Flamenco dancer spotted in Nyon, First Aid Courses in English, Open Doors at Nyon museums, Brocante Sale in Gex

There was the sound of Spanish music near Nyon railway station last Saturday night as a flamenco dancer entertained a group of customers outside “La Roulotte”. This temporary café set up just behind la gare seems to have been a success over the summer months, with people stopping to have a drink on their way home from work,  an early breakfast (they open at 06:30!) or to meet  other friends for lunch.

With reasonable prices and a varied choice of food on the menu let’s hope this initiative will continue next year (the café will be closing soon for winter). It has certainly made a difference to this area which is normally just a throughfare for commuters.

First Aid Courses for Parents and Carers

If you are interested in learning first aid in English then you might like to know about two courses taking place in September in Lausanne and in Vevey in November. These courses will be taught in small groups by two British doctors, Dr Michelle Wright and Dr Penny Fraser, in a friendly, relaxed English-speaking setting. These courses are designed to provide practical advice and information for the expat community, away from their usual support networks of family, friends, GPs and other healthcare professionals.

Note, if you would be interested in attending  a course like this in the Nyon area then please email Dr Michelle Wright If enough readers are interested then there is a good possibility that this can be arranged. 

E-mail drmichellewright@gmail.

Course 1: Cardio-Pulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) for Babies and Children

This course is a hands-on workshop during which you can expect to:

  • Understand the principles of infant and child CPR
  • Use mannequins to practice the skills of opening an airway, giving rescue breaths and performing chest compressions
  • Learn how to help a choking or drowned child
  • Practice the safe positioning of an unconscious child
  • Learn about Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (cot death) and how to reduce the risk

Course 2: First Aid for Child Injuries

This course is packed with practical advice, hands on training, lively discussions and lots of information.  Along with other topics, you can expect to:

  • Learn how to deal with burns, scalds and electrocution
  • Understand the importance of head injuries and what to do
  • Practice how to deal with major bleeding, cuts, bites, broken bones and sprains
  • Get advice on what you should have in your first aid kit and how to use it

Course 3: Childhood Illnesses: What You Need To Know

Whenever we look after children, our own or someone else’s, it is helpful to know what important illnesses can affect them.  Children can become sick quite quickly and if we learn how to recognise the early signs of some important illnesses, we will be best placed to help them.  Amongst other topics, you can expect to:

  • Learn about the danger of fevers and what to do about them
  • Understand how to recognise an ill child and know when to call the doctor
  • Recognise  the warning signs of meningitis
  • Get advice about how  to deal with everyday common problems including diarrhoea, rashes, coughs and colds
Lausanne, Saturday 25th September 2010 Vevey, Saturday 20th November 2010
Le Cazard, 15 Pré du Marché, 1004 Lausanne Rue des Bosquets 9, 1800 Vevey
Course 1: 9am – 12.30pm or 2pm – 5.30pm Course 1: 9am – 12.30pm or 2pm – 5.30pm
Course 2: 9am – 12.30pm Course 2: 9am – 12.30pm
Course 3: 2pm – 5.30pm Course 3: 2pm – 5.30pm

 Cost: Each course is 3½ hours long and costs 100 CHF per person. This includes a comprehensive course booklet.

For more information and to register: E-mail drmichellewright@gmail.com or call 079 821 8027

Historic buildings weekend

This weekend it’s the “Journées Européennes du Patrimoines”. On these two days many museums and buildings of historical significance throw open their doors to the public.  In Nyon the Château, the Roman Museum, the Musée du Leman and the Clinique la Métairie will all be participating in this weekend.  Opening times and more details here 

Other towns and villages across Switzerland will be taking part too and you can see the full list of places here. 

 Brocante Sale in Gex in France. Tomorrow Saturday 18th September  09:00 to 12:00

Huge selection of brocante for sale in a French farmhouse setting in Gex.  Small items of furniture, paintings, mirrors, kitchenalia, ceramics, rugs, collectables; something for every taste – antique, vintage, shabby chic and contemporary must-haves  – both useful and decorative for inside and out.   Bring a friend and enjoy the occasion with coffee and cake.

Contact Sian Sibley for directions on tel +33 6 81 36 67 23 or +33 4 50 41 92 30 at 485

Rue de l’Etraz 01170 Gex
Email s.sibley@orange.fr
Parking: on the road to avoid being blocked in and wear sensible shoes if muddy