Category Archives: Czechoslovakia

A GREAT GIFT TO AMERICA


Here’s one I never knew about.  (Well, one of many…)  The Czech composer Antonín Dvořák (1841-1904) had composed a tribute to the American flag.  It was to have been performed at the World’s Columbian Exposition in 1892 that commemorated the … Continue reading

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NATIONAL THEATER IN PRAGUE


The beating heart of Czech opera. Complete with kamikaze gull.  (Not photoshopped, I swear!)

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HE GAVE HIS LIFE FOR FREEDOM


The name Jan Palach invariably comes to mind any time I think of the August, 1968 Soviet invasion and subsequent occupation of Czechoslovakia.  Palach was a 21 year-old university student who decided to protest the occupation of his country by … Continue reading

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CLANDESTINE SURVEILLANCE IS NOTHING NEW


In 2011, I found this “mushroom” near the Czech village of Kounov.  It may look like a mushroom, and would probably poison just like the real thing if you ate it, but just look at it, will you?  What an … Continue reading

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A BUNCHA WHITE TIGGERS IN LIBEREC ZOO


Liberec zoo is one of the few to breed white tigers in captivity.  This is momma tiger’s second litter of three, born in September 2012.  (Momma is on the left.) Poppa tiger (the big, mean-looking one) escaped last year and … Continue reading

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JEŠTĚD MOUNTAIN NEAR LIBEREC


Very impressive sight from cousin Pavel’s front porch… That’s a comms tower/restaurant/hotel combo on top, with ski slopes below.  They built the tower during the socialist era at significant cost, but it’s all analog.  They never converted it to digital, … Continue reading

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PHILOSOPHICAL DIFFICULTIES


It occurred to me this morning that a mule is really just an ass without balls. I am not sure where to go with this, philosophically, particularly as regards hinnies.  Not including them in the above characterization might be construed … Continue reading

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PACED BICYCLE RACES


For some reason, I paused at this picture while looking through my pics of last year’s visit to Prague (and, inevitably, my childhood mecca, the National Technical Museum). This is a pace motorcycle exhibited in that Museum. Motor vehicles have … Continue reading

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CEMETERY IN TEREZÍN


Terezín (Theresienstadt) is a fortress and fortress town north-northwest of Prague.  During the German occupation of Czechoslovakia (March 15, 1939 – May 08, 1945), the fortress was used by the Nazis as a police prison and the walled town as … Continue reading

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WHEN JUSTICE GETS IN THE WAY OF JUSTICE


In the months before August 1968, a number of the most dyed-in-the-wool members of the Czechoslovak Communist Party had authored a letter to the Soviet government, inviting Soviet troops to invade the country to put an end to the so-called … Continue reading

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