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Yeah I ballsed that up! Still suffering the hospitality of the Veterans Zolliken FC team last night
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Why do Swiss piano players, working in popular hotel bars late into the evening in front of an increasingly drunk crowd, think that a little rendition of "Mac the Knife" wouldn't go down well?
because they can't remember how to play the damn thing. as i said, everybody loves kurt weill.
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Old 14.06.2007, 20:47
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what's up with the irrational fear of drafts, as well as a universal fear of airconditioning? (mistaken belief that all air-conditioning makes you sick)
I must have the misfortune of being married to one of the few Swissies who loves drafts, more like strong winds, in our home. He cannot sleep without an open window, even in the dead of winter! My parents-in-law also keep their home at a 'fresh' temperature in the winter. My boss also loved 'airing out' the office in extremely freezing weather conditions. All this time I've been under the impression that Swiss people need to have their windows open at all times. Maybe I should check their passports...
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I must have the misfortune of being married to one of the few Swissies who loves drafts, more like strong winds, in our home. He cannot sleep without an open window, even in the dead of winter! My parents-in-law also keep their home at a 'fresh' temperature in the winter. My boss also loved 'airing out' the office in extremely freezing weather conditions. All this time I've been under the impression that Swiss people need to have their windows open at all times. Maybe I should check their passports...
No, you are not the only one! I think we just killed this generalization.
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Re: Your questions on Switzerland: ask the Swiss guy

Ok, I have a question about heavy change/coins:

Can we start a referendum to abolish the 5 franc coin?
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Old 14.06.2007, 21:30
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Ok, I have a question about heavy change/coins:

Can we start a referendum to abolish the 5 franc coin?
of course! it's called a direct democracy. don't expect to win though
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Re: Your questions on Switzerland: ask the Swiss guy

My (Italian) mother and my (English) wife are quite anal about drafts too, neither of them like aircon. I don't mind drafts but I don't like aircon. It's quite laughable to see people in northern England where there about 15 days a year when you have a warm night, rushing to buy them as soon as the temperatures hits 20c

I'm also Swiss, from the French part so I too found the Swiss-German weird and incomprehensible
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Old 14.06.2007, 21:40
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I don't mind drafts but I don't like aircon. It's quite laughable to see people in northern England where there about 15 days a year when you have a warm night, rushing to buy them as soon as the temperatures hits 20c
To be fair...when you're the type the goes out wearing bugger all in temperatures below zero, I suppose a temperature of over 20c is going to hit you pretty hard
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Old 14.06.2007, 21:40
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Ok, I have a question about heavy change/coins:

Can we start a referendum to abolish the 5 franc coin?
5 centimes I could understand, but what's wrong with 5 francs? (I always thought it's a bit silly of Italy to have 1000 lira notes...)

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Why don't Swiss piano players working in popular hotel bars late into the evening in front of an increasingly drunk crowd, think that a little rendition of "Mac the Knife" wouldn't go down well?
Maybe you can play it at your daughter's disco?

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To be fair...when you're the type the goes out wearing bugger all in temperatures below zero, I suppose a temperature of over 20c is going to hit you pretty hard
That's always a discussion subject with Swiss who visited the UK, the lack of layers worn by people in winter. It's changing mind you, I almost look heterosexual nowadays if I wear a coat and a scarf in Manchester on a cold night out. Still a bit iffy in Wigan mind you...
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I must have the misfortune of being married to one of the few Swissies who loves drafts, more like strong winds, in our home. He cannot sleep without an open window, even in the dead of winter! My parents-in-law also keep their home at a 'fresh' temperature in the winter. My boss also loved 'airing out' the office in extremely freezing weather conditions. All this time I've been under the impression that Swiss people need to have their windows open at all times. Maybe I should check their passports...
Again, you're not the only one.
My colleagues at work are always opening the windows and I'm freezing, come on guys, it's about 8-10° outside, that's as cold as a portuguese winter gets, 90% of the time!!!
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I must have the misfortune of being married to one of the few Swissies who loves drafts, more like strong winds, in our home. He cannot sleep without an open window, even in the dead of winter! My parents-in-law also keep their home at a 'fresh' temperature in the winter. My boss also loved 'airing out' the office in extremely freezing weather conditions. All this time I've been under the impression that Swiss people need to have their windows open at all times. Maybe I should check their passports...
errhm I am the same,I actually can't have windows closed in rooms or in our flat, i feel like i am suffocating,give me a good fresh draught anytime.
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Old 14.06.2007, 23:40
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Re: Your questions on Switzerland: ask the Swiss guy

