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Re: Church bells

-"The bells, the bells, Esmerelda ..... ah, the bells"

-"But the fire ..... jump Quasimodo, jump!"

-"What the flick do you think this is on my back, Esmerelda ..... a friggin' parachute?"
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Re: Church bells

Seriously though, like one or two members have said; the church was there when you moved, you must have been aware that if you're right near a church, you'll hear the bells! It's a common thing here.

It is also a good point already made about all these kids in places like Syria and what they experience! I know what I'd prefer.

When people complain about something so traditional to neighbourhoods here, rather than something more understandable like, say, a nuisance or noisy neighbour, it is like they just expect everything (despite it being a long-standing tradition) to change because they don't like it. It is like me moving to London and complaining about the traffic, pollution and noise and expecting it to just be quieter, or moving to Japan, then cursing sushi and seafood.
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Threads like these lead me to believe Switzerland needs to raise the bar for the people they allow to move here.
I tend to agree. But I think it is a shame that the lad isn't sleeping, but there is something else at work here. For the most effective sleep, people need to go to bed every night at about the same time and they need to avoid exciting TV shows or computer games - these things encourage adrenalin release and there is nothing worse for sleep.

Does the lad spend a lot of time staring into a cell phone? He might actually be addicted, and yes, people really do get addicted to those things.

Bells shouldn't really disturb good sleep patterns. I can sleep through the most violent thunderstorms. Just a matter of training.
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Old 18.04.2015, 00:03
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Considering young children growing up in places like Syria; in between gunfire, bombs going off around them, and the danger of maybe even being gassed. And then comparing to an 8 year old boy in some Swiss village or city, piturbed by church bells.... hmmmm, seriously, the boy will be fine, unless he's a noodle. Likely to be even more resilient than his parents, lest stripped of any form of grit and fortitude away from him.
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Boo hoo. It's like telling a child to eat her broccoli because in Africa so many children are starving...seriously?
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Old 18.04.2015, 09:20
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Re: Church bells

The kid has probably developed an unhealthy fixation on the bells. Even if you filled the room with egg boxes and cotton wool he'd hear them every fifteen minutes anyway.

Send him away to stay with a friend or relative for a couple of weeks, far from any bells. He'll get the opportunity for a good night's sleep and it will help break the fixation. When he comes back, he'll be more likely to sleep through the night as he'll be rested and less anxious.

And if he isn't well rested after a trip away, then you know that his sleep problems are caused by something else.

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The kid has probably developed an unhealthy fixation on the bells. Even if you filled the room with egg boxes and cotton wool he'd hear them every fifteen minutes anyway.

Send him away to stay with a friend or relative for a couple of weeks, far from any bells. He'll get the opportunity for a good night's sleep and it will help break the fixation. When he comes back, he'll be more likely to sleep through the night as he'll be rested and less anxious.

And if he isn't well rested after a trip away, then you know that his sleep problems are caused by something else.

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Shame this wasn't at the start of the Easter hols and not at the end.
Back to school on Monday ...... even for teachers, too.
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Shame this wasn't at the start of the Easter hols and not at the end.
Back to school on Monday ...... even for teachers, too.
Not in Zurich.
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Shame this wasn't at the start of the Easter hols and not at the end.
Back to school on Monday ...... even for teachers, too.

We haven't even started our holidays yet.
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Re: Church bells

For all those who posted helpful replies, thank you, I appreciate you taking the time, but I have stopped reading the thread so won't be able to thankful anyone individually.
I started this thread in good faith to ask for information, but despite many, many replies almost nobody gave me any, hence my suggestion the thread is no longer useful.
I think my posting history shows I have always remained respectful and courteous towards others in the forum, so I cannot imagine how it is possible for COMPLETE STRANGERS to decide they need to put me in my place.
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For all those who posted helpful replies, thank you, I appreciate you taking the time, but I have stopped reading the thread so won't be able to thankful anyone individually.
I started this thread in good faith to ask for information, but despite many, many replies almost nobody gave me any, hence my suggestion the thread is no longer useful.
I think my posting history shows I have always remained respectful and courteous towards others in the forum, so I cannot imagine how it is possible for COMPLETE STRANGERS to decide they need to put me in my place.
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Re: Church bells

"I tend to agree. But I think it is a shame that the lad isn't sleeping, but there is something else at work here."

Oh yea!! Something other than the big obsessive neighbor banging a hug bell every 15 minutes because WHAT?!

"Does the lad spend a lot of time staring into a cell phone? He might actually be addicted"

Oh wow! Much more likely than because his ears are penetrated by mindless bells night after night every 15 minutes?!

"Bells shouldn't really disturb good sleep patterns."

Not if it's huge and big and within half a kilometer of your house and it goes off for absolutely no reason every 15 minutes and through the night?!!

"I can sleep through the most violent thunderstorms."

Yes, but that's because thunderstorms don't make as much noise and are very rare.

"Just a matter of training."

Yes, buying into entirely irrational and hopelessly dumb arguments is also a matter of training, but that didn't deter you.
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Old 18.04.2015, 23:12
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For all those who posted helpful replies, thank you, I appreciate you taking the time, but I have stopped reading the thread so won't be able to thankful anyone individually.
I started this thread in good faith to ask for information, but despite many, many replies almost nobody gave me any, hence my suggestion the thread is no longer useful.
I think my posting history shows I have always remained respectful and courteous towards others in the forum, so I cannot imagine how it is possible for COMPLETE STRANGERS to decide they need to put me in my place.
Big mistake... if you can't beat them join 'em.

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Re: Church bells

This morning at 8am - 51 single bells- with a couple of seconds in between- 1 for each week of the year... and now at 17.00, the peels of bell-ringing practice have started - and it will go on for ... about 1 hour.

Yes of course in England- our Swiss Church next to our garden is soooo quiet.

15mins so far- it's quite pretty actually- even though it is a bit repetitive ... the bell tower is just in line with the lounge double windows here...

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Ah well, the peels only went on for 55 minutes Tonight a string of single bells has been going on for about 10 minutes so far... no idea what this is all about... Monday at 20.40???


then a couple minutes silence and now ... here they go again, peels and peels and more peels ... how long this time?

... and now single bells again- those Brits are totally nuts with those bells!... 29 minutes so far tonight.

ooops 21.32 and it's peels again...

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Old 21.12.2015, 23:00
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shhhh I think they might have stopped now... until we get 4 + 4 + 4 + 4 + 9 in one minute
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Old 22.12.2015, 16:45
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Re: Church bells

I know when there`s a funeral going on, by the ringing of the church bells during the day. (usually on Wednesdays)

Quite nice actually, reminds me of ancient times. (somehow?)

When I attended the funeral of a young neighbor, the bells tolled for the 15/ 20 minutes it took to walk from the graveyard to the church for the service. And promptly stopped as the service began.

On Saturdays it`s for weddings. clang clang clang another one bites the dust!

At least in Switzerland the bells are brass. Germany used their brass bells for ammunition something or others and replaced them with "tin-can-like-metal" so they got no "music" in them.
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