What do u know about the Czech Republic?

  • gregory548

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    Sep 16, 2008 6:26 PM GMT
    I live in the Czech Republic. Im at high school and we learn about all the countries in the world. It is quite boring to learn about some small African countries to me.
    So, I am interested in what do u know about my country the Czech Republic. You can also write if you talk about all the world at geography classes etc.
    And what about history... We were talking about American history quite a lot at history classes.
    Well, if you know some Czech writers, singers, films etc....

    And btw exuse my English, it is not my first languageicon_biggrin.gif
  • ShawnTX

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    Sep 16, 2008 6:36 PM GMT
    Some great porn actors come from there. icon_razz.gif
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    Sep 16, 2008 6:43 PM GMT
    ShawnTX saidSome great porn actors come from there. icon_razz.gif

    Yeah, exactly.

    I also know there's a large American expat community there. An acquaintance of mine is living there with what he describes as a harem of hot guys in his entourage (lol).

    I'm sure there's a lot more going on than hotties and slumming Americans. I've been to Budapest, but never Prague.
  • gregory548

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    Sep 16, 2008 6:45 PM GMT
    Do u know Tommy Hansen? if not, google him. he is the best porn actor here. and in addition he was living in the czech Big Brother house, but nobody knew he was a porn actor, except the gayboys lolicon_biggrin.gif
  • EricLA

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    Sep 16, 2008 9:33 PM GMT
    Tommy Hansen? OF COURSE I do. Boyish face, man's body. Sure!

    As for the Czech Republic I know woefully little. I don't think Czech history is covered much in American school history classes. I should know more given that I was born in the town of Hof in Germany, which used to be on the border of East and West Germany near the then Czechoslovakian border. Then German Reunification happened. And, of course I know of the rise of Vaclav Havel and the democratization of your country.

    And I do know the Czech Republic has been the name of the nation for over a decade, unlike Presidential candidate John McCain who I believe has referred to the country as Czechoslovakia three or four times now in recent months.
  • MattyC0709

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    Sep 16, 2008 9:51 PM GMT
    There are some hot sexy guys there! icon_razz.gif

  • bigtallguy

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    Sep 16, 2008 9:54 PM GMT
    I went to college in Prague so that gave me a chance to learn a lot about the country and it is indeed quite a lovely place.

    As for what geography/history we learn here in the US, I can only speak for my personal public education experience.
    We only had 3 required history classes: American History, European History, and World History.
    World History skimmed over the the entire world so it never got very deep into specifics. European History predominantly focused on Western Europe, but did go into Eastern Europe on occassion.
    We didn't have a separate class for Geography, it was just mixed in with history.

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    Sep 16, 2008 10:28 PM GMT
    I once crossed through the border (over a mountain!) during a very long hike.
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    Sep 17, 2008 12:57 AM GMT
    It' in central/eastern Europe
    It was Czechoslovakia until it split a few years ago
    It was one of the few successful democracies after WWI
    It was invaded by Hitler in the Sudetenland
    Prague, once known as the Paris of the East, is in the Czech Republic

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    Sep 17, 2008 12:59 AM GMT
    I must say that I went to elementary school and high school during the Cold War, and did not learn much about the Czech Republic, until I was in University.

    Do know the annexation by Nazi Germany at the start of WWII (Czechoslovakia), and the Prague Spring, the Velvet Revolution, etc. Also that Prague is a very beautiful city, with many buildings that survived WWII. Your country is one of the most prosperous of the former Eastern-Bloc states too.

    I think many here know about the Czech gay porn industry. Interesting to know that there is so much notoriety, that many in gay porn, claim to be Czech, but are from other parts of Europe.

    Since I am not from the US, let me know what you know, or have learnt about my country, Singapore. icon_smile.gif
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    Sep 17, 2008 1:34 AM GMT
    I loved Bohumil Hrabal's "Too Loud a Solitude." The translation I have is splendid, although I know it loses a lot in the translation (you have a word for Hrabal's special use of Czech, "hrabalistava" or something else I might be making up). The story's imagery is fantastic and I related to the narrator because my stream of consciousness is probably as disorganized as his. A friend of mine who was specializing in Eastern European Jewish history did her Fulbright in Prague and introduced me to the book. I was lucky I read it very closely, because she literally quizzed me about it. She particularly liked that I noticed the cadence in the beginning that broke down with communist industry's encroachment, a question she said she asked one of her history professors who got it wrong.

    I read his other books, and perhaps it was just the translations of them were bad, but I didn't like them nearly as much.

    Of course there's always Milan Kundera too (I liked his "Farewell Waltz"), but if I understand correctly he no longer identifies himself as Czech.

    I loved European history as a kid, although it's been a long time and I don't really remember it since my interests have changed. The Defenestration of Prague (where some Czechs defenestrated some Habsburg barons or lords as part of the fallout of the Reformation) started a huge war, the name of which eludes me, it might have been the 30 Year War iirc. The Habsburgs started out winning until a Protestant Swedish king invaded Germany and forced a settlement. My group of friends in college was mostly history majors or music majors who liked classical music, and defenestration became an inside joke for us.

    I think Prussia (Frederick the Great?) annexed the Czech province, which might have been named Silesia, from the Habsburgs (under the Empress Maria Theresa) until she got it back, but she permanently lost another province to the Prussians which I can't remember.

    This whole thing kind of makes me sad because I used to know this stuff inside and out.
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    Sep 17, 2008 1:40 AM GMT
    I was born there and lived in Prague until 1983.
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    Sep 17, 2008 1:57 AM GMT
    Love the roast pork (and all the smoked pork products) and those great "dumplings" they're usually served with, and Budweiser Budvar (the Czechs gave the world Pilsner lager), and... I was infatuated with supermodel Paulina Porizkova in the late eighties and my gorgeous gal-pal's parents are Czech, and... Mies designed the Tughendat House in Brno, and... there's the nationalist music of Smetena, and Mozart debuted a few of his most successful operas at Prague, and, ahem... the name < Victor Racek >.
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    Sep 17, 2008 2:16 AM GMT
    Love, LOVED Milan Kundera's The Unbearable Lightness of Being.
  • Hunter9

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    Sep 17, 2008 2:18 AM GMT
    Best beer in the world... without a doubt.

    And Cesky Krumlov must be the most charming medieval town I've ever visited.

    And don't forget the Velvet Revolution!
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    Sep 17, 2008 12:27 PM GMT
    Think small European countries are boring...

    (I'm from a small African country :-))
  • gregory548

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    Sep 17, 2008 1:34 PM GMT
    GREAT!!! Im impressed..
    to TylerSF: Angelina Jolie isnt Czech at all, with no part. lol
    But go on...
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    Sep 17, 2008 2:06 PM GMT
    I was in Czech about 10 years ago. Stayed in Prague for a couple days.
    The movie Mission: Impossible was filmed there (at least the scene where the restaurant blows up) and the movie Triple X was filmed there on St. Michael's bridge. I actually saw them filming the final scene.

    Don't really know much of the history or politics, but it is a beautiful country.