International Club of Berne

English Tea Time

Thursday, 12th April 2018 at 5pm

Location: The Hotel Bristol, Schauplatzgasse 10

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English Tea Time at the Bristol

When                Thursday, 12 April, from 17:00

Where               The Hotel Bristol, Schauplatzgasse 10

Contact            Graham Tritt

Deadline          Please register by the day before.

The aim is to chat and discuss interesting topics in English.

The Bristol lounge is an oasis for homesick Brits, and those who aspire to be.

It offers an honest lunch, five o’clock tea, and port and beer for after-work drinks. 

Enjoy a Sweet Cream Tea with two scones with double cream and strawberries, or Salty Tea with herb cheese, for CHF 12.

Or try a hot pie – see


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Graham wrote
at 10:07am on Wednesday, 25th April 2018
On Radio SRF1, a song of depression in the USA

Billy Joel

Well we're living here in Allentown
And they're closing all the factories down
Out in Bethlehem they're killing time
Filling out forms
Standing in line
Well our fathers fought the Second World War
Spent their weekends on the Jersey Shore
Met our mothers in the USO
Asked them to dance
Danced with them slow
And we're living here in Allentown

But the restlessness was handed down
And it's getting very hard to stay

Well we're waiting here in Allentown
For the Pennsylvania we never found
For the promises our teachers gave
If we worked hard
If we behaved
So the graduations hang on the wall
But they never really helped us at all
No they never taught us what was real
Iron and coal
And chromium steel
And we're waiting here in Allentown

But they've taken all the coal from the ground
And the union people crawled away

Every child had a pretty good shot
To get at least as far as their old man got
But something happened on the way to that place
They threw an American flag in our face

Well I'm living here in Allentown
And it's hard to keep a good man down
But I won't be getting up today

And it's getting very hard to stay
And we're living here in Allentown

Graham wrote
at 12:42am on Saturday, 14th April 2018
We had 5 attendees. The worst fake scones I have ever seen. No resemblance to real scones. Hard and small. And one burnt brown inside - did they use a microwave? However the Breakfast tea was acceptable - while it used enormous tea bags of chipped and not crushed leaves.

Come to the St Ursula Church Summer Fêteon 20 June for real scones.
Graham wrote
at 2:54pm on Thursday, 12th April 2018
Meals today include leek soup (CHF5), salad (CHF 18-27), lamburger (CHF 18:50) pies (veg CHF 21, forester 24, shepherd 22). Scones sweet or cheese are CHF 4, cupcake 3 and tart 5. Cheapest tart I ever heard of (
Graham wrote
at 7:18pm on Wednesday, 11th April 2018
Gary and Melinda may join me, and a new prospective member Marianne Hediger.
Graham wrote
at 4:43pm on Wednesday, 11th April 2018
I found some interesting articles. Quora is free, it often has stupid questions, but usually very good answers!
Graham wrote
at 2:14pm on Wednesday, 11th April 2018
Just to shake things up a bit, we offer three different pies for lunch every day. The pies made depend on the weather, the cook and the general mood. A vegetarian pie is available every day. All our pies are made fresh on the premises. The pies come with a small bowl of salad and bread.

A filled pie is similar to the typical Swiss cake: dough on the bottom, filling on top. Depending on the region, it can also be called “single-crust” or “bottom-crust pie”.

In a top-crust pie, the filling is sealed off at the top by a lid made of dough or potatoes. This makes our shepherd’s pie a “top-crust pie”.

In a two-crust pie, the filling is completely enclosed by the dough.
Graham wrote
at 2:13pm on Wednesday, 11th April 2018
From 19 April to 15 July 2018 From CHF 187.–
for a single SMART room


Humour – and especially the British take on it – is our recipe for lifting you out of the gloom of the grey foggy weather of everyday life. At The Bristol in Bern, you will not only be able to recuperate physically, but also mentally. Jokes and humour make up our wellness packages for the mind. Meaning that after a lengthy meeting or day at a trade fair in the Swiss capital, you can quickly wind down and recharge your batteries (and even add the odd sharp-tongued comment to your repertoire) before your next long day of business.
* A comedy song by Monty Python member Eric Idle.

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