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Old 22.12.2009, 11:28
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Re: Cultural differences between Switzerland and your own country

Back on topic, observed over the last two days in the heart of England:

CH: People push, shove, don't look where they are going, stand in the middle of pavements and at the top of escalators and don't give a bollocks about anyone else;

UK: People are aware of others - if they have to stop on the pavement (even at a busy market in the middle of a city of 1 million) they look behind them and apologise, they move to the side of the pavement to have a chat with a friend, they cheerily say "excuse me" before pushing their way through a group of people, and "thank you" as they have passed.

This country is a bit grimy, very crowded and a little chaotic, but I've been struck by the good manners of everyone around me over the last two days.

It's a far cry from Cantons Zurich and Congo.
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Old 22.12.2009, 11:50
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Re: Cultural differences between Switzerland and your own country

Paris: I want to go shopping, in which area will I go?
Zurich: ....there is only one street with shops here

Paris: I am tired, why don't we eat home delivered sushi? or pizza? Which one of the 50 sushi shops?
Zurich: ...there is only one sushi shop with home delivery. It is far ore expensive and far less good. And now it is too late. I am starving.

but also:
Zurich: Tram, buses and trains are on time
Paris: they are late. Again.Hum, this is the 15th strike of the month.
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Old 22.12.2009, 11:50
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TR: when waiting at traffic lights, cars start honking at "RED" to force the cars in front to move as soon as opposing traffic stops
CH: nobody honks even if u did not move in the first couple seconds of green light

CH: usually u have chain accidents in highways because the cars move in close distance to each other, so whenever an accident happens, more than two cars are involved
TR: accidents usually involve two cars since almost every driver assumes that the drivers in the other cars are stupid, inexperienced or simply not a professional driver as oneself. Accidents, however, cause heavy traffic on both sides of the road, since everybody slows down to watch if there are fights between involved drivers

CH/NL: after an accident, both parties pull over their cars and after discussion fill in the accident forms
TR: both parties start bullying each other to intimidate. If both drivers are aged 30 or less, u might have a good fight scene

CH/NL: rules/laws are for everybody and cannot be broken (though with the latest case involving the Russian billionaire's son I m not so sure about it)
TR: rules/laws are for poor people and those not sweet-talking enough to persuade authorities otw

CH: u get harassed by junkies on the road, usually nobody helps (and they r also not advised to interfere but only to contact police)
TR: u get harassed by junkies on the road, residents around gather quickly and the police has to rescue the junkie from serious assault
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Why should anything ever change about your oh so lovely British manners eh?

Oh sorry, oh excuse me, oh yes please, oh no, don't you worry, oh thank you, oh please do, oh yes, oh no, oh that's very kind of you, oh sorry do you speak English ... oh !!!
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Oh sorry, oh excuse me, oh yes please, oh no, don't you worry, oh thank you, oh please do, oh yes, oh no, oh that's very kind of you, oh sorry do you speak English ... oh !!!
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CH: People push, shove, don't look where they are going, stand in the middle of pavements and at the top of escalators and don't give a bollocks about anyone else;

UK: People are aware of others - if they have to stop on the pavement (even at a busy market in the middle of a city of 1 million) they look behind them and apologise, they move to the side of the pavement to have a chat with a friend, they cheerily say "excuse me" before pushing their way through a group of people, and "thank you" as they have passed.
It's amazing how different people's experiences can be.

Last time I was in London I found it be the dirtiest, most unfriendly place I've ever been, and I've been to plenty of dirty and unfriendly places. Idiots purposely bumping into you to try and goad you into a fight, sidewalks with piles of vomit every 20 steps, and a KFC on every street corner. I'm hoping I never find myself in that city again, despite enjoying the museums and the borough market.

Hell, Bus drivers in London have to carry DNA kits to identify all the people that spit on them.
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Last time I was in London I found it be the dirtiest, most unfriendly place I've ever been, and I've been to plenty of dirty and unfriendly places.
Idiots purposely bumping into you to try and goad you into a fight
Probably you're just on the mid of the way or walking too slow.. ??
People walk very fast in London, but in a very "tidy" way so that no one usually bumps in each other.. and they are no unfriendly, they are just BUSY, very very busy!

