquence. Found Her Criticism of Praha, Weary. If You Move to another Country. You Must Accept it, Warts & All. She Does Not Like Czech Men, Bureaucracy. Waiting Staff, Plus Worst of All. Does Not Like the Red Hair Dye, used by Central European Women. I Do !. Still in Her Defence. She Worked at Sheffield University, in Administration. After Leaving the Czech Republic.

SPORTOVNI HALA.

1995/6 Were My First Visits to Praha. About This Time. Started Supporting H C Sparta Praha. Loved Holesovice. Area Had a Working Class, Down To Earth Feel. Very Like My Sheffield Roots. From Eating at Places Like Bohemia Bagel, or The Cross Club. To Pivo at the Klasterni Pivnice. Taking the Walk from Nadrazi Holesovice. Through the Streets. Building Up the Atmosphere. Attending the Sparta Gift Shop. Amazed at the Sparta Trophy Cabinet. Eating Palek, if not Eaten Before. Then there are the H C Sparta Praha Supporters. The Best in The World. The Cheer Leaders, What Can You Say !. The Arena. Which Has Tradition, History, Even a Mystic Feel. My First Game. Just Blow Me Away ! Was Hooked From Then On. Now The News Has Come. September 1 ST. May Be the Last Game Played There. Ano, We are Moving to the O2 Arena. Which is Modern & New. True We Will Probably Get Used to it. However It Will Never Capture the Heart & Soul Of Holesovice. Slavia Were Relagated. If Not Would We Still Be Sh…

HAVEL ( 2 ).

Continuing On with M Zantovsky,s Book, on Havel. For Mentioned Photo,s. Love the One of Havel at Cabo Da Roco, Portugal. Photo Started & Ends, Antikody. Magika Laterna, Production. Which I Especially Enjoyed in Praha, Recently. Fine Stories on Havel,s Large Presidential Team. In His Early Presidency. Interesting Thoughts on M Thatcher & B Yeltsin. Czech Politics has Its Moments. Nothing Like Slovakia, Though. Slovak Leader, Meciar. Often Went Missing, in Deep Thought. Havel was once Given the Job. Of Finding Him !. Not Very Happy with the Way, Political Opportunists. Though Quite Happy to Bask in Havel,s Glory. Plus The Opening of Doors, Which Havel Provided. Took Advantage of Him, then Criticized. Still they Will Never have His Legacy. Taking The Czech Republic in to Nato, the European Market. Plus all the Good Work He did on Human Rights Around The World. Sad Near the End of Havel,s Life. He Had a Forum at DOX. A Place Where I Have Many Enjoyable Moments. Excellent Book by…

SEVERIN,S JOURNEY INTO THE DARK.

My First Visit to Daunt Books, London. Czech Books Section. Contained Many Surprises. Purchased " Sevrein,s Journey Into the Dark ". By Paul Leppin. Leppin,s Quest Was To Shock. This He Did Really Well. German was the Chosen Language in Praha, at This Time. Kafka a Obvious Influence. Listened Recently to BBC Radio 3 Series on Franz Kafka. Essays Given by Leading Writers. On Their Take on Kafka. Most Enjoyed Jeff Young View. Programme,s Also on Kafka,s Praha Life. Play,s & Jazz. On One Programme. Even Heard Talking Heads " Psycho Killer ". When Starting Book. Could Not Get The Velvet Underground Song " Venus in Furs ". Out Of My Head. Severin to the Fore Here. Severin, Wants More From His Dull Life. He Finds it & More. Book Captures Old Praha. In All Its Glory. Index on German Named, Praha Places. Very Interesting. Going Back to Jeff Young. Agree with Him. Some Books May Lose Something in Translation. Book is Well Designed. Good Feel. Very Fine …

JANACEK ON THE THAMES.

