Note from site admin: The first four posts in this thread were moved from Czech borders. Would that be good idea for a separate thread? "Do you remember when...?" Although my father was Czech and we had a couple of visits from our cousins during 'normalisation' I wasn't old enough to have conversations about life in the old Czechoslovakia. When I came here last December, one of my first conversations with my Czech teacher was when he told me how it used to be for teachers. After qualifying, teachers were told where they would teach. I thought he just meant in which school in the city, which would have been bad enough. But he said it could be anywhere - if you had been overheard criticising the government in a pub, it would be as far away as possible! Imagine having to work where the government sent you... I'm sure lots of Czechs here would have interesting examples that everyone accepted then but which to us now seem unbelievable. Even the younger ones will have been told things by their parents and grandparents.