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Play Me a Song, Pick Me a Shroom


It seems that a new crop of blogs is here, springing up after the summer like mushrooms after rain. It’s nice to know that some people have interesting stories to tell, and perhaps I will again after the weekend. In the meantime, check these out:

Hubert (aka skladatel) has posted a review of the semi-final round in the third season of Česko hledá superstar. This is the Czech version of the Pop Idol reality show franchise (known in the US as American Idol). It is a fascinating phenomenon, and seems to have a bit more to it than its American counterpart:
Instead of flamboyance, the Czechs actually deliver quality judges who are less interested in soundbites and actually evaluate the performers and state their cases for evaluation at the end of each performance. . . . The three Czech judges carry credentials. Ilona Csáková was former member of the famous Czech pop band 'Laura and Her Tigers', Ondřej Hejma worked as an AP reporter, and Eduard Klezla (shown below) is a professor at the Jaroslav Ježek Conseravatory here in Prague!

Read more at Hubert’s blog, Martinů and Fried Cheese.


Bayard is writing a new Brno-based blog, and I enjoyed his mushroom post. Mushrooming is a great Czech pastime. I've been remiss in never mentioning it! They are serious about mushrooms here:
The Czechs are crazy for mushrooming and take pride in being able to identify their mushrooms, distinguish old from new, poisonous from edible, and knowing special secret places that other mushroomers have yet to find. In fact, the Mushroom Cult is so intense, Czechs don't buy mushrooms; one must pick one's own.

Read more at Bayard’s blog.


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