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PORG POST 5

20. 11. 2008

REVIEWS

My Favourite Restaurant

            I can´t tell what my favourite restaurant is called because it´s my secret and if I told you, it will be soon crowded with people eager to experience it for themselves. But I will tell you what´s it like so you could envy me.

So, it´s situated very close to my house. It´s quite small but very cosy and the staff always makes you feel at home. You can order anything you like and the cook will fix it for you or when your taste changes during the meal you can get something else in a while, totally free of charge. You pay for one meal (the prize is very symbolic) and you can eat as much as you like, for the rest of the day. And if you are tired after so much of tasteful food and delicious drinks, you can rent a room and take a nap for a while on one of the very comfortable beds. This service includes gentle waking up whenever you have to go and free coffee or tea to knock you up and prepare you for the stress of everyday life. You can also stay in the room and read some of the great novels provided by local library

             This place is like a oasis of peace for me where I can forget everything and everyone and simply enjoy the calming care and attention and when I leave it I feel like reborn.

My Favourite Restaurant

Eva Kořínková, Septima

I was thinking for a very long time which one of many restaurants I've visited could be called "my favourite". Maybe the one where I have been as a child and the waiter was so kind to me or the one I have visited on my way to Croatia? Or the one in London where I had the fantastic fish and chips (my first fish and chips and it was delicious)? But then it crossed my mind that the only restaurant that deserve the honour to be called my favourite, is the one in Častolovice.

At the time I was in this restaurante (if we can use this name for a small living room) I didn't even like it...Well, food was fine, service too but the waiter and the owner in one person just didn't like us at all and I suppose neither did his wife (and all other guests...what's so bad about being from Prague?). Anyway, time passes quickly and just pleasant memories remain, I can say that "Zabránský's pub" is my favourite one and I would definitely like to go there again.

Same Time Next Year

Lenka Trojanová, Oktáva

 The comedy Same Time Next Year, written by Bernard Slade, opened on Broadway in 1975 and became successful immediately. Since this opening on Broadway it has been translated in many languages and performed almost all across the world. Even the author Bernard Slade was surprised by the success of his play. As he wrote about his play for the Theatre Bez Zábradlís playbill: “In my play thousand of actor and actresses have acted who I do not know and I am not more shocked when I have a dinner in a theatre restaurant and someone order me a drink. Always was it someone who used to play Doris or George.”

The play Same Time Next Year belongs to author’s first works. This play received the Drama desk Award and Tony nomination for Outstanding Play. Bernard Slade was also nominated for an Oscar and obtained a Writers Guild Award for screenplay for the film adaptation Same Time Next Year, where featured Ellen Burstyn and Alan Alda. Among other Slade’s works belongs also plays like Romantic comedy, Tribute and Stand up and be counted. Thanks to the big success of Same Time Next Year, the author decided to write a sequel of this play which is called Same Time Another Year, where the two protagonists meet again after twenty years. The first night was in 1996 on Broadway.

 

The romantic comedy Same Time Next Year is also called sex comedy. The story is about two married people Doris and George who met each other one weekend in 1951 in a hotel restaurant somewhere in California. They stayed together for a whole night and in the morning they found out that they had fallen in love. It is true that George feels guilty because of the affair but he is so attracted to Doris that he agrees that they will meet every year in the same time and in the same hotel room. So they meet each other for following twenty five years. In this play proved only two protagonists and the whole play is divided into six scenes which are describing the progress of each five year period - 1956, 1961, 1965, 1970, and 1975. So it is possible to recognize gradual changes in their characters and in their styles of behaviour. Both of them are going to become more and more adult. The background of each meeting of Doris and George in the Same Time Next Year also gives an account of the mental progress of people in America in these years. In each scene they are dealing with various relationship problems. Doris discovered the women’s liberation and therefore is she going to be more educated and independent. George’s change is not as noticeable as Doris changes. He grows from a nervous accountant to a very confident businessman.

LITERARY

 THE TWO IMPORTANT LEGENDS

ABOUT THE RISE OF CZECHIA

Hanka Holubkovová, Kvarta

By myths and legends the tribe of Slavs had been living near the river Visla, which is somewhere in eastern Europe. But they had a lot of enemies and there also wasn’t enough food for them, so they decided to find a new place to live. Two brothers called Čech and Lech led them to a new, better country. When they were very tired because of long journey, they found a beuatiful place under a hill. Čech climbed up the hill and foretold a happy future of Slavs. One half of the tribe wanted to stay there, but the second half wanted to find something much better. So they divided – Čech stayed there with a part of the tribe and Lech with his part continued on. They came to the East and stayed there. The Čech’s tribe was living happily and their number were growing. When Čech died, his tribe was very sad and they decided that this country would be named Čechy (Czechia) in honor of the wise man who had lead them.

