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Big chicks hating on skinny chick. I call fake- that never happens.

But in case I'm wrong, here's a kitty chillin on a Swiss dog to make things right.
Fixed that and - I'm a big chick and am more often freezing than many of my skinny friends. I think they have a better metabolism, you can feet the heat coming off them!
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Old 13.02.2012, 16:58
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Has anyone ever noticed how patronising the Swiss are?
I'm talking about things like;
being told in a warm 25 deg office any later than around Sept 14th, that wearing just a T-shirt is ridiculous and hearing 2x weekly "hesch du nid kalt??". Er, noooooooo. "Ah, typisch Engländer!" Does one REALLY have to wear a pullover when inside it's warm enough? Indeed, any short sleeves after the summer hols seems to be frowned upon as 'crazy' or weird.
Funny how in August when it's 23 degs warm they wear T-shirts themselves, but a couple of weeks later in autumn when it can be be 24, they find the need to don jackets, gloves and hats.
Or, as happened last week, a co-worker turning on my office light whilst I was on the PC, saying it was unhealthy. I wouldn't mind if it WAS dark, but it was the middle of the day, with a south-facing window. Then he goes outside for a cigarette, clearly the healthy-option. In the UK he'd be politely asked to f*** off I'm sure.
We should also all take public transport or drive Smart cars. We should finish work no later 5pm on fridays, not do ANY work saturday/sunday even if paid well-and start work no later than 7:30am monday mornings.
Also, it's a pain in the rear to always hear how us english-speakers should do more sport, not eat bacon & eggs every morning for breakfast (duhh!) and of course not drink as much alcohol (because it's apparently "bad for our us"). I already do those things they recommend in moderation, but they find it a fantastic topic of conversation always to tar us patronisingly with their same racist brush.
Oops, did I say racist?
I just went outside ,in Boxers ,slippers, no socks ,'T" shirt ,to get some fire wood to keep warm.I am SwissWhat you think of that ?
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Let me remind you that you are now in Switzerland not England.
Accept their way of life no matter how annoying and trivial it may seem and live here happily ever after.
Don't accept and become Victor Meldrew (Grumpy old man for those not from the UK) and live a life of being at annoyed until you move back to the UK.
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I just went outside ,in Boxers ,slippers, no socks ,'T" shirt ,to get some fire wood to keep warm.I am SwissWhat you think of that ?
Your bad ass
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Let me remind you that you are now in Switzerland not England.
Accept their way of life no matter how annoying and trivial it may seem and live here happily ever after.
Don't accept and become Victor Meldrew (Grumpy old man for those not from the UK) and live a life of being at annoyed until you move back to the UK.
Yes.

You are in Switzerland now, so wear what they tell you, act as they do, eat what they eat. By choosing to live here you lose freedom of choice in your life

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Yes.

You are in Switzerland now, so wear what they tell you, act as they do, eat what they eat. By choosing to live here you lose freedom of choice in your life

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The time it took you to write bull$hit, take that time to read my post again, where did I say do as the Swiss do?
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Has anyone ever noticed how patronising the Swiss are?
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Point is that after you have spent some years here, you'll be back in the UK one day wondering:

- how on earth the young women can walk round with bare lags all year round

- how the Brits can each so much stodge

- and why they don't their teeth fixed when its free or at least very cheap

- and why postmen wear shorts all year

- and why British babies don't die with their bare feet in winter or don't wear hats in the sun in summer

- and why even British double glazing lets drafts in

And loads of other stuff. And you may even be tempted to to start instructing the British on how they should conduct themselves. And then you will have become Swiss...
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I just went outside ,in Boxers ,slippers, no socks ,'T" shirt ,to get some fire wood to keep warm.I am SwissWhat you think of that ?
You're nuts by default.
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Re: The patronising Swiss

This reminds me of an experience back in the UK when I have stood in an infinite queue at the post office the lady in front of me was fobbed off when she asked if the staff could really just look to see if her parcel was actually lost or just mislaid. She was embarrassed at holding up the queue and she went to walk away. I stopped her and said she had every right to complain (as any good Swiss would do) and I was happy to wait. Guess what after quite some tutting the posts staff found the parcel.

The differences in Switzerland or any country I let wash over my head, but I take note of those that annoy or worse and equally those I think, wow that's great.

