March – Zoom Call with Prof. Roger Cashmore CMG,FRS

The Importance of Independent Universities  … Oxford as an 800 year case study In this short talk I will give a very personal view of Oxford University and its development in the UK. Drawn from a long association with Oxford University, particularly Balliol and Brasenose Colleges, although I did begin  at St. John’s College, Cambridge. […]

February – Zoom Call with Howard Rosen

In the NE Region we had an inspiring February zoom meeting with BRA Member, Howard Rosen.   He studied law at Oxford University, came over to Switzerland as a qualified solicitor in 1983 and, in 1989, established the English law firm Howard Rosen Solicitors in Zug.  For 6 years he was President of the British Swiss Chamber of […]

CHRISTMAS LUNCH

We held our regional Christmas Lunch for BRA Members and  guests at the ‘Fork & Bottle’ restaurant which is situated south of Zürich city centre at Brunau. We were served the traditional British Christmas turkey meal with excellent fresh birds obtained from a local farm. The restaurant’s British chef offered the full range of vegetables […]

REMEMBRANCE SUNDAY

For many years the BRA and the RBL (Royal British Legion) have joined up at St. Andrew’s Anglican Church in Zurich to pay tribute to the millions who died for us in the two World Wars. There was a special Commemorative Service with a 2-minute silence and the Bugle call – first called for by […]

LIMMAT WALK

Diana Divo’s walking tour of the Limmat continues to enthuse a small group of BRA members;  today from the old Hardturm to Werd Insel and back. Once again we had good weather and great chats, and enjoyed discovering another new and of course beautiful stretch of the river we so often ignore as we drive […]

A “SCULPTURE“ WALK AND TEA

We enjoyed outdoor Tea  with Sculptor Freddie Röthlisberger at the Hotel Zurichberg.  He is greatly inspired by Celtic traditions. Although it rained  we looked at his statues in the Hotel Park Garden, listening to his explanations. Artistic innovations, intricate stone carving and fine metalworking artifacts crafted from gold, silver and precious gemstones inspired by the Celts are a major part of  European and North American museum collections. It is difficult to […]

QUEEN’S BIRTHDAY CELEBRATION

The NE Region QBP at the Belvoir Restaurant in Zurich was much enjoyed by all. Member Vivienne Graw wrote she was privileged to be part of the celebration and it was lovely to see both familiar and new faces. The magnificent surroundings and the view of the lake – enhanced by the sunshine and the […]

LUNCH AT THE FORK & BOTTLE

Fish and Chips was perhaps the main attraction, but 22 of us also enjoyed a really good chat at  the british-run Fork & Bottle restaurant at Zurich Allmend.     Joanna introduced Victor Kary and we felt honoured that he must be one of our oldest BRA Members.  Joanna gave a brief summary of his extraordinary […]

CITY WALK

After a real flurry of emails about whether or not we could walk if it rained there was general agreement that we could. Under that stress Diana Divo described herself as “not a manager but a worrier”.  We find her a great organiser, and since worrying meant that she had reconnoitred our route 3 times, […]

SPRING WALK

The  Limmat walk was an excellent idea and I think all 10 participants were delighted to discover such a charming unknown walk in perfect weather and ideal company. Thank you so much, Diana.   That we should have by chance arrived on Mike’s last day at the Cheese Shop was a strange coincidence.   Sad […]