Monthly Archives: May 2004

A successful “joint” venture

Written by: Kateřina Zapletňuková Photo by: Jan Vágner Kateřina Dušková A family business used the know-how of two generations to create a medical company. The firm has now become a global player among producers of food supplements for joint regeneration.   IN 1991 Petr and Kateřina Duškovi decided to move from the town of Louny…

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Money behind make-believe

Written by: Klára Smolová, Jason Hovet, Anita Lišková, Fiona Gaze Photo: Vojtěch Vlk, Tomáš Kubeš     David Minkowski Vojtěch Vlk While foreign film companies continue to focus on this country for productions, a lack of state support could see this significant source of income going to hungry neighbors. How much is the industry worth to the…

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Bořek Šípek : A relationship with objects

Written by: Monika Mudranincová Photo by: Vojtěch Vlk As a designer, his works are in the possession of kings, emperors, and politicians. As an architect, his projects are admired from Europe to Asia. But is Bořek Šípek’s genius appreciated in his homeland? In the seventies you graduated from architecture in Germany, where you emigrated. In…

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CURRENT ISSUE #102

Written by: Klára Smolová Photo: Věroslav Sixt, Aleš Vlachovský, Tomáš Kubeš The Golden Age – 31.3.2004 Hotel Mövenpick surprised its business partners by inviting them for a party styled after Hollywood in the first half of the past century. However, some guests came from periods long after – for instance, Elvis Presley. Petr Fryč (left),…

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Hana Heřmánková: A pioneering performer

Written by: Monika Mudranincová Photo: Andrea Horská Before 1989, when TV announcers might have been more popular than pop music stars, charming Hana Heřmánková (41) introduced the programs of the only TV station, Československá televize. Following the regime change, she also tried her hand at radio and competing TV stations. Her fateful meeting with Czech…

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UP&DOWN

Written by: Monika Mudranincová PEOPLE UP Photo: Vl. Weiss Gerard Ryan Under the management of its general director, GE Capital Bank increased net profit by 55.3% to CZK 1.5 bn last year – just behind Komerční banka, ČSOB and Česká spořitelna. The number of clients rose by 60,000 to more than 700,000. Photo: archiv Tomáš…

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Look & Listen

movies Love Actually Writer and director Richard Curtis’ love-is-everywhere theme is illustrated by nine interlocking stories, none of which veer too far away from the director’s Four Weddings and a Funeral or Notting Hill. Here he’s on manipulative autopilot: the stories are sketchy, the characters are contrived, and the relationships reek of convenience. Ned Kelly…

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May 2004

Compiled by Anita Lišková “The most efficient way of management is a dictatorship, sometimes softened with the method of sugar and a whip.” – A pearl of wisdom from Aleš Hušák, general manager of Sazka, which was immortalized on his several-meter-large scoreboard in Sazka Arena. “The only thing I know is that he is smaller…

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Modern interpretation

Written by: Štěpánka Strouhalová Photo by: Věroslav Sixt The Carlo IV Hotel thrills people with its refined luxury, as well as the pleasantly stark contrast of a reconstructed, historically valuable building and an uncompromisingly modern addition. New York architect A.D. Tihany designed the bar in a modern eclectic style, with an original silver structure hiding…

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