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Old 08.10.2011, 23:13
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Beards in CH?

I've noticed the general lack of facial hair here in Zurich (beyond a 2-3 day shadow). Is it uncommon for men to wear beards in Switzerland? I'm not referring to the mountain men I saw at the cow festival I went to a week ago, but the average urban Swiss.

Do most businesses prefer clean-shaven men? Is it unspoken, or is it clearly defined as part of a dress code?
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Old 08.10.2011, 23:15
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Do most businesses prefer clean-shaven men? Is it unspoken, or is it clearly defined as part of a dress code?
Isn't it the same world-wide - just like socks and sandals??
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Old 08.10.2011, 23:18
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Re: Beards in CH?

Businesses prefer clean-shaven men.
No visible tattoos, beards or earrings.
Smart suit and elegant tie.
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Old 08.10.2011, 23:35
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Isn't it the same world-wide - just like socks and sandals??
What, compulsory in Germany and illegal everywhere else?
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Old 08.10.2011, 23:52
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What, compulsory in Germany, fashionable in Switzerland and illegal everywhere else?
Sorry Adrian, I had to fix this...
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Re: Beards in CH?

Not many beards, but an awful lot of moustaches.
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What, compulsory for Englishmen on holiday and illegal everywhere else?
Sorry Adrian and Nil, I just had to fix that.
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Re: Beards in CH?

Hey, what about me?
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Hey, what about me?
I was always certain that you were a dude, then after a certain thread I was like, "oh- CG is chick... ok" and now I'm just very confused.
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I was always certain that you were a dude, then after a certain thread I was like, "oh- CG is chick... ok" and now I'm just very confused.
Interesting. What thread was that?
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Re: Beards in CH?

Proud owner of a luscious, urban, Züri-beard right here! And who says they are not fashionable??? Nothing wrong with NOT wanting to look like one of them clean-shaven UBS bankers!
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Interesting. What thread was that?
The UTI thread.
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Not many beards, but an awful lot of moustaches.
Moustaches are easier to "maintain". I had a good colleague who was manager of a company with 150 employees in Oerlikon and his beard never caused any problems, neither with HQ in Paris nor with customers.

Moustaches had a big reawakening in the late 1960ies, not least under the influence of King Hussein bin Talal who often was enroute in Europe
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Businesses prefer clean-shaven men.
No visible tattoos, beards or earrings.
Smart suit and elegant tie.
Which is kind of ironic these days isn't it, since their reason for this is that people don't trust a beard.
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Re: Beards in CH?

I've had a beard to a greater or lesser degree pretty much all of the time since the early '80's --- but I've come to accept that not everyone (guy) can be as awesome as me.
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Who?



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Re: Beards in CH?

Clean shaven is always an option. It requires frequent care to avoid razor rash and great love and attention.

That applies to the face as well.
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Name is Hussein, QTH is Amman...

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"Erst wollte ich es nicht glauben, als er auf meinen CQ-Ruf zurückkam - dann konnte ich nur noch stottern. Wie rede ich ihn denn jetzt an?, durchfuhr es mich - einfach 'OM Hussein' oder doch lieber 'Your Royal Highness'? "So oder so ähnlich mögen jene erzählen, die eine unerwartete Ätherwellen-Begegnung mit Jordaniens König Hussein I. hatten. (Funkamateur JY1 ) .

translation: " I first could not believe it when he replied to my CQ-call, and then could only stutter. How to address the man ? Just "OM Hussein" or rather "Your Royal Highness" ? " Such are the memories of the many people who had unexpected encounter over the wireless waves with Jordan's King Hussein I (wireless amateur JY1)
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The UTI thread.
Sorry I'm late, and it's OT to boot.

As for UTI, you might know that during certain activities occurring between female and male humans the male urethra plays a very important, whereas the female one is just on stand-by and not directly involved at all. Since the urethra is one of the parts most affected by UTI, it's clear that an infected male is very likely to transfer his bugs into (!) the woman.

The other way round is much rarer. In addition to that, the female urethra, for reasons not to be dicussed here, is much shorter than the male one, providing an easier way for bacteria to reach the bladder and cause havoc.

What was the topic of this thread? Er, beards? Ok. Thank you for your attention.
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Re: Beards in CH?

I've just been curious, because having a well-groomed (i.e. no Paul Bunyan or Santa Claus type beards) beard in the U.S. was making somewhat of a comeback. I am 32, but I routinely encounter people that assume I am much younger (5-7 years on average) because I have a baby face. Its a blessing...except when you're trying to present the appearance of being mature and experienced. Many people can't seem to make the intellectual differentiation between what I say and how youthful I may look.

I had a beard several years ago. My wife loved it, I loved it. I believe people treated me as more mature and with more respect when I had it. Since coming to CH, I have regrown my beard (doesn't take long), and I am now curious if it is hurting my professional chances?
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