Mt Etna putting on a fine show this week

GENEVA, SWITZERLAND – Mt Etna in Sicily is erupting this week, with the southeastern crater putting on a spectacular show. The crater is above the town of Catania, but no warnings have been issued, reports the Guardian, which carries its own video. The volcano erupted a number of times in 2012.  

The skiing buzz: avalanche videos that make your heart catch (update)

GENEVA, SWITZERLAND – Viral videos this week include two ski clips that show avalanches, one the extraordinary feat of Swatch World Cup Big Mountain competition skier Sverre Lilliequist, who led the European team in Zermatt (competition 10-15 February), where he arrives safely at the finish line. The second was posted in January, in Italy, an […]

Vancouver wins Ted Talks conference, hopes for Davos-style success


GENEVA, SWITZERLAND – Vancouver has been handed the 2014 and 2015 West Coast Ted Talks conferences, founder and “curator” Chris Anderson announced from New York, the non-profit foundation’s head office. The talks will move from Long Beach, California to Vancouver and put TedActive on the slopes of Whistler mountain, to celebrate its 30th anniversary. The […]

Prix de Lausanne, a men’s affair this year


All but one top prize go to male dancers LAUSANNE, SWITZERLAND – The Prix de Lausanne 2013 will be remembered in part for the extraordinary performances put in by young men, who danced off with the bulk of the prizes in the finals of this international competition Saturday 2 February. The competition is open to […]

Ellen’s Wine World on FB: everything in the world of Swiss wine!

GENEVA, SWITZERLAND – Ellen’s Wine World has just kicked off on Facebook, home to tasting notes, shared wisdom from other Swiss wine fans, videos, photos of Swiss vineyards throughout the year, events on the wine calendar and special daily or near-daily nuggets from Ellen’s Wine Almanac. That Ellen and this one are the same person, […]

Lift boosts digital conversations in Geneva area


Getting a real Lift, 22-24 February by Ellen Wallace GENEVA, SWITZERLAND – The number of conversations in Geneva centred around our digital lives, past, present and future, is up this week thanks to the annual Lift Conference, which opened Wednesday 22 February and ends Friday. The conference itself pulls in several hundred people from the […]

Videos for your organization: free help is here!

GENEVA, SWITZERLAND – YouTube has helped us all fall in love with videos and it’s made it easy and cheap to make them and add them to web sites. One result is that there is a lot of rubbish out there, and a lot of people in small businesses in particular wondering how they can […]

Mobile phones and FM radio helping free Africans, says Amnesty

(GenevaLunch) – Amnesty International’s 2011 annual report says bluntly that two of the most effective instruments of protesters in the Middle East in recent months have been mobile phones and FM radio. The report’s publication 12 May signalled its 50th birthday by surveying the state of human rights around the world. Reuters notes that “its […]

Police net 19 souped-up car autoroute racers

Bern, Switzerland (GenevaLunch) – Nineteen drivers were hauled in by Fribourg police and 14 of their souped-up cars were seized in an operation that came to light in part thanks to YouTube videos the young men made of their exploits. The drivers, aged 18 to 27, raced regularly on stretches of autoroute between Fribourg and […]

SportAccord says mission being accomplished one year on


But Russia threatens to close down some federations Lausanne, Switzerland (GenevaLunch) – SportAccord has its work cut out for it, keeping governments’ hands off sports federations. Russian President Dmitry Medvedev Friday 26 March opened a meeting in Sochi, where preparations are underway for the 2014 Olympics Games. Russian media described him as “seething” over the […]