For sheer pleasure: Irish priest’s wedding surprise (update)

Note that the original version uploaded here was removed for copyright reasons; here’s the real one, with 10.4 million views! GENEVA, SWITZERLAND – The Irish Independent and the Daily Mail have all the wedding details you’ll want, to explain this video, an instant Internet hit after the priest surprised the bride and groom by singing […]

Sotheby’s May diamond sales to shine again

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GENEVA, SWITZERLAND – Sotheby’s will be auctioning three world-class diamonds at its “magnificent jewels and noble jewels” Geneva sale 13 May, turning the spotlight away from glum diamond theft news in recent days to the excitement of a major sale. The buyer of the Pink Star, the world’s largest pink diamond that was sold by […]

Swiss central bank gets facelift


BERN, SWITZERLAND – The Swiss National Bank (SNB) building at number one Parliament Square in Bern, just across from the seat of the Swiss parliament, will undergo major renovations starting in 2015. BNS employees will be moved to another location, not yet announced, for the three years of work. The landmark head office building, along […]

Swiss records set for inventions, whistles

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Weekend also saw large pillow fight in Lausanne GENEVA, SWITZERLAND – The International Exhibit of Inventions ended in Geneva Sunday with a record number of inventions presented, 1,000, by 790 inventors. The crowds poured in, more than 60,000 people for the four-day event, a stable number, say the organizers. The show is the largest of […]

Deadline for Swiss reds wine class


MORGES, SWITZERLAND – There are still places for the tasting session I’ll be leading Friday 4 April at the Arvinis wine fair, “Sensory pleasure of Swiss reds”. Please register by 10:00 Thursday to allow me to organize the wines. The CHF65 class fee covers your entry (CHF30). You’ll have plenty of time to taste the […]

Swiss to ban English

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GENEVA, SWITZERLAND – The Swiss government said Tuesday it will ban the use of English in Switzerland, effective 1 April starting at 15:05. The move is part of efforts to reunify the country in the wake of a divisive vote one month ago that will create a cap on immigration. Bern had threatened to put […]

Hand-holding for the Arvinis wine fair


Republished from Ellen’s Wine World, my new web site dedicated to Swiss wines LAUSANNE, SWITZERLAND – The Arvinis wine fair opens Wednesday evening 2 April and will pull in several thousand people before it closes Monday night 7 April. The sheer quantity of wine, some 2,500 from around the world at 150 stands, can be […]

Paleo unveils lineup, from Elton John to Andes traditional


GENEVA, SWITZERLAND – Just when you thought Paléo couldn’t get any better, it does, this year labeling its music basket “rock, pop, electro, French chanson, hip-hop, world and reggae”. The music festival in Nyon has just revealed the lineup for 22 to 27 July and here are a few of the big names: Elton John, […]

Final Jura ski days as summer time arrives

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Don’t forget to move your clocks forward when you go to bed Saturday! GENEVA, SWITZERLAND – The winter ski season is winding down this weekend, the final one for Jura ski resorts. Get up there early and you’ll have good snow and sunshine, with overnight temperatures still dipping to 0C or below. For the wrap-up, […]

Bug battleground this Swiss spring

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GENEVA, SWITZERLAND – Time to check your stock of insect repellant and check the leg-sock gap when you’re out hiking, for the spring of 2014 promises to be a battleground for bugs. Bugs after your garden plants, bugs after you: most of them are enjoying a relatively warm spring after a mild winter that killed […]