Wednesday, 25 March 2015
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, and Made Conversation with Them. Liked the Part on the Plastic People Of the Universe. Member Being, Vratislav Brabenec. Loved his Western Statement. Now it is like " Shopping, Shopping, Shopping. We are Like Bats Flying Through the Dark ". The Birth of Charter 77. Delivering it in Landovsky,s Saab. To Much Laughing inside. Though Having to Lock all the Doors. To Avoid Police Entry. Very Good Photographs Too. Have Reached Page 224. Keep Returning to the Book. Between Other Reads.
Saturday, 14 March 2015
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 !.
Thursday, 12 March 2015
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.
Monday, 9 March 2015
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 Excellent Thing. Finish Off with Good. Clock 19 Per Cent. No Idols ESB. want Food Now. After Young Tomas at Christmas. Reintroduced Me to the Delights Of Fried Chicken. Decide on Kentucky. Vaclavske Namesti ( Krakovska ). Have Kentucky Classic Box. Tasty Supper Treat !.
Friday, 6 March 2015
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 Wall, Looks Firm !. As Finish is Near. Sparta Score. Juraj Mikus !. Ginger Wall Crash,s !. Now Pardubice Want to Play. Withdraw their Net Minder. For Extra Man Advantage. All to No Avail. Most of 6,602 Fans Go Home Happy. I Know I Am !.
Monday, 2 March 2015
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 !.
Sunday, 1 March 2015
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 Best to Last. Huge Hall. With Planes Hung From Ceiling. Displays of Bicycles. Trains. Cars, Like Karl Horman Frank. Protectorate of Bohemia & Moravia,s Car. For Mentioned Planes. The Spitfire Used by the CZ Squadrons in World War Two. Crowning Glory For Me. Excellent Display of Motorcycles. Jawa to the Fore. Helmet, Trophy & Original Machine. Which Milan Spinka. Took on the Russians in their Dominated Sport Ice Speedway. To Become 1974 World Champion. A Great Spectacle. If You See Ice Racing Live !. Bought Jawa T Shirt From Gift Shop. Very Good Museum. Could Spend All the Day Here, No Problem. A Must See !.