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Old 26.06.2007, 20:24
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Time for another totally unrelated question for the Swiss - why are there red poppies planted along the edges of crops? You can see them on the edges of eg wheat fields in the countryside.

My friends say that they are just naturally-occuring wild plants. Trouble with that theory is, they only appear on the edges of crops and not randomly distributed in the crop, and they don't appear in pasture, and they are only red in colour...
Sorry, I'm gonna have to side with your friends and MiniMia on this one: nobody plants poppies other than the Taliban and the dear people in the Golden Triangle (and maybe some Eastern Europeans and Chinese for all I know)..in Switzerland, those fragile, pretty little redheads are indeed occurring naturally. I've wondered that myself when I was a kid, but the answers were always universal..natural occurrence. Isn't that great?

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I tend to agree with bubbles on this one. The escalator example is a great one and occurs all too often, though not exclusively in CH. You also see this when you're walking on the sidewalk/pavement and no one in a group of 2 or more people coming the other way make any kind of move to give you a centimeter of space to pass the other way. This seems to happen here more often than in other places (even London with its crowded streets).

Another example is in the grocery store when people will walk right in front of your cart/trolley and look shocked if you run into them.
People are sheep, and Swiss people aren't exactly known for their visionary qualities. Imagine growing up in country where you can never ever see the horizon. There's always some frigging huge mountainy thing in the way..so why bother trying to guess what's beyond? Swiss people just go and stop wherever they think it's most suitable right now..and for many of them, that appears to be the same spot. To be honest, I have no idea why we do that...but I do like my mountainous area theory

As for urinating in aroused states, maybe we should bury that one..
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Old 26.06.2007, 20:47
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Re: Your questions on Switzerland: ask the Swiss guy

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Sitting down does not solve my problem so I pee in the bath tub when I am sexually aroused
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Old 27.06.2007, 08:29
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Re: Your questions on Switzerland: ask the Swiss guy

The next unrelated question - why do Swiss washing machines take so long to run? My apartment block uses Sibir washing machines, and the *default* time for a cycle is 2 hours. They can be tweaked back to an hour with a lot of button pushing but technophobes can't handle that...

In the country where I come from, washing machines take about 25 minutes for a cycle, and maybe slightly more for a heavy/sports wash.

I would have thought that with the environment-friendly and population density thing, that machines would be designed to run as fast and efficiently as possible... or are clothes always really dirty here?

Just curious...
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The next unrelated question - why do Swiss washing machines take so long to run?
I think it must have to do with the brand, rather than being Swiss
My (swiss) washing machine in my apartment block takes about 50 minutes for a normal cycle and 30 for the short one, which i think is the normal time.
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In my limited experience of three different brands, the standard cycle is 90mins, or my current machine takes a leisurely two hours when I put it on in the evening.

I have no idea what is doing during this time, other than ensuring the spin cycle comes on just after 10pm to annoy the neighbours.

The hieroglyphs on the front panel buttons give no clue as to function, and i have labelled them "part-dirty" and "sodden".


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I think it must have to do with the brand, rather than being Swiss
My (swiss) washing machine in my apartment block takes about 50 minutes for a normal cycle and 30 for the short one, which i think is the normal time.
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Re: Your questions on Switzerland: ask the Swiss guy

I assume the 2 hour machine cycles you speak of are deliberate "features" requested by swiss landlord associations. Let's face it, if you're only allocated use of the washing machine one day a fortnight, then you should spend ALL that time doing your washing, because washing is intended to be as miserable an experience as possible.

If the cycle only took 50 minutes then Johnny Foreigner might be tempted to do his washing then go out and commit crimes afterwards, and we can't very well have that now, can we?

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Old 27.06.2007, 15:01
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The next unrelated question - why do Swiss washing machines take so long to run? My apartment block uses Sibir washing machines, and the *default* time for a cycle is 2 hours. They can be tweaked back to an hour with a lot of button pushing but technophobes can't handle that...

In the country where I come from, washing machines take about 25 minutes for a cycle, and maybe slightly more for a heavy/sports wash.

I would have thought that with the environment-friendly and population density thing, that machines would be designed to run as fast and efficiently as possible... or are clothes always really dirty here?

Just curious...
Imagine, if you will, this here poor Swissy, in an RV park somewhere along the Alaska Highway, doing the laundry. In goes the loonie, machine does its thing. 25 minutes, done. Still dirty. Pop in another loonie, 25 minutes later: clean. My Swiss (er, well, the inventor of the modern washing machine was a German, so close enough) machine does it in 50 minutes. Difference? I had only 3 buttons to push, and "hot" prolly meant "lukewarm". Nah, I don't want one of those dumbed-down, toploader brontowashers. Gimme a nice European one with gazillions of options. (heck, I can even program a VCR). Oh, and the longest cycle on my Zug is 1h14 for white, 95°C, with all bells and whistles.
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As for urinating in aroused states, maybe we should bury that one..
obviously a targetting requirement in your averge Nipon outhouse ...