22-5-15. Now for My Concert at the Royal Festival Hall. Very Impressive Concert Venue. Good Views Everywhere. Nice Seeing So Many Younger Classical People. In Attendance. Concert by the London Philharmonic Orchestra. Conductor. Czech, Tomas Netopil. Director of Philharmonie Essen. Concert Opens with the Enjoyable Wagner " Overture, The Flying Dutchman ". Before Interval Beethoven,s Symphony NO 4. Take Photo,s of the Thames. From Great Vantage Point. Before Having Very Nice Simply Chocolate Ice Cream. Second Half Highlight. Leos Janacek " Glagolitic Mass ". Very Strong Vocal,s From Slovak Soprano, Andrea Dankova. Plus the Choirs of the London Philharmonic, & The Spanish, Orfeo Catala, & Cor De Cambra Del Palau De La Musica Catalana. Good Playing Too. By Catherine Edwards on the Organ. Mass, Huge Work. Janacek Dream of a Wedding. Set in the Open Countryside. Around the Moravian Spa Town of Luhacovice. Enjoyed it Very Much. Uplifting. Even after Leaving Hall …

DVORAK SOCIETY AGM.

25-4-15. Plenty Of Classical Music Coming Up. BBC Radio 3, Live In Concert. Jiri Belohlavek Conducts the Czech Philharmonic Orchestra. Smetana " Bartered Bride ". Find it Hard to Believe. That it was Not a Success, at First. British Violinist, Chloe Hanslip Played Mendelssohn & V Williams " Lark Ascending ". Chloe, Very Busy. Leaves after This Concert. For Praha. To Play for Another Czech Orchestra, The National, Tomorrow. The Czech Philharmonic then Play The Dvorak Symphony No 7. Finish with Encore, Dvorak Slavonic Dance No 3. Head to London. For The Dvorak Society AGM. Held at The City Of London School. Meeting was in The Asquith Room. Complete with Some Nice Portrait Paintings. Good One Of Prince Charles. Hot, Sun Shining In from Windows. Overlooking The Thames. Meeting Finish,s with Refreshments. Followed by a Delightful Song Recital. In the School Assembly Hall. By Julia Weatherley ( Emmy Destinn Prize Winner 2013 ). With Panaretos Kyriatzidis ( Piano ). …

LOVELY GREEN EYES.

By Arnost Lustig. Author who Survived Auschwitz. Purchased from Pankrac, While in Praha. Book, Bleak & Harsh in Tone. 15 Year Old Hanka. Loses Her Family to The gas Chambers. Does What She Needs, To Survive. Among Freezing Temperatures, the Rats & The Wolves. The Evil SS & Their Deluded Viewpoint. Remember, Ivan Klima. Who Stated. Never Feel Sorry for the Germans. Their Arrogance. Plus there was No Need to Carry on with the Killing. When the War, was Lost. Hundreds in The East Killed. Placed in Pits. Following Morning. Looked Like the Bodies were Moving. It was Not. Just Thousands of Rats !. Though She Lived On. The Memories Never Leave & Haunt Her. It also Disturbs the Rabbi. Who Hears of Her Trauma. We Will Not Forget the Holocaust. Nor Should We.

DAUNT BOOKS.

23-3-15. I Like Special Kind of Books. Mostly Central European. Like Foyles. Though Last Year. Had Large List. They Only Had One !. I am in Debt to Jantar Publishing. Pointing Me in the Direction of Daunt Books. 83 Marylebone High Street. London WIU. Go to Baker Street Tube. Old Traditional Book Shop. Easy to Find. Shop is Famous for its Travel Books. It Has Good Idea of Having Books. Indexed for Each World Country. Czech Republic has Good Selection. Some Which i did not know of. Bought Paul Leppin " Severins Journey Into The Dark ". End Of Short Break. Head to Victoria. Good Move. More Building Work. National Bus. Leaves London - Rush Hour Traffic. Quite Amazing. That it Calls at Milton Keynes. Horrific Roadworks on M1. Change Drivers at Chesterfield. After All This. Very Impressed that it Arrived at Sheffield. Spot on Time. Driver, Take a Bow !.

