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Old 25.10.2010, 18:36
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Re: church bells 24/7

Er... I think this is mostly a "small town" issue and possibly one exacerbated by living in the mountains due to echoes.

While there is a church with bell tower maybe something like 200yards from my house, and even better on the same level as my terrace, AND another church with a huge bell tower not far (within 2 blocks about), the bells are not enough to be annoying 24 / 7.

They do ring for 10 to 15min around about 10:45am on Sundays, 7pm (now 6pm) weekdays and 5pm Saturdays, the rest of the time there is a short chime to mark the hour (not even full "time count") and maybe another to mark the halves.

This is the reason I think that it is a "small town" thing as although Basel isn't necessarily a huge city, I think they have tamped down the ringing a bit out of consideration for the number of people who'd be affected.


(In closing... perhaps it would be better if you made sure to live in a larger town.)
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Old 25.10.2010, 18:36
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I think the church bells sound nice, gives the country a nice atmosphere. Be glad it's not Mosques and the Islamic call to prayer. Talk about simulating the sounds of hell.
I have a place in Turkey and believe me the church bells are more intrusive than the twice daily calls to prayer!
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We've bought an old Vicarage next to a lovely Church. The bells ring at 12.00 and at 10pm, and on Saturday at 19.00. And of course wedding, funerals and when there is a service (1 a month). We love it. Wouldn't have come to live next to it if we didn't like it. La Neuveville is a lovely place - but if the Church bells bother you, MOVE. (sorry). In the UK we have a flat next to a Church in a small market town in the Midlands. The bells ring on the hour, and every quarter, all day, all night - and the peels of hand-rung bells on Sundays go on for about 40 minutes. So it is not just Switzerland. If we didn't like it, we would NOT have bought a flat there! Here in the Jura mountains, cows wear bells - I love the distant sound - send me to sleep like a dream. Geneva people bought an old farm near here for holidays - and asked the Commune to get farmers to take bells off - guess what the reply was. Oh yeah.
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I think the church bells sound nice, gives the country a nice atmosphere. Be glad it's not Mosques and the Islamic call to prayer. Talk about simulating the sounds of hell.
Why? What is wrong with the sound of the Islamic call to prayer? I used to live 200 metres from a mosque in Tripoli and found the sound to be no differnt from the sound of bells here - a rather soothing sound or the local landscape.
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La Neuveville is a lovely place, i agree. I don`t live there, but my GF would like me to move in with her. It`s the bells that are putting me off a little.

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Anyway, just wanted to add my name to the list of church bell haters.
Me too!

When my toddler was a baby they would wake her up from her daytime naps and now my baby son also gets woken by them
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Re: church bells 24/7

you think you have it bad? i live in frick, surrounded by 3 churches that ring every hour on the hour and one of them every 30 minutes..

on saterday morning a bellhappy priest rings them things like there is no tomorrow.. thankfully the place here is double glazed, yet i still can here the one closest to me.
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Re: church bells 24/7

I quite like the Church bells, but I don't have to live next to them.

One of the most prolonged regular Church Bells that I have heard are those at Lauterbrunnen

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...... I don`t live there, but my GF would like me to move in with her. It`s the bells that are putting me off a little.
Change the GF, so no more bells.....


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I wonder if she is reading this? She must feel really special and loved ...
aaarrrggghhh.
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Re: church bells 24/7

I have the same problem. I live in Thalwil and the blessed church plays over and over again.

On the first time I thought: Awww, that's nice!

After 3 days, I started to thought: OMG, AGAIN!
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Re: church bells 24/7

When we lived in Indonesia, the wails for prayer ("calls for prayer" ) sounded around the clock too. My "favorite" time was the 2 AM call for prayer and there is NO WHERE where you can escape hearing it. This is not a religious argument nor am I trying to incite a religious argument. But, I would far rather church bells than calls for prayer, personally. Do the church bells ring in the middle of the night too?
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Cirencester church clock rang a bell rang on the hour every hour - so did Lincoln and Wells cathedrals, so did Ebbw Vale church, Bangor church, Lewes church. Nope, can't think of a church with a clock where the bells didn't toll the hour.
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In London we had planes going over our heads and constant traffic, police and ambulance sirens, and police helicopters - give me Church or cow bells anyday.

A WARNING TO ALL : if Church or cow bells bother you CHECK before you sign with your landlord.
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church bells 24/7

So you want to move in with your girlfriend. No commitment anxiety or anything, just .... the bells. Right? Right. You could move in, see if you can handle ... the bells. If not, you could both move. There are places you can live which don't have ... bells. Probably the other end of the village, or the next village.

The girlfriend is harder to replace than the apartment.

Just do it.

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The girlfriend is harder to replace than the apartment.
I dunno. This is Switzerland we're talking about.
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Re: church bells 24/7

I lived in a small village my first 5 years here, close to the church and the bells chimed every half hour, twice. I think it took a week, maybe two, for them to disappear from my perception.

The only time I noticed after that was when I was having trouble sleeping- then I'd hear them... 2am...2:30, 3am... I would hope each time to fall asleep in the quiet half hour; it's one thing to take forever to fall asleep and feel groggy in the morning, and another to have a clear memory of just how late you fell asleep!
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Re: church bells 24/7

It's like playing loud a commercial song. Some people enjoy it (and they're not disturbed), and the others, hate the crap (and that's with the churches).

In Switzerland you are allowed to do nothing loud, so... ... quiet.


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Old 26.10.2010, 11:19
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Re: Church bells

Merged this thread with an older one on the same topic.

See also: Bells, bells, bells!
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