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Babes of Burlesque: 53

ROXY DIAMOND

Raised in Switzerland and now based in Berlin, Roxy Diamond embarked on a career in burlesque after coming to New York to study at the American Academy of Dramatic Arts, which counts Grace Kelly and Katharine Hepburn among its alumni. Her performances are often filled with movie references. She has an original act “Bates Motel” that pays homage to Alfred Hitchcock’s Psycho and another show, “Eyes Wide Shut,” inspired by Stanley Kubrick’s kinky thriller. Even so, Roxy is perhaps most celebrated for her Champagne Glass acts. She takes a dip here at the International Burlesque Circus in Utrecht, Netherlands.

We’d show you one of her movie acts, except none can be seen online, although a trailer exists for “Bates Motel” on YouTube. In the absence of same, here’s a fan dance by Roxy, set to Billie Holiday’s blues ballad “Love me or Leave Me,” and performed at the Plaza in Zurich, Switzerland.

Visit Roxy’s website at http://www.roxydiamond.com/index.php

Babes of Burlesque: 32

KOKO LA DOUCE

Don’t miss the Swiss miss…you’re going to yodel for more.

She bills herself as “a spinx in fishnets,” a mystery woman and object of men’s desires, who refuses to surrender her secrets. No telling if the rumors swirling around her are true, but what’s a fact is that she’s a most sought-after performer across Europe. Just the sight of her, it’s warned, can cause temporary blindness.

At the 2012 Burlesque Hall of Fame’s Tournament of Tease in Las Vegas, she performs Paradise Machine, winning the festival’s prize for most innovative performer.

Dirndl-Domina, 2011.

Her website: http://www.koko-la-douce.de/

Chocolate: The Best Medicine

Innovative research conducted in Lausanne, Switzerland has shown that a combination of neurotransmitters and electrical stimulation can restore movement to the lower limbs of previously paralysed rats. But in order for this motion to be made voluntarily the rats must be motivated to walk. This motivation comes in the form of cheering, visual cues, and of course, chocolate. H/T 1veritasium

Helvetia By Night

Gaze upon the heavens from the highest perches of Switzerland’s Alps — from Arosa to Zermatt, including the world-famous mountains Matterhorn and Eiger – in this awe-inspiring time-lapse short from Alessandro Della Bella. The filmmaker, who hails from the Swiss town of Arosa, works for the nation’s largest news agency, Keystone. See his photographs, stories and films at http://www.dellabella.ch/. H/T Kuriositas

World of Beers LIX

On tap tonight: Heineken, Netherlands.

Passing the Swiss neutrality test. Commercial shot in Switzerland for airing in the United Kingdom.

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