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Little gripe im having at work, it can be pelting down with snow and hail and be -15 degrees outside but i find some people at the place i work, particulary the Swiss, seem to love to open up the windows ...and leave them open turning most of the people around me , including myself, into creeking, shivering , frost-bitten things ...ok rant over ..continue as normal.
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Old 17.05.2011, 09:18
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Re: -10 degrees , Lets open a Window...

3 out of a possible 10.
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no use of profanity, no misuse of capitalization, and complaining of snow?.. in May?

buy a jumper and continue on.
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Old 17.05.2011, 09:21
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Re: -10 degrees , Lets open a Window...

You need to learn to love "fondu"

But actually I have found quite the opposite, that the Swiss seem to have quite a fear of open windows and fresh air in buildings....
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But actually I have found quite the opposite, that the Swiss seem to have quite a fear of open windows and fresh air in buildings....
Yup. That's what I've noticed too. They seem terrified of draughts and all the dangers within.

I can't imagagine the impact of The Fog over here.
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Yes, I have yet to meet a Swiss that didn't mind me opening a window, even a smidge, to let in some air.

Never EVER attempt to open a window on a tram unless it is at least 30C and blazing sunshine. More than once I have been on the end of a very aggressive "tut" and a very assertive slam-shut of the offending window.

You can die from draughts, apparently.
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Old 17.05.2011, 10:52
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They seem terrified of draughts and all the dangers within.
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You can die from draughts, apparently.

I think I've converted my hubby, now that he's had 3 years living with me and hasn't been sick any more than usual.


Alas, the OP wouldn't be any happier with me as I really hate to be hot, even the least bit. So, even sitting here at a mere 15°C, I have the windows and terrace door open, even though it means I have to wear long pants, slippers and a cozy old sweatshirt.
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Old 17.05.2011, 11:12
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Re: -10 degrees , Lets open a Window...

For me everything below 20 is an ice age. Its a funny sight. OH in a tshirt and me in a hoodie carrying a jacket as well :P
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I think I've converted my hubby, now that he's had 3 years living with me and hasn't been sick any more than usual.


Alas, the OP wouldn't be any happier with me as I really hate to be hot, even the least bit. So, even sitting here at a mere 15°C, I have the windows and terrace door open, even though it means I have to wear long pants, slippers and a cozy old sweatshirt.
My Ex-Wife did the same thing
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Old 17.05.2011, 11:19
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Re: -10 degrees , Lets open a Window...

Gata.... were you at Heathrow saturday ?

In front of mrs. G and I at the security line there was a woman wearing a leather jacket with fur collar..... the inspector told her to take that off....
under that she was wearing a scarf and no less than 4 hoodies, which she took off one at a time ( don't worry dear, we only have a plane to catch !! ) until she got down to Tshirt level.
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Hi All,

Little gripe im having at work, it can be pelting down with snow and hail and be -15 degrees outside but i find some people at the place i work, particulary the Swiss, seem to love to open up the windows ...and leave them open turning most of the people around me , including myself, into creeking, shivering , frost-bitten things ...ok rant over ..continue as normal.
Oh, my god, seriously. At work, I was always freezing in winter. The Swiss install triple-glazed super-insulating windows to save energy -- and then open them for a few hours a day in the dead of winter. Because "es stinkt" or "es hat keine Luft" or some such nonsense.

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Yup. That's what I've noticed too. They seem terrified of draughts and all the dangers within.
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Yes, I have yet to meet a Swiss that didn't mind me opening a window, even a smidge, to let in some air.
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You can die from draughts, apparently.
Quite right. During those times of year when you would want to open a window -- spring and summer, perhaps -- then "es zieht" and they want it all closed.

Thank GOD I now share the same office with just one coworker, an American, who agrees with me on this. So much comfortable for me than the cold-loving German who was there before.
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Old 17.05.2011, 20:50
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Gata.... were you at Heathrow saturday ?

In front of mrs. G and I at the security line there was a woman wearing a leather jacket with fur collar..... the inspector told her to take that off....
under that she was wearing a scarf and no less than 4 hoodies, which she took off one at a time ( don't worry dear, we only have a plane to catch !! ) until she got down to Tshirt level.
Really?!?

Thats too much even for me. I can understand the feeling though
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Re: -10 degrees , Lets open a Window...

What is this thread about?
It is spring!!!
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Old 17.05.2011, 21:15
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Re: -10 degrees , Lets open a Window...

Typically when a window is opened a door is closed to avoid a draft (as an aside, what is the correct way to spell this as someone else spelled it draught).
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I think I've converted my hubby, now that he's had 3 years living with me and hasn't been sick any more than usual.


Alas, the OP wouldn't be any happier with me as I really hate to be hot, even the least bit. So, even sitting here at a mere 15°C, I have the windows and terrace door open, even though it means I have to wear long pants, slippers and a cozy old sweatshirt.
Scratching my head, whats wrong with todays yougth
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Old 17.05.2011, 21:17
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But actually I have found quite the opposite, that the Swiss seem to have quite a fear of open windows and fresh air in buildings....
I never complain about 'Swiss' things, I live in their country they can do what they want.. But the window issue does bug me. For a country famed for snow and the outdoors in general everyone does seem a little Nesh
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Old 17.05.2011, 21:20
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Gata.... were you at Heathrow saturday ?

In front of mrs. G and I at the security line there was a woman wearing a leather jacket with fur collar..... the inspector told her to take that off....
under that she was wearing a scarf and no less than 4 hoodies, which she took off one at a time ( don't worry dear, we only have a plane to catch !! ) until she got down to Tshirt level.
Hoody smuggler
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Re: -10 degrees , Lets open a Window...

I also have to disagree with the original post. The Swiss seem to love heat and rarely ever open a window. The fact that people wear leather jackets in early summer is enough said...
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Old 17.05.2011, 22:09
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Re: -10 degrees , Lets open a Window...

My office is kept at a constant minimum of 27 degrees (yes I monitor it)........and they wonder why I wear summer clothes to work and never wear long sleeves or a jumper ....

I get to work early and open all the windows , they arrive later and shut them all before they dare take their coats off ...I have no say in the matter .....but it drives me nuts !!!!
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I also have to disagree with the original post. The Swiss seem to love heat and rarely ever open a window. The fact that people wear leather jackets in early summer is enough said...
As a good rule of thumb, 90% of those folks wearing leather jackets are not Swiss.
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Yup. That's what I've noticed too. They seem terrified of draughts and all the dangers within.
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You can die from draughts, apparently.

They might be right.. Being from Norway, I have been brought up fully aware of the dangers of the draught.

The rule goes as follows:
-A breeze (outside) is healthy and good for you.
-Airing out a room (opening only one window) is ok.
-A draught on the other hand, meaning two or more windows open on opposite sides of the house, creating an airflow through the hous, and "indoor breeze" is you will, is sure to kill you off almost instantly.

No idea why this is, but my grandmother told me so, so it must be true.
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