On Saturday the condensed CNBC version of The Tonight Show saw Jay Leno with a guest called "Queen Latifah" whom I have heard of vaguely and apparently makes movies. Jay said, "so you've just come back from Prague? How was it in Czechoslovakia?"

Miss Queen said "Czech Republic" quite precisely. She apparently filmed in Prague and Karlovy Vary recently. Liked it, but couldn't wait to get home to catch up on her court tv and daytime talk shows.

Did she learn any Czech while over there? Oh yes, for example "yak she mash?" means "how ya doin?" and "DoBREEdun" means "hello". What about "thank you"? That's "dickwee". "Dickweed?" [Laughter] "Well, that's it - just without the d on the end."

For some reason this reminded me of seeing Samuel Jackson with Leno a couple of months ago. He was rambling on about having just recently visited Italy. What a pain it is when shopping to have to convert those "lira" into dollars. Plus, said Jay, he hates how all those "deutschmarks" and "francs" and "lira" are different colors - you can't tell them apart. Samuel Jackson said he just holds out his hand out and lets the salesgirl take the "lira". Which Europe were they talking about?

One more TV note - the BBC's weekly Brussells program had a great line from a frothing Euro lady unimpressed with German and French hypocrisy. "Today's deficits are tomorrow's taxes. This is nothing less than fiscal child abuse." She is correct. But what about all those French cheese farmers, dear? The eight week annual holidays?

Nice day for a walk yesterday through the park. The gently shining sun, the cheerful birds, the running children, the throbbing high octane disco music pumping through the trees from the carnival installed beside Stromovka park. For some reason I took a walk through the thing. Sodom and Gomorrah. The noise. Almost every "ride" had huge colorful backdrops and quite expertly airbrushed paintings of naked or nearly naked women posing seductively. Including the kiddie bumper cars and several other rides for smaller people. Real nice family atmosphere.

The majority of the license plates on the cars, trailers and tractors were Dutch. Why is that?

Steve | 14:41 |