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Missed part of an early morning story that grabbed your attention? Wondering whether you can grow pear trees in Valais? Looking for tips on raising kids in a foreign country? Susan Flory presents a smorgasbord of features, interviews and insightful information about life in Switzerland.
Featuring: Motoring On, Dig It!, Kids in Mind, Health Matters, Lunch with WRS, Style File and more …
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Dig It! Jardins en fête at château de CoppetFriday, 10 May, 2013Hester Macdonald discusses the Swiss outdoor garden show at Jardins en fête au château de Coppet. One of the founders tells her the theme this year is “the plant hunters.” There is also a flower arranging competition, showcasing how amazingly fast a gorgeous bouquet can be assembled. She also talks to Remy Jaggi, the perennials specialist and Louis-Marie Blanchard, the traveller and journalist:
Style File: Hipster hangouts in Geneva, 3 ways to wear denimThursday, 9 May, 2013Hansine Johnston talks to a founder of Urban Accents about her insider tips for great places to hang out in town any day of the week—for coffee, food or a drink…but always including a glass of champagne. (And you thought Sundays were boring in Geneva…) Plus, we find out three ways to wear pale denim:
The Gym Guy: Building aerobic capacity and strengthThursday, 9 May, 2013WRS’s Susan Flory discusses listeners’ questions. The first is about training for a marathon—building aerobic capacity as well as putting on muscle to build strength. Can you actually achieve both goals however? Fitness guru Jon Ingram discusses how you can manage to do both…but you do need to prioritize:
Health Matters: All about faintingTuesday, 7 May, 2013It doesn’t just happen in the movies. Dr. Michelle Wright discusses fainting—the many causes and remedies. How do you know when it’s about to happen?
Motoring On: Ask Emmanuel your car queriesMonday, 6 May, 2013Emmanuel Stern of the Pitstop Garages in Geneva answers your motoring questions. One listener asks about a 2006 Skoda Octavia which randomly locks itself with the central locking system. And here’s one we all might want to know about—where do you go to get a good, cheap cleaing? And the list goes on:
Dig It! The garden doctor is inFriday, 3 May, 2013Garden guru Hester Macdonald is tackling your questions. To help her with diagnosing plant problems she has Chris Mills, a British trained arborist and tutor at the Swiss Gardening School, at her side. Listeners want to know about bougainvillea, wisteria and clemetis. Another listener wonders if her dried out plants will ever grow leaves again?
Style File: Inside track for hip and happeningThursday, 2 May, 2013Hansine Johnston meets some of the folks making fashion happen across the country. She talks to the head of PR for H&M Switzerland. Plus, a visit to TheMuse, a fashion boutique in Geneva:
Health Matters: The caterpillars come marching one by one...Tuesday, 30 April, 2013Yes, you read that right…Dr. Michelle Wright is in to talk about marching caterpillars—and how they can affect your health. Highly active during spring and summer, they live in pine and oak trees…until they run out of food and come marching along the ground in single file, looking for food. No, humans aren’t their food…but our skin and throats are susceptible to caterpillar hair, which can cause itchy rashes and raspy throats:
Kids in Mind: Top 10 tips for raising happy kidsMonday, 29 April, 2013Child psychotherapist Rachel Melville-Thomas talks to WRS’s Susan Flory about the top 10 tips to remember for raising happy children. The first thing to aim for is being a good parent, not a perfect one. Secondly, stop comparing yourself with other parents. Number three is “listen to them.” And closely connected is to listen to their difficulties. Listen here to get the full list:
Motoring On: Checking in on Auto Shanghai 2013Monday, 29 April, 2013Jonathan Hartop of Aston Riviera Cars in Lausanne discusses brands like MG which are showing new models at the Auto Shanghai 2013 show. China is considered to be the saviour of the automotive market. Also, Maserati has big plans for upping production. And Ford takes the Escort to China…plus much more:
Dig It! Decorating your great outdoorsFriday, 26 April, 2013Gardening guru Hester Macdonald looks at the world of garden furniture. She includes some ideas from the Zurich show, Giardina:
Style File: Easing into summer swimwear in vintage styleThursday, 25 April, 2013Three-way mirrors, a small changing room and trying on swimming costumes, anyone?? Not so much—when your body’s just emerged from winter hibernation? WRS’s Hansine Johnston and Clarissa Brooke Turner totally understand and will walk you (gently) through the great looks for summer 2013. The key watchword is vintage:
The Gym Guy: Exercise involves your muscles...and your mindThursday, 25 April, 2013Jon Ingram talks about how to re-energize your training program. The fitness guru tells WRS’s Susan Flory that exercise involves not only your muscles but also your mind. He says it’s vital to change your program and gives his tips on how to do that:
Health Matters: It's tick time and pollen sneezin' seasonTuesday, 23 April, 2013They lurk in the woods but don’t be fooled, you can even find them in dry leaves or parks. It’s time to watch out for ticks, especially sheep ticks. You don’t feel the tricky little vampires invading your skin so you need to check carefully. Dr. Michelle Wright is here with a tick primer. Plus, she offers a little relief for those hampered by hay fever:
Kids in Mind: Dealing with verbal defianceMonday, 22 April, 2013Back-talk starts with “no!” from a toddler, and then as kids get older, it becomes full-scale arguing with parents. So how do we deal with this effectively? We hear tips from child psychotherapist Rachel Melville-Thomas about how kids test boundaries, which is often perceived as cheekiness just for the sake of it. But she insists it almost never is. In fact, it’s often about feeling helpless and like they have no say at all in things: