Amsterdam-Kuala Lumpur flight shot down over Ukraine shows the empty airspace over Ukraine in the early hours of Friday - a space normally busy with overnight flights between Europe and Southeast Asia

And while all eyes are on Ukraine, Israel invades Gaza GENEVA, SWITZERLAND / EDITOR’S NOTEPAD – This is not local news and yet it is, for everyone in Europe. Malaysian Airlines lost contact with its flight MH17, flying from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur at 14:15, as it flew over Ukraine, near the Russian border. The […]

Swiss news roundup 17 July

GENEVA, SWITZERLAND – Join me in a quick review of what’s been happening in Switzerland. I’m back on the job after three weeks finishing a book on Swiss wines (publication date: 15 August), including a week of work with the designer in New York. Hiker dies in Arolla A 75-year-old Swiss man died after slipping […]

The Lie by Helen Dunmore

Helen Dunmore, The Lie 001

GENEVA, SWITZERLAND / BOOK MY PLACE – We are really taken into the pre-world-war society, strictly organised by its class structure, where Daniel, the cleaning lady’s son, strikes up an unlikely friendship with aristocrats Frederick and Felicia [More] …

Cryptic Crossword No 216 by Chalicea

No 215 solution

GENEVA, SWITZERLAND / BOOK MY PLACE – Clues, which are in alphabetical order of their solutions, should be entered jig-saw style [More] …

The Black House by Peter May

The Black House, Peter May

GENEVA, SWITZERLAND / BOOK MY PLACE – It was the old school bully who was murdered and we revisit his brutal deeds of the past where Fin himself was somtimes the victim. Old resentments resurface and Fin becomes more involved than he expected in the search for the murderer.[More] …

Tennis: Djokovic wins after tough battle

Djokovic wins Wimbledon after tough, long match with Federer

GENEVA, SWITZERLAND – The screen capture from RTS, which relayed the Wimbledon final live, tells it all, an exhausting match with excellent tennis played by winner Novak Djokovic and Roger Federer, with Djokovic taking the cup 6-7, 6-4, 7-6, 5-7, 6-4.

Lake Geneva area news roundup

GENEVA, SWITZERLAND – Summertime news roundup: Storms sweep Lake Geneva region The air was heavy with promised thunderstorms by 15:00 Friday and shortly after the black clouds formed in the region, bringing high winds and heavy rain. Trees were uprooted in Morges and Préverenges and in Lausanne the Bellerive fan zone was evacuated, with stands […]

Crossword No 215 by Chalicea

Cryptic Crossword No 214 Solution by Chalicea

GENEVA, SWITZERLAND / BOOK MY PLACE – A constellation in the Milky Way near Cygnus; contains the star Altair (6) [More] …

Lavaux boosts public transport for tourists (update)


LAUSANNE, SWITZERLAND – Lavaux and its vineyards are getting a tourism boost in the form of a new day pass (carte journalière) that allows visitors to use several different trains, buses and funicular cars freely throughout the day and to reach all the area’s tourism sites via train. Update: See original article, below link and […]

Federer defeats ailing Wawrinka

GENEVA, SWITZERLAND – Roger Federer defeated fellow Swiss tennisman Stan Wawrinka in a quarter-finals Wimbledon match that saw Wawrinka take the first set before he visibly suffered from what appeared to be stomach pains. He revived for some exciting rallies at the end, but it wasn’t enough to withstand Federer’s steady game. This was the […]