The Children Act by Ian McEwan

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GENEVA, SWITZERLAND / BOOK MY PLACE – I am a great Ian McEwan fan: he never disappoints and The Children Act is no exception. It is simply stunning both in the quality of the writing and in the effect the plot has on the reader. Oh how I wish it could have ended differently, though, […]

Geneva falls in love with giant water slide

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GENEVA, SWITZERLAND – A giant water slide, 200 metres long, and 3,800 people streaming to the Rue Voltaire in Geneva to use it – Saturday saw the first of what organizers say will be a regular, wonderful, wild way to kick off summer in Geneva. The day was a bright success, say Gliss’en Ville team, […]

Busy weekend, road closures

St Prex, Vaud, prepares to host the finals of the popular Tour du Pays de Vaud cycling race

GENEVA, SWITZERLAND – The first summery weekend is upon us, with fine weather and a host of events. Some of these involve road closures. In canton Vaud the final day of the four-day Tour de Vaud bicycle race will interrupt traffic in several villages Sunday. Geneva police will restrict traffic around the Bout-du-Monde Saturday and […]

The holey grail, uh, grain, of cheese

Holes in cheese: blame or thank the hay

BERN, SWITZERLAND – The mystery of holes in cheese has been solved. No, it’s not a propionic bacteria, the assumed culprit, but hay: micro-particles of the stuff that keeps cows happy, especially in winter when fresh grasses are not available. Nearly a century has passed since an American scientist wondered if bacteria could account for […]

Geneva floods for the Marathon

Geneva Marathon women's race Saturday: sprint to the finish line

Pedestrians warned to stay away from the Arve GENEVA, SWITZERLAND – The 16,000 runners taking part in Geneva’s Marathon races this weekend have brought raingear, including wellie boots, we have to hope, as the Arve river creeps up over its banks and rain continues to pummel the city. The river is at its highest floodpoint […]

Getting drenched in Switzerland – warnings issued

Rain doesn't keep school kids from getting a little exercise in Vaud

Pays d’Enhaut to Val Ferret: level 4 heavy rainfall alert GENEVA, SWITZERLAND – Everyone is getting drenched in Switzerland today, and the heavy rainfall will get worse Friday night before it lightens Saturday. Expect more rain Sunday, says MeteoSwiss, which has issued heavy rain alerts, level 3, for the west and north of the country, […]

Cryptic Crossword No 256 Playmates by Chalicea

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GENEVA, SWITZERLAND / BOOK MY PLACE  – If you prefer to work on the interactive version, click on this LINK. Six characters are playmates and have word play only. Across     1  Card game that’s an activity partially coming back (7)     5  Prepared tapas; an Italian dish (5)     8  Phew! I hit no-one in […]

Man arrested for murdering wife, Collonge-Bellerive

GENEVA, SWITZERLAND – Police have arrested a man, born in 1973, on suspicion of shooting to death his wife in Collonges-Bellerive, Friday at 18:00. Details are sketchy, with Geneva police saying only that the man is from Valais, and providing no information about the victim as the murder investigation gets underway. Local newspapers report that […]

Ouchy and press surprised by Kerry on bike

US Secretary of State John Kerry cycling in Ouchy after talks with Iran (photo: Eric Bridiers, US Mission Geneva)

GENEVA, SWITZERLAND – US Secretary of State John Kerry woke up the press contingent trailing the US-Iran nuclear talks Monday when he hopped on a bicycle instead of taking a black limo. With fine early Spring weather waiting for him Kerry and three bodyguards rode away from the Olympic Museum in the direction of Vevey. […]

The First Casualty by Ben Elton

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GENEVA, SWITZERLAND / BOOK MY PLACE – What is the first casualty? Well – it isn’t a soldier … [More] …