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Understanding Switzerland: a course in Basel

November 20, 2019, No comments

In January I am back in Basel, giving a short series of talks about Swiss history and politics – in English. This...

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A fabulous festival to remember

July 31, 2019, No comments

It’s big, it’s bright and it’s brilliant. Switzerland has plenty of festivals but none quite like the Fête des Vignerons. Not because...

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Vote for the best expat blog 2019

July 22, 2019, 2 Comments

I’ve been nominated for an award, the Best Expat Blog 2019. So now I need your votes! You can vote by clicking...

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How to enjoy summer in Switzerland

June 30, 2019, 1 Comment

Forget about the snow and skiing, Switzerland is actually much better in summer. Yes the winter wonderland scenery is beautiful but it’s...

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Three mountains trips from Lugano

May 31, 2019, No comments

The little slice of paradise that is Lake Lugano has more than gentle boat rides to offer: there are three wonderful mountain...

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When the Swiss fought the French

April 30, 2019, No comments

On a low green hill beside the country’s busiest motorway stands a lonely memorial. Thousands drive past it every day but I...

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A Brexit dictionary for the Swiss

March 6, 2019, No comments

It isn’t easy to explain Brexit to the Swiss. For people in a country that has a referendum every three months, it’s...

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A train ride up through snow and ice

February 26, 2019, No comments

It’s one of Switzerland’s great rail journeys and it’s just as spectacular in winter. The round-trip ride from Interlaken to Kleine Scheidegg...

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Is Switzerland the best country in the world?

January 25, 2019, 3 Comments

The best country in the world is… Switzerland. Again. After being No1 for the last two years, the Swiss have made it...

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Swiss Watching has had a makeover

November 30, 2018, 2 Comments

My family of books has a new addition. Or, more correctly, a new edition. Swiss Watching is now available in a totally...

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