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Czech Alcohol Ban Could Last for Weeks

by Dana on September 20, 2012 · 0 comments

Following a series of methanol poisonings from illegally made alcohol, the Czech government instituted a widespread ban on the sale of liquor with an alcohol content of more than 20%. The ban went into effect on September 14 and may last for weeks or even months as Czech police try to find the source of the illegal liquor. Vendors, restaurants, bars and pubs are not allowed to sell any hard alcohol at this time. The government may lift the ban partially by allowing sales of newly produced spirits in bottles sealed with new excise stamps within about two weeks.

Here are some current articles on the topic:

http://www.businessweek.com/news/2012-09-18/czech-liquor-ban-costs-pernod-ahold-millions-as-search-drags-on

http://www.praguepost.com/news/14337-banned-booze.html

http://www.radio.cz/en/section/curraffrs/czech-government-plans-to-ease-liquor-ban

And here are two pictures of Prague bar signs from today. As usual, Czechs are quick to make light of a bad situation by injecting some humor.

1st Category, 0% vol.: water, soda, coffee, tea
2nd Category, 0,1 – 4,99% vol.: products of Pilsner and other breweries
3rd Category, 5 – 19,99% vol.: products of wineries and mostly foreign distilleries
4th Category, 20% vol. and over

This sign uses the notorious quote by The Good Soldier Švejk, “Beg to report Sir, I DON’T DRINK ANY LIQUOR…” and words from a Czech children’s game “Cukr, káva, limonáda, čaj, rum, bum” (Sugar, coffee, lemonade, tea, rum, boom)

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The Southern Gardens below the Prague Castle reopened on June 20, 2012 after a 2.5-year reconstruction. The gardens offer one of the most beautiful views of Prague, so they’re definitely worth a visit. They were originally designed by Slovenian architect Josip Plečnik in the 1920s while he was working on numerous projects at the Prague Castle. The recent reconstruction returned the Southern Gardens to their original look. You can access the gardens from the top of the New Castle Stairs off of Hradčanské náměstí, from the top of the Old Castle Stairs near the Opyš viewpoint, or from the third castle courtyard via the so-called Bull Stairs (Býčí schody). The gardens are open daily from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. and entrance is free.

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Czech Film Four Suns Premieres at Sundance

January 21, 2012

The Czech film Fours Suns (Čtyři slunce) directed by Bohdan Sláma has its world premiere today at the Sundance Film Festival in the World Cinema Dramatic Competition. The movie stars Aňa Geislerová, Jaroslav Plesl, Marek Šácha, Karel Roden, Klára Melíšková and Jiří Mádl. It opens in the Czech Republic on March 8. There is a [...]

Another Monopoly Ends: RegioJet Raises Standard of Train Travel in the Czech Republic

October 31, 2011

Jeff and I tried the new Czech train service called RegioJet. It is operated by Student Agency, a company that started back in 1996 as an au-pair agency, became a successful national and international bus operator and is now the largest travel agency in the Czech Republic. It has distinguished itself on the Czech market [...]

Prague Zoo Celebrates 80 Years

August 31, 2011

The world-renowned Prague Zoo first opened its doors on September 28, 1931. This year therefore marks its 80th birthday. A lot of reconstruction has been necessary since the flood of 2002 and new pavilions and expositions are still under construction. One of the biggest projects the zoo has ever undertaken is the construction of a [...]