On Saturday I had the pleasure of attending the final of the FIM Speedway Under 21 World Championships where Piotr Pawlicki Jr. from Poland was crowned World Champion. Speedway fans are predominantly older than say a football crowd and you can tell they are passionate about the sport and well used to visiting events, as evidenced … More Speedway U-21 Championship Final: Faces in the crowd.
This evening I had the pleasure of talking with Tomáš Kubelka, the man behind Humans of Pardubice, a photography project similar in style to Brandon Stanton’s Humans of New York as well as Humans of Prague. Tomáš was inspired by these sites as well as the local news stories in Pardubice and in the Czech Republic and … More Interview: Humans of Pardubice
Last weekend I took a stroll down the Chrudimka river to find an abandoned bridge, this week it was the Labe’s turn and I was on the hunt for some industrial landscapes, namely the southern edge of the Synthesia facility, famous for producing semtex among numerous other chemical products. I had intended to check out … More A walk down the Labe river in Pardubice
EDIT: Thanks to Martin Kaltoun, a lovely chap from Pardubice for filling me in on more details of the site. In his words “This place was training ground for railway troops. Back on river is other abandoned bridge. The building with red stairs was officer’s Club. The remains of stone bridges behind cemetery and pillar … More A walk down the Chrudimka river in Pardubice
The Czech Republic is now a Parliamentary Republic, but not too long ago it was a part of the Warsaw Pact. There are some remnants of that time still around today, albeit in a severely dilapidated state. One such place is Boží Dar or God’s Gift in Czech. It’s located 30 km northeast of the Czech … More Boží Dar: An eerie reminder
Going to a Moto GP race is always a bit of a spectacle and this year was no different. It’s the highlight of the year for me as it’s such a fun way to spend a weekend, I really can’t recommend it highly enough, especially the Brno round. There was a massive crowd this year, … More Moto GP Brno 2014 AKA the best weekend of the year.
For the past few weeks Trida Miru, the main thoroughfare of Pardubice has been undergoing a bit of a transformation as the local council seeks to refurbish the street and bring it into the 21st century. Every day while walking to work has been an adventure of climbing over rough ground and dodging diggers and … More Trida Miru: Reconstructing the past
Turn left to win? Ah….Nascar right? Nope, Speedway. It’s like Nascar, only with motorbikes, and on dirt, and doesn’t go on for hours so it’s not really like Nascar at all to be honest although I’ve never been to a Nascar race so I couldn’t tell you with conviction. Anyway I digress. We’ve been back … More Turn left to win
Before I begin posting updates from San Francisco I’ve one more Czech based post to write. If you’re a regular reader you’ll remember last Summer we paid a flying visit to the fortress town of Josefov. We had a look around the tunnel network underneath the town and drove through the main square area. … More Return of the Josefov
Unfortunately as I write this, the Czech ice hockey team, and of course its fans are drowning their sorrows after being knocked out of the ice hockey quarter finals at the Winter Olympics in Sochi by the USA (Boooooooo). There was some consolation for fans in Pardubice however, with two goals from local boy Ales … More Go local sports team!