Monthly Archives: February 2005

Fokus Optik – from vision to reality

Written by: Klára Smolová Photo by: LuminumThe founders of Fokus Optik followed their vision to build a chain of optics stores whose quality of services and prices corresponded to similar firms in the west. Their success is clearly visible. Jiří Los, Vilém Richter, Jaromír Novotný IN 1991 Jiří Los and Vilém Richter, friends and colleagues…

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Rewarding loyalty

Written by: Jason Hovet, Petr Vykoukal Photo by: Vojtěch Vlk While salary growth remains steady, both employers and employees are finding better value in benefit packages. “Carpe diem” doesn’t apply here, as the most common benefits are now more forward-looking. GONE ARE THE DAYS of switching jobs for a raise, as many candidates currently on…

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Stelios Haji-Ioannou: The serial entrepreneur

Written by: Jason Hovet & Philippe Riboton Photo by: Vojtěch Vlk On his first visit to Prague, a month before the new year, the founder of low-cost airline easyJet sat down to talk with The Prague Tribune. The face of the “easy” brand spoke about sticking the easy name on everything from hotels to men’s…

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Alfa Crosswagon Q4: audacious vagabond

Written by: Jan Tuček Italian automaker Alfa Romeo is synonymous with sporty elegance and performance. But the new Alfa Crosswagon Q4 can not only deftly sweep along highways, but also along country roads and over light terrain. THE ATTRACTIVE, 4.44 meter-long, five-seat Crosswagon Q4 station wagon stands out, not only with its elegant exterior with…

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February 2005

Mapping an interior terrain Glen Hansard’s stalwart band, The Frames, is making another trip from Ireland to Prague. Founded in 1990, the group went through both personnel and label changes in its early years. Nevertheless, it attracted a growing circle of listeners with its deeply emotive songs and energetic concerts. The band’s powerful presence is…

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A healthy indulgence

Written by: Galina Pembroke Photo by: www.isifa.com Looking at the fat, sugar and calories in chocolate, it would seem that the best reason for indulging is pleasure. Yet the cocoa solids in hot cocoa and hot chocolate do more than soothe our mind. New research is serving healthy reasons to bite down on our favorite…

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The best of Luxembourg

Written by: Anita Lišková & Todd Shaw Photo by: www.isifa.com Luxembourg City is the heart of the country in cultural, political and social respects. It is not only the country’s capital but also one of the three capitals of the European Community (the other two being Strasbourg and Brussels). MOREOVER, Luxembourg city is a banking…

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Look & Listen

movies 55 Days at Peking This historical epic with its all-star cast, set in China in 1900, focuses on the infamous Boxer Rebellion. During 55 days of riots, a few hundred officials from western countries like Great Britain, France, Germany, and the US struggled against an onslaught of over 130,000 Chinese warriors. Although Nicholas Ray…

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February 2005

Compiled by Anita Lišková “I didn’t try to insult him. I only tried to remind him that my opinion was different.” – stated former boxer and head of regional ČSSD party Jaroslav Foldyna, who lost his temper during the ČSSD conference and nearly fought with the deputy from Chomutov, Roman Houska. “It’s no problem to…

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