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Like a Swiss Watch
The Swiss most certainly have it knocked in any number of respects. Their Alpine lakeside cities have to be among the world’s most gracious urban environments. I stopped off in Lucerne to see a supplier — profiting from the airlines’ standard policy of allowing a change of flights of up to twenty-four hours to count simply as a layover, and not two separate legs of an itinerary. The train from Zurich airport to Lucerne is just over an hour:
With such lovely weather, I couldn’t help but indulge in a swim: the top five feet of Lac Lucerne had to be over 70° yesterday, but diving down below that depth was more than bracing.
Switzerland still works, despite its safe haven currency’s spectacular gyrations over the last decade against the surrounding zone’s euro:
My host explained to me that when the abrupt jump against the euro occured at the end of 2014, the nation responded by lengthening the work week from forty to forty-two hours.
Addendum: Meanwhile in France, a rotating series of strikes continues in protest against Emmanuel Macron’s modest labor market reforms.
August 14, 2013
Breaking: Of Crips and Bloods and Memories of Ghetto Parties
History repeats itself, first as tragedy and then as farce, or sometimes it just repeats itself. From the New York Times on November 30, 1998: At Dartmouth College, white students at a ”ghetto party” dressed…
June 25, 2013
Dean of the College Charlotte Johnson’s War on Students Part (2/2)
Part 1, Part 2 Today’s post again recounts the events that befell the Freshman. However, the content of the Hanover Police department report reproduced in this space yesterday is supplemented by information from my own…
October 18, 2009
When Love Beckoned in 52nd Street
We were at San Francisco’s BIX last evening, enjoying prosecco, cheese, and a bit of music. A full year of inhabitation in Northern California has unraveled to me no decent venue for proper lounging, but…
October 9, 2009
D Afraid of a Little Competish
So our colleague and Dartblog writer Joe Asch informed me that the D has rejected our cunning advertising campaign. Uh-oh. The Dartmouth is widely known as a breeding ground for instant New York Times successes,…
September 4, 2009
How Regents Should Reign
As Dartmouth alumni proceed through the legal hoops necessary to defuse a Board-packing plan—which put in unhappy desuetude an historic 1891 Agreement between alumni and the College guaranteeing a half-democratically-elected Board of Trustees—it strikes one…
August 29, 2009
Election Reform Study Committee
If you are an alum of the College on the Hill, you may have received a number of e-mails of late beseeching your input for a new arm of the College’s Alumni Control Apparatus called…
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