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Coins that I can tell apart
Ha Ha........ ahhh, the 10 rappen and 50 rappen challenge !!!

My personal favourite is blindfolding someone and seeing if they can tell the difference between a 5chf coin, and a TRAIN WHEEL



I also miss our plastic money.
............ specifically, going for a surf with a 'mud crab($20 or $50), or pineapple' in the velcro pocket of your boardies, and then slipping into the bakery for a pastie and an ice chocolate drink.
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Old 14.11.2011, 15:17
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Wurstweggen can meet the requirements of the sausage roll craver, I agree. But frankly Nordsee is way off from proper fish and chips. Some of the pubs come closer, but not close enough.

Right now, I want Barbeque Shapes.
Hyper-U in Sierentz, France (5 minutes from Basel) has a product of their own brand quite similar to BBQ shapes.
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Old 14.11.2011, 15:20
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I assume you'd find the "beaches" that sprout on the roofs of carparks and the like around Switzerland for about three weeks in summertime equivalent to an Australian beach?


I agree with the sentiment about friends and family -- but no, I'm afraid you can't find any food or entertainment in Switzerland that you can in Australia. Let's start with the elusive brown sugar ...
I don't miss the beaches. I have stunning mountains and lakes. When i need a beach I can go on holiday to Bretagne, Vendee, or Greece in summer.

Brown Sugar: http://www.britshop.ch/__product/38/...ft-Brown-Sugar

A whole lot of other stuff you might want too.
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Old 14.11.2011, 15:23
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Oh heavens! I could die for a milk bar burger right now... After reading your post I just had enough of the grey and pretentious CHF30.00 burgers which have to be eaten with knife and fork .

I'm going to book my ticket for this summer ... maybe I'll see you on Bilgola Beach (or Palm ... or Newport ... or Whale ... )
very decent burgers for 15 chf at the Irish pub near Selnau (http://www.paddys.ch/zuerich/)

Of course, you would probably have to ask nicely to get chips with gravy.
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You failed.

I miss Oporto and brunch at Bondi with papers that I can read.
Interesting you'd say that, becasue I spent six years looking for a unbiased, independant, semi-intelligent news organisation in Australia and struggled to find on. There are a lot of things I love about this country - Mr. Murdoch is not one of them though...
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I don't miss the beaches. I have stunning mountains and lakes. When i need a beach I can go on holiday to Bretagne, Vendee, or Greece in summer.
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You failed.

I miss Oporto and brunch at Bondi with papers that I can read.
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Interesting you'd say that, becasue I spent six years looking for a unbiased, independant, semi-intelligent news organisation in Australia and struggled to find on. There are a lot of things I love about this country - Mr. Murdoch is not one of them though...
To be fair:
I think Natasha's comment was about 'language' not content.
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Old 14.11.2011, 16:36
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You just got downgraded to 50%
Ooh... does a downgrade come with a rebate?
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To be fair:
I think Natasha's comment was about 'language' not content.
I know, I know. Couldnt resist though. Anyway... best source for Australian news for me is the abc's local (and of course national) content:

http://www.abc.net.au/local/

Used to read on news.com.au or the Australian but it's all become a bit scary, right-wing, irrational and commercial for me...

I quite like some of the papers in Switzerland. Quite a few of them have good investiugative journalism rather than cheap news-grabs from Reuters. Of course, your free-papers like 20min or Blick am Abend aren't part of that group. The Tages-Anzeiger though is I would say. But of course, you might have to learn German first.
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Totally agree with the ABC on line as the best source of Australian news.

At the moment I'm missing big, blue skies and glaring sunlight, beaches, the smell of hot eucalyptus leaves, affordable and delicious Asian food, decent lattés (even a semi-decent babycino for my kids - how hard is it to froth milk and put it in an espresso cup with a sprinkle of chocolate on top?!), choc raspberry bullets and vegemite on toasted Turkish bread. And, as always, my family and close friends.
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...choc raspberry bullets and vegemite on toasted Turkish bread...
Lets not go there! Some say the stuff is against the Geneva convention!
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Some say the stuff is against the Geneva convention!
Wrong, wrong, wrong! I think you'll actually find that it features in the Geneva Conventions alongside the cigarette ration as one of the essential items to be made available to all POWs.
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I miss the Outback, red sand, the beaches and MEAT PIES.
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Easy solution, learn German and/or read SwissInfo.

Sausage rolls - Wurstweggen, find them all over the place
Fish and Chips - Nordsee (Zürich HB, Zürich airport) and also at English pubs like Pickwicks etc.

Oporto? Seriously? Buy a cooked chook from the supermarket or get some breasts , marinade them, grill them, and put them in a bun with some salad, cheese, bacon if you like.

If you are going to miss something about Australia, miss your friends and family. You can source any food and entertainment here than you can there.
I respect your comment regarding friends and family but geez, fish and chips at pickwicks is like carboard compared to the real aussie stuff (complete with vietnamese-aussie owners)
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I respect your comment regarding friends and family but geez, fish and chips at pickwicks is like carboard compared to the real aussie stuff (complete with vietnamese-aussie owners)
I miss Charlie...the Chinese food bar owner!
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Totally agree with the ABC on line as the best source of Australian news.

At the moment I'm missing big, blue skies and glaring sunlight, beaches, the smell of hot eucalyptus leaves, affordable and delicious Asian food, decent lattés (even a semi-decent babycino for my kids - how hard is it to froth milk and put it in an espresso cup with a sprinkle of chocolate on top?!), choc raspberry bullets and vegemite on toasted Turkish bread. And, as always, my family and close friends.
This, minus the vegemite.
You've just reminded me that particularly at this time of year I miss those big, bright skies the most.

Oh and for 100%, don't tell me to go up a mountain to get above the fog. The skies and light are nowhere near the same.
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Totally agree with the ABC on line as the best source of Australian news.
Insight + QA fulfill my need to feel engaged at home and it keeps me out of the media cycle!
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I miss cheap Vietnamese and Chinese food on Victoria St in Melbourne
Going to Portsea surf beach
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Yes to alot of the above. Specifically the BBQ shapes (dad mails them to me for birthdays), beaches, cheap vietnamese on Victoria st, and Saturday mornings and afternoons that actually feel relaxing. I have found a couple of good vietnamese places here but no salad rolls and I am yet to find a good salt & pepper squid.

I also miss markets like Vic market and south Melb a lot, detailed over on this thread here:

Coop caught selling old meat as new

As for old Rupert from Adelaide, he's been at bit of a silly old bloke lately, but at least he don't send the heavies around to yer flat for the crime of owning at TV, unlike these well-organised criminal gangs:

www.billag.ch
http://www.bbc.co.uk/aboutthebbc/licencefee/
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As for old Rupert from Adelaide, he's been at bit of a silly old bloke lately, but at least he don't send the heavies around to yer flat for the crime of owning at TV, unlike these well-organised criminal gangs:

www.billag.ch
http://www.bbc.co.uk/aboutthebbc/licencefee/
Disagree. Creating a massive demagoguery through his ginormeous media monster that owns more or less the entire market and strategically running the media cycle on a more and more right wing basis where anyone mumbling the words "climate change" gets branded an eco-terrorist and over the long run driving the political agenda with your propaganda filled newspapers afer having completely destroyed all independant quality journalisms in a country is worse than taking 500.- of each household.
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