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Slovak Post signs agreement with Siemens

Slovak Post signed an agreement worth 11.3 million DEM (220 million Sk) with the German company Siemens ElectroCom for the supply of postal sorting machines for the main post offices in Bratislava and Košice on November 14. The sorting lines are fully automatic and are able to sort 35,000 pieces of mail per hour. The success ratio of the equipment is 99 percent if addresses are typewritten, and 60 percent if handwritten. At the end of 1998, the first line will be installed in Košice, which will start regular operations in April 1999. The Bratislava line will start operations in November 1999.

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In praise of concrete

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Slow down, fashion

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In shallow waters, experts are expendable

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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).