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What a nice change from Geneva.

So warm and gentle weather here.

Alicante castle


Course de l’ escalade

Quel beau temps ce dimanche pour notre entrainement à Vessy.

J’espère que cela pourras continuer mais juste au cas ou, je prépare un sweatshirt à capuche pour me tenir au chaud avant et après.


course de l'escalade

S’il vous plait, vous pouvez vous aussi en obtenir un.

Cependant c’est une édition limitée qui ferme le 6 Octobre, alors dépêchez-vous !

Pour réserver un de ces hoodie de la course de l’escalade, visitez ce lien



A bientôt !


Escalade de Genève






Escalade de Genève



This Thursday, first training session  for the Escalade de Genève.

See you at the Stade du Bout du Monde!









Over Peak Burger


A recent article in Bloomberg BusinessWeek called Have We Reached Peak Burger made me smile.

It’s a play on the word Peak Oil from the days when alarmist claimed the world had run out of oil capacity and the price of a barrel was forecast to reach $300. Now thanks to fracking and Iraq turmoil, a barrel sells for $70 to $90. Anyway back to burgers. So the market for McDonald’s and co. has peaked.

The Americans being top marketers, a new category has sprung up to take up the flak.

Viva gourmet burgers.

I was piqued by the BusinessWeek article because I’d recently discovered Holy Cow, just across the road from Cornavin station, in Geneva, Switzerland. So my taste buds were titillated by Twisper, quoted in a Tribune de Genève article claiming that one of the top 10 burgers joint in the world was under my nose in the Paquis. Could not wait long before visiting the Hamburger foundation, off to rue Philippe-Plantamour.

Very pleasant setting at the junction of streets forming a little place with trees. The terrace is packed, I spot a free table and rush to seat. Very mixed crowd with fair share of expats. Oops! I notice a sign saying “wait to be seated.” A smart young waitress come up and without being sarcastic ask me how many we will be at the table. She does not bat an eyelid when I mention that it’s only me. Cool ! I mean the good manners and very polite response. All the waitresses are in neo uniforms, mostly black with a few white tops, like in a four star restaurant. All the staff is female except for the cashier whom I take to be Marc Gouzer, the co-founder

Down to the meat of the subject.

The menus is simple, burger, cheese burger or cheese burger and bacon. I plump for the latter. With the menu, the waitress brought a glass of water and after taking my order now come a little bowl of green salad, very simple but the dressing is delicious. Now comes what I had anticipated so much World’s best 10 burger.

Nice presentation with a little bit of fresh coleslaw, and a well decorated basket of French fries. The hamburger is well cooked, the waitress had asked how I liked it when taking the order.

It’s nice but my expectations were hyped and I feel let down.

The French fries are small and skinny without much taste.

Without recounting my expat stops, just in Geneva, I prefer the Holy Cow burger. Slightly unfair comparison because my favourite Cow chew is a bacon burger with guacamole, something missing from the Hamburger Foundation. However Holy Cow service is hardly better than McDonald except that they shout your number to locate your table and plump your order in front of you. Pure foodie experience! OK for lunch time but the area feels a bit rough in the evening. The Paquis can be quite lively too but the Hamburger Foundation is just behind the Kempinksy Hotel and it feels like a haven of peace. At CHF21 for a burger, pricing is similar to Holy Cow.

It’s a great place to take a date or the family.

World’s top 10, I don’t know. Geneva top 2? Definitely!

Top 1 for a pleasant evening burger any day, plus there is no price for good manners and pleasant service.

Have you been to a Gourmet burger in Geneva?

Let me know, make a comment on this post and I’ll endeavour to visit.


Expat blog

Just started a new blog about life as an expat.

I’ve been moving around since I was 14.

So if you are an expat too, check out my new blog


This is a picture of my early life as an expat.


Jeff In Barcelona, Spain, Early sixties


CHINA Debt Adept


On the day I received a copy of the book “THE NEW EMPIRE OF DEBT”, The Rise and Fall of an Epic Financial Bubble, a local newspaper worries about the rapid growth of debt in China.

After copying the business model of capitalism, it is not hard to see why China would want to copy the debt model of the US.

After becoming the world’s second largest economy, nobody can doubt that China will become a world leading Debt Adept.

My Tai Chi teacher had an expression for this: Monkey see, monkey do !

Got to read that book now to know where we are heading.


Hacking airliners

Hacking airliners

Hacking airliners… “use an Android smartphone to hack in and commandeer commercial jets.”

Title and extract from an article in this month’s EE Times.

Reeling from the coverage of Malaysia Airline losing its second commercial airliner in just over 4 months.

This month’s article from  EE Times sends shivers to techies.

Specially when you know that the Boeing 777 has 2.6 million lines of code and the 787, the Dreamliner, has 6.5 million lines of code.

Still there was some heart warming news in this issue of EE Times with the launch of Kalray Supercomputer on a PCI card.

But at the same time a warning.

When you compare the funding of companies such as:

Kalray,  the French one, receiving $8M for a supercomputer


YO receiving $1.5M for an app that can only send two letters, YO


SmartApps, a great messenger I use, but worth $19 Billion ?


A Tech bubble is about to burst in tech!




Soirée de Jazz au Café du Rhone


Vendredi 13 Juin, Valleiry

Le groupe de Jazz Z’est de Swing

au Café du Rhone de Valleiry.

Venez y, a partir de 19:30.

A bientot

Cliquez ce lien pour voir le menu


trio de Jazz


Birthday boy

birthday cake 3 June 2014 out for a little climb to local glaciers

go for snow it’s quite a long way

glacier there at last

snowball throwing small snow ball

bigger snow ball  Can’t hack a bigger snow ball

bro  my bro tries

a scared by an avalanche

lunch all end well in boozy lunch.

Don’t try climbing that mountain without a guide.

I’m not driving back.

Enjoying birthday !



made in france  not

Organisation Officielle des Petits Acronymes, ou pas.

Ou pas, in french means or not.

OOPA is the English way of writing the French “ou pas” (an homophone or a transliteration)

In French saying oopa is a popular way of seeding doubt after making a statement.

Anyway, what brought this to my attention today is

Three articles from thhis week’s Economist which took this trendy way of expressing doubt.

One is called appropriately

Made in France, not

and the other one

An easier part of the world – not

Great OOPAs

A less elegant OOPA title was

Fighting on-or off?

I find OOPAs  to be quite an elegant and light hearted way of expressing doubt.

In French or in English.

What do you think?