JAN KAPLICKY DRAWINGS.

23-3-15. Take Breakfast at Lord Kensington. Leave In Good Time for Earls Court Tube Station. Wait for 35 Mins, For Travel Ticket. Two Desks Open. Main Problem. One Group of People who Monopolize Counter. Queue Massive. Some People are So Selfish !. Not Everybody Has Never Ending Time. They Were Still Their. Even after Purchasing Ticket. Then Spend Most of Morning Trying to Navigate Tube. Tottenham Court Road, Shut. Manage to Reach Euston Tap. Does Not Open, while Mid Day. They Lose My Business. Then on to . AA School. 36 Bedford Square. Exhibition " Jan Kaplicky Drawings ". Supported By the CZ Embassy, & Czech Centre, London. Exhibition is in the Upstairs, Front Members Room. Jan Kaplicky ( 1937 - 2009 ). Loved Drawing at Home. In 1979 Formed Future Systems with David Nixon. Clients included NASA. One of the Projects, Space Station ( 1984 ). Then in 1984. Future Systems was Owned by Kaplicky & Amanda Levete. Very Interesting Exhibition. Loved the " Blob "…

HAVEL.

By Michael Zantovsky. Book Written by a Friend of Havel. Though He Does Not Glorify, The Ex President. It is a Very Honest Book. He Lists Some Of His Faults Too. Not Something I am Surprised About. Michael Zantovsky Has Been a Fine Czech Ambassador to The UK. I have visited the Czech Embassy. A Number of Times. You Could Not Wish for a More Friendly Welcome. He His a Very Grounded, & Down to Earth Person. Coming to the End Of His Tenure. The UK will be the Poorer. When His Stay Ends. First Thoughts of Book. Michael Recalls Meeting Havel From Pancrac Prison. All Havel,s Belongings in a Plastic Bag. Havel has Self Doubt, and Feels Insecure. Often Wonder,s about How Easy his Early Life was. His Family Owning Barrandov & Lucerna. Meeting & Falling For Olga. Who was from Zizkov. Completely Different From His Literary Slavia Cafe Friends. His Time at Hradecek, His Love of Cooking. The Looking Tower, Formed by the Security Services to Watch Over Him. Yet He Often Made them Tea,…

U TUNELU.

23-2-15. U Tunelu, Thamova 1. Karlin. Praha 8. Catch Metro - Krizkova. Karlin Happening Place in Praha. Many New Places Being Set Up. Place Near close to Karlin Tunnel Entrance . U Tunelu, Ticks All the Right Box,s. Modern Decor. Wooden Floor & Wall Features. Open Plan Kitchen. Steel Sliding Toilet Doors !. Bow to the Past. Waiting Staff. Brown Aprons. Porcelain Beer Coasters. Like They Used to Be. Staff are Polite & Attentive. Cutlery comes from Nice Wooden Box,s. Order Konrad Lezak. Good Drink. See on Next Table, what i want to Eat. Tender Roast Beef. Potato,s, Pot Of Creamy Salad. All Served on Quality Porcelain Plates. Wonderful Dish. Finish with Blonde, Dark Mix Pivo. Another Fine Brew. Place is Full. With Pivo,Service, & Food of this Quality. Will Remain So !.

" THIS PLACE ".

23-2-15. Always Sad. Last Day in Praha. When Here in October. Major Installation Been Prepared. This was For the Exhibition " This Place ". The Exhibition is By 12 International Photographer,s. Exploring Israel & The West Bank. Security Advice was Taken by DOX. As Customer Patron Safety is Paramount. Was not Prepared for the Intense Security Though. Sad Indictment in Today,s Time. This Level of Security for a Art Exhibition !. While Elsewhere in the World. In the Name of Religion. A Terrorist Organisation Smash,s & Breaks Up Valuable Ancient Relics. Highlights of Exhibit for Me. Are Work by Thomas Struth, Rosalind Solomon & Wendy Ewald. Added Significance for Me was the Work by Josef Koudelka. Photo,s Presented in a Wall. After DOX Residence. Exhibition moves to Tel Aviv. Then the USA. DOX Provides Thought Provoking Art Work. Where Others Fear to Tread. Long May it Continue.

