Saturday, July 09, 2005

The Czech connection: "Plastic explosives are readily available on the black market in the Czech Republic and other central and eastern European countries or through the Russian mafia, Standish said." They're not talking about Semtex. Why, then, here?

Wednesday, July 06, 2005

Everybody, I'm moving out of Prague at the end of August. I'll be putting my stuff into storage and living out of a backpack for a while. It'll be nine years almost to the day. There, I said it.
The Czech Miracle: Why Privatization Went Right in the Czech Republic.

It's from 1995. Not sure how I came across it. Articles like this are always good for a chuckle.

Tuesday, July 05, 2005

Lazy Czechs.

Like Americans or Japanese, Czechs spend a lot of time at work, almost 2,000 hours a year. The US average is 1,800 hours per year, while in France or Germany it is about 1,450 hours/year.

Patria Online chief economist David Marek says it is evident that Czechs spend more hours at work to make up for lower labour productivity.
Are they actually working, though?