The never-heard word

Picture from VectorStock “Shopping on sale”

Some days ago, during a meeting, I heard something which would deserve the Nobel prize for literature or even for biology, being such a perfect fusion of two “similar” entities:

PURCHASEMENT.

A never-heard word which is for sure the best possible child of Ms Purchasing and Mr Procurement!

We stand with Ukraine

The attack of Russia against Ukraine does not stop and every day the war becomes dramatically harder.

In Switzerland a lot of spontaneous organisations are collecting aid material to help the people on the battlefield and the escaping refugees.

Today I saw these flags at the Renault/Dacia garage in my village. The now well known colours seemed to mix with the brilliant tones of the finished Carnival…

I think the colours are not a random coincidence: they clearly resemble the Ukrainian flag and the white probably is a cry for peace!

The Korean mosquito

I was just reading about a new variety of mosquito, aedes koreicus, which can live at low temperatures, and which is now present in Europe, after arriving from Asia with the globalisation…

Yesterday one of these new insects was just resting outside of my window, enjoying the fresh clean air (5 degree C!) in the morning.

The number plate

A weird biker is waiting for the green light in Zurich.

His number plate could not probably fit in the right place and so he decided to use it as a belt, a very high waist belt!

Swiss fashion…

The “oder”

When you hear “oder” you might think of the famous German river (see the Wikipedia’s photo above).

But, if you live in Switzerland, “oder” is definitely the most common refrain of every Swiss German spoken sentence! It has a kind of (useless) meaning like the English rhetorical questions “isn’t”, “don’t you”, etc. at the end of a sentence.

Some days ago a colleague (I calculated them!) used multiple infamous “oder”s with an average of one every 30 seconds during a two hours’ meeting! Unbelievable! The small “o” word really became like an unbearable noise to my ears!

By the way… the most international Swiss, to stay consistent to their proud “oder”, even when speaking a foreign language, have absolutely no problem to declaim in English sentences like:

It is quite hot today, or? (Aka: It is quite hot today, isn’t it?)

It was very nice, or? (Aka: It was very nice, wasn’t it?)

Next time it will be better to attend the meeting with ear protection, so that the colleagues will understand my sensitivity to the “oder” word, … OR?

“My” match of the century!

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All European football fans, including me, are excited for the soccer European Championship “Euro 2020” which is played in these weeks.

Some days ago the match I had been waiting for for 20 years finally happened: Italy-Switzerland… and Italy won 3-0!

I come from Milano (Italy) and I have been living for 20 years in Switzerland, Canton Argovia. As probably many other emigrants, I feel well in the Confederation, but when Italy shall be supported I have no doubt about my homeland and the national Italian pride is at its top. Equipped with the tricolour flag at the window, Gattuso’s shirt from 2006 and a lot of enthusiasm for our soccer heroes, I watched a great show on the pitch.

By now the passport can be both Italian and Swiss, but my “heart” remains white, red and green!

Switzerland becomes “normal” with the snow

Photo from: blick.ch

This week Switzerland has been crossed by snow storms for days. Some mountain cantons have many villages isolated…

And even Zurich city is blocked: trams and public transportation are stopped.

The snow, with its silent white cover, makes everything the same. Even Switzerland, the organised country, where everything is planned, is shut down by the snow like every other “normal” country…