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"Madam, you have some nerve calling for information at a quarter past two [on a Friday afternoon]. You won't get hold of anyone here at this time."

Ladislav Sakál, an Interior Ministry spokesman, answering a request from a Slovak Spectator journalist to be put through to a ministry official. The ministry is officially open until 16.00.



"I must say that I now see so well that when I returned home from the operation I said to my wife, 'Irenka, you've grown so old in the past three days, what were you doing while you were on your own?"

President Rudolf Schuster claiming to see his wife in a new light after his recent eye operation.


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