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The patronising Swiss

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?
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Re: The patronising Swiss

Welcome to the Forum...see its your first post.
maybe then also it means...welcome to Switzerland
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And you are off to an interesting start here! Welcome and hang on for what may prove to be a wild ride......
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Welcome to the English Forum. The Complaints Corner is over there...

This is Switzerland, after all. Must keep our forum tidy.
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Uh oh. Looks like someone has a case of the Mondays....
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Anybody want some?

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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?
Odd, been here almost 17 years and never come across any of this. Maybe you just have weird colleagues? Then again, I generally don't like to generalise.
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Welcome to the forum. Mega first post!
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Re: The patronising Swiss

1. You should wear something warmer. This is winter, you know.
2. You shouldn't eat bacon and eggs every morning. Your heart will be grateful.
3. Speaking of heart, you should do a bit of sport. It would put a bit of color in your face.
4. And really, watch the alcohol. It's starting to make you seem out of control.
5. Stop whining about the Swiss and improve your own life.
6. If you truly feel you are happy with yourself, then tell them. It's not a big deal.
7. What does this all have to do with being racist? Your friends are looking out for you.
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Re: The patronising Swiss

My goodness! Where do you work?

It does sound like you are in with a quite peculiar bunch - although I understand well your observations of attire being unrelated to climatic conditions. It can (and often is) pretty rough around the end of July/beginning of August - like barely in double digits degrees C and yet people wear less clothing than the often far nicer early May/late September.
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Uh oh. Looks like someone has a case of the Mondays....
I wonder if there is such thing as an "I Hate the Patronizing Swiss" piece of flair?
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Re: The patronising Swiss

Last year I was at my kids sports day, helped out for the day at a stand. Was nice weather, but since we live in the mountains...breeze became cold and I put a sweater on. One of the Swiss moms (I did not know her at all) told me (in very clear Swiss german) that maybe if I eat more, I would not get cold . I could not believe my ears, as she was standing with her 3 other friends, all very impressed with themselves. they have been really horrible whole time by excluding me from any conversation, even taking coffee breaks only by themselves.
I only replied shortly Thank you very much for your input/advise ....
but I honestly wanted to go home after that. was it not for my kids, I would have left.
But to put the record straight... it was quite funny and 'rich' coming from this lady, as she was actually big to say the least. So in the evening when I told hubby, he was first upset, but then laughed about the irony.
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Re: The patronising Swiss

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?"
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One of the Swiss moms (I did not know her at all) told me (in very clear Swiss german) that maybe if I eat more, I would not get cold .
What's this got to do with Switzerland? Back in the UK there was alway someone who told me to eat more, I must have heard this at least once a week.
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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.
Welcome to the Forum, though it is usually polite to do an introduction as first posting - tee-hee

Dont believe I would wear a tee-shirt myself around 14 Sep in an office in London, as business is more serious again around that date. Yes I would wear short sleeves, but then would have a jacket to arrive/depart the office or if greeting visitors / attending meetings.

Temperature changes wait another year or two and maybe you will more noticeable feel a change in the weather like your Swiss colleagues. It has happened to me in other countries the first year I have travelled, where the locals are wearing warmer clothes and I am still wearing more summer clothes.

Hope you settle in and get on better with your colleagues at time progresses.
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Re: The patronising Swiss

What's wrong with piss off? Works for me.

I get a few remarks when I don't wear a coat, I just point out I'm English, we're made of stronger stuff!
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