Zurich has often been characterised as ‘the Olympics in one day’.

I’ve never liked the comparison. To me, it is manifestly unfair to the Olympics and to Zurich. In culinary terms ( and I hope I’ve got this right), the Olympics is degustation, a succession of courses complementing each other, an event to be sampled over nine days, with the preliminaries sometimes as fascinating as the main course.

Zurich, on the other hand, is not a banquet, but one spectacular course. Consumed in little more than two hours, it leaves a lingering taste that you can savour long after the coffee and after-dinner mints have come and gone. But you can’t keep going back for more, day after day, as you do with the Olympics or the world championships…..Read More

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