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Switzerland

Monday, 21 September 2009
It wasn’t me!

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Someone has left their initials on this electricity box, which also sports a faded and worn poster protesting against people trafficing and prostitution.

Spotted the other night in downtown Basel.

Posted by bigblue on 21/09/2009 at 08:53 PM
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Sunday, 20 September 2009
Basel bicycle

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I thought this was a somewhat quaint & retro bicycle, with its bespoke leather carry-bag, dynamo on the front wheel to power a light, and carrier-bag saddle cover to keep the seat dry.

Posted by bigblue on 20/09/2009 at 04:44 PM
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Devilish sign

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I was working in Basel this past week, and I spotted a lot of graffiti in public places. Besides for the depressingly grey weather and the efficient trams the place didn’t really remind me of the Basel I had visited a few years ago. There were even stickers with graffiti designs plastered on walls and signposts.

Posted by bigblue on 20/09/2009 at 04:17 AM
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Friday, 11 March 2005
le cygne

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This is a Swiss swan, on the Rhine River at Basel.

Today I have had problems accessing Bloglines, which I use to keep in touch with a number of blogs (and news sites that have RSS feeds).  It makes me wonder if I have become too dependent on this one aggregation tool, especially since Bloglines was recently acquired by Ask Jeeves.

Apparently they are planning to integrate Bloglines into their MyJeeves and Excite.com products.  And no doubt they will introduce advertising.

Posted by bigblue on 11/03/2005 at 11:30 PM
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Friday, 31 December 2004
Happy New Year!

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And you thought all spiders had 8 legs?  Seems this is not the case in Switzerland.

Gregorian New Year greetings to everyone. After a 6 hour drive (plus stoppage-, and Channel tunnel-time) we made it back to Oxted.  On the way I managed to shed my wallet of most of its Euros. I don’t think bluemeanie was as lucky. However I have too many Swiss francs left. 

Firework time ...

Posted by bigblue on 31/12/2004 at 11:59 PM
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Thursday, 30 December 2004
Leysin - 08h00

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As you can see conditions were clear in Leysin this morning with no mist and a lot less cloud over the opposite mountains than yesterday. It was about -2C outside, and after breakfast we packed the car, checked out of the hotel and then headed off to the village where we arbed around for an hour or so.  Then we hit the road back to Haguenau.  It was amazing to see the cars streaming up the hill in the opposite direction as we left Leysin. The main parking areas in the town were full of skiers, and they opened extra parking at the sports centre (serviced with a shuttle bus to the cable-car station).

After just over four hours of driving (and a bit more elapsed time) we were in Haguenau, and extremely hungry.  Which is when we discovered that it is impossible to find a restaurant open at 4 PM, unless it is McDo or a Turkish kebab shop.  Eventually we drove off to Strasbourg where we caught an Italian supper and then a movie - Ocean’s 12, VOST (Version Originale Sous-Titre).

Posted by bigblue on 30/12/2004 at 11:29 PM
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Wednesday, 29 December 2004
Leysin - 17h30

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Here’s the same view as the last entry, showing the lights of the town of Aigle in the valley below. The conditions were very clear today and we could even see Lake Geneva (Lac Leman) from the top cable car station, although le Mont Blanc was shrouded in clouds .  Tomorrow we leave Leysin and head back to Haguenau again.  According to the receptionist the roads should be better gritted by then, but next time we come I am bringing chains!

Posted by bigblue on 29/12/2004 at 06:46 PM
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Leysin - 08h00

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This morning the snow had stopped falling, and it started clearing. We even had breakfast in the sunshine. We were exhausted this morning and struggled to get moving.  Then I found I couldn’t get the car up the icy road to the cable-car station. In the end we went back to the hotel and took the shuttle bus. We followed the same routine as yesterday: two lessons with Keiko with a short break in between. The conditions were fantastic and she took us down different pistes than we had been down yesterday.  The only downside was the amount of traffic on the mountain.

Posted by bigblue on 29/12/2004 at 06:17 PM
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