Art Nouveau picture of Libuse by Vitezlav Karel Masek

 

Lots of years later, Queen Libuše governed there. She was really beautiful and nice, but she was also very wise and powerful. The country was flourishing. Suddenly, there was a big problem – two of  most powerful clans had an argument about fields and they came to Libuše to tell them who was right. She decided according to the law but the man who lost got angry. He shouted at her: "Shame on men who are lead by a woman!“ Libuše got angry too.  She decided that in case she didn‘t enough authority, she’d marry a man, who would govern much harder than her. Because she was a fortune-teller, she knew how to find him. She told to their servants to follow her horse. The place where it would stop, there they’ll find her future husband. Their servants did what she told them. Libuše’s horse stopped by the field where a man was working. He was very surprised, when they told him he’d be  king. Then he agreed to go with them to Libuše’s castle. Then they got married. His name was Přemysl.

Another story about Queen Libuše tells how she foretold glory of Prague. One day she went for a hunt with her husband Přemysl and their company. After the hunt they were looking at the scenery. Libuše foretold „I see a great town and his glory is touching the stars!“ And it happened.

FROM THE PRESSES

OF LONG AGO…

The Famous Battle of the Little Big Horn

Jan Kodad, Sexta

            In June of the year 1876 forces of the army were sent to force out Indians from a reservation in Montana. The 21st of June, the General Terry called together all the higher officers. He thought that there is a camp of about a thousand of Indians, who will escape to the mountains just when they will see blue coats of US army soldiers. However they did not want them to escape, they wanted them to die. So a special plan was made to attack the village. The convoy would be separated and the brave and strong and insuperable Custer´s seventh cavalry will move to Rosebud and then go down to the Little Big horn and Gibbon´s part will go back to the mouth of the Little Big horn river and then it will be transported by steam-boat to the right bank of Yellowstone. This move would cause no way to escape for the Indians and to ring the US army about them.

The Battle of Little Big Horn

            So the seventh cavalry left the mouth of Rosebud and went up the river. They were about six hundred soliders. But about midday General Custer broke Terry´s command and bent from the river straihgt to the Indians village. In the evening of the twenty fourth of june they were at the borders of Little Big horn and Rosebud ´s basins. Gibbon´s commanded that they had to wait there until the twenty sixth and until Gibbon arrived and then to attack together with the other parts of the army, which were waiting back on the other sides. But he decided not to do that, because he wanted all glory of their triumph just for himself. Early in the next day´s morning they found a small group of Indians. Custer decided to attack the village quickly, ignoring orders to wait. Unfortunately, he did not think about things such like the fact that the number of warriors in the indians village exceeded the number of his soliders by three times. He divided his forces into three parts. Capitan Frederick Benteen went with his group through the walley to stay back and prevent Indians escape. Major Marcus Reno with his troops crossed the river and went down to attack Indians village from the south. Custer thought that he would surprise Indians with attacking the village from two sides, no matter that his soliders did not know the terrain so well.  

            Reno´s troops attacked the same time as Custer´s soliders, who were going towards the village from the other side, Custer still thought that the Indian warriors were afraid of them and that they wanted to escape. But suddenly he saw that he had been wrong. Cheyenne, Hunkpapa and Sioux warriors were angry, they had good horses and weapons. Blue coated soldiers were hit hard and after a short time they found themselves in the middle of their enemies. Some of them tried to escape, jumping off their horses and trying to escape through the river on its second bank. In about one hour, all the Custer´s soldiers were killed, and so was Custer himself. No one of them survived that battle.     

            Little Big Horn battle was the biggest victory of Indians against colonists from Europe. However, this triumph did not help them. About one year later, the Indian nation was broken.  The failure of US army in this battle is predicated to general Custer, who wanted all the fame and glory for himself and overvalued the power of his soldiers.

There is also a country song about this famous battle, called Jim Bridger:

Once there was a mountain man who couldn't write his name

Yet he deserves the front row seat in History's Hall of Fame

He forgot more about the Indians than we will ever know

He spoke the language of the Sioux the Black Foot and the Crow

(Let's drink to old Jim Bridger yes lift your glasses high)

As long as there's the USA don't let his memory die

(That he was making history never once occurred to him)

But I doubt if we'd been here if it weren't for men like Jim

 

 
 

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