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Q: If you had a chance to dine with one person from history, who would that be?
A: It's a pity I only get one choice. I love Socrates, for instance, his philosophy, his way of thinking.


Q: If you were stranded on a desert island, what book would you want to have with you?
A: I would certainly take one of the Slovak poets. Maybe Laco Novomeský, or the lyrical poems of Hviezdoslav, which is a difficult but beautiful piece of writing, or Urban's Živý Bič (The Living Whip). Among others I would think of taking Kazantsakis' The Lasr Temptation of Christ. It's a lovely book.

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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).