Monthly Archives: September 2003

Style beyond time

Written by: Štěpánka Strouhalová Photo by: Archiv & Věroslav Sixt (Aroma ritual) Jan Lexa & Alena Lexová The enlightened activities of the husband-and-wife architect team of Alena and Jan Lexa has, over the course of a decade, become Fast, ranking among the very best furniture designers in Europe. IN 1990, when the thirst for less…

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Form & function

Written by: Klára Smolová Photo by: Hana Hamplová Even without heavy investments, one can create a unique work environment. According to Pavel Kuklík, owner of Kuklík, a company that specializes in PR and communication, furniture has to be flexible to suit changing needs. Here the simple furniture in combination with wood floors and white walls…

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Favors for favoritism

Written by: Renée LeMoine Photo by: V&V Last month I applied for a position at a large and respected company in Prague. After an initial screening, the HR manager invited me out for dinner. I assumed that he just wanted to get to know applicants better by meeting in a casual environment. However, after dinner…

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Josef Křen: Without a team a leader is nothing

Written by: Monika Mudranincová Photo: Vladimír Weiss Firemen battle with the elements – fire, water, earthquakes. Major Josef Křen (41) led a rescue operation in Algeria, where an earthquake recently claimed about 2,000 lives. He told The Prague Tribune how such an action is coordinated. You are in command of the fire brigade at Prague’s…

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Consultants defining new borders

Written by: Petr Vykoukal Photo: Petr Poliak A well prepared client can get a lot from a consultant, while a poorly prepared client can expect disenchantment with unfulfilled plans. However, according to Czech consultants, the latter type is becoming a thing of the past. INTERNATIONAL consulting firms came to the Czech Republic in the early…

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ISSUE #94

Written by: John Letzing The big Apple Grandly billed as “the world’s fastest personal computer”, the Power Mac G5 also breaks the 4 gigabyte barrier, allowing users to access up to 8 gigabytes of main memory. The new G5 processor – available at speeds up to dual 2GHz with a new ultrahigh-bandwidth system architecture –…

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Virtual mail boxes

Written by: Jiří Vašek E-mail addresses have become essential parts of business cards, already outweighing street names, fixed phone line numbers, and fax numbers. The advantages enjoyed by messages are available 365 days a year, and they can re retrieved from any computer anywhere in the world. http://mail.xko.cz If you don’t travel very often, it’s…

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Walmark is building an empire

Written by: Monika Mudranincová Photo by: Jan VágnerCzech fruit juice, vitamin and dietary supplements producer Walmark owes its 13 years of success to well thought-out investments, strong brand support, and expansion abroad. Valdemar Walach Mariusz Walach Adam Walach THREE BROTHERS WERE present at the birth of Walmark – Valdemar, Adam, and Mariusz Walach – Poles…

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StB incorporated

Written by: René Jakl The recent release of the official list of StB collaborators revealed the names of quite a few members of today’s Czech economic elite. Where does the current distribution of power have its roots? StB dictionaryThe official terms for describing collaboration with the communist counter-intelligence service, based on guidelines issued by the…

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Arnošt Lustig: Convolutions of the 20th century

Written by: René Jakl and Anita Lišková Photo by: René Jakl Sometimes one life can explain the past of a society. The life of this Czech writer, who lives in the US, is a tale of ideals and disillusionment, the confusion of the 20th century, and the search for a higher order. You write about…

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