ZLATA HVZEDA REVISITED.

22-2-15. My Early Days in Praha. All Those Years Ago. Had So Many Memorable Times in Zlata Hvzeda. Watching Slovakia with Their Fans. The Last Time the Hokej World Championships Were in Praha. Good Pivo. Plus the Best Oven Baked Thin Crust Pizza. Ano, Ve Smeckach. Has a Seedy Reputation. Never Bothered Me. Just Ignore it. Atmosphere at the Bar was Electric Though. Bar has Sadly Closed, Long Ago. Now it is The Lion & Ball, Old Town Square. Not Been Yet. Heard it Attracts the Stag Party Crowd. Something I Keep a Wide Berth From !. Just a Few Doors from the Original Zlata Hvzeda. Stands the Bar, Pivoteka Illegal. Ve Smeckach 590/16. Sunday Being a Quiet Night, in Winter Season. Not Many in. Wooden Tables with Great Zebra Print. Beer Mat Display in Window. Very Friendly & Good Staff. Drink Matuska Winter Ale 16 Per Cent IPA. Good Brew. Well Tapped. Talk to the Owner. Entered the World at Nemocnice Krc. Praha 4 Native. Good Enough for Me !. Says Mainly Czech Clientele. Another Exc…

GINGER WALL CRASH,S.

22-2-15. Now Ready for H C Sparta Praha v Pardubice. Hokej Match. Soon it Will be the Play Offs. Have, Parek. Something of a Tradition. Before the Game Starts. Have Seat in Sector 213. Before Game. Past Sparta Legends are Introduced to The Crowd. Action Starts. Pardubice Scores Against the Run Of Play. Through Tomas Marcinko. Gingerbread Fans Twirl Scarf,s Above Their Heads. Many in My Sector. From Past Recollection. Always Thought. Away Fans had Designated Area. Our Fans are Always Allocated a Certain Block. Something I Notice. Our Net Minder. Not So Hot at Distributing Puck. Second Period Starts with a Good Spell. From Our Visitors. Then Jan Buchtele Scores !. Not Much Twirling of Gingerbread Scarfs Now !. Videos of Past Sparta Legends Played. Our Pavel Svek. Could Really Hold His Own, at Fighting !. Pardubice are Huge & Play Dirty. Officials Turn a Blind Eye. Though of Course See Our Adam Polasek !. Third Period, Pardubice Have Now Settled for Draw. No Adventure. Gingerbread …

PROSIM, PROSIM, VUBEC NE, CHANGE ! .

22-2-15. Before Sparta Football. Nearly Always Drink at Pivnice Sumavan. Now its Klasterni Pivnice. Ovenecka 1022/15. Praha 170 00. Wondered if it has Changed. Need Not Have Worried. Same Decor. Same Welcoming & Friendly People. Even Same Regular Customers. Some in the Same Seats as Before. Start with Klaster Tmavy Special 24 Per Cent. Smashing !. Have Good Long Conversation with Friendly Local. Finish with Klaster Svetle 12 Per Cent. ( Bottle ). People Still Smoke Here. Have No Problem With This. A Bar Where it Appears. Time Stands Still. Please, Please, May it Never Change !.

MILAN ICE KING.