But you're right about the dirtiness.. it can be so filthy! and it looks even more so if travelling from Switzerland.. last time on my way from the airport the train had the floor very sticky, the seats were full of stains and lots of food and drinks left over everywhere.. but at the same time people were kind and cheerful!
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As long as I dont get the smell of ganja anywhere and everywhere, I think London would do...
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Old 22.12.2009, 14:11
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Probably you're just on the mid of the way or walking too slow.. ??
People walk very fast in London, but in a very "tidy" way so that no one usually bumps in each other.. and they are no unfriendly, they are just BUSY, very very busy!
Trust me, these were guys actively looking for a fight.
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Last time I was in London...
Thank goodness London isn't really England.

Are there any English people there any more?
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Thank goodness London isn't really England.

Are there any English people there any more?
I would like to see more of rural England.
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I would like to see more of rural England.
It's gorgeous - if you can find a bus to take you there!

But even the cities - apart from London - are friendly. I'm in Birmingham at the moment - a city of a million, not counting the surrounding urban areas - and people were polite and friendly in the crowded market in the middle of town yesterday.

London's a world city, and a different story - a wonderful place, but no more representative of English cultural norms than New York represents the norms of the average American.

Next time come north - anywhere past Oxford will do - and see the difference!
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NL: hi Bob (my neighbour of the past 5 years - or 5 minutes)
CH: Hi Mr. Smith (we lived next door for the past 5 years).

or another one:

Spain: leave car engine running at all times; why on earth should I switch the engine off when the light is red or waiting for the train
CH: switch car engine off at all times when not driving (keeping to the speed limit )
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Ire: lets go out drinking! (meaning you will NOT come home sober if at all)
CH: "ah i think i've enough after this one" ...hmm

Ire: OMG a boob on tv!!!!?
CH: porn channels

Ire: bus should come at 8.02 - its 9.02 and you aren't surprised to be still waiting
CH: bus should come at 8.02 - its 8.03 and old woman is stamping her cane coz the bus is late (seriously that happened)

Ire: babies cry, life goes on..
CH: babies cry, everyone stops to stare or the tram hushes..

Ire: every 2nd shop on the main street has clothes for young people
CH: impossible to find even a reasonably priced going out dress.

Ire: to 7-yr old son "theres no way you're walking down the road unsupervised!!"
CH: to 7-yr old son "off you go to school, see you later, or maybe later than that if you decide to play with your friends after school"

Ire: saying hello to people you recognise, neighbours etc
CH: be lucky if you get an answer

Ire: people see kids and walk around them
Ch: i was infuriated at how many times my little sister was bowled over when walking beside me holding my hand or hit in the face with a handbag.

And also can i just say here, is it not just common sense NOT to bring a buggy to the messe? the amount of buggy jams every year should ring some sort of bell!!
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And also can i just say here, is it not just common sense NOT to bring a buggy to the messe? the amount of buggy jams every year should ring some sort of bell!!

But how else am I going to clear my way through the throngs. Works even better if the baby is crying.
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Re: Cultural differences between Switzerland and your own country

Forgot this one though:

US: Two weeks' vacation in a row NEVER happens or if it does, you're on the way out

CH: I'll be out the month of July this year.
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UK: It's the week before Xmas. Every radio station is playing non-stop back to back hits from Xmas past. From Wizzard's Roy Wood "I wish it could be Xmas everyday" and Wham's "Last Xmas" to Band Aid's "Do they know it's Christmas?" Like we could forget.

CH: Roy Wood might get a look in but basically it's just another week on the radio All the stations are playing the same limited repertoire of songs they were last week, going round in a loop from dawn till dusk when the techno sound takes over.
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US: Try to mow the lawn, have to first pick up multiple piles of dog crap.
CH: Mow the lawn, no dog crap.

US: Dig holes in garden, no problem.
CH: Dig holes in garden, find cat crap.

I have never had a cat or a dog.
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