Andreas and
Claudia Käch-Schaffhauser

Janet Jackson and James Bond

It is a Saturday evening in February 2004. The people of Lucerne are celebrating their carnival, the largest of Central Switzerland's popular events. You are not overly enthusiastic about the idea of throwing on a costume and joining the merrymakers.

Finally, though, your friends manage to convince you. «Go to the masked ball at the Schweizerhof – that's where you'll meet the man of your dreams,» says your aunt. Well all right, you say, you'll go.

You dress up as pop diva Janet Jackson with a bare (plastic!) breast hanging out of your blouse (in reference to her «Nipplegate» episode) and your friends in tow as reporter and background dancer:

«Hotel Schweizerhof, here we come.»<