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Václav Havel Airport Prague: the new name

If you ever land in Prague again, you will be told that you're arriving to the Vaclav Havel Airport Prague (Google Maps).



Rudé Právo, the official communist daily, published this entertaining birthday wish in October 1989, a month before the Velvet Revolution. It says that Ferdinand Vaněk (hero of some plays by Havel) of Malý Hrádek (a place where he had cottage) celebrates birthday on October 5th, 1989, and friends and colleagues are thanking him for the work he's been doing and he's still doing and wishing him lots of successes at work and health for the years to come. ;-) It appeared in the same newspaper that would routinely run hit pieces on Havel as an alcoholic, a bankrupt existence, and a spoiled frat from a pro-Nazi family.

The airport at the village/suburb of Ruzyně is being renamed today when the last president of Czechoslovakia and the first president of the Czech Republic would celebrate 76th birthday. He hated flying but one must be ready to such paradoxes.




My reactions are mixed but mostly positive. When I was going to meet President Klaus in Washington D.C. in early 2007, I enjoyed the U.S. Capital and its important landmarks – and the Reagan National Airport was another thing I found kind of pleasant, too. Havel is sufficiently well-known to the world's passengers so that his name in the airport identification doesn't sound too obscure.



Another event occurred in Czechia and it's sad for France. The dominant power utility, ČEZ, rejected Areva's proposal to extend the nuclear power plant in Temelín, due to their inability to fulfill some rather basic conditions. So the facility won't look like the picture above. Russians and Americans remain the only two contestants at this moment. The verdict will be released sometime in 2013.

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reader James Gallagher said...

It's Probably better known name than Ataturk Airport in Istanbul, but not so well known as John Lennon Airport in Liverpool.


Happy posthumous birthday to Havel. Is it just me, or does he look like Will Ferrell from Anchorman in that photo above?


reader AJ said...

It looks like your founding father and our's were similar in nature:


"Sir John A. Macdonald has been portrayed as a political conniver, an alcoholic, a near rogue, a lonely man, a gifted orator, a wit, an idealist and father of the Canadian nation.
He was all these things - and more."


http://www.canadahistory.com/sections/eras/confederation/fathers/john_a_macdonald.htm


He already has an airport named after him in our nation's capital. Well, half of it is named after him. The other half is named after an equally deserving father of French Canadien origin.


reader Shannon said...

When will we see the Lubos Motl University in Pilsen or Prague ? ;-)


reader Bernd Felsche said...

Havel Airport could be in Berlin; if they renamed Tegel instead of closing it. ;-)


reader James Gallagher said...

It's probably a better known name than Ataturk Airport in Istanbul, but not so well known as John Lennon Airport in Liverpool.


Happy posthumous birthday to Havel. Is it just me, or does he look like Will Ferrell from Anchorman in that photo above?


reader AJ said...

It looks like your founding father and our's were similar in nature:


"Sir John A. Macdonald has been portrayed as a political conniver, an alcoholic, a near rogue, a lonely man, a gifted orator, a wit, an idealist and father of the Canadian nation.
He was all these things - and more."


http://www.canadahistory.com/sections/eras/confederation/fathers/john_a_macdonald.htm


He already has an airport named after him in our nation's capital. Well, half of it is named after him. The other half is named after an equally deserving father of French Canadien origin.