Cryptic Crossword No 260 by Guest Compiler, Artix

No 259 solution

GENEVA, SWITZERLAND / BOOK MY PLACE – Guest compiler, Artix has provided another of his very amusing cryptic crosswords. [More] …

The Death of Faith by Donna Leon

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GENEVA, SWITZERLAND / BOOK MY PLACE – There are still a few Donna Leon crime mysteries I haven’t read or commented on and they make fine reading when it is grey and gloomy outside, since she invariably takes her reader into the flying spray of the police launch and the glorious lilacs of a Venetian […]

Gondo, Swiss-Italian hot spot this week

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GENEVA, SWITZERLAND – Police and border guards around Gondo, on the Swiss-Italian border, have had a busy start to the Ascension long weekend. Two speeders were caught, one in each direction on the Gondo-Brig road that goes over the Simplon pass. And two Italian men were caught entering Switzerland with more than 1,000 fake CHF5 […]

Swiss news roundup: agrochem, refugees, rail sheep

Changing public attitudes about weedkillers, maintaining green spaces are a challenge for agrochem industry

Lausanne-Vevey trains back on track GENEVA, SWITZERLAND – News from western Switzerland: Monsanto continues to woo Syngenta The possibility of an agrochemical giant dimmed slightly during the week when Syngenta turned down a buyout offer from Monsanto, but the US firm is expected to make a new bid for Basel-based Syngenta within weeks. “The St. […]

Common sense tips to avoid being robbed

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Police in French-speaking cantons, Bern and Ticino are running a theft-prevention campaign during May to remind the public that using common sense can drive down the number of crimes of this sort. Proof lies in the 2014 statistics. Property theft was down by 10 percent in 2014 in canton Vaud, with similar drops elsewhere; it […]

Crossword no 259 by Chalicea

GL 258 solution

GENEVA, SWITZERLAND / BOOK MY PLACE  – If you prefer to work on the interactive version or to print a pdf of the crossword, click on this LINK. Across     1  Port in southern Lebanon on the Mediterranean Sea; formerly a major Phoenician seaport famous for silks (4)     3  Italian physicist noted for his work […]

Rare “pigeon blood” ruby goes for CHF28.25m

Ruby sold at Sotheby's for CHF28.5 million, in Geneva 12 May 2015 (photo, copyright 2015 Sotheby's)

Precious jewels market holding  up well, Sotheby’s sale shows GENEVA, SWITZERLAND – “Pigeon blood” red was the description for an extremely rare ruby whose sale startled the precious jewelry auction public in Geneva Tuesday night. Estimated at CHF11.7 to CHF17.5 million, the spectacular 25.59 carat Burmese “Sunrise Ruby” went for an extraordinary CHF28.5 million. The […]

A cop who knows his moves – watch out!

Glen Monnard, Vaud police officer, takes the top spot in the European Police Judo Championships

LAUSANNE, SWITZERLAND – Glenn Monnard won gold in the European Police Judo Championship in Dresden, Germany 12 May, dominating throughout the finals, Vaud Police said in a statement Tuesday night. Yann Mages won a bronze medal Monday and all five officers who competed placed highly.

Belle Epoque “Italie” steamboat overhaul begins


107 year-old Lake Geneva treasure to return year-round by 2017 LAUSANNE, SWITZERLAND – The Belle Epoque steamboat “Italie”, much loved by fans of the century-old fleet on Lake Geneva, is starting a 16-month refurbishment. The makeover is an eloquent thumbs-up to efforts by a group, ABVL (Association des amis des bateaux à vapeur du Léman), […]

Summer weather brightens country

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Nearly 32C in Basel, 29C in Sion GENEVA, SWITZERLAND – Tuesday was a day for leaving the office early and forgetting about the homework: summer temperatures of over 30C in some areas and 29.1C in Sion, the highest in more than 45 years. The sun was out, the breeze was gentle, lakeside parks had freshly […]