Strange Czech Stories: March 17, 2015

Flying cars, a train derailment, and other Czech stories that made international headlines

Dave Park

Written by Dave Park Published on 17.03.2015 16:15:45 (updated on 17.03.2015) Reading time: 2 minutes

Gold & white version of The Dress bought by Czech businessman
Daily Mail, March 15The dress that divided the internet may have actually been blue and black, but Czech businessman Tomas Petru bought a specially-designed white version of the garment for his wife. 
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Czech auto maker promises flying car by 2017
Mirror Online, March 16 – Czech company Aeromobil promises to make Back to the Future a reality by 2017; self-driving model to soon follow.
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Czech man to leave Ireland after stealing from church, March 17 – A Czech man has agreed to leave Ireland following a series of thefts including stealing £150 from Killarney church charity box.
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Czech coal train derails
The Indian Express, March 17 – A coal train travelling 91 km/h derailed in the Czech Republic last month; video showing the accident was posted to on Monday.
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Martina Navratilova supports Elton John’s Dolce & Gabbana boycott
The Telegraph, March 16 – The Czech tennis star has shown her support for Elton John’s call for a D&G ban following the company’s remarks criticising same-sex families. 
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Oscar Pistorius plays football in prison with Czech Gangster
Daily Mail, March 11 – Video from a Pretoria prison appears to show the jailed sprinter playing footie with notorious Czech fugitive Radovan Krejčíř.
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Czech family begging in Bangkok, March 17 – A Czech father claims to be busking on the streets of Bangkok with his two young sons in order to raise money for an injured daughter.
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Czech Eurovision song announced, March 11 – Hope Never Dies, from Marta Jandová and Václav Noid Bárta, has been chosen as the official Czech entry in this year’s contest.
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50 Shades Star Cast as Czech WWII Resistance Fighter
The Guardian, March 2 – Mr. Christian Grey, Jamie Dornan, has been cast to play one of the Czech paratroopers that assassinated Reinhard Heydrich in a new movie about Operation Anthropoid.
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Petra Nemcova Struts Her Stuff for Ultimo
The Daily Mail, March 12 – Sexy shots of the top Czech model posing in lingerie for underwear brand Ultimo were enough to make up this Daily Mail article.
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Miss Czech Slovak Represents Czech Heritage in U.S.
The Gazette, March 13 – Janna Waters, crowned Miss Czech Slovak Iowa 2014-15, spent countless hours tracing her ancestry and designing a traditional costume. 
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Also:Nebraska Czechs of York crown new 2015 queen (The Independent, March 17)

Czech Scientists Produce Fuel from Animal Fat
Euronews, March 3 – Scientists at the Tomas Bata University in Zlín have created a cheaper, cleaner biofuel using leftover fat from leather production.
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Moravian Black Pine Finishes 5th in European Tree of the Year Poll
Tree of the Year, February 28 – The Opatovice Pine in Velké Opatovice came in behind trees in Poland, Spain, and Hungary in this user poll that looked for a “tree with a story.” An Estonian Oak on a football field took the top prize.
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