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  • Mariupol - the last fight!

    Since the first days of the invasion of Ukraine, the southern Ukrainian city of Mariupol has been severely tested. Even before the Russian invasion of Ukraine, the main Ukrainian port of Mariupol was a troubled place. Yet this industrial center pulsated with life. The city had several music schools, a museum of local history, the Kuindji Gallery (Archip Ivanovich Kuindji was a Ukrainian painter of Greek descent who devoted himself mainly to landscape painting) and the Russian City Theater. In addition to many Orthodox churches, the city also had a mosque and an old synagogue. Mariupol was home to the Ukrainian football club FK Mariupol and the successful basketball club BK Azovmash Mariupol. The city had two large metallurgical plants and the largest engineering plant in the country Azovmash. There was also a chemical industry, shipyards and other businesses. Mariopol's transport infrastructure included shipping, railways, the international airport and, in addition to buses and coaches (shared taxis that run on a scheduled route, but at irregular intervals - departing when busy), trams and trolleybuses. Mariupol is located on the E58 international road leading from Central Europe via Odessa, Berdyansk, Mariupol and Taganrog to Rostov-on-Don. Thanks to two large factories in the city, the local air deteriorated and the sea coast lost its former freshness and beauty, so Mariupol was not considered a tourist town. However, this did not prevent many tourists from visiting the city and spending summer holidays by the sea. The best sandy beaches of Mariupol are located outside the city and the locals have always been able to advise where to go. Since the end of the 20th century, when the population of Mariupol exceeded half a million, the population has been declining slightly. Nevertheless, before the war, there were almost 500,000 people living in Mariupol - Ukrainians, Russians, Greeks, Belarusians, Armenians, Jews and Bulgarians. We have intentionally written this paragraph in the past, because it is very likely that many of the above no longer exist. In order not to make a mistake, the frequent word Azov appearing in the names has nothing to do with the Azov battalion, but on the contrary, the Special Deployment Section of the National Guard of Ukraine Azov has its name derived from the Azov Sea, which is considered part of the Black Sea. strait. It lies between Crimea (in the southwest), southern Ukraine (in the north) and Russian Cubans (in the east). Industry, port, location all this and much more was the reason why Mariupol became a major strategic target for Russian and pro-Russian forces. The Battle of Mariupol was preceded by artillery bombing of the city by Russian forces. The Russian Navy also launched an amphibious assault on the coast of the Sea of ​​Azov west of Mariupol, creating a bridgehead and training thousands of Russian Marines. The artillery bombing continued, and in addition to Ukrainian men, women and children, Greek and Russian civilians living in Mariupol were also dying. The Russian shelling did not escape either the six-year-old girl or the dogs and their old mistress ... Any ceasefire agreements to evacuate civilians have regularly failed. At the beginning of March, after three days of intense shelling, an armistice was announced, which was to last 5 hours. Civilians then began to evacuate from Mariupol through a humanitarian corridor to the city of Zaporizhia. However, when civilians entered the evacuation corridor, the Russian army continued to shell and the evacuation was quickly brought into chaos and the evacuees were forced to return. During March, the city of Mariupol is collapsing, there is no electricity, no water, no food. Nevertheless, Ukrainian soldiers, especially the Azov Regiment, heroically defend themselves against Russian forces and wage infernal battles. On March 11, 2022, Father Paul, a Greek Catholic priest from Mariupol, declared "Mariupol is like Armageddon, it's hell. Tell the world it's a tragedy. The Russians are shooting at us at random, the whole city is one big battlefield ..." According to the Kremlin, a special military mission in Ukraine is trying to save Mariupol, among other things, but it is quite demonstrable that the Russian army did not come to "liberate" Mariupol, but to erase it from the earth's surface and its inhabitants. The occupiers forcibly transport Ukrainians to Russia, and the use of Russian chemical weapons is also speculated. News from Mariupol reports on the brutal behavior of Russian soldiers - people burned alive, raped and killed women and children. April 2022 in the besieged city of Mariupol, the last major battle for the Azovstal industrial plant takes place, where the center of the special deployment of the National Guard of Ukraine Azov is located. Azovstal Metallurgical Combine is one of the largest steel rolling companies in Ukraine. On April 13, 2022, Ukrainian soldiers of the 36th Marine Brigade, who found themselves surrounded by Russians in Mariupol, managed to break through and unite with the Azov Regiment. If the Russians occupied the Azovstal industrial plant, they would have full control over Mariupol, Ukraine's main port. There are still more than 100,000 civilians in the city. The infantry was destroyed and Mariupol is also defended by drivers, cooks, and even orchestra members. Independent estimates of the victims of Russia's relentless bombing are not available, Russian bombs are falling everywhere and hospitals and theater are inevitable. Preliminary estimates so far refer to 22,000 civilian deaths in Mariupol.

