Victorian tour of Geneva by Diccon Bewes Sat 28 March – Win Paléo Tickets

On Saturday 28th March, Diccon Bewes will be giving a guided Victorian tour of Geneva. The tour begins at 15:00 (meet at Payot bookshop in Cornavin railway station at 14:30). Diccon is the author of the very successful books  “Swiss Watching”,  (“a best book of 2010″ – Financial Times) and  “Slow Train to Switzerland

Diccon comments on all things Swiss related and will be dressed up in Victorian costume for the tour itself!  Details here

For non-English speakers, a simultaneous French translation will be provided by Hadi Barkat. A unique opportunity to discover a new outlook on the city.  This should be an  entertaining stroll! Diccon  will end this tour with a signing of his books in English and in French.

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 Nyon events –  Win Paléo tickets

Other events, tonight (Friday 27th March) there will be Celtic music at the 1306 Club ( ruelle de la poterne in Nyon) starting at 2030. Entry free, hat distributed for the artists at the end of the evening.


 Win Paléo tickets

The weekly competition to win Paléo tickets has now begun on the festival’s website and it continues until the 25th May. To play, click here 

The full Festival line-up will be announced on Tuesday 14 April! Tickets will go on sale at midday on Wednesday 22 April

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 Photo above – Paléo in 2014

From Blues to Big Fox to Burning the Bonhomme – Events this weekend

Friday 20th March – Blues concert – Zakiya Hooker (daughter of John Lee Hooker) will be singing tonight at the Château of  Coppet – Details here

Writing Workshop in English 

Saturday 21st March –  Writing workshop in Geneva in English at the Geneva Writers’ Group. The subject will be  “Writing Folk Tales”.  See how “Once upon a time… ” opens the door to storytelling. In the afternoon there will be a regular critiquing session.  Full details – click here

Also on Saturday 21st March –  Swedish singer “Big Fox” (see video below) playing at the Parenthèse bar in Nyon’s old town. Full details here

plus, “Spring Market” in the village of Bogis Bossey from 10:00 -14:00, Welsh cakes for sale at the market!  Full details here

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plus also on Saturday  “Burning the Bonhomme of Winter and Welcoming the Spring Party” down by the lake in Nyon at 17:30 Organised by the Bains de 3 Jetées organisation.  Full details here


Sunday 22nd March –  Classical recital –  Violin and Piano at 17:00 at the Conservatoire of Nyon along the lakeside. Full details  – click here

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Sunday 22nd March  – Easter Market in Nyon from 08:00 -18:30 

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Easter Market – Stands, Easter products, local products.

Festichoc in Versoix – Fabulous festival dedicated to all things chocolate!  See here  Great day out for the family and chocolate lovers.


Jazz Apero and  Sunday Fondue Chinoise –  Two events coming up in the atmospheric wine cellar of Nyon’s castle.

Thursday 26 March  – Jazz Apero –  Duo of two guitars with  Killian Perret-Gentil and Etienne Loupo. Doors open 17:00, music at 18:30

Sunday 29th March –  Fondue Chinoise from 12:00  32 CHF for a variety of meats, sauces, served with rice and fruit salad. Reservations taken until 26th March

Full details – click here

Selma will be the  Monday Movie in English on 23rd March at Nyon Cinema screening at 20:30  – Film on the Martin Luther King civil rights march from Selma to Montgomery. Video below Details here



Useful Swiss Consumer Programme – From Scams to Dried mushrooms, Toothbrushes and Tea.

If you are interested in consumer issues and want to know more about the products you buy here in French speaking Switzerland, it’s worth taking a look at the weekly television programme called ABE (A Bon Entendeur) presented by Manuelle Pernod and broadcast on Tuesday evenings on RTS1 at 20:10

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A regular look at the products we buy

This consumer progamme takes a regular look at many of the products we all buy in the main Swiss supermarkets and shops. It compares brands, analyses the content of many food products and draws conclusions for the consumer. Even if you only understand a basic amount of French, these programmes are well produced, can be easily understood and the conclusions are illustrated in graph form or with clear photos. 

Housing, Transport, Insurance etc

The programme also looks at other consumer issues such as housing, transport, insurance etc.  The website of the programme has useful links to consumer associations and  links to consumer rights groups.

The products featured over the last few weeks have been on a variety of items such as electric toothbrushes (their conclusion – buying the most expensive product in the shop isn’t necessarily the best!)  Scroll to around 4 minutes on the programme here to see the result on this particular test.

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Pesticides in Mushrooms and Herbal Teas

Another programme broadcast on February 18th featured the packets of dried mushrooms that can be found for sale in recognised retail outlets. It explained which packets of mushrooms contain pesticides and other chemicals, and which brand of mushrooms was rated the best all round. 

For lovers of herbal tea  another programme revealed the content of some well recognised tea brand names, the results can be seen on this clip here 

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Scam targeting local businesses

This week’s programme revealed a scam that involved small businesses being approached (one of them in Versoix) to take out and pay up front for advertising in a magazine that simply didn’t exist.

The programme has been on air for many years and there’s lots of archive material to be found on their site.  There is even an ABE app!



Balcony or Big Plot of Land? Gardening Tips and Advice for the Geneva/ Vaud area.

Whether you have a small balcony at 400 metres in Nyon, or a big plot of land at 1,000 metres high up in St Cergue, if you are in need of some excellent gardening advice for this part of the world, then look no further than the Swiss Gardening School. The school’s tag line is “Lessons in English for amateur gardeners by professionals” and classes are run throughout the year on a variety of subjects by gardeners Hester Macdonald and Tara Lissner. The school’s next course will be held in Nyon on the 1st April from 09:00-13:00 an will be “Design – On a Budget – Creating a beautiful outdoor space without spending a fortune”.

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Nearly six months later, the box of  bulbs that the editor planted is still going strong and in bloom!   As class sizes are small there are plenty of opportunities to ask the gardening experts one-on-one advice on anything and everything to do with gardening based on personal requirements.   Classes are fun and informative  – See here for full details of upcoming courses  held in both Nyon and Founex.

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Sirens to sound today – “Happy” Pharrell Williams videos in Lausanne and Geneva

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Photo above – Council workers pruning trees down by Nyon lake side

Siren testing today

Don’t panic if you hear sirens sounding today 5th February between 13:30 and 14:00 in the Nyon area, this is the annual siren testing which takes place  on the first Wednesday of February.  See more info here on the reason for the testing.

“Happy” videos featuring local scenes

If the grey cold weather is getting you down, these two videos may cheer you up, they are both set against the Pharrell Williams  “Happy Song”. The first, “We are from Lausanne” is set in the city itself, you can see some familiar sights on here, the  railway station, the SBB trains, the CGN ferry, the  lake, the old town and more.  This video has already had a quarter of a million hits!  The second video set in Geneva has had a smaller audience of 14,000 viewers but readers who live in or work in Geneva may be interested to see some familiar sights on here too.