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In early August 1291, the cantons of Uri, Unterwalden and Schwyz signed an oath of confederation and lo, Switzerland was born. On August 1st this auspicious event is vigorously celebrated with many traditional Swiss activities such as hiking, eating cheese and cooking sausages on sticks. But if you don’t fancy donning your hiking boots and sharpening your Swiss Army knife here are some alternative ways to celebrate within the city.  facebook/plazaklubThe Plaza Club will be throwing a street party which will start on Wednesday night and continue into the 1st of August. The party will continue outside until midnight and will then spill into the club until 5am. No hiking for you if you make it until the end.  facebook/aemsfaeschtAn alternative alternative to my other alternative would be to head down to Bäckeranlage for the Ams Fascht event. Instead of nationalism and isolationism they want to celebrate diversity, multiculturalism and a world without borders. They will do this using the, fairly traditional methods, of food, music, booze and dance.   Not so far away in Wiedikon the Quartierverein Wiedikon are also celebrating the birth of this great nation. Whilst details are sketchy as to exactly what will be on offer, i have a strong suspicion that if you are looking for something more traditionally Swiss, then this is the place to be. Head down to Schmeide Wiedikon for the festivities.  Finally, if you are one of the people who like to celebrate the birth of a country by blowing up a small part of it then fireworks are a big part of the celebrations. But be careful. At this time of year everything is tinder dry so be sure that it is permitted to use them. The cantonal authorities will often introduce bans depending on the weather conditions and the availability of water and it is up to you to find this out. You don't want to be the one to set fire to the place.  Whatever you get up to on the 1st of August have a great day celebrating. Happy Birthday Switzerland.

What A Slide

Nothing screams summer fun more than gliding down a plastic tube into freezing cold water. The water up the nose, the feeling of unbridled terror when someone is trapped in the pipe in front of you. And let’s not forget the issue of missing bathing suits. (or as one friend of mine managed to do, burn a hole through his swim suit) Actually, i really love a water slide and fortunately Zurich has a few of them. I have listed by length with the shortest first because in this particular case size does matter. Sitting on the periphery of the city in district 12 is the outdoor pool at Auhof. This boasts a 58 meter slide which, due to its remote location, never has queues. Except on Wednesdays. Or at weekends. Or during the holidays. Okay, sometimes you can hop straight on…if you are lucky. Things i like about the Strandbad Tiefenbrunnen. The entrance with the weird mushrooms. The five meter diving board. (you should see my swan dive. An elegant dream) The french fries. The 62 meter slide, directly into the lake. The water slide at the outdoor pool at Freibad Allenmoos is a muscular 72 meters long and with an average speed of over 30km per hour you can scream, airborne, for 8.64 seconds before you land in the water with the grace of whale being dropped from a helicopter.  My program at the Freibad Seebach goes something like this. Mop the floor with a few kids at basketball. (provided they are under 12 years old and short for their age) Barge to the front of the queue and slide down the 75 meter slide into the paddling pool. Steal a rubber ring from one of the kids and float serenely whilst being serenaded by their wailing…until their father tries to tear me a new one. Run away. Since it’s reopening in May 2018 the pool at Heuried has been one of my favourite haunts. There are many reasons for this, the main one being the waterslide which is the longest in the canton. 132 meters of fun and swallowing water. The most fun someone can have whilst trying to keep their clothes on. And if it's raining?bad-altstetten.chThe swimming pool at Altstetten is the perfect choice if the weather is bad. Not only is the water slide the longest indoor slide in the canton but the middle section is pitch black, robbing you of any orientation and is followed by a kaleidoscope of black and white tracks. Just like an LSD trip… at least that is what someone told me. Also there is the heated outdoor pool which is reserved for adults only..

Th!nk About !t

Normally i wouldn’t write about an event this size but an exception must be made for anyone who has an exclamation mark in her name. P!nk will be playing at the Letzigrund next Tuesday and, as i write this, there is a few tickets still available. I once met her (Clang) and she was charming and lovely but more importantly, an amazing singer and performer. Take this opportunity to see her if you can.Tuesday 7pm, Stadion Letzigrund, Badenerstrasse 500, 8048