  • Homemade ham - the perfect recipe!

    Making homemade ham will not only increase your prestige, but the ham you make will be incomparable in taste and composition with the one you bought. Homemade ham does not have a long shelf life, because it does not contain any preservatives, but since it is excellent, it will definitely not stay in your refrigerator for a few days. Ham hammer You have to buy a ham machine first. You will pay around CZK 2,000 for it. The hammer or butcher mold is used for the production and cooking of homemade ham and is essential for the proper implementation of your "ham event". You can buy aluminum, stainless steel and plastic hammers. We do not recommend cheap hams, which are equipped with only one weak spring. The spring pressure is too weak and the ham breaks up very often. The right hams have strong springs and are massive, so the springs have perfect pressure on the meat. The advantage of smaller hams is that due to their small height, you do not need a large pot to cook. He also recommends buying a thermometer, because the right temperature in the pot is important for making ham. You can buy a thermometer up to CZK 500 without any problems. These investments will definitely pay off and the result of your work will bring you joy. We bought everything prepared pot and ingredients: 1 kg of pork leg, 10 g of salt, 10 g of Praganda, 1 tablespoon of honey, 100 ml of water. If for any reason you do not like honey you can give a teaspoon of sugar instead of honey, but if you do, always only powdered sugar. However, please note that honey ham is a great treat. You can also prepare some garlic, thyme or almonds (whole) according to your taste. Who likes hot sprinkles chili. Everything appropriately, according to your taste. Of course you can spice, but you don't have to. So cheers - let the work succeed! Keep the meat undercooked at the beginning. We clean the pork leg from easily accessible membranes, we do not have to remove everything. Cut the meat into pieces like a goulash (edge ​​length approx. 2 cm), cut a few pieces into tiny pieces, add salt and Praganda and it is best to work through everything with your hands so that the protein begins to be excreted. Add honey and spices and continue mixing. We gradually add water. The secreted protein looks like a light pink porridge and will be the binder that will hold the ham together. Put the meat in a plastic bag and let it rest in the fridge for one day, then take it out, mix it again, put it in the mold (hammer), tighten it properly and put it in the fridge for one day again. We will prepare a pot with heated water and place the filled hammer in it. The mold should be sunk to a height where the meat reaches, but the hot water must not flow inside. If you have a gas stove under the pot with water, put a cast iron plate on the flame. This spreads the temperature throughout the bottom of the pot. Use a thermometer to check the temperature, as the temperature must not exceed 75 ° C. 70 ° C is optimal. Boiling ham harms! We cook our homemade ham for 1.5 hours. At this point it is necessary to remember that as mentioned at the beginning, everything is standardized and timed per 1 kg of meat. Then let the filled ham cooler. We can exchange the hot water bath for a cold one with ice, which speeds up the process. The process of cooling in water takes 2 hours do not rush. Definitely do not remove the hot ham, there is a risk of it falling apart. Then you take the chilled ham with your ham and put it in the fridge. You could turn the ham over and consume it, but wait and let it rest. The next morning you can convene the family or invite friends and acquaintances. You will slice your homemade ham and we can enjoy it together :-) We consulted and supplemented the recipe with a real expert, chef and farmer Lukáš Štindl from Český Krumlov.


    Do you travel and like to discover places you have not yet known? Are you going on vacation? Do you regularly relax by the ocean waves or get to know ancient monuments? We have advice, tips, ideas and recommendations that can save you time, energy and money. Our travel guide focuses mainly on what not to do and what to look out for. We believe that our article will help you and we wish you many joyful and pleasant experiences on your travels.

