You say dull, I say delightful

In useful follow-up to today’s discussion around quality-of-life issues in middle Europe, here’s a disagreement over Switzerland’s financial centre, Zurich.

Columnist Robert Crampton, writing in the (London) Times describes its ‘utter bone-breaking tedium’. British PR consultant and Zurich resident Paul Seaman defends his adopted home.

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One Reply to “You say dull, I say delightful”

  1. It’s not necessarily ironic, but perhaps appropriate none the less that Zurich was knocked off the top spot by Vienna, which – in the quote you mentioned yesterday in class – was the city Orson Well’s Harry Lime was discussing when he told Holly Martins not to be so gloomy:

    After all it’s not that awful. Like the fella says, in Italy for 30 years under the Borgias they had warfare, terror, murder, and bloodshed, but they produced Michelangelo, Leonardo da Vinci, and the Renaissance. In Switzerland they had brotherly love – they had 500 years of democracy and peace, and what did that produce? The cuckoo clock.

    Seems Vienna rebounded quite nicely, no?

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