Friday, 9 January 2015

Weather - North and South

Winter's here and the story of the country is clearly cut into those pesky Alps!
Around Christmas, the North had a metre of snow.  Then rain.  And cold....down to -17 at night.  It's been a bit brighter since then but it's still very cold.

Across the same timeline, the South has been clear and sunny.  And clear and sunny.  Hmm, a few nights with frost but you can't complain too much.  There's been no need to fit winter tyres - yet.

Where would you rather live?! 

Wednesday, 17 September 2014

If you think Swiss health-and-safety is average, check this out....

A bar in the red-light district in Amsterdam.  Visit the toilets.....
Wash your hands too energetically and .......

Friday, 8 August 2014

Interesting aspects of the Swiss driving licence

Here it is:

It is important to know whether your licence should has something in column 12......because if you get stopped by the police, they will ask some questions.

If Roland had "01.06" in column 12 and was stopped when driving and was not wearing glasses or contact lenses, he'd be in trouble and would not be permitted to continue driving.  Why?  Because when he got that entitlement on his licence, his eye test showed that he needed correction (in the form of glasses or contacts).

Let that be a warning to people......have a look at your licence now and check.  And if you have laser surgery to correct your defective vision, you will want to get your licence updated otherwise you'll have a problem that you really don't need.

More information here on the licence.

Monday, 16 June 2014

World Cup - a Surprise....!

No, not the fact that Switzerland scored a winner in squeaky-bum time but this....

I'm actually able to live stream SRF2 using a Sunrise flat-rate subscription.

It's so shocking, I had to write about it!!!

And to cap it all off, the timing of the train from Zurich to Lugano gave me half-time in the Gotthard tunnel and 2nd half down in the valley where HSPA+ is available :)

Monday, 12 May 2014


It's amazing what a single, funny, made-up-word can do when a news organisation is bored.

Economisto coined the phrase back in 2010 as a humorous retort to someone paying lots of money for film processing.  As social communities can do, they adopt such language and it becomes a commonly-understood saying.

If you're Switzerlanded, it means you are subject to an event which seems to be unique and specific to Switzerland.  Being charged high amounts for seemingly basic goods and services is the obvious usage but you can also conclude that the price of a loaf of bread being the same as it was 15 years ago as being another.

Being Switzerlanded could be when you lose your wallet and have it returned to you with contents intact.  Being Switzerlanded could also be when you're swamped by people not letting you get off the train or bus before they get on.  Switzerlanded is also when you order something from an online vendor with whom you have no relationship and they send you the goods and a payment slip.

My experiences fall into these categories.  In the 90s, I spent 6000 francs on a TV and DVD player and they were sent to me with the payment slip.  I remember many occasions where I was not allowed to get off trams by those getting on - even when I was walking with crutches after breaking my leg.  I've been Switzerlanded when filtering on my motorcycle.....a car beeps the horn at me because <shudder> filtering is illegal.  I stopped and confirmed this to be the reason.....!

Heck, I've even been Switzerlanded at 6am when coming home from events like Street Parade and Fete des Vendanges - the street cleaners are out in force at that time to clean up the mess from the evening before.

Being Switzerlanded can suck - but it doesn't have to!!

Tuesday, 1 April 2014

Foreigners - out!


It's not going to happen.  But thanks, Switzerland, for the message.  I'd say this has been brewing since 2007/8 when everyone began suffering in the downturn of many economies - and even I'm protective about what I have.

What I would welcome though is the reduction of the thousands and thousands and thousands of cars coming across the border each day and blocking up my roads.

Tuesday, 26 November 2013

Daytime Running Lights from 1st January 2014

An interesting thing driven by the Via Secura group to make the roads safer.  A second set of measures (see the PDF on the right hand side of the page) includes a requirement for Daytime Running Lights from 1st January 2014.

I don't know how they will enforce this or punish non-compliance but if you have a new car, it will have LEDs and be compliant.  Those are cars from 2011, I think....

I've installed some Philips DRLs I got from eBay - very easy installation indeed.  So I'll be OK...........

In addition to the DRL requirement, there will be limits on the alcohol certain groups of drivers can have and still drive - watch out for that if you're a new driver!!