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Digital domestic help
Written by: Jiří Vašek
The internet is not solely the domain of
high-tech industries and international name brands. When it comes to
everyday services, especially chores for households, the range of online
help is extensive. A quick bit of surfing can take care of everything
from dinner to dog-walking.
Many experiences bear out that one of the better babysitting
services in Prague and environs is Borůvka. Not only are
the trained employees familiar with the psychomotor development
of children and infants, they're also reliable and discrete
regarding your privacy. The agency provides service 24 hours
a day, and reacts immediately when necessary. Its statutes
also cover settlement of and compensation for damage caused
by its employees. Services can be ordered by e-mail, over
the phone, or in person, and include cleaning, window washing,
ironing, and care of older people or pets.
This firm offers one-time or regular babysitting and throws
in a bit of tutoring. But Domestica will also take care of
minor household maintenance - ironing shirts, cleaning carpets,
washing dishes, dusting, or ordinary household errands (shopping
trips, etc.). You can also hire regular transport with a
driver to drive your car, and you pay him only an hourly
wage (and gas, of course). He can take you to important meetings,
take your mother-in-law to the cottage, or your children
to school. It's like a Mrs. Doubtfire-type incognito nanny
whose only shortcoming is cooking.
If you need help with dinner, you can use the Food Taxi delivery
service. From its site you can choose Mexican, Chinese, Italian,
or any international food from several types of local restaurants.
Prices are the same as in the actual venues, you just pay
for transport - CZK 50/km for the first three kilometers,
and CZK 14 for each additional km. Delivery takes 40-60 minutes;
just fill in the order form over the internet, or call the
For big, professionally prepared celebrations, this web site
is a savior - not only with food preparation, but also for
hostesses, floral decorations, or music production. And if
you decide you don't want a whirlwind of friends in your
apartment, Lautias will arrange a venue. This service is
based on specialized catering, from garden parties and coffee
breaks to cocktails and luxurious banquets. But for it to
be really worth the cost, at least twenty people should be
involved, because the company produces all the treats it
offers (except for cold cut plates and salads) for at least
"Our services are designed to save you time cleaning,
taking care of pets, and making major shopping trips," promises
this firm's web presentation. It adds: "We have no limits,
we'll do anything for you." We decided to check, and
contacted the company to ask if they could take care of ordinary
office duties or arrange visas for countries that still require
them. They said yes. And can you take care of two kangaroos?
After a brief pause of disbelief the answer was also "yes".
But Western Touch focuses mainly on help with regular household
tasks, rather than on odd exceptions.
The Brits have not only a fine, dry sense of humor, they also stand
out from other Europeans with their characteristic perspective
on world events. This BBC broadcast online will help you compare
news over Czech media with that of their British colleagues. The
news covers the same events, but they can be seen from a completely
different perspective. Ideal study material for forming your own
Need to take care of organizational chores prior to a holiday?
It's worth checking out this web site, where you'll find the
best exchange rates. You can arrange them upwards or downwards,
and thanks to the color code you'll know right off where to make
the best buy.
A clever site with advice for daily problems. Examples: how to
organize personal finances; where to deposit money; which banks
offer which loans; how to count savings from building savings
|word of the month:
Hard disk DVD
- In the wake of DVD players' popularity, DVD recorders are coming
into vogue. They can play rented disks, but they can also copy or
record telecasts. These clever machines differ according to the type
of media they work with. They are all shiny DVD disks, some with
a + designation, others with a -. Also, the R marking for recordable
and the RW marking for overwrite are confusing - not to mention the
DVD-RAM format. It is generally true that, ideally, you should choose
a machine that supports as many formats as possible, and that can
access FireWire, so it can also work with your digital camera.