  • Refugees from Ukraine - women at risk

    The situation in the offices and in the refugee centers is often chaotic. Ukrainians are ahead in the queues and, for example, obtaining a visa can be a several-day "fight". A collaborator of our editorial office living in central Ukraine in the city of Poltava, which already She has been in the Czech Republic for 4 years and has been fluent in Czech. She returned due to the war and was processing a visa last week. She spent two days after 4 hours at the office in Jihlava (Department of the Ministry of the Interior, Department of Asylum and Migration Policy) in unsuccessful waiting in queues. It wasn't until the third day that she took care of everything she needed, and when the clerk heard her speak Czech, she asked her if she would do an interpreter. She willingly agreed and for a few hours, she goes as a volunteer to interpret every day. Frauds with a state-guaranteed refugee allowance (CZK 5,000 per month to cover basic needs) are also increasing. Ukrainians who are not entitled to it often ask for it - for example, they just "bounce" from Poland, where they are already registered. The officials are therefore working at full capacity and, in addition to the usual handling, they must be careful and control everything. There are many reasons why not only women with children, but also women themselves are fleeing Ukraine. War, among other horrors, also brings violence against women, which is often not only the result but also a war strategy. Sexual violence can be perpetrated by the military as a means of control and power over the enemy party. Thus, women who remain in Ukraine and have not fled before the war for various reasons are especially at risk. There are also women who do not run away because they are fighting! Olga Semydyanova, a mother of 6, was killed in a battle against the Russian occupiers. She expressed a desire to defend the country to the end, even though she knew their battalion might not survive. She is the heroine of Ukraine. However, even women who decide to leave Ukraine are exposed to various dangers. Along the way, there are risks associated with human trafficking or rape, not only from migrant men, but vulnerable women lurking at sex crossings. Police officers have a lot of work to do, especially in Poland. There are a growing number of fraudsters trying to lure Ukrainians into housing and security in Germany in order to force them into prostitution or slave labor. Slave labor must be perceived as having your documents confiscated, you are in a closed area under supervision, you work, for example, 12 hours a day, you have a place to sleep, you have something to eat and a place to wash, but you do not receive any money. 4 million people have already fled Ukraine, of which almost 300,000 remain temporarily or long-term in the Czech Republic. It should be noted that all officials, police officers, doctors, firefighters and volunteers must be paid tribute! From the available reports, the Czech Republic has reached its limit and asked for EU support. In conclusion, only a few sentences about what you can capture here and there, for example on Facebook or in a telephone conversation, but also in person, so-called face to face. "When there's so much solidarity everywhere, I'll send you my account number and you can contribute." "Ukrainians will take our jobs." "Helping Ukrainians will destroy the Czech economy." "They let the Czech man suffer and the Ukrainians feast on each other." Our editorial office, as has been mentioned repeatedly, does not take anyone's opinion. We always try to have an objective view - sometimes on the edge of our own psychic possibilities :-) Well, the refugees from Ukraine are breaking away from our cake. It's "terrible" and we will probably all starve soon :-) The fact that women with children flee from rockets, bombs, tanks and machine guns is unimportant, our children are not fed by anyone either. The fact that we have the historically lowest unemployment rate in the Czech Republic (3%), that people in many fields are missing and employers have problems, is also uninteresting. The fact that the war is taking place a few hundred kilometers from our borders is also irrelevant, because it is still a long way off. The fact that there is our national experience with the Russian power process must be forgotten. Yes, we can think like this for a long time ... But the question is whether we will then be able to look at ourselves in the mirror. Of course, we respect the opinions of forged communists and say "comrades, it will be good ..." :-) An interesting paradox is that at the expense of refugees are expressed mostly people who did not do much for the Czech Republic and their work does not smell much "." The opinion of the editors is simple. With every help to Ukraine and Ukrainians, we help the Czech Republic and Czech citizens - Putin must not win!

  • If you want to be happy all your life, become a fisherman!

    Fishing is a relaxation, fun, exciting adventure and sport. Originally, the "boy affair" in particular attracted many women who were stuck in a network of eternal expectations, which is accompanied by a lot of joy but also disappointment. Everyone has a different relationship to fishing and everyone has a different kind of experience. Some people like to be alone with the dog as much as possible, some people need "fans" for that, but in my opinion it's best when a good group gets together to make a fire, it's fun and thrown rods are not part of the duties of all the fun. We meet a friend regularly in this way, and sometimes our conversation is interrupted by the sound of beeps and the phrase "you need to pay attention to the fish" is heard. It's time to hunt and sometimes we pull bream, carp, pike or zander. We also think of catfish, but so far he avoids us and only bites us regularly. We handle fish processing perfectly, from salads, baking, grilling to smoking. At the end of this short column, it is necessary to mention the old wisdom "If you want to help the hungry, don't give him a fish, but teach him to catch fish." :-) Want to know how to make a salad? Read :-) Do you want to know how it is with us fishing? Read :-) Does he want to be a member of our Facebook group? You have the opportunity :-)

