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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?


eah, yeah, yeah. Prague's beautiful and all that, but where can you make a hassle-free phone call to wax lyrical about it?

I You've tried all the obvious options-using the phone at work, trudging out to a phone booth in the middle of the night, and using a phone card, none of which are enticing enough to merit the hassle. But let it be known that telephonic bliss can be obtained at the main post office on Jindrisska.

Just past the row of public phones on the left is a small room complete with glass partitioning and an unsmiling staff whose job it is to help you out and shrink the world via satellite. The conversation generally goes like this:

"Hello. I'd like to call England, please." (Waft of 100 Kc note)

"Enough."

"Thank you very much. Which booth?" (Point of pencil and continuation of conversation with colleague.)

Then the excitement begins. In the manner of a knock-knock joke that begins "Who's there?" a telephone in one of the booths starts ringing. The first response is to look around to see whom it may be for, but seeing as you're the only sap in the joint, it must be for you.

A light in the relevant booth is also flashing just like a giant Batphone. You dash in, hoping they don't hang up, grab the receiver, and say, "Hello?"

Of course there's no one there. The staff have quietly tendered their resignations and you feel ridiculous. Nevertheless, you plow on.

Dial number. Await response. Check to make sure that Superman's not in the adjacent booth. Bingo! Someone answers in London.

The credits tick by. The adrenaline pumps. Only ten units left!

The tension is unbearable. You find yourself confessing all to the person on the other end because the line is so clear. Only eight seconds left of unhampered communication!

The line goes dead. You're left high and dry. The compunction to do it all again is overwhelming. It's a game of risk, strategy, and precision timing.

You rush back to the counter, flushed and exhilarated. The dour staff cannot dampen your fervor. The temptation to empty your pockets and sputter, "I'll have two hundred crowns on Great Britain in slot number five" cannot be denied. The staff still hates you! You don't care! The adventure continues.

If Conversation Two is embarked upon and you've upped your odds with a 200 Kc note plunked confidently on the counter, it's safe to say that your gambling experiment is proceeding with the speed of the German autobahn. If you carry on like this, you'll have no money and will take to collecting telephone cards and reselling them to get the next fix. As with all addictive endeavors, it can only get worse: one minute telephones, the next telegrams. Who knows where it'll end-fax abuse?

A useful service, but a dangerous high. You have been warned.


This months FIRST contributors are Omri Ben-Amos, Michelle Legge, Michael Wayne Jr., David Freeling, Radha Burgess and Anne Renahan.

 

 

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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