22-2-15. After Quality Yesterday with Rada. Today Wake to Good Ham & Eggs at Pension Kamyk. Leave - Vltavska. Then Three Stops on Tram 25. Visit NARODNI TECHNICKE MUZEUM. Impressed How Huge Building is. First Exhibit. Printing. Old Books. Stanhope Printing Press. Two Books Catch My Eye. " Christians. How To Prepare For Death. " Plus, " Guide For Bachelor,s ". Continue on to Everyday Appliances. Like Old, New.Irons & Ovens. Show of Cannon Cameras. Section on Astronomy. Tycho Brahe, Feature. All This Viewing. Makes Me Ready for Snack. Chorizo Panini + Latte. In Muzeum Cafe. Many Nationality,s in Attendance. Really Like the Architecture Exhibition. Plastic Modals. Drawers Reviewing Architect Drawings. Good Info on Design & Build of Nusle Bridge. Muzeum is Very Good. Interactive, Modern. Plus Friendly & Helpful Staff. Carry On to Metalwork & Mining Shows. Modal of Vitkovice, Ostrava Plant. Now a Unesco Museum Site. Still No End to Viewing. Leave Be…

MICHAL AGED HAJE.

20-2-15. Today is My Friends Michal,s Birthday in Praha. Concerned, Left Contact Details with Him. SMS Tony, Who also is Attending. No Reply,s. Last Detail. I have. Tony said He would be in Haje, 18-00. Reach Haje, in Enough Time. Wait 25 Mins. No Sign. Plus, No Contact. Hope Michal Has a Good Birthday. Though My Time in Praha, is Precious. Leave for Roztyly. Catch Bus 135 - Sporilov. Really Enjoy, Prvni Pivni Tramway. Last Visit. No Time to Speak, to Jirka, Owner. Have Now. Though He His Rushed Off His Feet !.Party in Top Room. Start Evening with Maxmilan Polotmavy Special. 13 Per Cent. Continue with Konrad Bizon, Black IPA, 16 Per Cent. Finish with Matuska Cerna Raketa ( Black Rocket ), 17 Per Cent. All Great Pivo. Standing Room Only. Great Atmosphere. Women Kindly Interprets Conversation - Jirka. Terry You Must Learn Czech Fast !.

HUNGARIAN DOMYNO RHAPSODY.

20-2-15. Early Start & Flight - Praha. Not Before Medium Vanilla Latte + Almond Croissant. Bite to Eat. At Uppercrust. Manchester Airport Outlet. Arrive Mid Day in Praha. Catch Up with Marcela. Nice Room with Balcony. Tired, But need Food. So Return to Old Favourite. Domyno, Novodvorska. Praha 4. Sit in Window Table. Great Sunshine Streams in Through Window. Drink Lovely Pivovar Matuska. Apollo Galaxy. Pale Ale. Have Meal with Beer Range. Hungarian Sausage, Pork, Sauerkraut, Pork Scratching, Sweet Chili, & Horseradish. Plus Bowl of Chips. Rhapsody of Flavour,s !. Fine Accompaniment For Pivo. Another Galaxy. Retire with Latte Coffee. Sunny Blissful Friday Afternoon.

THY SALT NOT PASS.

Crikey. Just Down from the Charles Bridge. Where Mission Impossible Filmed. Man is Killed by Female Irish Vampire. Later in Book. Turns Another Man in to a Toad. Will Have to Watch My Step. Like Going Down There to Relax. Second Part of Come Hell or High Water. By Stephen Morris. Part 2 : Rising. Interesting Praha Folk Tales. Beginning with the Big Black Dog. Which guards Loretanska Namesti. Where Saints & Angels Dwell to Rest. Then a Imp. Be Careful What You Wish For. You Will Have to Pay !. Plus the Italian Hradcany Hill Worker. Walking About with a Nail Planted in his Forehead. Wanting Removal to Enter the Dead !. Carrying On from Book One. Good v Evil. Dark Side Wanting to Destroy Praha. Not Content on Flooding Praha. To Smash Charles Bridges Special Power. Now Having a go. At Another Place, Close to My Heart. Old Town Square,s Famous Clock. With the Aid of the Old - New Synagogue Rabbi Staff. Good Job the Defender,s have the Medals of the Infant Of Praha. Plus a Large Amoun…