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Author: Shinta Simon

Summer Themed Preschool Activities

Looking for ways to keep your preschooler occupied while indoors? Here are some fun activities that engage curious minds, and keep boredom at bay!   Summer is finally here, after a longer-than-usual wait.  It’s finally time to head to the local badi, to kick a ball out in the spielplatz, to discover a new hiking trail, or to simply lie on a picnic blanket and gaze at the lake! the opportunities that the Swiss summer provides are pretty much endless. While there is no dearth of options for outdoor fun during the summer, keeping kids entertained indoors can be...

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‘We run so they can read’ – Team Asha in the Zurich Marathon

The excitement and energy at the finish line of the Zurich marathon were palpable on a sunny Sunday morning on 9th April, as runners crossed the finish line in well-deserved joy, joining their friends and family cheering for them. Some smiles were noticeable wider and more joyful than the others. 70 runners, representing the Asha Zurich foundation had a special reason to be proud of their achievement. They were running for a cause greater than themselves – they had just successfully managed to raise more than CHF 40,000 in charity, enabling around 600 children to go to school for...

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Easter Egg Display

Brighten up your living room with an Easter-themed display which takes little effort and time, and puts you right in the mood for the season of spring! Easter symbolises rebirth and as this is also the season of spring, what could be more representative of new life than the egg? For this spring season as we celebrate the awakening of nature, as blooms come alive with the promise of sunnier days ahead, here is an easy DIY for you to make. One that celebrates the humble egg! Growing up, Easter rituals were centred around the customs of ‘Holy Week’,...

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Celebrating Holi with ‘High Heels’

The streets of Zurich were a riot of colour on the 12th March when 19 members of ‘High Heels’ gathered to celebrate Holi in Zurich. ‘High Heels’ is a group of Indian-origin women from various professional backgrounds. With organic colours brought by a member from India, the group set out to celebrate the festival of colours at the Rathaus Brücke in Zurich, right in the centre of the city. The ladies played with ‘gulal’ (coloured powder used in a Holi celebration), relished some ‘thandai’ and sweets and took pictures. When curious onlookers asked about the festival the ladies were...

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Malpua and Rabdi – for a sweeter Holi

Pour out a glass of ‘thandai’ and pull up that plate of ‘shakarparas’, Holi is not just about colour, it is also about the kind of food that puts you in the mood for a celebration! I grew up in the coastal state of Goa, where we lived in government staff quarters in a multi-cultural community. Festivals from every part of the country, from Diwali to Ganesh Chaturti to Onam were celebrated with equal aplomb. But Holi, now Holi was special! The lure of colours, walking the colony lanes with coloured powder in our hands, siphoning water from the...

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Matter-of-fact

  • Matter-of-Fact of the week #45:

    Jacques Edwin Brandenberger

    Jacques Edwin Brandenberger was a Swiss chemist and textile engineer who in 1908 invented cellophane. Jacques saw a wine spill on a restaurant tablecloth and was inspired to create a cloth that would repel liquids instead of absorbing them. He created a film using cellulose that was transparent as well as water resistant. He sold the US rights to DuPont in 1923.

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112 - International emergency call

117 - Police emergency call

118 - Fire Station

140 - Breakdown service

143 - Crisis line

144 - Emergency Rescue

145 - Toxin information

147 - Children emergency call

163 - Road condition