Bern and politics: same-sex marriage, China, fiscal help

Rules change for foreign tax help BERN, SWITZERLAND – Bern is busy this week with political agendas, Parliament’s and the Federal Council’s. A key legislative change for the country will be the new law covering how Switzerland works with requests for help from other countries in cases of suspected tax fraud and corruption. The Federal […]

New Swiss stamps honour Swiss historic cars


BERN, SWITZERLAND – Hard to believe today, but in the early days of motoring, Switzerland had an automotive industry with some 90 brands. By 1934 the first world war and growing car industries in France, Germany and Italy forced the closure of the last Swiss car manufacturer, Martini in St-Blaise. Tomorrow, 3 September, Swiss Post […]

News media, autistic child and Swiss flight


GENEVA, SWITZERLAND / EDITOR’S NOTEPAD – Swiss media yesterday picked up an article from an Israeli newspaper, about a family that was taken off a Swiss plane in Zurich after their 8-year-old autistic boy had a “crise“. I didn’t post a news article about it because I wanted to see the public reaction: the newsworthiness […]

Weekend: A1 road detours, some trains not running


Expect autoroute detours this weekend GENEVA, SWITZERLAND – The A1 autoroute will be closed for short nighttime stretches several times this week, to allow workers to replace information panels. Wednesday 2 September, 22:30 to 04:00 Thursday, the A1 between Meyrin and Bernex junctions will be closed: note that it will not be possible to take […]

Post Finance joins “systemically important” Swiss banks

BERN, SWITZERLAND – PostFinance, which became a full bank earlier this year, is now officially a “systemically important bank” by the Swiss National Bank, 1 September. The brief press release from the SNB notes that “the decree was issued after consultation with PostFinance Ltd and the Swiss Financial Market Supervisory Authority (FINMA) and has entered […]

Police: cyclist killed in Cully, youth hit by train, cows die in Begnins fire

Fire put out in Begnins but road closed GENEVA, SWITZERLAND – Police say a 46-year-old Swiss woman who lived in the area died Monday 31 August after she was hit by a delivery van while riding a bicycle in Cully. The accident took place at 11:30, near number 77 on the Route de Lausanne; the […]

How to secure trains (Chappatte cartoon)

How to secure trains Chappatte

©2015 Chappatte, distributed by Globe Cartoon. More cartoons on Chappatte’s web site. Geneva-based Patrick Chappatte works for the International New York Times, for Geneva newspaper Le Temps, and for NZZ am Sonntag. All cartoons reproduced with permission.

Mourning Ruby by Helen Dunmore

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GENEVA, SWITZERLAND / BOOK MY PLACE – The summary and the comments on the cover of Helen Dunmore‘s Mourning Ruby tempted me to read the book. We learn that the protagonist, Rebecca, was abandoned by her mother and found in a shoebox outside an Italian restaurant thus beginning a life without history. Thirty years later, […]

Great way to get fresh fruit & veg in Geneva

espace terroirs has beautiful organic products, locally grown – they work with the Geneva growers’ cooperative – and they deliver. This is a young company that’s found a good way to deliver a nice service. You can keep up to date by subscribing to their newsletter.

Beware Geneva’s pickpockets

Watch your belongings, especially in crowded areas

GENEVA, SWITZERLAND – Pickpockets are busy again in Geneva, so keep an eye on your belongings. Police in the city trailed and caught a group of five Romanians working as a gang Thursday afternoon, after they attempted unsuccessfully to steal an older woman’s handbag but managed to take another woman’s cell phone. Police observed both […]