Friday, August 22, 2008

Second Life 1

This is the first contribution that begins the series of contribution, which would deal with some for me interesting place in Second Life. This place could commonly known or found by me or somebody recommended it me. I should begin with the place that I know the best and where I am very often, so Bohemia, but maybe next time. Since this idea to write such contributions occurred me three days ago and I was invited at one such me pleasant place, I will write about it.
How I already mentioned above, I didn’t find this place, but I was invited there. It is a shop called Gransy Fashion. It is focused fashion in Neko style. I always said myself, which sort of avatars looks as cats have lived in SL. But no literally, they have kittle ears and cat tail, but otherwise human appearance. Afterwards I remembered that such creatures could be seen in Japanese cartoons in manga. Really, the word “neko” means domestic cat in Japanese language. And kitties and cats and probably young tomcats and tomcats, they all like to dress too. This shop is for them and also for others. What do they have to offer? The fashion in style Neko of course, but also Punk and Urban fashion. There are many pieces mostly for cats, but you can find here also three ones for tomcats. The prizes range from 55 to 299 $L.
And if you don’t wish to shop, there is the Japanese garden with maples and lake in the middle under the open sky. Sit under one maple, listen something nice for you or meditate under the rustle of butterfly wings.

You are welcome and finally some pictures.

Monday, August 18, 2008

Music Festival

This weekend was rich in both sport and cultural events in Brno, Czech Republic. As every year, The Grand Prix of the Czech Republic was organized at The Masaryk Circuit. There were about 250.000 visitors. At the same time, the so-called Brno’s Day took place. This event is organized every year as the remark of the important historical thing from history of Brno and the remark of the heroism of the Brno inhabitants in besiege a town by Swedes during Thirty Years' War (1618 – 1648 in Middle Europe) in year 1645. The small group of the defenders with help of city inhabitants resisted to the attack of the huge superiority of Swedish army of the general Torstenson and Brno was never captured. The 400th birth of the marshal Louis Raduit de Souches was celebrated this year. He was the army commander of Brno then. This year was also open public his crypt in St. Jacob church.
The third event, which has begun last Thursday, was the 9th International Spilberk Festival organized by Brno Philharmonic every year. I was also there and the Hollywood Night was on program, i.e. movie music. The following ones had the big success: C'era una volta il West (Once Upon a Time in the West) and The Phantom of the Opera.

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Several pics from the Spilberk castle.

Thursday, August 14, 2008

Vypustek Cave

Today I would like to give some information about Cave Vypustek in Moravian Karst. I have visited this cave recently for the first time. Vypustek Cave is the fifth cave that is open to the public. The others are Balcarka Cave, Katerinska Cave, Punkevni Cave and Sloupsko-sosuvska Cave.
Vypuste Cave is known already from the 17th century, when the quack doctors were coming into the cave. They were looking for the bones of prehistoric animals here. The count Hugo Frantisek of Salm (full name Hugo František Salm-Reifferscheidt-Raitz) visited the cave at the beginning of the 19th century. He belongs to the prominent Moravian figures of this time and he became the most outstanding member of Rajec’s lineage of Salm-Reifferscheidt-Raitz. Nobody before or after him overshadowed him. He was modern and skilful industrialist, scientist, art lover, collector, sponsor and last but not least philanthropist. He was also first of all by the founding of The Moravian Museum in Brno in 1817. Later in the 19th century, Dr. Jindrich Wankel, Dr. Karel Absolon or Dr. Martin Kriz explored the cave.
In the 20´s of the 20th century the cave has been affected by the exploitation of the phosphate clays as the rests of the prehistoric beasts. Since 1938, the Czechoslovak army has got the munitions magazine, but the German army (Wehrmacht) established here the factory for production of the aviation engines during The Second World War. After that, the speleologists again explored the cave, but the Czechoslovak army built here secret base at 60’s of 20th century and it stayed here till 2001, when the base was declassified. Since 2008, the antinuclear shelter and part of the cave labyrinth is open to public.
Since I served here as the soldier of compulsory military service, I was very interested in. The whole area is changed now. Only main building is maintained. Here are several pics.

Main Building

Shelter Enter

Water Recycling

2 Diesel Engines

The Cave