Those that annoy me here, I simply take time to really enjoy and nurture when back in the UK. But equally I enjoy and value those that work well here. I must say the way people can just do refuse collection here as apposed to London is just one big stress reliever for me (you have probably put me down as an OCD rubbish nut, and that's OK too).

But seriously, never compare Switzerland versus wherever (everywhere is different, thank goodness). Enjoy the good and cherish what you miss even more when you visit back home.

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Ooooooo! Yorkielad said the "R" word. Oooo!
No seriously come to think of it he´s right, sorry "reeet" (red rose swipe at a white rose, godda understand) I get the same thing to which my reply is "What, you Warm-duscher, no heat in you body?"
If you're from Lancashire, you're hard -- I like you, Slammer. Not only do you have good taste in cheese*, you know what to tell those bleedin' Swiss with their endless rounds of irritating comments.

* Conversation with a Swiss person :
- We also have some good cheeses in England!
- What? Urgh - you just have orange, rubbery Cheddar with no taste
- Thanks.
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This reminds me of an experience back in the UK when I have stood in an infinite queue at the post office the lady in front of me was fobbed off when she asked if the staff could really just look to see if her parcel was actually lost or just mislaid. She was embarrassed at holding up the queue and she went to walk away. I stopped her and said she had every right to complain (as any good Swiss would do) and I was happy to wait. Guess what after quite some tutting the posts staff found the parcel.

The differences in Switzerland or any country I let wash over my head, but I take note of those that annoy or worse and equally those I think, wow that's great.

Those that annoy me here, I simply take time to really enjoy and nurture when back in the UK. But equally I enjoy and value those that work well here. I must say the way people can just do refuse collection here as apposed to London is just one big stress reliever for me (you have probably put me down as an OCD rubbish nut, and that's OK too).

But seriously, never compare Switzerland versus wherever (everywhere is different, thank goodness). Enjoy the good and cherish what you miss even more when you visit back home.

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Ehhhh now makes two of usBTW whats OCD ?
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If you're from Lancashire, you're hard -- I like you, Slammer. Not only do you have good taste in cheese*, you know what to tell those bleedin' Swiss with their endless rounds of irritating comments.

* Conversation with a Swiss person :
- We also have some good cheeses in England!
- What? Urgh - you just have orange, rubbery Cheddar with no taste
- Thanks.
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Let me remind you that you are now in Switzerland not England.
Accept their way of life no matter how annoying and trivial it may seem and live here happily ever after.
Don't accept and become Victor Meldrew (Grumpy old man for those not from the UK) and live a life of being at annoyed until you move back to the UK.
I have a very close friend back in the States who is almost universally reviled for being an ***hole. whenever people ask how in the Hades I can be friends with him, I simply suggest to them that they treat 50% of everything he says as a joke and make a joke back. 9 times out of ten, they come back a week later to tell what a great and funny guy he is. truth is, 50% of what he says is a joke, I just don't tell them which half.

this pretty much sums up my approach to living abroad. even when you're wrong and the other person was serious, people tend to respond favorably to a joke back. and if they don't they're probably not worth getting upset over, anyway.

I obviously don't use this approach when dealing with police officers or pensioners at Migros, however, that would be life-threatening.
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I obviously don't use this approach when dealing with ...pensioners at Migros, however, that would be life-threatening.
Glad you got the message.
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This is for Cannut a fellow appreciator of "doing refuse collection well", OCD means Obsessive Compulsive Disorder but in the context of "refuse" is I believe acceptable.
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* Conversation with a Swiss person :
- We also have some good cheeses in England!
- What? Urgh - you just have orange, rubbery Cheddar with no taste
- Thanks.

Oh my, I would have given this person a big hug and said "You DO get irony, and I always thought the swiss didn't".... the look of bemusement as they try to work out what from their very precise comment was funny let alone ironic would leave me with a warm fuzzy feeling for the rest of the day....

Tolerance is a wonderful thing. My parents will celebrate their 47th Wedding Anniversary this year. My father hits a first innings tally of 80 in May. My mother is swiss my father is english. And I can guarantee you that as my mother quietly consigns herself to being a cricket season widow knowing how much it means to him, my father too will gently explain the "leg before wicket rule" for the 47th year in a row.

Differences of culture can lead to great things.
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