King Vitamin, Anti-SoNa, Clown and Bard


A couple of things before I post a little something that I wrote a couple of days ago:

First, Jeremiah Palecek (aka King Vitamin) has a fresh blog called 1 painting every day. He’s also making and selling T-shirts that sport cool designs like the one posted above (lifted from KV’s blog).

Second, newbies and fledgling journalists please, for the love of pistol-wielding Christ, stop referring to the quarter south of Narodni as “SoNa”, or, even worse, “Sonar”. Neither Prague’s natives nor its expats use the expression. It’s neither hip nor convenient, it’s just plain retarded.

Whew… now that I got that out of my system, here’s a little bit of scribbling from a couple of days ago:

BEFORE YOU
CAN BE OLD
AND WISE
YOU MUST
BE YOUNG AND
STUPID – KEN LEE

I’m about as familiar with the life and works of Ken Lee as you probably are – that is to say that I don’t know the guy, but his words live on one of the walls in the bar of the Clown and Bard Hostel.

Although the C&B is not in Prague Spot’s most excellent list of hostels, I can say that its bar is definitely worth a visit. I used to be a semi-regular at the place back when it was owned by a couple of Dutchies and the bar was open to the public.

I usually pop into C&B for a bit of a nostaligia trip once every few months. I’ve never had a problem getting in since admittance to the bar was restricted to hostel guests.

It’s been so long
since I’ve had sex
I don’t remember
who gets tied up.

The atmosphere is pretty much the same: young, hip and friendly, with what seems like a better sound system (and better music: they’ve got Jay-Z rocking the house as I write this at 6:30 pm on a Wednesday in the middle of August) and a whole lotta visitor graffiti gracing the walls.

Here is to Fire
Not the kind that ignites
And burns down chanties [sic]
But the kind that excites
And Pulls down Panties!

Places like this make me really miss living in Zizkov. I love kicking it old school when I’m in the one-three-oh (Snoop Dogg is tick-tocking the joint now), and the C&B is a good place to do that, especially in the summer, when the bar is lively. The drinks cost a little more than at your average Zizkov dive, but this place ain’t a dive, so the CZK 22 they charge for a half-litre of Budvar is justified – and reasonable.

MOVER FUCKER CRANK ME A MALBOUR
I’M CRASHING ON YOUR AS [sic]
LIKE PERL [sic] FUCKIN HARBOUR!!

SMILE
POINT CASUALLY
AND BLAME SOMEONE
ELSE FOR THE FARTING
ELEPHANTS PERFORMING AT
YOUR NEPHEW’S PARTY

Ah, you’re a wise man, Ken Lee, whoever you are. I hope you enjoyed your stay in the Mother of Cities.

Aug 19, 11:19 (Filed under: Prague pubs, restaurants and cafes, Out and About in Prague )

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  1. I always quite liked the SoNa thing – though technically, of course, it should be SoNá.
    Sam “Pedantic” Beckwith
    Sam Beckwith    Aug 19, 13:46    #
  2. Really? Ugh… I remember the first time I came across the term in an article in the original Think magazine. I don’t know why, but it rubbed me the wrong way then and still makes me wince. When I mentioned the term to Jitka she rolled her eyes and muttered something like, “Stupid foreigners.”

    It wouldn’t be a bad name for a club, pub, restaurant, lounge, cafe or art gallery, but IMO it’s a sucky name for a quarter. I don't know what it is, perhaps it's the sheer laziness of it.

    An article on bars south of Narodni trida (long, but sounds better than the abbreviation) in the latest Think Again set me off on this wee rant. Since when has that ‘hood been “derided as ‘so over’?”
    Patrick    Aug 19, 14:42    #

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