Benoit Violier’s death big news in Switzerland

This morning the Swiss media’s focus is on the death, Sunday, of ‘World’s Best Chef’ Benoit Violier, who was found shot at his home. In the newspaper I read whilst enjoying my morning coffee, eight pages are devoted to the Frenchman, who ran the Restaurant de l’Hotel de Ville in Crissier near Lausanne, where the quick lunch menu will set you back almost 200 U.S. dollars. The restaurant has decided to carry on without their deceased leader. “It’s what he would have wanted,” said one of the management.

In other Swiss news, peace talks are again underway in Geneva to try to end the civil war in Syria, and end the suffering of millions of civilians in besieged and starving towns such as Madaya.


Justin Hawkins and his aching leg – aka The boys are back in Solothurn

The Darkness - SolothurnJustin and his band of merry men were on fine form last Wednesday evening at the Kulturfabrik Kofmehl in Solothurn, Switzerland. With plenty of Brits in the audience, even some come all the way from Norfolk, the banter flew thick and fast, interspersing the band’s raw energy, Dan’s supercharged riffs and his big brother’s massive falsetto and twiddly solos. Even Rufus got a cheer or nineteen, and Frankie was, well, just Frankie.

Watch The Darkness live at Solothurn, January 20th 2016 and see what a fantastic live show you missed, especially Justin’s teeny lederhosen.

Danke veelmols, boys!

Ever ready Swiss

Barely a week after the Swiss nation votes to restrict the number of foreigners permitted to penetrate their borders, it appears some people are resorting to desperate measures to gain entry to the country of their dreams. Take for example 31-year-old airline pilot Hailemedhin Abera Tegegn from Ethiopa who early Sunday morning hijacked the Boeing 767-300 aircraft he was co-piloting from Addis Abbaba to Rome and diverted it to Geneva, intending to ask for political asylum. Apparently, when Tegegn first contacted the Swiss authorities they did not believe he had commandeered the plane. When he flew past Mont Blanc however the Swiss finally took some notice, but informed the hijacker that he would have to wait until Geneva airport opened at six am and could he just fly around the Alps a bit until the staff arrived.

This incident would appear to add weight to the argument that the best tactic for attacking the Helvetic Confederation is to come under cover of darkness, at a weekend, preferably on a Sunday while all the natives are in bed or out on the pistes. I personally have observed that most of the conscripts that make up the Swiss Army are on one or other of the many railway trains that ply up and down this country on Sunday evenings, mostly armed with bottles of beer. Either that or you should plan to invade on Monday morning around seven am. At seven am most hygiene-conscious Swiss are under their morning shower, it being forbidden to wash there earlier in case you wake the neighbors with your yodelling.

Editor’s note. A Swiss Air Force spokesman explained that fighter jets were not scrambled in response to the hijacking as ‘Swiss military airbases are closed at night and on weekends’. Source Al-Jazeera


‘Disneyland for Hookers’ opens in Zurich

Switzerland, where I have been a guest worker for the past three years, never ceases to amaze me. Now we have a sex trade theme park (source: BBC).

Oprah ‘suffers racism’ in Zurich

Racism is alive and well in Switzerland, it seems.

Oprah snubbed in Zurich upmarket store – source BBC

Switzerland segregates asylum-seekers – Source BBC

Switzerland votes overwhelmingly to tighten asylum law

So, the Swiss don’t want any more economic refugees in their country, but they don’t mind that the super-rich that live here continue to get away with paying low taxes.

Read the full report here at Deutsche Welle.