International Club of Berne

Sophie Book Group

  • Wednesday, 29th May 2019 at 6:30pm
  • Wednesday, 26th June 2019 at 6:30pm
  • Wednesday, 24th July 2019 at 5:30pm
  • Friday, 16th August 2019 at 1:30pm
  • Wednesday, 4th September 2019 at 12:50pm
  • Wednesday, 4th September 2019 at 6:30pm
  • Wednesday, 18th September 2019 at 6:30pm
  • Wednesday, 30th October 2019 at 6:30pm

Location: Place to be determined

Sophie Book Group

When                Wednesdays, at 19:00
27 March, 24 April, 29 May, 26 June, 18 September, 30 October, ?? November
Where               Time and place to be determined
Contact            Graham Tritt
Deadline          Please register by the Monday before
Members are welcome to attend any meetings – you can choose to attend only those sessions covering the books you are interested in.


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Graham wrote
at 4:07pm on Tuesday, 22nd October 2019
Who has read the Poe story? Is the meeting on 30 October ok?
Graham wrote
at 11:28pm on Sunday, 20th October 2019
Wednesday 30 October 18:30 Edgar Allen Poe, "Murder in the Rue Morgue"
Saturday 2 or 9 November Dürrenmatt tour to Biel, Ligerz, and Neuchatel museum

November 27 or December 18 or maybe later "Becoming" Michelle Obama, what is your preference
Graham wrote
at 1:57pm on Wednesday, 18th September 2019
Thu 19 18:30 Unik - book readings at GenerationenHaus
Im Edition Unik Café lesen Autorinnen und Autoren gemeinsam mit ihnen nahestehenden Personen aus ihren Büchern und treten mit dem Publikum in einen Dialog.

Ohne Ambitionen als Schriftstellerinnen oder Schriftsteller, aber mit viel Freude und Zeit werfen sie ihre Blicke zurück in die Vergangenheit und bringen zu Papier, was ihnen darin wichtig ist. Von der ersten Seite bis zum fertigen Buch begleitet sie die Edition Unik durch diese wertvolle Arbeit. Eintritt frei – Kollekte
Friday 20 September a great program of free films

Sat 21 September Kulinata GenerationenHaus

Tuesday 24 19:00 Club Meeting Mediation
Graham wrote
at 1:48pm on Wednesday, 18th September 2019
Next meeting 18 September 18:30
Friedrich Dürrenmatt, "Das versprechen", "The Pledge"
GenerationenHaus CaféBar tonight 6.30PM
See map on the last page of the Newsletter.

Films on Friday: see

or Other Events
Tarkine in northwestern Tasmania is home to one of the last undisturbed tracts of Gondwanan rainforest in the world, and one of the highest concentrations of Aboriginal archaeology in the hemisphere. Yet this place, which remains largely as it was when dinosaurs roamed the planet, is currently at the mercy of destructive extraction industries, including logging and mining. Weaving together the conflicting narratives of activists, locals and Aboriginal communities, and told through the experiences of a trail running doctor and a relentless environmentalist, this documentary, presented by Patagonia Films, unpacks the complexities of modern conservation and challenges us to consider the importance of our last truly wild places.
The Seed Vault has the capacity to store 4.5 million varieties of crops. Each variety will contain on average 500 seeds, so a maximum of 2.5 billion seeds may be stored in the Vault.

Currently, the Vault holds more than 980,000 samples, originating from almost every country in the world. Ranging from unique varieties of major African and Asian food staples such as maize, rice, wheat, cowpea, and sorghum to European and South American varieties of eggplant, lettuce, barley, and potato. In fact, the Vault already holds the most diverse collection of food crop seeds in the world.

The focus of the Vault is to safeguard as much of the world’s unique crop genetic material as possible, while also avoiding unnecessary duplication. It will take some years to assemble because some genebanks need to multiply stocks of seed first, and other seeds need regenerating before they can be shipped to Svalbard.

Uni Berne tonight 18:15 Gene Editing: Perspektiven bei Nutztieren

Graham wrote
at 10:35am on Wednesday, 11th September 2019
Next meeting 18 September 18:30
Friedrich Dürrenmatt, "Das versprechen", "The Pledge"
Location to be notified

>Both dates are OK for me! Cheers, Agnes

>I can come 18 September only. Hi all, Mary

Marianne Oppliger comes from Thun and said she would like to start early, so 18:30. Also that suits Agnes better.


Next meetings

30 October 18:30 Edgar Allen Poe, "Murder in the Rue Morgue"

Note: 2 November all day visit to Biel, Ligerz, and Neuchatel with theme Dürrenmatt

November or December Michelle Obama, "Becoming" Shall we set a date?

