International Club of Berne


  • Wednesday, 30th September 2020 at 6pm - 7pm
  • Wednesday, 14th October 2020 at 6pm - 7pm
  • Wednesday, 25th November 2020 at 6pm - 7pm

Location: to be decided

Book Groups

When    Wednesday, 30 September and 21 October at 18:00

Where    Online Zoom meeting / In-person meeting TBD

Contact    Graham Tritt 

Deadline    Please register by the Monday before

We discuss short stories occasionally in a chat (please join and in online Zoom meetings. We have one longer book each month. In this way, we can accommodate a range of interests as expressed by members.

The book for September is The Future Earth: A Radical Vision for What's Possible in the Age of Warming by Eric Holthaus (256 pages, published June 2020). This hopeful book shows how to reverse the effects of climate change. 

The book for November is Haweswater by Sarah Hall (288 pages, 2016). An old village in a northern English valley should be evacuated, flooded and devastated. The love story is clear and Sarah Hall excels with prose as lyrical as poetry.
The Sophie meetings are restricted to paid-up members of the International Club. Zoom meetings are open.


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Graham wrote
at 10:18am on Monday, 5th October 2020
The book for 21 October is "Haweswater" by Sarah Hall (288 pages, 2016). An old village in a northern English valley should be evacuated, flooded and devastated. The love story is clear and Sarah Hall excels with prose as lyrical as poetry.
Graham wrote
at 10:16am on Monday, 5th October 2020
Climate change and biodiversity will be the theme
of an open Zoom meeting on Monday 5 Octobert at 8-9 pm

To join the meeting and talk about global problems,

The next physical Sophie Group meeting on 7 or 14 October
Graham wrote
at 5:31pm on Saturday, 3rd October 2020
Sophie's Bookclub meeting from 6- 7: 30 pm. I think this is not enough time for in- depth discussion. Too short in my opinion.
I think it is nice to have time at the start to say hello to everybody, have a cup of tea or coffee and a short exchange. Team spirit, a sense of community grows... Then the book discussion starts. ..
It should last in my opinion at least until 8:00 pm.
What do other members think?

Really nicely said, Marianne. It is a chance for exchanging and listening to people we sort of know but otherwise all have different programs. I am not sure, is 6 OR 7 PM start what is meant. My preference is 7 til 9 or so.

Jacqui and Ulrike agreed

Yes for smalltalk and community building, we should have 2 hours. My preference is for 6 to 8 pm or a half hour later, as I play tennis at 9 pm. In September it will be dark at around 8 pm I think

Perhaps, if you must leave to play tennis, we can stay longer and talk, exchange ideas and experiences and get to know eachother better.

From my experience, about 1.5 hours is as much as the average persons expects to stay, and a half hour extra is no ptoblem for most of us. Most come to talk about the particular book, and few are impatient with the initial time socializing and talking in general about our current reading. There are many other frequent club events (see where many member meet.

We should also allow for those who would like to take part but cannot get to the physical discussion. So we use this chat group (previously the yahoo email group which also had file archive :-)

Graham wrote
at 5:23pm on Saturday, 3rd October 2020
Joëlle 11.1.2020
I am also getting confused. It’s the first time I will participate at this meeting. How does it function. ...

Graham 12.1.2020
We normally start with a round of brief opinions. Then we go through the discussion points which we’ve found an advanced. Then we cover any further discussion themes or special views. Then we have a final round of opinions. Total time is around 1.5 hours

Nadia wrote
at 10:05am on Wednesday, 30th September 2020
Oh, je, Ive registered but I don't have "whats up". My mobile and others are not compatible with "whats up" ((((. Nevertheless, I wish you much fun there! BW. Nadia


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By Graham on 17th October

General Groups

Conversation and support 

Discussion Meetings 15.9, 13.10


Discussion about corona, health, etc

Discussion on mindfulness, etc   

Language Cafés

Parla Italiano    8.9, 6.10 and chat 22.9, 20.10 (

Café Français    9.9, 14.10 (email or chat

English TeaTime   17.9, 15.10 (chat on

German Conversation 10+24.9, 8+29.10 (

Café Español    3.9, 1.10

Special Interest Groups


Museums and Art (with event chat) 

Book group “Sophie” 30.9 and 21.10

chats for
short stories and sci-fi


LifeLong Learning


Parents and Children 







Walk & Talk

Rackets, ball games 27.9 or 25.10 



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