My wife is Swiss and, yes, the bedroom window must be open irrespective of the temperature. As for AC, it never bothered me until I came to live here 17 years ago and since then I have grown less and less tolerant of it. So, perhaps it's something in the Swiss air that gets to you over time.
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To be fair...when you're the type the goes out wearing bugger all in temperatures below zero, I suppose a temperature of over 20c is going to hit you pretty hard
Too true Tim. Sunderland (where I come from) town centre is frequented all year round by T-shirt wearing lads and short skirt dressed girls.
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Old 15.06.2007, 00:23
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5 centimes I could understand, but what's wrong with 5 francs?
It's too BIG! But, let's get rid of the 5 cents as well while we are at it!
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OK so what is it with the Swiss and walking, they are all into hiking up and down big mountains, but as soon as you suggest a 15min walk from the train station they think you are crazy.

When I started work here it was stongly suggested that I would need a rental car to start because the train station was too far away to walk, and then yesterday I was viewing a rental property and asked how long the walk to the station was, I was told that it certainly wasn't within walking distance as it would take 15-20 mins to walk to it. It's actually 1.5 kms away!
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It's too BIG! But, let's get rid of the 5 cents as well while we are at it!
Are you saying that the 5 franc coin should be made smaller, or that it should be replaced by a note? I'd certainly vote for making it smaller, along with the 2, maybe they could become a funky shape to make them distinctive instead of being so big?

For the people who mentioned carrying their wallets in their back pockets - don't do it. It will mess up your lower back over time because it will get twisted whenever you are sitting, one check on the wallet and one cheek on the chair.
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Old 15.06.2007, 09:57
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....all they do is compare absolutely everything they see to how it's done in Switzerland and then precede to tell you, at considerable length and detail, why it's better 'back home'.
This is something that is contagious. We were in Brussels last week and I found myself saying to my wife very seriously: "Look! Did you see how dirty that police car was!"

An this is only after a year of living here.
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Are you saying that the 5 franc coin should be made smaller, or that it should be replaced by a note? I'd certainly vote for making it smaller, along with the 2, maybe they could become a funky shape to make them distinctive instead of being so big?

For the people who mentioned carrying their wallets in their back pockets - don't do it. It will mess up your lower back over time because it will get twisted whenever you are sitting, one check on the wallet and one cheek on the chair.
My original idea was to abolish it all together! But I think I'd be persuaded to have it made smaller, but not smaller than the 2 franc coin (ala 1/2 franc vs 20 cents). I'd be up for making all of them smaller & lighter. But the sizes should be proportional to the value. Do we agree to lose the 5 cents?

I'll start writing the petition!
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Old 15.06.2007, 12:34
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Too true Tim. Sunderland (where I come from) town centre is frequented all year round by T-shirt wearing lads and short skirt dressed girls.
I confirm this is a North-Eastern tradition. Nicky will also attest to this fact.

Maybe that's why I can't stand the sight of corned beef?
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Old 15.06.2007, 12:54
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Ok, I'll kick this off with an oldie but a goodie - what's up with the irrational fear of drafts, as well as a universal fear of airconditioning? (mistaken belief that all air-conditioning makes you sick)
I'm partly Swiss and I love air-conditioning. My neighbors don't, though. I recently set up a new split-system. I already got "the look" when I only carried the thing into my apartment. One of the neighbors told me that I'm crazy (he really said that) and that "it's only 27 degrees C inside and the humidity is 65% - if that isn't bearable, what will you do in summer?". Now I'm waiting for them to go after me because of the noise the outer unit makes. It's a lot quieter than the children playing outside and the cars that pass.

I've been fighting to get a mobile air conditioning unit into my office as well - to no avail. Even offered to pay for it myself. They lied to me and told me it's illegal to have mobile air conditioning in offices in the canton of Basel. Needless to say - I wrote to Basel's energy department and got written confirmation that the latter was utter BS. It was 32 degrees C in my office yesterday - so I relocated my workplace to the communications room where it's so loud that I have to wear ear-plugs - but at least it's cool down there.
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