I think we could have this discussion at a Club Meeting, on the Tuesday following Onion Market at Bruder Klaus. Reason is that other members of the club are interested and we cshould have a comfortable place without restaurant hassles.
Graham wrote
at 9:38am on Friday, 30th August 2019
Next meetigs
4 September 12:30 Aktiv-Sein trip to Neuchatel
18 September 18:30 Friedrich Dürrenmatt, "Das versprechen", "The Pledge"
30 October 18:30 Edgar Allen Poe, "Murder in the Rue Morgue"
2 November all day visit to Biel, Ligerz, and Neuchatel with theme Dürrenmatt
November or December Michelle Obama, "Becoming"
Graham wrote
at 10:59am on Monday, 26th August 2019
Visit to Dürrenmatt Museum in Neuchatel
When Wednesday, 4 September, from 12:45
Where Meet at the Treffpoint in the railway station
Contact Graham Tritt, Maja Agyemang 031 370 15 61
Deadline Please register by the day before
Join Graham, book club members and others for a visit to the renowned museum of author and painter Friedrich Dürrenmatt in Neuchatel (
See Dürrenmatt’s paintings at
We take the S5 train at 13:08 to Neuchatel and walk (20 minutes) to the museum (possibly taking bus 109 to Eremitage then 10 minutes walk). Return from 17:31, possibly via the nearby Botanical Gardens of Neuchatel, arriving in Berne at 18:07. A return half-price ticket is CHF 21 and museum entry is CHF 10.
This walk is organised by the Berne group “Aktiv Sein”. Also, offers a Dürrenmatt walk on Saturday, 2 November to Schernelz on Lake Biel and Neuchatel.
Graham wrote
at 12:47pm on Thursday, 15th August 2019
Freitag, 16 August
Wander on Dürrenmatts Trail to 2019 Ins, scene of the "Besuch der alten Dame"

Meeting 13.30 Uhr Treffpunkt HB Bern
Leaving :13.53 Bern and reaching Ins 14.11. Uhr

We learn about Düttenmatt and the story. Then an (optional) walk. WHO WILL COME WITH ME?

Spaziergang:Vom Bahnhof «Güllen» über den Sankt Jodel via Vinelz nach Erlach, Zvierihalt
Spazierzeit:2 Std., Distanz 7 km, 120m Höhenmeter

Billett: Bern-Ins retour
Rückfahrt:Ins ab 16.43 Uhr, Bern an 17.07 Uh


Mittwoch, 4. September 2019
Centre Dürrenmatt Neuchatell
Meeting :12.50 Uhr Treffpunkt HB Bern
Abfahrt:13.08 Uhr nach Neuenburg, Ankunft 13.56 Uhr

Leichter Spaziergang, ca. 10min Anstieg zum Centre Dürrenmatt.

Eintritt und Führung Fr. 10.- p.P.
Spazierzeit:2 Std., Distanz 7 km, Höhenmeter 622

Billett:Bern-Neuenburg (Busstation Eremitage) retour
Rückfahrt:Neuenburg ab 17.31 Uhr, Bern an 18.07 Uhr


Eine Anmeldung ist nicht erforderlich.
Versicherung ist Sache der Teilnehmenden.
Bei ungewisser Witterung telefonische Information am Vortag ab 17 Uhr bei Maja Agyemang. Bitte Telefonbeantworter ganz abhören.
Kirchgemeinde Heiliggeist · Maja Agyemang · 031 370 15 61


Mittwoch, 4. September at 18:30

Groteskes: Dürrenmatt
Vertiefungsprogramm zu den Spaziergängen
Kirchliches Zentrum Bürenpark, Bürenstrasse 8, 3007
Graham wrote
at 12:34pm on Thursday, 15th August 2019
Next for the September meeting is Friedrich Dürrenmatt, "Das versprechen", "The Pledge"

Perhaps on 18 September
Graham wrote
at 11:21am on Monday, 29th July 2019
We discussed the future of the Sophie group

- we have lost regular members, and we don't really look for more: we should

- we will advertise each book to the whole club, anyone can attend any particular day

- we don't push our regular members to read every book, each meeting is optional

We don't plan to meet in August, or December. We might meet at different locations, for instance at the Rose Garden, the restaurant Tapis Rouge on Mt. Gurten, at the Pangaea on Schwanengasse, or at a members home.

Next for the September meeting is Friedrich Dürrenmatt, "Das versprechen", "The Pledge"

Perhaps on 18 September

For October we will read Edgar Allen Poe, "Murder in the Rue Morgue"

I can print it out for anyone.

For November we look at Michelle Obama, "Becoming"

Note that this is 450 pages - start early!

There are a lot of reviews: would anyone like to list and summarize any of them?


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By Graham 3 days ago

Art Museum Tour and Botanical Gardens (Asian Plants)

When    Sunday, 20 October, join whichever event you like

Where   At 11:00, meet at the Fine Arts Museum, Hodlerstrasse 8

Where   At 12:30, meet at Tibits in the railway station for lunch

Where   At 13:45, meet at the Palm House of the Botanical Gardens

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