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Welcome to the Archives of Velvet Magazine! For those of you who might not know, Velvet was Prague's first city magazine and sadly published just a few issues. I, Jeffree from Think Magazine, designed the very last issue of Velvet, which was killed the day it was to go to press... and thus, I turned my attention to making Think. A lot of the contact, adresses and business information here is too old to be useful, but why not take a walk down memory lane and enjoy yourself?



Windex

Height in meters of the Michael Jackson statue unveiled at the Exhibition Grounds on July 13 ... 9

Number of other cities in Europe exhibiting the same statue ... 8

Number of foreigners who are legal residents of the Czech Republic ... 104,000

Percent increase in the last year of foreigners legally living in the Czech Republic ... 56 Republic

Number of foreign workers in the Czech Republic ... 143,000

Number of Czech citizens who are unemployed ... 143,000

Number of people who threw eggs at Vaclav Havel on his visit to Klatovy on June 19 ... 2

Amount in crowns the Chief Detective of Brno was caught stealing before being fired and subsequently committing suicide-all on the same day ... 500

Cost in crowns of renting everything you need to look like a real wheeler-dealer for a day in Prague, including a car, an office, a mobile phone, and bow tie ... 20,000

Original price in crowns quoted to Tom Cruise's "Mission Impossible" production office for a one-day rental of Lichtenstejnsky Palace ... 80,000

Actual price charged (in crowns) ... 500,000

Percent of the price of a pack of cigarettes that is tax ... 66

Percent of space on billboards advertising cigarettes that, by law, must be devoted to health warnings ... 10

Actual percent devoted to warnings (on average) ... 3

Percent increase in foreign visitors in the Czech Republic in the past year ... 8.4

Percent increase in the number of Czechs traveling abroad in same period ... 12.2

Cost in crowns of a Metro ticket in 1989 ... 1

Cost in crowns of a Metro ticket beginning Jan. 1, 1996 ... 10

Fine in crowns for being caught "riding black" (without ticket) ... 200

Seating capacity of a single Metro car ... 48

Standing capacity of a single Metro car ... 228

Maximum allowed speed of a Prague Metro train in km/hr ... 80 (52 mph)

Time of day with highest Metro rider ship ... 6:30 AM to 7:30 AM

Prague's ranking in Europe for per-capita public transportation rider ship ... 1

Percent of Czechs who still fear an invasion by Russia ... 40

Percent of Czechs who fear an invasion by the U.S ... 5

Total number of McDonalds ever opened in the Northern Italian city of Terentio ... 4

Number of McDonalds recently closed in the Northern Italian city of Terentio due to lack of interest ... 4

Number of Usti nad Labem residents who signed a petition opposing the construction of a McDonalds ... 250

Percentage of products in Prague's pastry shops and delicatessens that failed inspector's hygiene tests ... 40

Number of times by which the average Czech exceeds the recommended daily allowance of cholesterol ... 2

Number of calories in the average serving of smazeny syr ... 700

Percent of all tourists to the Czech Republic who are victims of crime ... 8.4

Percent increase since 1989 of Czechs who own weapons ... 50

Percentage of sexual aids that do not meet quality standards ... 20

Age at death last month of oldest man in Yemen ... 135

Number of wives he had ... 11

Number of children he fathered ... 36

Number of children he outlived ... 26

Age of oldest living child ... 91

Age of youngest living child ... 15

Number of bordellos in Prague called Velvet ... I

 

 

Cover credits

  Pg. 07 Editor's Letter
  Pg. 09 FIRST: Ghost Busker
  Pg. 10 The King is Dead
  Pg. 10 Kik's Kaka
  Pg. 11 Trick of the Trade
  Pg. 11 Telephone Obsessive
  Pg. 12 The H.O.G.s are here
  Pg. 12 Fugazers
  Pg. 13 Windex
  Pg. 14-15 POLAROID: Laurie Anderson
  Pg. 17 Letter From L.A.
  Pg. 18-19 6 Kc and Peace of Mind
  Pg. 20-23 Velvet Devolution
  Pg. 24-27 FASHION: Cafe Couture
  Pg. 31 REVIEW: Jiri David's "Hidden Image"
  Pg. 32 Czech Cubism 1911-1919
  Pg. 33 REVIEW: Klub Lavka
  Pg. 33 REVIEW: Subway Club
  Pg. 34 MUSIC: The Ecstacy of St. Theresa
  Pg. 36 RESTAURANTS: Here's the Boeuf
  Pg. 37 RESTAURANTS: Comedy Cafe Akropolis
  Pg. 42 COFFEE: Meduza Kavarna
  Pg. 43 ALTERNAMALL: Jilska 22
  Pg. 44 SHOPS: Ligne Roset
  Pg. 45 Above & Beyond
  Pg. 47-48 BOOKS: Expat Mixed Bag
  Pg. 50-51 MUSIC REVIEWS
  Pg. 54-55 MOVIES: Karlovy? Very.
  Pg. 52 Scene
  Pg. 53 LAST: Intro to Cool.
   
 

Volume 1, Number 1
August 1995

Editor and Publisher MICHAEL WAYNE JR.

Executive Editor CHRISTOPHER HOLLAND

Senior Editors
WALTER R. DEVINE, JOYCE-ANN GATSOULIS

Associate Editor
SUSANNAH ROSENSTOCK

Editorial Assistants
HELENA SIPKOVA
MAURA GEDID

Contributing Editors NICHOLE ACHS
OMRI BEN-AMOS
MATT WELCH

Contributing Writers RADHA BURGESS, LOU CHARBONNEAU, DAVID FREELING, JOHN HECK, MARKETA JIRASKOVA, ANNE RENAHAN, JENNIFER TORPIE, LAURA ZAM


Creative Director GERMAIN E. DESEVE

Senior Designer
CLARE MANIAS

Production Associates STEVE ROWLAND
D.A. STRUBLE

Staff Photographer ZUZANA OPLATKOVA

Contributing Photographers
SEAN GALLUP,
AHMED RAHIM

Publicity
MICHELLE LEGGE


Advertising Director CHRISTOPHER LOVERING


The Prague Review s.r.o.

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CFO: DAN ROSE

COO: MICHAEL WAYNE JR.

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Velvet is a publication of the Prague Review, s.r.o. (c) 1995, The Prague Review, s.r.o. All rights reserved. Reproduction in whole or in part without permission is prohibited by law.

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