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Old 19.01.2023, 22:42
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Was on of those supposed to be £ ?

Not sure what it is today, but on 25th December £ = 1.03!!!

I try not to look at the rate too often- just too stressful and terrifying, and as there is nought I can do about it!

Last 3 months of UK pension was paid at 1.09! B*gg*r!
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Old 20.01.2023, 09:45
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When you go for a breast scan etc and the doctor asks you if you take hormone therapy. On answering no, she then states I´ll probably take homeopathy...... (but then this is more TIS).
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Old 20.01.2023, 10:52
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When you prove what people have been telling you for years, that Switzerland is a very small country, by meeting people you know all over the place - and see Swiss TV personalities and politicians on the tram…
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Old 20.01.2023, 11:13
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When you prove what people have been telling you for years, that Switzerland is a very small country, by meeting people you know all over the place - and see Swiss TV personalities and politicians on the tram…
I used to take the bus every AM with Simonetta Sommaruga, was amazed at how people didn't even seem to take notice of her at all.
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Old 20.01.2023, 11:44
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I used to take the bus every AM with Simonetta Sommaruga, was amazed at how people didn't even seem to take notice of her at all.
I used to see Phil Collins at the Coop in Vich, near Gland, with his Jack Russel (named Jack). People noticed him, but left him alone. TIS. My partner would go up and pet the dog, but wouldn’t speak to Phil.
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Old 20.01.2023, 18:35
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I used to see famous people pretty regularly when I worked in London. When I worked in the Spitalfields district I used to pass the artists Gilbert and George every morning doing their strange in time with each other walk. Tracey Emin used to come into the local shops on Bishopsgate, she was very quietly spoken and polite. I worked in a gallery along the Bankside for a bit and we used to get actors from Shakespeare's Globe and the National Theatre coming in, the ones from the Globe drank in the pub opposite us.
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Old 20.01.2023, 18:39
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I used to see famous people pretty regularly when I worked in London. When I worked in the Spitalfields district I used to pass the artists Gilbert and George every morning doing their strange in time with each other walk. Tracey Emin used to come into the local shops on Bishopsgate, she was very quietly spoken and polite. I worked in a gallery along the Bankside for a bit and we used to get actors from Shakespeare's Globe and the National Theatre coming in, the ones from the Globe drank in the pub opposite us.
Once saw Tina Turner coming out of my local Migros (Zurich). As a Swiss, it’s just a case of “oh, there’s Tina Turner”. No one really cares.
Maybe she was also in on the carrot price reduction.
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Old 20.01.2023, 18:48
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I used to take the bus every AM with Simonetta Sommaruga, was amazed at how people didn't even seem to take notice of her at all.
I wouldn't either, as she was from the wrong group.

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Old 20.01.2023, 20:06
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Re: You know you've been in Switzerland for too long when...

No one really cares.

Pretty much the same in London, you often don't realise it was a famous person until they've walked past. Most are pretty ordinary looking anyway. Only one I was really shocked by was Mary Archer, she opened an exhibition for us and certainly didn't look like the "fragrant Mary' as described at Jeffrey's court case in the 80s. She had severely dyed black hair. a sallow complexion and was quite skinny.
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Old 20.01.2023, 21:54
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Re: You know you've been in Switzerland for too long when...

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Or you go for a breast scan and the doctor is a male and he's the only other person in the room. Years ago in Canada I worked as a medical assistant in a GP's cabinet and no male doctor would have ever be allowed to be alone in a room with a semi-naked woman.

Here it's normal practice, and I think it's perfectly fine. We're all adults, after all...
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Old 20.01.2023, 21:57
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Or you go for a breast scan and the doctor is a male and he's the only person in the room. 20 years ago in Canada I worked as a medical assistant in a GP's cabinet and no male doctor would have ever be allowed to be alone in a room with a semi-naked woman.

Here it's normal, and I think it's perfectly fine. We're all adults, after all...
I would be fine with that. Had several male gynaecologists, so why not for scans and other things?
Hubby has a female urologist (if that is the right word?).
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Old 20.01.2023, 22:09
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Once saw Tina Turner coming out of my local Migros (Zurich). As a Swiss, it’s just a case of “oh, there’s Tina Turner”. No one really cares.
Maybe she was also in on the carrot price reduction.
30 years ago, I used to hang out with the bass player of Gotthard, as both of us were useless at Italian back then.

Meanwhile, once at the local bar, Leo (Gotthard guitarist) came up to me me to introduce himself!

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Old 20.01.2023, 22:47
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Old 20.01.2023, 23:18
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LOL - ah well. Then you get to my age and think life is far far too short
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Old 21.01.2023, 01:52
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Sure, totally unannounced isn't really kosher anywhere. The point being, the Swiss definition of "spontaneous" is "lets make a plan, but no sooner than a week from today".
My ex boss (Swiss) once said “it is lovely weather, we should have a spontaneous bbq next week” and I freaked him out by organising one for the next day (wasn’t easy for me to wait that long, I’m British, in Manchester if it stops raining for more than 15 minutes the bbq is lit)

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Or you go for a breast scan and the doctor is a male and he's the only other person in the room. Years ago in Canada I worked as a medical assistant in a GP's cabinet and no male doctor would have ever be allowed to be alone in a room with a semi-naked woman.

Here it's normal practice, and I think it's perfectly fine. We're all adults, after all...
Indeed, last gyne exam I was nekked from the waist down getting everything checked, then he wanted to check the boobs so I just whipped my tops off. Took me a few minutes to realise I only had my socks and watch on. Lol.
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Re: You know you've been in Switzerland for too long when...

I asked ChatGPT ‘Give me 10 answers to the following statement’: You know you have been in Switzerland too long when….

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You start to speak with a Swiss accent.
You find yourself constantly punctual and precise.
You become obsessed with chocolate and cheese.
You begin to appreciate the beauty of mountains and nature more than ever before.
You begin to appreciate the efficiency and cleanliness of public transportation.
You find yourself speaking more than one language fluently.
You start to appreciate the Swiss bank account and financial system.
You become addicted to the Swiss hiking and outdoor lifestyle.
You start to appreciate the Swiss work-life balance and focus on leisure time.
You find yourself missing Swiss culture and traditions even when away from the country.
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Old 21.01.2023, 11:33
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When going to bed is out of the question without first watching 10vor10.
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Old 21.01.2023, 11:51
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Re: You know you've been in Switzerland for too long when...

And chatGPT even gives different answers to the same question:

You start to feel like fondue is a basic food group.
You find yourself constantly apologizing for being late, even when you're on time.
You start to appreciate the precision and efficiency of Swiss trains.
You get used to paying high prices for everyday items.
You can navigate the public transportation system with ease.
You find yourself constantly staring at the beautiful Swiss landscapes.
You start to feel guilty for not speaking at least three languages fluently.
You get used to the constant punctuality of the Swiss.
You start to crave chocolate and cheese on a regular basis.
You miss the convenience of 24/7 availability of shops and services.
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Old 21.01.2023, 11:54
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You start to speak with a Swiss accent.
Said to a former girlfriend once that I spoke Swiss-German:

"no, you speak Schriftdeutsch with a Swiss accent!"

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