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Old 27.06.2007, 21:25
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The next unrelated question - why do Swiss washing machines take so long to run? My apartment block uses Sibir washing machines, and the *default* time for a cycle is 2 hours. They can be tweaked back to an hour with a lot of button pushing but technophobes can't handle that...
The machine that takes 25 minutes, is it an American-style top loader with an agitator vs. a European front-loader that just flops the clothes around? I prefer the former because they don't take as long, get my clothes just as clean (IMHO) and don't require water near the boiling point. My European wife does not like the top-loader because she claims the agitator destroys clothes...which is probably does, so I'll give credit on that one. The Euro-style front-loaders require a lot time spinning so the clothes can use themselves as agitators.

My biggest complaint against a front-loader is the inability to abort at a moment's notice. Say you throw in a load of whites and commence washing...then you notice that red sock in there. In a top-loader you can just reach in and pull it out. In a front-loader the door is locked (or else water would spill everywhere), you're f**ked, and now the proud owner of an army of pink clothes.
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obviously a targetting requirement in your averge Nipon outhouse ...

I'm 6'4" and my balance isn't that good. I'm guessing that would be one messy experience.

The flowers are a nice touch, though.
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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
Hey!! Exoticlactic and Tim.....quit while you're ahead. Northern England has just signed in!! (Well...NE England) We could take umbrage.....

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Re: Your questions on Switzerland: ask the Swiss guy

Like this bear who got a bit ratty when I said he was in the habit of shitting in the woods...?
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Re: Your questions on Switzerland: ask the Swiss guy

I've got a question....In 1973 my ex-husband and myself were married in Basel, Switzerland. I need to get a copy of our marriage ceritificate or license. I don't have a clue how to do it. I went to their web site but of course it is in Swiss so I can't understand it. Who do I contact to see about getting a copy?
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I've got a question....
... for which there probably is a better answer in another thread, I'm very new here myself.

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In 1973 my ex-husband and myself were married in Basel, Switzerland. I need to get a copy of our marriage ceritificate or license. I don't have a clue how to do it. I went to their web site but of course it is in Swiss so I can't understand it. Who do I contact to see about getting a copy?
The form you'd need to fill out is at http://www.zivilstandsamt.bs.ch/onli...ngsurkunde.htm, but given that that is in German, too, this may not help you too much. They also accept faxed orders at +41 61 267 67 49, so if you're really desperate, you might try faxing a request in English there.
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I've just finished a semester on intercultural communication and then stumbled upon this forum. It's extremely interesting to read about people's experiences and perceptions, expectations and frustrations. I grew up in Switzerland and know a lot about it. Been browsing the forums for the last 2 days and it seems that I'm the only Swiss guy on here, so, if you have a question that you've always wanted to ask but never dared: Here I am
Well you did invite general questions so.... I really need to find a piano soon here in Basel as I am missing playing! There's no room in my flat for a piano, and so I've tried the Musik Akademie, music shops and piano teachers, but so far no luck in finding somewhere where I can just hire a piano to use in situ to practice 2 or 3 times a week. Any suggestions? In England you can sometimes use pianos in churches or village halls but not sure where to try next here? p.s. do we win a prize if we come up with an unanswerable question
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Well you did invite general questions so.... I really need to find a piano soon here in Basel as I am missing playing! There's no room in my flat for a piano, and so I've tried the Musik Akademie, music shops and piano teachers, but so far no luck in finding somewhere where I can just hire a piano to use in situ to practice 2 or 3 times a week. Any suggestions? In England you can sometimes use pianos in churches or
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yes, you would! you would win the internet
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how about this?
A lot of purists would discount digital pianos as a viable alternative - I was one of those until my daughter took me to see and hear a Yamaha Clavinova - the upright version of the baby grand (contradiction in terms I know), the same one Jules Holland plays on tour - and it was (and is having forked out a small fortune to get her one) absolutely wonderful .

I realise that not having room for a full size piano you won't have room for a Clavinova bit check out some of Yamaha's other digital pianos - some are almost portable.
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yes, you would! you would win the internet


Yep I must admit I am one of those purists. I've tried various digital keyboards, and though some may have a very similar sound quality to the real thing, the keys just don't handle in the same way. But if I really can't access a piano then yes that would be the next best thing.
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Yamaha CP33 or P120/140 are also very good stage pianos for those with little room and neighbours.

dave

quote=swissbob;79088]A lot of purists would discount digital pianos as a viable alternative - I was one of those until my daughter took me to see and hear a Yamaha Clavinova - the upright version of the baby grand (contradiction in terms I know), the same one Jules Holland plays on tour - and it was (and is having forked out a small fortune to get her one) absolutely wonderful .

I realise that not having room for a full size piano you won't have room for a Clavinova bit check out some of Yamaha's other digital pianos - some are almost portable.[/quote]
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Yep I must admit I am one of those purists. I've tried various digital keyboards, and though some may have a very similar sound quality to the real thing, the keys just don't handle in the same way. But if I really can't access a piano then yes that would be the next best thing.
Try a Clavinova - like I said being full size it ain't no good to you - but go into a yammy dealer and try one just for the heck of it - I think you will be amazed . The action is the same as an upright - if you look inside, you'll see what I mean, just no strings .

And although the price hurts, it's still cheaper than a good real piano.
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