  • Negative image of the BMW brand

    Almost every company strives to strengthen its reputation, ie with its product, development, advertising, PR activities, services, warranty, but also behavior or negotiations with customers or other entities in the market creates a certain impression. All this is linked to the logo that he uses on his products so that everyone can connect the context. Usually, every company strives for a positive attitude so as not to lose customers and strengthen its market share. I had a positive perception of BMW for a long time until I started working with them. The fact that the return of packaging did not work for them repeatedly and we had nothing to put parts in, despite constant urgencies, could still be understood, but the state in which they handed over the famous SOP project (SOP = start of production alias) contribution under the logo) on the new product was a disaster. Absolutely unresolved, with errors, sluggish, unadjusted assembly, without verified certificates and test rooms, etc. Well, just any garage from Horní Dolní should have done better. Although they were presented with logical arguments about their mistakes, they were unwilling to admit them and still blamed the Czechs for the consequences. Their arrogant and vain behavior received an overall negative impression. The climax was when they demanded the arrival of the quality at the headquarters, where they locked him in a room about 2 x 2 meters and there he shouted at him for no reason to show their superior strength. After these very bad experiences for me, the image of the BMW brand has dropped to zero, metaphorically only below Trabant. If anyone has a similar experience with BMW, we welcome you to write to us. Explanation of SOP: The abbreviation SOP is used in the field of automotive for "Start of Production" and is the most important milestone of the project - it defines the start of serial production. Each new product has a specified production start date so that it can be placed on the market on time and in pre-determined quantities. According to the start-up curve, the planning that precedes the SOP is a multi-year effort (product development - prototype - planning, pre-series production, etc.) all in order to ensure the basic availability of vehicles with a high degree of quality and accuracy when launching the model.

  • Kaunertal Glacier - a ski paradise

    The end of winter is approaching and thus of typical pleasures. These include skiing and enjoying the beautiful mountain terrain. In this context, it is worth remembering that there are places where winter does not end. From your home, you are less than 600 km away from beautiful surroundings and countless experiences. Wide slopes on natural snow, no queues at the lifts and the legendary fun park for lunatics. Also ideal for snowboarders, enthusiastic freeriders and off-piste skiers. 2 ski resorts - 1 ski pass. 54 kilometers of slopes, more than 20 lifts and cable cars. This is the Kaunertal Glacier. Skiing from October to June! In addition to the cable car, which ends at 3000 m above sea level. on the ridge on the Italian border, where the impassable terrain does not provide the average tourist with the possibility of further wandering, it is possible to walk to the glacier from the parking lot and walk through the glacier fissure. The Serfaus Fiss Ladis Ski Area is also nearby. There are 214 km of conscientious and well-groomed slopes waiting for guests, reaching up to an altitude of 2,828 m. The Kaunertal Glacier is located in North Tyrol. Tyrol is an Austrian federal state located in the western part of the country. The largest and capital city is Innsbruck, others such as Kufstein, Telfs, Lienz or Schwaz. Tyrol is a mountainous area, practically entirely occupied by the Alps. The Tyrol area is divided into two parts, namely North Tyrol and the smaller East Tyrol. It is no wonder that Tyrol wakes up mainly in winter, when the number of visitors is just crowding. The peaks of the Alps offer beautiful panoramic views of the countryside, guaranteed by sufficient snow cover, quality and well-kept slopes, miraculous wellness services and thermal and therapeutic baths and treatments in the fresh air. The number of sports activities is almost endless for all ages, there is a lot of fun. In winter, of course, you can enjoy Tyrol best with skis or snowboards, but also toboggans and cross-country skiers will enjoy themselves here.

  • Who laughs last, laughs...

    It was a Sunday similar to today's. The sun was weak, the temperature was slightly above zero, and the wind was blowing here and there. Simply: "March behind the stove I enter" :-) The afternoon ended and the early evening began, so it was 17:00. I was currently at home in an apartment in the town of Písek. The cell phone rang and a woman's voice rang out. "Hi how are you?" I answered, as mostly, to this question "reasonably" and added "who asks?". The answer surprised me "don't you know me? This is Lucie". I thought for a few seconds "um Lucie, Lucie", "I know a couple of women with this name, but I don't have any". It sounded "hello are you there?" I answer "yes" and add "isn't it a mistake? where do we know each other?" there was a laugh and the female voice of the unknown Lucie spoke. I learned, among other things, that I spent the night with her a year after the concert in Český Krumlov. That it took her a lot of work to get me a phone number, and that she was glad to hear me. I listened to her and said somewhat hesitantly, "Okay, what do you need?" She replied, "I need you to meet me at the station." I started laughing again and laughed for a long time. In the end I agreed, I was not far from the station and I said a little walk would not hurt me. A young, small, pretty girl was really standing at the station with her bag, and I began to remember vaguely. She was with me for a week and it was quite nice. Then she left, and I never saw or heard her again. Maybe this post will not accurately describe what was the goal, but I came to the conclusion that the saying "Who laughs last, laughs best" does not apply, but on the contrary, "Who laughs last, laughs last" :-)

  • Drugs - 6 true stories

    Dear readers, everything mentioned in this article is 100% true and nothing has been colored positively or negatively. Perhaps in the following lines you will find something that will help you, that will give you knowledge, or that will give you comfort. There is an informal look at the sensitive topic of the world of drugs and addiction. ARTICLE

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