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New and improved DAB signal in Zurich!

New and improved DAB signal in Zurich!

What's on at the BSCC - Zurich Chapter

We've switched on new transmitters covering central Zurich!

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Word of Mouth - Handwriting, remember it?

Word of Mouth - Handwriting, remember it?

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Today Garry Littman is talking about handwriting. Remember that? Hand-writing, yes it was a combination of a hand-held, low tech instrument called a pen which could be applied to vegetal prod...

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Word of Mouth - Swiss watches & corruption

Word of Mouth - Swiss watches & corruption

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Today Garry's talking watches; expensive Swiss watches. 

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Word of Mouth - Breaking in, breaking out and breaking up

Word of Mouth - Breaking in, breaking out and breaking up

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The English language is relatively simple, according to many, especially when compared with French verbs and the unnecessary complications of learning whether a table or a wall is feminine or mascu...

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Word of Mouth - Brian is in the kitchen...

Word of Mouth - Brian is in the kitchen...

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A question for you. Where is Brian? Brian is in the kitchen. And... my tailor is rich. Here are two phrases that may inspire a groan or a sigh for a French speaker learning English. They ...

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Word of Mouth - "Anthony & Cleopatra!" - Who am I?

Word of Mouth - "Anthony & Cleopatra!" - Who am I?

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This week Garry has a riddle for you. A little 'who am I...?' Can you guess?

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Word of Mouth - CERN and the goat gods

Word of Mouth - CERN and the goat gods

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For this week's episode of Word of Mouth, Garry takes a look at some of the best conspiracy theories about Switzerland and devil worship, partly encouraged by some cheeky scientists with a sense of...

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Word of Mouth - The criminal lunatic who wrote the dictionary

Word of Mouth - The criminal lunatic who wrote the dictionary

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Work began in 1857 on the book that would later be known as the Oxford English Dictionary. After five years, the project had reached the word 'ant'. Why so slow? The project called on volunt...

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Word of Mouth - Let absinthe take the blame

Word of Mouth - Let absinthe take the blame

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The absinthe heyday came to a rather unfortunate end...

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Word of Mouth - Absinthe; the drink of artists

Word of Mouth - Absinthe; the drink of artists

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Welcome to part two of three episodes about the infamous drink absinthe which began its life in a small village near Neuchatel in Switzerland in 1792.

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Word of Mouth - When absinthe was cheaper than wine

Word of Mouth - When absinthe was cheaper than wine

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This is the first of three episodes from Garry Littman about the cult drink absinthe. It’s a story that begins well and ends rather badly.

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Word of Mouth - The hot air ballooning heroes of 1783

Word of Mouth - The hot air ballooning heroes of 1783

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Today Garry Littman takes a look at hot air balloons. 

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Word of Mouth - Johan Caspar Lavater; the 18th century Zuckerberg?

Word of Mouth - Johan Caspar Lavater; the 18th century Zuckerberg?

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Question: Can you judge a book by its cover or a person by their facial features? Well we probably would say no, but in effect we do this subconsciously all the time. One Swiss man devoted h...

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Word of Mouth - The real Swiss witches

Word of Mouth - The real Swiss witches

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Today Garry Littman is talking about witches. Not Halloween witches, pumpkins or flying brooms, but thousands of innocent women and some men who were found guilty of sorcery and burned at the stake...

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Word of Mouth - Eurovision

Word of Mouth - Eurovision

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If I said to you... kitsch and camp, smoke machines, pop/rock with strange accents, over-sized flags, and a bearded lady, I bet 99 per cent of you would instantly think of, wait for it…… yes, the E...

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Word of Mouth - Foodie!

Word of Mouth - Foodie!

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It’s time to talk about one of our favourite subjects - food. Most English words that concern cooking and eating come from the kitchens of France such as cuisine, omelette, entrée, ...

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Word of Mouth - Swiss Family Robinson

Word of Mouth - Swiss Family Robinson

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The book Robinson Crusoe, written in by Daniel Defoe in 1719, is said to be the first English novel. The book’s success launched the Robinson genre – epic stories about the lost and the...

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Word of Mouth - Marmots & the bubonic plague

Word of Mouth - Marmots & the bubonic plague

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This week Garry has been looking at killers. The greatest killer of our species - homo sapiens - are not those with sharp serrated teeth. Our greatest mass murderer so far, is the female mosquito. ...

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Word of Mouth - Tintin & famous Picards

Word of Mouth - Tintin & famous Picards

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This week Garry Littman has been investigating Europe's most famous detective journalist. His name is Tintin - the hero of cartoon book adventures, written and illustrated by Hergé.

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Word of Mouth - Goatman

Word of Mouth - Goatman

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The Swiss are very fond of their mountain goats. One man – an Englishman – transformed himself into a Swiss mountain goat and went to live with a herd of goats near the village of Wo...

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Word of Mouth - LSD (25 Oct 2016)

Word of Mouth - LSD (25 Oct 2016)

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If you’re of a certain age you may remember the Beatles’ song Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds – a song that celebrates the psychedelic properties of the drug LSD. LSD was discove...

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Word of Mouth - Tennis & kings

Word of Mouth - Tennis & kings

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Each week Garry Littman brings you some of the most curious facts from the most interesting tales of Swiss history and individuals. Garry uncovers truth behind the legends and Swiss folklore that m...

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Word of Mouth - The King's Bottom

Word of Mouth - The King's Bottom

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Today Garry Littman would like to talk to you about a bottom. No ordinary bottom, but a king’s bottom; and no ordinary king, but the most regal of French kings - the Sun King. King Louis&#...

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Word of Mouth - Barry the Great

Word of Mouth - Barry the Great

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In this week's episode of Word of Mouth Garry Littman takes a look at Swiss heroes.  And there are none braver than Barry the Great. Sorry, it’s not your turn Mr William...

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