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Swiss prices give me indigestion

May 4, 2013, 11 Comments

Headache pills and indigestion tablets. Expensive enough to cause the problem rather than cure it.

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What the Swiss get up to when they go to Wankdorf.

March 31, 2010, 4 Comments

It’s my favourite place-name in the whole of Bern. Wankdorf. What a great name for English speakers to laugh about; it’s almost too...

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Swiss B&B refuses to let a gay couple stay

March 22, 2010, 2 Comments

What a difference a verb makes! There was a story on BBC Online yesterday about a gay couple who had booked a...

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All you need to know about Switzerland: elections

March 21, 2010, 2 Comments

Public spaces and squares all across Bern are currently hosting a new form of street furniture: large metal stands, each shaped like...

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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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It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas

December 22, 2009, No comments

Snow is falling all around me, chestnuts are roasting on an open fire, the Salvation Army is playing O Come All Ye...

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Gillette: the worst a man can get?

December 13, 2009, 3 Comments

Clearly the Swiss expect nothing less than perfection from their greatest sports star. You might think Roger Federer has had rather a good...

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