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Quotes of the Week

"Mečiar's lucky my father's not still alive, otherwise he'd kick his butt."

Monika Beňová, general secretary of the Smer non-parliamentary party led by Robert Fico, reacting to a statement by former Prime Minister Vladimír Mečiar that the latter's HZDS party had had to get rid of Beňová and Smer colleague Fedor Flašík for corruption.

"If they really come and start a dialogue with you, could you please tell them about the construction of [the still unfinished Slovak National] Theatre."

Culture Minister Milan Kňažko to Slovak President Rudolf Schuster, who had responded to a message on his personal web-site inviting him to meet with extraterrestrials who wanted to discuss the possible evacuation of humankind to Jupiter.

Top stories

In praise of concrete

It was once notorious for its drab tower blocks and urban crime, but Petržalka now epitomises modern Slovakia.

Petržalka is the epitome of communist-era architecture.

Slow down, fashion

Most people are unaware that buying too many clothes too harms the environment.

In shallow waters, experts are expendable

Mihál says that it is Sulík, the man whom his political opponents mocked for having a calculator for a brain, who “is pulling the party out of liberal waters and towards somewhere completely different”.

Richard Sulík is a man of slang.

Blog: Exploring 20th century military sites in Bratislava

It seems to be the fate of military sites and objects in Bratislava that none of them were ever used for the purposes they were built for - cavernas from WWI, bunkers from WWII, nuclear shelters or the anti-aircraft…

One nuclear shelter with a capacity for several hundred people now serves as a music club with suitable name Subclub (formerly U-club).