Grounding anniversary – swissinfo

October 2, 2011 marks the tenth anniversary of the grounding of Switzerland’s once proud national airline Swissair. Many of the staff members managed to get on board the new airline, Swiss. Some of the key players involved in the grounding still argue over who is to blame for the collapse of Swissair. (SF/swissinfo.ch)
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Magic plants – swissinfo

Mandrake isn’t an invention from the Harry Potter books. It was used for hundreds of years as a magical root. This and other interesting facts about medicinal herbs, witchcraft and poisonous plants can be gleaned from an exhibition in Schaffhausen. (Raffaella Rossello, swissinfo.ch)
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Don’t trash the train – swissinfo

Swiss trains often look like battlefields after football fans have been in them. Repair bills can amount to thousands of francs. One of the country’s top teams, Young Boys, decided to put a stop to this by appointing monitors from its own fan base, to patrol the trains and calm down the rowdies. Swiss TV took a ride with one of the new train monitors to see how the pilot scheme was working out. (SF/swissinfo.ch)
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YouTube politics – swissinfo

Anyone can put up videos on the internet. And that’s what many of the 3,000 or so candidates in October’s Swiss general elections are doing. The main reason is that in Switzerland the law forbids TV campaign ads, which are so popular in the United States and in other countries. (SF/swissinfo.ch)
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Ring pull – swissinfo

Luke, Sylvain, Laura, Luca and Stanley are ordinary-looking young people. On Saturday nights, however, they turn into vampires and other weird characters. In the ring, the fighters of Swiss Championship Wrestling demonstrate their agility and entertain the audience with tricks and acrobatics. (Luigi Jorio and Thomas Kern, swissinfo.ch).
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Fight over jets – swissinfo

In 2009, the Group for a Switzerland Without an Army handed in an initiative to stop the purchase of new fighter jets, but withdrew it a year later when the government abandoned its plans. Now the House of Representatives has overturned the government’s proposal and voted in favour of a higher budget, which puts the jet deal back on the agenda. (SF/swissinfo.ch)
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Crash Of Swiss Air Flight 111 May Not Have Been An Accident!

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