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Meet Homo helveticus

October 3, 2011, 27 Comments

Last week I wrote an article for the Swiss edition of Die Zeit, one of the main German newspapers, about the typical Swiss...

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One blog, 150 posts & 100,000 visitors

April 28, 2011, 6 Comments

I couldn’t have planned it better if I’d tried. This is the 150th post on this blog, and at 22.42 last night...

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Switzerland from A to Z

October 5, 2010, 8 Comments

A is for apple. Ever since William Tell shot one off his son’s head, the humble apple has been the unofficial national...

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Rot, Blau, Grün Rivella

10 trivial facts about Switzerland

September 2, 2010, 14 Comments

Last month was trivia month but which was the most popular post? Cuckoo clocks or the Birdie Song? Nestlé or Rivella?

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Was Heidi in fact Harry Potter’s great-great-grandmother?

July 7, 2010, 5 Comments

Heidi, everyone’s favourite Swiss Miss, recently had her parentage brought into question by a German scholar (see this earlier post), but what...

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A beginner’s guide to Swissness

June 4, 2010, 36 Comments

It’s the opening round of Family Fortunes (or 5Gegen5 if you’re reading this in Switzerland). The host says, “We asked 100 people to...

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Was Heidi’s father German?

April 8, 2010, 8 Comments

For millions of people around the world, she is the personificaton of Switzerland but it seems that the original Swiss miss may not...

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From first line to last word

February 5, 2010, No comments

Two years ago I went to Geneva for my first writers’ conference for two days of workshops, brainstorming, networking and chatting. In...

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