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The novel The Good Soldier Švejk refers to a number of institutions and firms, public as private. These have until 15 September 2013 been categorised as 'Places'. This only partly makes sense as this type of entity can not be always be accosiated with fixed geographical point, in the way that for instance cities, montains and rivers can. This new page contains military and civilian institutions (including army units, regiments etc), hotels, public houses, newspapers and magazines.

The line between this page and "Places" is blurred, but the idea with this section is to include entities that are not necessarily located on a fixed spot on earth. Therefore Prague and Vienna will still be found in the "Places" database, because these have constant co-ordinates. On the other hand institutions may change location: K.u.k. Heer and U kalicha are not unequivocal geographical terms so they will from now on appear on this page.

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Křemencová 183/7, Praha II-Ludvík Hotovec [1910]
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U Fleků is mentioned in an anecdote by Švejk, where he explains the advantages of feigning retardedness. See Hamburg.

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U Fleků is one of the most famous taverns in Prague and the worlds oldest brew-pub. It has been in existence since 1499. Today the focus is on attracting foreign tourists and is in this respect similar to U kalicha. The food is Czech, the price level certainly not.

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[2.4] Mívá též občasné silné bolení hlavy a v takových okamžicích že neví, co dělá, a v takovým stavu že taky vodešel z fronty do Prahy, a teprve když ho zatkla ,U Fleků’ vojenská policie, že přišel k sobě.
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Kartouzy is mentioned in an anecdote by Švejk, where he explains the advantages of feigning retardedness. See Hamburg.

Background

Kartouzy or Valdická kartouza is a monastery in Valdice which was converted into a prison. Babinský and Janeček are amongst the most notorious criminals that served time there.

Kartouzy is still in use (2016) as a high security prison and some of the inmates are amongst the most dangerous in the country, several of them serving life sentences.

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[2.4] Mladší sestra že se utopila, starší že se vrhla pod vlak, bratr že skočil s železničního mostu na Vyšehradě, dědeček že zavraždil svou ženu a polil se petrolejem a zapálil se, druhá babička že se toulala s cikány a otrávila se ve vězení sirkami, jeden bratranec že byl několikrát souzen pro žhářství a podřezal si v Kartouzích žíly na krku kouskem skla, sestřenice z otcovy strany že se vrhla ve Vídni s šestýho patra, von sám že je strašně zanedbanýho vychování a do deseti let že neuměl mluvit, poněvadž ve věku šesti měsíců, když ho převazovali na stole a někam vodběhli, kočka ho stáhla se stolu a pádem že se uhodil do hlavy.
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