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Bratislava secondary school celebrates Turkish cuisine Around Slovakia Locked THE SECONDARY Professional School on Farského Street in Bratislava trains future chefs and waiters, as well as pastry chefs, butchers and future managers in the hospitality sector. On March 20, the school organised a special day of Turkish cuisine. 14 Apr 2014 The Slovak Spectator
Polymath Matej Bel born 330 years ago Around Slovakia Locked FAMOUS Slovak-Hungarian polymath, regional studies scientist, teacher and rector Matej Bel was born on March 22, 1684 in Očová. Matej is featured on the UNESCO calendar, has a memorial room in Očová and the university in Banská Bystrica is named after him. 14 Apr 2014 The Slovak Spectator
Upper Nitra Library sets record during Week of Slovak Libraries Around Slovakia Locked THE WEEK of Slovak Libraries, which began on March 31, saw libraries around the country intensify their activities. The Upper Nitra Library organised a host of events, with free registration for children, an “amnesty on fees” for late books and a discussion with local author, photographer and TASR newswire editor Pavol Remiaš. 14 Apr 2014 The Slovak Spectator
Election in Muráň smooth despite lack of traditional pastry Around Slovakia Locked THE AROMA of Muráň’s traditional buns no longer permeates the centre of this municipality - not even on election day. The bakery responsible for the local specialty has closed. 14 Apr 2014 The Slovak Spectator
Traditional puppetry eligible for UNESCO list Around Slovakia Locked PUPPETRY can be included on the UNESCO Intangible Cultural Heritage List as a joint Slovak-Czech nomination, although there is one caveat. 14 Apr 2014 The Slovak Spectator
Turkish family name son after Slovak football player Around Slovakia SLOVAK football player Filip Hološko grew so close to the hearts of an Istanbul-based family that they decided to name their son after the family name of the striker of the Besiktas football club. 7 Apr 2014 The Slovak Spectator
Sliač locals oppose pet crematorium Around Slovakia SOME inhabitants of the municipality of Sliač in central Slovakia have rejected the idea to build a crematorium for pets from the former administrative building in the town’s cooperative farming complex. 7 Apr 2014 The Slovak Spectator
Fire near Betliar extinguished, five hectares of land charred Around Slovakia Firefighters put out a forest fire close to the village of Betliar in Košice Region after containing the blaze and spending all of March 22 extinguishing it. 7 Apr 2014 The Slovak Spectator
Wolfgang von Kempelen: builder, inventor, pioneer Around Slovakia POLY-HISTORIAN, inventor, hydro-electronics pioneer, translator, publicist and researcher in phonetics: that is how Bratislava native Wolfgang Kempelen is typically remembered. He was born in Bratislava, then called Prešporok, Pressburg or Pozsony, depending on one’s language, in Janauary 1734, and died 210 years ago, on March 26. 7 Apr 2014 The Slovak Spectator
Four items from ‘biggest museum theft in Europe’ found at auction TEN years since the theft of 1,210 historical items of incalculable worth were stolen from the Western Slovakia Museum in Trnava, the perpetrators have yet to be found. However, four items were recently discovered by one of the museum’s staff at an antiques auction in the Czech Republic 31 Mar 2014 The Slovak Spectator
First Slovak astronaut flew into space 15 years ago ON FEBRUARY 20, 1999 the first and so far only Slovak astronaut, Ivan Bella, was one of three crew members aboard the Soyuz TM-29 spacecraft, which launched from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan. 31 Mar 2014 The Slovak Spectator
Baby hippo at Bratislava Zoo named Dášenka THE BABY pygmy hippopotamus (Choeropsis liberiensis or Hexaprotodon liberiensis) born recently in the Bratislava Zoo was given the diminutive Slovak name Dášenka. 31 Mar 2014 The Slovak Spectator
First swallow arrived early this year ORNITHOLOGISTS observed the first swallow on Slovak territory this year on March 17 in south-central Slovakia, near the municipality of Holiša. The swallow is one of 30 migratory bird species that return each year from their wintering locations. 31 Mar 2014 The Slovak Spectator
Slovakia goes dark for Earth Hour CONNECTING more than one billion people worldwide in 7,000 cities and towns, the Earth Hour initiative confronts climatic change and light pollution by encouraging all households, businesses and communities to switch off their non-essential lights for one hour on March 29. 28 Mar 2014 The Slovak Spectator
The changing face of Bratislava Discover Bratislava with Bratislava City Guide . When strolling through Hviezdoslavovo Námestie, it is easy to be swept away in the square’s tranquil atmosphere and lovely historical buildings. The tree-lined, cobblestoned promenade is irresistible, while the castle in the distance beckons from its majestic hilltop setting. But suddenly, the square ends and you are standing at the side of a busy freeway. To the left, a suspension bridge crossing the Danube is capped by something resembling a flying saucer from a 1950s sci-fi film. Directly below the road is a noisy, graffiti-encrusted bus depot. Looking over the traffic to the right, you start wondering how you’re supposed to reach the castle on the other side. You wouldn’t be the first to stand at this odd collision of old and new, and wonder, “What the hell happened here?” 21 Mar 2014 Spectacular Slovakia
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