Paleo and photo museum hook up


GENEVA, SWITZERLAND – Beautiful and unusual photographic views of the Paleo music festival will be part of the show this summer when Paleo celebrates its 40th birthday. The festival has joined forces with Lausanne’s photography museum, Musée de l’Elysée, which is celebrating its 30th anniversary. Paleo’s press release on the joint project: “Five photographers have been […]

Solar Impulse silver coin issued

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BERN, SWITZERLAND – The Swiss government unveiled a commemorative CHF20 silver coin for Solar Impulse’s maiden round-the-world flight, Monday 9 March. The coins can be ordered online and serve as regular currency. The airplane took off from Abu Dhabi Monday on the first leg of its flight around the globe, using only solar power.

Show time in Switzerland: homes, cars, watches

Something for everyone at the Geneva Motor Show, given the 9,000 new cars on display

Thursday is the big day: car show runs 5-15 March GENEVA, SWITZERLAND – The Geneva Motor Show is about to begin, with 700,000 people expected to head for Palexpo in Geneva – but crowds are also heading for Lausanne to the home and garden show, Habitat Jardin, 7-12 March, and soon to Basel for the […]

Safety tips for British tourists in Swiss Alps

British Ambassador David Moran at the Schilthorn, site of a famous Bond ski scene

The British consular service in Bern is offering UK travellers to the Alps a set of safety tips – David Moran, British ambassador to Switzerland and Liechtenstein says that ‘with our Top Tips to Stay Safe on the Slopes’ we hope to make as many people as possible aware of specific dangers linked to winter […]

Swiss towns take time out for Mardi Gras


BERN, SWITZERLAND – Scores of towns throughout Switzerland, mainly in traditionally Catholic areas, are taking time out from school and business today to celebrate Mardi Gras, the day before the start of Lent. Many of them have been holding parades and parties since the weekend, in the run-up to the sombre religious period before Easter, […]

Gauguin’s warmth, a Swiss winter antidote

Paul Gauguin Parau api, 1892 Quelles nouvelles? What's news? Oil on canvas, 67 x 91 cm Staatliche Kunstsammlungen Dresden, Galerie Neue Meister  Photograph by Jürgen Karpinski

BASEL, SWITZERLAND – The new Gauguin exhibit that opened Sunday at the Beyeler Foundation in Basel is just what we all need to chase away the winter blues. Lusciously warm splashes of colour and scenes from southern climates that were exotic when he painted them, and remain so today despite easier access, offer a fine […]

News in brief: dance, climate, Chinese bank, meds

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GENEVA, SWITZERLAND – Swiss news stories in brief: Geneva hosting first round of talks for new climate deal This is a week of intense climate talks in Geneva, with the first round of talks since Lima in December 2014, where a 39-page document was established with the main lines that should be included in a […]

Men, take heart from the Seahorse

Seahorses mating in Basel

BASEL, SWITZERLAND – Many of us fret over those post-holiday extra kilos, including men. In the colourful world of seahorses, this isn’t a problem. Female seahorses find the males with the biggest tummies the most attractive, so during the mating season, which is now, the males do their best to gloat about their bloat. You […]

Lego joy, “now you’re talkin'”

Just for the sheer pleasure of it! The making of …

Love-hate ads affair

From P&G's Olympics ad

GENEVA, SWITZERLAND / EDITOR’S NOTEPAD – Much of the time I hate ads, their intrusiveness, their stupidity, the visual-audio-mental clutter they create and the insistence that we’re only happy when buying. But when they are good, I love them – and I’m not alone in that. Here’s a great way to get lost in ad […]