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

Solar Impulse Pilot honoured in Nyon – Plane just landed in Varanasi, India

André Borschberg, one of the two pilots currently attempting a round-the-world solar flight in the plane “Solar Impulse”, was recently honoured in Nyon and bestowed the award of “bourgeoisie d’honneur de la Ville”. This award was given for his pioneering spirit, his bravery, his contribution to society and for flying the Nyon/ Vaud / Swiss colours in all his endeavours! Since 1719, the award has been handed out by the town to just ten people. André Borschberg has lived in Nyon since 1987.

André is an engineer by education and a graduate of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) in management science. His passion for aviation and his interest in innovative solutions led him to team up with Bertrand Piccard to direct Solar Impulse.  Fascinated by aviation from his earliest youth, André Borschberg, born in 1952, trained as a pilot in the Swiss air force.  Today he holds an assortment of professional airplane and helicopter pilot’s licences and also does aerobatics in his spare time.

André Borshcberg

Photo above – André Borschberg © Solar Impulse | Revillard |

Yesterday (17 March ) the Solar Impulse plane landed in Ahmedabad after crossing the Arabian Sea, it had completed the longest distance ever flown by a solar airplane in aviation history. You can track the plane’s journey and find out discover more about this fantastic project on the Solar Impulse website you can also follow both pilots Tweets!

The plane has now just landed (18 March) in Varanasi and will be heading off to Mandalay in Myanmar tomorrow morning and will be piloted by Bertrand Piccard. Lausanne born Bertrand Piccard comes from a famous family of adventurers.  If you want to know more about their history, you can read and discover more about them in the excellent Auguste and Jacques Piccard collection in the Musée du Leman in Nyon. 

Solar Impulse

Photo above – Courtesy Solar Impulse RTW

Solar Impulse takes-off from Varanasi to Mandalay

Photo above – Courtesy Solar Impulse – RTW

Local dancers give farewell to pilot André Borschberg before take-off from Ahmedabad.

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Green Film Festival begins in Nyon – Traders, Mining in Zambia, Glaciers and more

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The Green Film Festival (Festival  du Film Vert) begins in Nyon this Thursday 12th March and continues until Sunday 15th March 2015.

This festival features a variety of films focussing on “green” ie: environmental issues. There is an interesting selection from Traders, a film investigating the world of  traders who deal in raw materials (to be shown Friday the 13th March at 18:30) to L’Afrique, le cuivre et les Vautours  a documentary that asks the question, “How much profit is fair?” investigating the world of Glencore and mining in Zambia (to be shown on Friday at 20:30), to Diesel, le Scandale Francais on the consequences of diesel fuel which was originally championed as good for the environment but now seen as causing health problems.

The festival tours various towns and cities in Swiss Romande and it now in its 10th year. Most of the films to be shown in Nyon will be in French with the exception of one film – Chasing Ice – which will be shown on Sunday 15th March at 14:00 in English, with subtitles in French and German.

Synopsis of Chasing Ice - Acclaimed environmental photographer James Balog was once a skeptic about climate change and a cynic about the nature of academic research. But through his Extreme Ice Survey, he discovers undeniable evidence of our changing planet. In Chasing Ice, Balog deploys revolutionary time-lapse cameras to capture a multi-year record of the world’s changing glaciers.

All films will be screened in the Ferme du Manoir, in the Place du Château, (this building is on the corner of the square and Rue Maupertuis ).  All films will be followed by a 30 minute discussion.  For the full programme and timings of all films – see here

Videos below – excerpts from Traders and L’Afrique, le cuivre et les Vautours

Cardigans to play at Caribana, Ben l’Oncle Soul, Parov Stelar and more

Caribana has announced the line up for this year’s festival which will take place along the lakeside near Crans près Celigny from the 3rd to 7th June 2015.

Caribana 2011 Ist night Crowd

Photo above – Caribana, by the lake and under the trees. C Nelson-Pollard

Among other artists scheduled to play at this summer festival are Swedish band “The Cardigans”, see video below of their 1998 hit “My Favourite Game” from their album Gran Turismo.

The Cardigans

Photo above – The Cardigans, courtesy Caribana

Also on the programme are Kill it Kid, Marilyn Manson, Metronomy, Ben l’Oncle Soul, see video below of track “Hallelujah!” and Austrian band Parov Stelar with a mix of pop, soul, jazz and swing. See video below with their track “Jimmy’s Gang”.  Full line up here.

Parov Stelar

Photo above – Parov Stelar Band, courtesy Caribana

Tickets now for sale. Note: There are early bird prices on offer for Feb/ March and in April/ May.

Let’s hope the weather is warm and cardigans won’t be needed to watch The Cardigans!   More on Caribana and the other bands coming up on this site.

The Cardigans – “My Favourite Game”

Parov Stelar – “Jimmy’s Game”

Ben l’Oncle Soul – “Hallelujah!”

Winter Rock’ n’ Beat festival this weekend

Les Hivernales is an annual winter rock’ n’ beat festival that began last night Thursday the 26th Feb and continues on Friday 27th, Saturday 28th, Sunday 1st March in Nyon.

From the “beach” area down by the lake, to the Salle Communale to the Quai 23 restaurant and more, there is plenty of music on offer in ten different venues across the town. Entrance to some venues are free, some are fee paying. There is also the option to buy a pass for each evening. See here 

Video below – Transistor Girl playing Friday 27th February at Cactus Jack at 22:30


Les Hivernales