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معمر القذافي in New York !

For those infidels, who do not know; معمر القذافي stands for Muammar Abu Minyar al-Gaddafi and he likes to be seen as North African’s answer to Che Guevara. This aficionado of tents, sunglasses and manicured body guards had the splendid idea to disintegrate the Helvetic Confederation and split up Switzerland according to her languages. Ticino would become Italian, Valais, […]

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Swissair’s entire Ticino fleet revealed!

Well, there were apparently a total of eight aircraft named “Ticino” and the aficionados can find a complete listing herebelow. There was regretfully no answer even near to the correct number. For the pictoral hint on where to find the two missing Convair 240-4 (HB-IMA) resp. Convair 240-11 (HM-IRW) we thank Mr. Simon Schudel in Switzerland. Hence […]

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An airline called “Ticino”?

Well, not quite. but Swissair had named a few aircraft “Ticino”. See the quiz question on the right side of your screen and answer it until 9/15/09. Among others, there was a B747-357M (HB-IGG) named “Ticino” – see the little picture on left. A 1:250 model of this very plane is on permanent display at the […]

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What gave the “Tiramisu” its name?

Contrary to popular belief of the translation of “Pull me up”, the name originates from its inventor, the confectioner Roberto Linguanotto. He owned a restaurant “Le Beccherie” in Treviso where he had his god-daughter as an apprentice named Francesca Valori. In honour of her culinary skills he named the today world-famous dessert after her maiden […]

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Last quiz on “How many types of Pasta?”

Well, believe it or not, we got everything between one (1) and 7’500. There is possibly no correct answer but generally accepted seems to be the figure of around 70. But then go and argue with an Italian about pasta. This time’s winner is Fredi Schum who came through with this figure. Congratulations and Buon […]

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Spaghetti Tree in the Canton of Ticino? Last month’s Quiz!

The Spaghetti tree is fictitious and the subject of a three minute report on the Swiss Spaghetti Harvest at Lake Lugano in the Swiss canton of Ticino – broadcasted on April 1st, 1957 (April Fool’s Day). It was the BBC in its Panorama series and the BBC’s very respected broadcaster Richard Dimbleby added plausibility to […]

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The economy has been doing better indeed!

“Economy” is Greek for “manage a household”, derived from οἴκος, “house”, and νέμω, “distribute to a family”. Possibly the first recording of the word “economy” around 1440, “manages economic affairs”, in this case, a monastery. They managed and distributed food and wines (grown or kept on the monastery’s premises). The word furthermore encircled areal limitations […]

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The Eagle has landed!

Our Eagle is rather an African grey parrot and was supposed to land  at Ticino in his new home today. The “almost finished” parrot cage  prevented a timely arrival hence the bird is still at our home. To the contrary, some 40 years ago, the lunar vehicle named “Eagle”    landed on the moon. Getting a […]

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French National Day

We all love the French for their cuisine, their fashion and their way of doing things slightly different than the rest of the world. Ask a French for directions and he’ll refer to what you see in the photograph below (signs read “all directions”) and they even give you the choice. Happy anniversary and “Vive […]

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Ever heard of GPS?

  Ticino can be found at the following coordiantes:    N12.9180  E100.9334 For those without G(lobal)P(ositioning)S(ystem) it stands for Great Pizze Selection, capito? The caption on the left cartoon reads “Do you know where you can go with your bloody GPS?”  

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