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Make-up kit

“Beauty is in the eye of the beholder”. This age-old saying is less true than ever, if one considers the growth of the beauty industry. The sector that includes everything from cosmetics to plastic surgery profits from engrained notions of good looks.

It is estimated that every day, the Swiss population works its way through 64 tonnes of cosmetics and hair products – all in the name of looking better. For facial products alone, the Swiss spend SFr400 million ($428 million) per year.

Click here to read the whole article and see a gallery of people primping at swissinfo.ch.

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Scanning for knowledge at the Museum of History in Lucerne

With competition from social media and other online diversions, cultural attractions like museums must find innovative ways to keep the public’s attention. Swiss institutions are experimenting with new technology and special events.

“Swiss museums are trying to become more interactive – it’s only just starting,” notes Brigitte Schaffner. The course administrator for Basel University’s art management programme explains that local cultural institutions are, in part, taking a page from the book of their United States’ counterparts.

“Some museums, especially American ones, have been doing this for quite a while – using social media to let the public become a part of what happens in the museum and even part of the process of what’s exhibited,” she explains.

Click here to read the whole article at swissinfo.ch.

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Oryx, January 2012

Having worked in Zurich for a few years, I was glad for the chance to write about fun things to do there for Oryx, the inflight magazine of Qatar Airways.

I wrote the piece in English and it was translated into Arabic as well. You can read the English version here: Weekend Away, Zurich.
 
If you’re curious, check out page 16 of the online magazine to see a blurb about me on the “contributors” page.

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A scene from "Reference and Affinity" at Lucerne's Museum of Art

 To celebrate its tenth anniversary, the Museum of Art Lucerne morphs into a museum of contemporary art – temporarily, at least. The theme of its latest exhibition, “Reference and Affinity,” is art from the 21st century.

Read the whole story here:

http://www.swissinfo.ch/eng/news/feature/Temporary_contemporary_in_Lucerne.html?cid=8378940

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Taxidermist René Heim works on a 60,000-year-old mammoth tusk.

Wide-bucket excavators aren’t the tools of choice for archaeological digs, but sometimes you can’t be too picky. An astute workman was quick to realize the machine he was operating struck something special at a Lucerne-area gravel pit. That “something” was a 45,000-year-old mammoth tusk, about 180 centimetres long and about 50 centimetres in diameter at its thickest part.

Read the whole story here: http://www.swisster.ch/news/society/mammoth-findings-display-lucerne-museum.html

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The immensely successful as well as controversial BODY WORLDS exhibition is now on in Zurich. It features bodies that have been specially prepared to reveal muscles, organs, bones – and just about anything one would find beneath the skin.

Read the whole story here:

http://www.swisster.ch/en/news/dead-bodies-displayed-at-zurich-exhibition_121-2393715

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Museum director Peter Fischer with artist Hans Erni, who is 100.
Museum director Peter Fischer with artist Hans Erni, who is 100.

This year, Swiss artist Hans Erni is 100 years old. To celebrate, the Museum of Art Lucerne is hosting a retrospective – the first major Erni show in nearly 40 years. The exhibition features a mix of favorites and lesser-known works in a variety of media. Both popular and controversial, Erni is one of Switzerland’s best-known artists.

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