News break

GenevaLunch news will start again when I’m back from Cuba 10 August. Enjoy your summer! – Ellen

Obama’s Diplomacy (Chappatte cartoon)

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©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.

Ellen’s bicycle diaries: fear of falling

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Right turns, spills, speed and sun GENEVA, SWITZERLAND – A bonus I get from sports, when I get around to doing them, is that they force me to face some of my fears. If you’re an athlete, a confident and regular cyclist, you can stop reading now. I injured my knees skiing nearly 20 years […]

Holidays, vacations and wine: where’s the limit?

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Summer vacation time is here and with it comes more alcohol than usual for a lot of people – beer on the beach, seaside aperitifs then dinner with wine, parties with bright cheery drinks. Take a minute to prepare yourself by knowing how much is enough and what your limits should be. A great source […]

A lot cookin’ this weekend (besides you)


GENEVA, SWITZERLAND – Hot, hot and hotter – again. MeteoSwiss today issued a series of new heat wave warnings for the plains in the west and much of the Alps, with temperatures expected to stay well above 30C for most of the coming week. Late Friday and Sunday we might have a bit of rain […]

Half-fare card holders to get train cash

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SBB/CFF to give card-holders CHF10 bonus BERN, SWITZERLAND – Swiss rail company SBB/CFF will be mailing a coupon for CHF10 to all holders of half-fare cards, in August. The money is part of a package of cuts for train travelers that were agreed to in August 2014 by the federal price watchdog and the UTP, […]

Forest fire danger grows as heat wave continues

Beaches around Lake Geneva are dry as tinderboxes

Hosepipe bans, barbecue restrictions start GENEVA, SWITZERLAND – Eight Swiss cantons have banned fires of any sort in the vicinity of woods, due to the extremely dry conditions. The weather forecast for a new heat wave starting Wednesday will worsen the situation in wooded areas as temperatures again climb into the mid- to high-30s. The […]

Geneva drowning, Nyon deadly fall: grim day in region


Reports of one swimmer missing in Lake Geneva or Rhone GENEVA, SWITZERLAND – A 31-year-old woman lost her life in Lake Geneva Tuesday evening, reports the Tribune de Genève. She went into the lake in front of the Jardin anglais at 18:30 and was quickly carried by the current. Her body was found shortly after […]

Years of negotiation end with Iran nuclear agreement

GENEVA, SWITZERLAND – Iran and six other nations – the US, UK, France, Germany, Russia and China – signed an agreement in the early hours of Tuesday 14 July to remove the bulk of Iran’s nuclear programme and to end sanctions. The deal isn’t yet ready to roll out, as it faces what could be […]

The key to my heart


GENEVA, SWITZERLAND – A trolley folly two weeks ago led to a major headache, lost keys, but the ordeal has ended happily and, as everyone heads off on holidays, I’d like to suggest you take a minute to think about your keys. I lost mine as I was leaving for a short business trip to […]