Author Archives: Alison Langley

Always beginning again

        By Alison Langley Published: November 3 2006 15:02 | Kristin Fougner knows all about the highs and lows of sharing her life with a globetrotting businessman. A native of Norway with an advanced degree from Bergen’s Norwegian School of Economics and Business Administration, she has spent the past 15 years following […]

‘Suicide Tourists’ Go to the Swiss for Help in Dying

    By ALISON LANGLEY Published: February 04, 2003 On a Monday morning in mid-January, Reginald Crew, a retired auto worker, flew in from Liverpool to kill himself. The 74-year-old Englishman, who suffered from motor neurone disease, met a doctor at 10 a.m. In accordance with Switzerland’s liberal euthanasia law, the doctor agreed that Mr. […]

It’s a Fat World, After All

    By ALISON LANGLEY Published: July 20, 2003 THE world economy may be slumping, but there is conspicuous growth in at least one area: waistlines. Been to Germany lately? Every third child under age 12 and every fifth teenager there is overweight. How about Greece, land of the much-ballyhooed Mediterranean diet? More than 70 […]

Alps in danger of tumbling down

Permafrost is melting as the planet heats up, leaving the mountain range vulnerable to more landslides By Alison Langley in Müren, Switzerland, and Geoffrey Lean Sunday, 18 March 2001 Daniel Vonder Muehll regularly rides up the Schilthorn cable car to visit two pipes sticking out of the snow overlooking one of the most breathtaking views […]

Change, the New Face of Private Swiss Banking

    By ALISON LANGLEY ZURICH, Dec. 5— Raymond J. Baer spent his traditional October vacation in Asia tracking the route of Buddhism and meditating on the future of Swiss private banking and the institution that bears his family name. What he came back with was a renewed determination that Bank Julius Baer, the company […]

Sons close cultish Hepburn museum

Alison Langley in Tolochenaz The Guardian, Thursday 31 October 2002 12.53 GMT Article history Hurt by what they see as the crass commercialisation of their mother’s name, the sons of Audrey Hepburn are removing all memorabilia from the museum dedicated to her in the Swiss village where she lived for 30 years, forcing it to […]