Archive for the ‘Zurich’ Category
We’d already been advised to make sure to dress appropriately (in a suit), and been constantly reminded to bring our wallets. Here’s a picture documentary of what awaited us. In short, there was no more free food or drink, the pinball machines require you to put coins in (*gasp!*), and the Wii and XBox have disappeared. I think my favourite prank was the message on the printers:
The money collected today is being donated to charity.
The Google public April Fools jokes so far include Google Australia introduucing Google gDay, Gmail adding Custom Time, and Virgin and Google cooperating for Virgle. In other news, Google China’s Search is now powered by real humans and the YouTube homepage has been rickrolled (click on any featured video)! Google Book search introduces - scratch and sniff, and Google Calendar has the Wake Up Kit!
A London-based HR consulting firm has for five consecutive years ranked Zürich as the city with the highest quality of life. Two other Swiss cities were in the top-ten list, with Geneva and Bern coming in at 2nd and 9th place respectively. The analysis is based on 39 criteria including political, social, economic and environmental factors, personal safety and health, education, transport and other public services.
Since over a year, we've been doing a continual move from the old building to the new. Following completion of the redecoration and fitting of the first half of the building, I've also been at the new building. At the end of January, work on the rest of the building was completed and we're now reunited with rest of the people who have now joined us in the new building. We're all amazed at how well the new building has turned out. Highlights include the water lounge, game room, egg meeting pods, cable car meeting rooms, and fire poles and slides to take you from one floor to another! My favourite part is definitely the very cosy library, complete with its own (fake) fireplace. There are lots of micro-kitchens scattered throughout the building, and an amazing restaurant where one can have breakfast, lunch or dinner. We had a media-day a few days back, with the beeb doing a nice video on it. Check out the rest of my gallery, or the Zürich office's official Picasa gallery.