Fireworks in China: bridge blown up, smog to curb New Year fireworks

GENEVA, SWITZERLAND – A load of fireworks carried by a truck crossing a highway bridge in China exploded, taking the bridge down with it. Four people died and eight were injured when several vehicles fell into the river in Henan Province. Fireworks, hugely popular for the New Year’s festivities in China, which get underway in […]

Fires in Brazil club, Venezuela prison kill scores

GENEVA, SWITZERLAND – The death toll is rapidly rising and at 21:30 Swiss time was at 240 people, from a nightclub fire in Santa Maria, a city of 250,000 people in southern Brazil near the Argentina and Uruguay borders. The fire at the Boate Kiss club may have been due to flares or fireworks used […]

Weekend weather forecast, what’s on in Switzerland, and family deals

The 2012 fireworks display at the Geneva Festival will take place on 11 August - Photo Fetes de Geneve

GENEVA, SWITZERLAND – Weekends don’t come much better than this: sunshine everywhere, warm but not too hot, and plenty of activities, with several special offers. Weather, expect mostly sunshine The weather forecast from Meteoswiss says Sion will be the hot spot, with highs Friday of 28C and 29C on Saturday, but Geneva is just one […]

Geneva Festival pulls in half million for fireworks; damages, theft on rise

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GENEVA, SWITZERLAND – The Geneva Festival was a great success in 2011, pulling in more than 500,000 visitors for the Saturday night fireworks alone, says the city’s tourism office, but the downside was that the number of thefts and amount of vandalism rose. Overall, some 1.8 million visitors took part in the 10 days of […]

August 1 holiday in Switzerland: weekend weather, traffic, highlights

GENEVA, SWITZERLAND – The sun is struggling to come out across Switzerland after two weeks of cold and soggy weather, but the forecast promises it will be here for Monday 1 August. The weekend weather forecast is mixed, sun alternating with rain in most regions. Early weekend traffic is not expected to be a major […]

Head for the lake for August First fireworks

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Weather forecast for holiday weekend: little rain, relatively cool Lausanne, Switzerland (GenevaLunch.com) – The best place to watch firework 1 August 2010 might be Lake Geneva, about the only place in the region not suffering from dryness and fireworks bans. Canton Vaud announced Wednesday 28 July that fireworks are banned, effective immediately, although communes will […]

Pause before you buy your 1 August fireworks

Dry weather: Jura bans fireworks except official ones, other cantons to review Jura, Switzerland (GenevaLunch.com) – Canton Jura is the latest Swiss state to ban forest fires because of continuing dry weather, but it has banned private fireworks for the national day, 1 August, it announced Monday 26 July. Fribourg, Geneva, Vaud and Valais also […]

Lausanne cathedral Christmas concert

Title: Lausanne cathedral Christmas concert Location: Lausanne Link out: Click here Description: JC Geiser, the Lausanne cathedral’s noted organist, presenting a surprise programme with “Fireworks” for the annual New Year’s organ concert. Arrive early to ensure a place as this is always packed and no one is admitted after 22:45 for the midnight concert. Free, […]

Lausanne cathedral Christmas concert

Title: Lausanne cathedral Christmas concert Location: Lausanne Link out: Click here Description: JC Geiser, the Lausanne cathedral’s noted organist, presenting Bach, Daquin and Dupré for the annual Christmas organ concert. Arrive early to ensure a seat. Free, but a collection will be taken (suggested: CHF10, 15). Start Time: 17:00 Date: 2009-12-25

Russians day of mourning, 112 dead in club fire

Russia is holding a day of mourning for the 112 people, now all identified, who died when a club caught fire Friday night 4 December in the city of Perm in the Urals. The fire appears to have been started by fireworks inside the club, officials say. Some deaths were  caused by inhaling deadly plastic […]