Hostel decorations: Equity Point Prague’s “Bohemian Crystal”

Bohemian Crystal Room

BOHEMIAN CRYSTAL ROOM

Today, precious design it’s our subject. Bohemian glass, or Bohemia crystal, is a decorative glass produced in regions of Bohemia and Silesia, now in the current state of the Czech Republic, since the 13th century.

Oldest archaeology excavations of glass-making sites date to around 1250 and are located in the Lusatian Mountains of Northern Bohemia.

Bohemia was a part of the Austro/Hungarian Empire now part of the Czech Republic, and was famous for its beautiful and colourful glass. Continue reading

Hostel decorations: Equity Point Prague’s “Sugar cubes”

Sugar Cubes

Now-a-days going to have a coffee and put some sugar cubes is a normal action. But when they were born?

Sugar cubes were first produced in the nineteenth century. In the 1840s, Juliana Rad, who was married to the head of a sugar refinery in Moravia –Czech Republic–, cut a finger while chopping sugar. She complained to her husband, perhaps while waving her bandaged hand: Why not make units of sugar that would come perfectly sized for one cup of tea?

Jakub Krystof Rad’s innovation was to use a press to make the cubes, and he soon presented a box of them to his wife. Continue reading

Guanyadors del sorteig d’entrades de Manel a Girona

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Ja s’ha acabat el període de participació pel sorteig d’entrades de pista pel concert de Manel a Girona, que tindrà lloc aquest mateix cap de setmana.

Els guanyadors han estat Laura Mego al concurs de Facebook i Pau Fraguell a Twitter. Cadascun d’ells s’emporta dues entrades. Enhorabona a tots dos!

Les entrades es poden recollir a partir de demà, divendres 14 de març, al Equity Point de Girona (Plaça Catalunya 23, Girona), i estaran disponibles per ser recollides fins el dissabte a les 20h, que es dues hores abans de que comenci el concert.

Moltes gràcies a tots per participar i estigueu atents ja que ben aviat hi hauran més concursos!

Sortegem entrades pel concert de Manel a Girona!

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El proper dissabte 15 de març els Manel actuen a Girona i tenim 4 entrades per regalar!

Farem un sorteig per Facebook i un altre per Twitter. A cada xarxa social hi haurà un guanyador que s’endurà dues entrades de pista. Es publicarà el nom dels guanyadors el dijous 13 de març i podran recollir les entrades al Equity Point Girona, que es troba a la Plaça Catalunya 23 de Girona.

Es podrà participar al concurs fins el dijous 13 de març a les 12 del migdia i els guanyadors seran escollits de forma aleatòria per Equity Point.

Com participar?

A Twitter

Per poder participar al concurs de Twitter has de seguir la conta de d’Equity Point Hostels @EquityHostels i escriure un tweet en el que mencionis @EquityHostels y el hashtag #ManelEquity.

Exemple:

Vull participar al concurs d’@EquityHostels per guanyar entrades al concert de Manel a Girona #ManelEquity

A Facebook

Per participar al concurs a través de Facebook has de ser fan de la nostra pàgina de Facebook i deixar un comentari a la actualització del concurs.

Hostel decorations: Equity Point Prague’s “Karel Capek’s robot”

What we are going to do these weeks is to show you how we have decorated the hostel. Equity Point in Prague is becoming a sort of museum and we want to celebrate the opening of the hostel explaining you the history of each paintings. Characters are very unusual and we would like to arouse your curiosity, so stay tuned!

Karel Capek’s robot

“ROBOT” (Printed; room 405)The word “robot” was introduced to the public by the Czech interwar writer Karel Capek in his play R.U.R. (Rossum’s Universal Robots), published in 1920.

The play begins in a factory that makes artificial people called robots, though they are closer to the modern ideas of androids, creatures who can be mistaken for humans.

They can plainly think for themselves, though they seem happy to serve. At issue is whether the robots are being exploited and the consequences of their treatment.
Karel Capek himself did not coin the word. He wrote a short letter in reference to an etymology in the Oxford English Dictionary in which he named his brother, the painter and writer Josef Capek, as its actual originator.
In an article in the Czech journal Lidové noviny in 1933, he explained that he had originally wanted to call the creatures labo?i (“workers”, from Latin labor). However, he did not like the word, and sought advice from his brother Josef, who suggested “roboti”.

The word robota means literally “corvée”, “serf labor”, and figuratively “drudgery” or “hard work” in Czech and also (more general) “work”, “labor” in many Slavic languages (e.g.: Bulgarian, Russian, Serbian, Slovak, Polish, Macedonian, Ukrainian, archaic Czech).

Traditionally the robota was the work period a serf (corvée) had to give for his lord, typically 6 months of the year. The origin of the word is the Old Church Slavonic (Old Bulgarian) rabota “servitude” (“work” in contemporary Bulgarian and Russian), which in turn comes from the Proto-Indo-European root *orbh-. Robot is cognate with the German root Arbeit.

Who will be the next one?!