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

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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

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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 […]

Death penalty in the USA (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: Cuba 1

My favourite cycling path, Sierre to Sion along the Rhone

Getting bicycle legs GENEVA, SWITZERLAND – I rode my bicycle several thousand kilometres across a large swath of China in 1985. I was 34 and relatively fit, having ridden around the perimeters of Ireland, Scotland and Denmark a few months earlier, as winter was setting in. I lived in Paris and was mostly broke, so […]

Ellen’s bicycle diaries: Cuba, in the abstract

Che Guevara and Fidel Castro, photographed by Alberto Korda in 1961

30 years of Communism, via spokes GENEVA, SWITZERLAND – Thirty years ago Nick – more about him in future posts – and I entered China for the first time. We were on bicycles, which caused much excitement and worry among friends, families and my editors. An adventure! 10 weeks in a mysterious land with only […]

Hot time in the city – and country

Blues Festival in Sierre

Sizzling weekend in the region, heat to return GENEVA, SWITZERLAND – Sports and music coloured the weekend for many people, but the past few days have also seen a curious string of crimes as the hot, hot summer carries on, little relief in site. Weather forecast More of the same, says MeteoSwiss, with a few […]

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, […]

News roundup: lakes and heat, A9 open, sports, weather

Swiss flight doing a u-turn over the centre of Lausanne late Wednesday 8 July, to head towards Geneva airport

GENEVA, SWITZERLAND – Catching up after a wine work trip to Greece and a one-day visit to the Expo 2015 in Milan. First, the weather forecast, since that has an impact on so many of our decisions at the moment. Heat wave: no relief in sight The heat wave continues, albeit not as dramatically as […]