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Old 02.05.2014, 05:28
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I'd like to complain that no-one has complained about the closure of so many shops on 1st May this year. The day has almost gone and there must surely be those among the EF members who feel thwarted, who have empty spaces in their refrigerators, who suffer in a sort of putrid silence maybe, who have no crisps, maybe no bacon (for butties), and worst of all, maybe even no beer. I'd like to go on with this list of possible failing commodities but quite honestly to make it longer would be in vain, for, I recognise that should things really get desperate there are those consumer heavens dotted about the landscape which have not yet been closed or have even been allowed to open by those bl**dy Swiss voters who remain so stuck in the bl**dy Swiss mud.
Admittedly any opportunity offered to the would-be (and would-be welcome) discerning purchaser(s) by opened emporiums, allowed to open only by legal exceptions to the law in general and owned in the main by those who coldly and completely disregard the teachings of Marx and Engels has to be taken with effort. But it's this very point which shows how many members, now obviously becoming slowly integrated into the way of life offered by a culture far removed from 'time is money', 'the customer is king' and 'twentyfour/seven', have taken the trouble to plan for such an emergency. We can be thankful that the danger was, in general, recognised in time even by those not acquainted with the odd habits of the Swiss. Whereby I'm also pretty sure that the EF lady members and the wives of the male EF members are gradually getting to grips with the challenges facing life in a foreign country. It was, after all, (but of course without elephant fever, malaria and other tropical illnesses) much the same in the beginning in India and what is now laughingly called Sri Lanka - god knows what airs these natives allow themselves.


But, no doubt the day will end in gloom. Not only for the proprietors of these restricted-in-freedom retail establishments but also for the unprepared, would-be-customer, who awoke with such a feeling of completeness and who then, due to this suddenly visible, looming, terrible state of affairs, was forced to face a whole day of sheer boredom without a valid reason for getting out or else being forced to resort to a boring old walk in the woods.


Never mind it's back to normal tomorrow. And the weekend. And that boring, sodding Sunday where everything is closed again. Thank God not for the unions - real backwooders they are. If they could be forced to go to Highgate and kiss Marx's grave (a sort of Blarney Stone custom) they'd not be so cocky.


By the way, on a personal aside - I'd like the shops to open much earlier; by the time I've done my shopping the day has as good as gone.
Shops were closed on 1st May, as usual, so what =??
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Shops were closed on 1st May, as usual, so what =??
Damn, they're open again today and my bone-idle self has to find a brand new excuse not to go.
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Old 02.05.2014, 10:21
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Re: shops closed on 1st May

Busby, I appreciate your effort to entertain us.
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Old 02.05.2014, 10:44
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Busby, I appreciate your effort to entertain us.
He had nothing else to do. He won't respond today though, as he'll be spending it shopping.
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Old 02.05.2014, 11:09
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Re: shops closed on 1st May

There were about 50 wineries open yesterday in Kanton ZH.... I lost count of how many I visited (and now wish it was a holiday today )

http://www.offeneweinkeller.ch/winze...#91;kanton]=ZH
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Old 02.05.2014, 11:37
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Shops were closed on 1st May, as usual, so what =??
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By the way, on a personal aside - I'd like the shops to open much earlier; by the time I've done my shopping the day has as good as gone.
Is there actually anything in your life apart from shopping? Mine takes an hour to max 2 per week tops.
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Busby, I appreciate your effort to entertain us.

Thankfully there is someone who bothered to read my effort at entertainment. Whether the shops on the 1st May are open or not is
all the same to me.


Maybe such efforts would be better in TEXT format or whatever it is that appears on these little screens on the busses and trains. And reduced to two lines maybe...
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Old 02.05.2014, 15:34
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Re: shops closed on 1st May

could someone pop out and get me coffee filters? It's raining today and I don't want to go out.......
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Old 02.05.2014, 16:15
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Sod the shops being open or closed; I miss the nubile young virgins dancing around a pole, making pretty patterns with long coloured ribbons; stout, bearded men with silly hats and jingly bells hitting each other with sticks, almost in time to hurdy-gurdy music; and other silly activities on the village green, all as a celebration of spring and the coming of summer.
We get some of that in ZŁrich. Hippies make pretty patterns in shop windows by throwing stones through them. Policemen hitting said hippies with sticks. Virgins are a problem though. There are however certain establishments where pretend virgins dance around said poles, and not just on this the feast of St Lenin.

So the same principle as what you describe but some details may differ.
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Old 02.05.2014, 18:04
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There were about 50 wineries open yesterday in Kanton ZH.... I lost count of how many I visited (and now wish it was a holiday today )

http://www.offeneweinkeller.ch/winze...weinkeller_pi1[kanton]=ZH
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Re: shops closed on 1st May

Bacon for butties? Proper bacon? If I could find that on any day I'd be happy
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Re: shops closed on 1st May

Just a wee heads-up that the shops are closed tomorrow and some might even be early doors closing this afternoon, so if you don't want to be disappointed, or left with the last sad-looking salad, or have fight to your way through the madding crowd at Migros at the main railway station tomorrow, get yourself out for a lunchtime shopping expedition...
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Re: shops closed on 1st May

Just a reminder!
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Re: shops closed on 1st May

Not everywhere ... everything open in Canton VD (apparently, business as usual, we don't deserve to celebrate May 1st)
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Just a reminder!
Only in some cantons; it's not a national holiday.

https://www.officeholidays.com/holid...and/labour-day
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Just a reminder!

Actually, thanks.
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Re: shops closed on 1st May

Jura and Neuchatel appear to be the only ones in Romandie taking the day off.
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Re: shops closed on 1st May

Say a prayer for the staff of IKEA Spreitenbach tomorrow. IKEA in Dietlikon is closed, it's a normal Saturday in canton Aargau, people have just been paid their wages AND the weather is rubbish. It's going to be an interesting day for them...
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Jura and Neuchatel appear to be the only ones in Romandie taking the day off.
Itís a fairly recent thing in Neuch‚tel, we didnít have it a few years ago.
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