Czech Republic

Next stop is a country I can’t help thinking of as Czechoslovakia – and yes, I understand I deserve a slap for that.
The [blogs](http://prague.tv/city-beat/?p=196) and the [wires](http://www.bloomberg.com/apps/news?pid=10000085&sid=aFjpqJHkzB2w&refer=europe) are talking about floods, floods and more floods. No doubt if Prague floods again we’ll see it on British TV. There’s plenty about bird flu as well; again something that gets international attention wherever it happens. News I would otherwise have missed is the [legalization of same-sex marriages](http://www.ceskenoviny.cz/news/index_view.php?id=178051)
There are a few English-language Czech blogs around, [mostly](http://prague-spot.com/blog/) [personal](http://www.thediary.org/smz) [diaries](http://kolokolo.blogspot.com/) [of](http://zbarnes.blogspot.com/) [Prague residents](http://jenandderrick.blogspot.com/) – with all the holiday snaps and personal trivia that implies. [Gazing into the Abyss](http://gazingabyss.blogspot.com) at least has a useful list of East European blogs, categorised by country.
[This blog](http://prague.tv/city-beat/) is apparently part of a Prague city-guide website. It has frequent news updates, and [this charming excursion](http://prague.tv/city-beat/?p=188) into exports of Czech children’s TV. Cartoon characters “Pat and Mat” have gained htemselves fansites in [Switzerland](http://www.schaeppi.tv/patandmat/) and [Japan](http://www.krtek.jp/)
Hmm….that country turned out a lot less interesting than Mongolia and South Korea, but nonetheless I think now is a good time to move my spodding somewhere else. Who knows, maybe I’ll return to stories from Prague some other day.

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