Go Back   English Forum Switzerland > Living in Switzerland > Introductions  
Reply
 
Thread Tools Display Modes
  #41  
Old 06.04.2020, 08:43
Junior Member
 
Join Date: Mar 2020
Location: Basel
Posts: 59
Groaned at 4 Times in 2 Posts
Thanked 99 Times in 34 Posts
Theoslimm has earned some respectTheoslimm has earned some respect
Re: A bit bored in Basel

Quote:
View Post
You know, there are ways to talk to people now too, you don't have to resort to chatting up animals. At least you didn't eat your squirrel, like they do in the US.
Like the idea of eating the squirrel! Certainly a novel way of 'taking the relationship to the next level' (which usually includes a different sort of eating) - do you have some squirrel recipes to share? A stir fry? Roasted and served with an acorn in it's mouth? Or perhaps something more respectful like a confit so it can be stored-up over the winter...

As an aside, I like the way Americans say squirrel which comes out as "squirl". Listening to Edie Brickell singing 'Oak Cliff Bra' or The White Stripes 'Little Acorns' always raises a smile.
Reply With Quote
  #42  
Old 06.04.2020, 16:54
MusicChick's Avatar
modified, reprogrammed and doctored²
 
Join Date: Feb 2008
Location: La Cote
Posts: 17,295
Groaned at 395 Times in 271 Posts
Thanked 20,010 Times in 10,415 Posts
MusicChick has a reputation beyond reputeMusicChick has a reputation beyond reputeMusicChick has a reputation beyond reputeMusicChick has a reputation beyond reputeMusicChick has a reputation beyond reputeMusicChick has a reputation beyond repute
Re: A bit bored in Basel

Quote:
View Post
Like the idea of eating the squirrel! Certainly a novel way of 'taking the relationship to the next level' (which usually includes a different sort of eating) - do you have some squirrel recipes to share? A stir fry? Roasted and served with an acorn in it's mouth? Or perhaps something more respectful like a confit so it can be stored-up over the winter...
I have a squirrel and she is stuffed. I would not recommend you to eat it, your mouth would end up full of....hair.

In the name of the animals that are not supposed to be eaten nor poached, etc. - no recipes for you!

Quote:
As an aside, I like the way Americans say squirrel which comes out as "squirl". Listening to Edie Brickell singing 'Oak Cliff Bra' or The White Stripes 'Little Acorns' always raises a smile.
Rolled Rs make sense to me, phonetically speaking.

I try not to listen to the White Stripes. His solo stuff is better but it is still pretty love and hate for me.

I think you should put some The Fall on and sit on that bench, see what creatures lift their heads up. King Kruel is cool, too. Gwilym Gold.
__________________
"L'homme ne peut pas remplacer son coeur avec sa tete, ni sa tete avec ses mains." J.H. Pestalozzi

“The only difference between a rut and a grave is a matter of depth.” S.P. Cadman

"Imagination is more important than knowledge." A. Einstein
Reply With Quote
  #43  
Old 10.04.2020, 18:01
Junior Member
 
Join Date: Mar 2020
Location: Basel
Posts: 59
Groaned at 4 Times in 2 Posts
Thanked 99 Times in 34 Posts
Theoslimm has earned some respectTheoslimm has earned some respect
Re: A bit bored in Basel

Managed to find a few moments in my hectic schedule and took your advice:
The Fall were certainly a spunky bunch (used to listen to Tystion back in the day); I enjoyed King Krule with his 'Canterbury Sound' (also because he was born near my manor and I recognised the bleak estuary in one of his vid's together with borrowed lines from The Streets). Gwilym was like Annette Peacock snuggled-up with Radiohead.
However, I have to conclude the local fauna were not too impressed and, more critically, despite extensive listening I found no references to squirrels at all? C'mon MC, you can find something - and no sneaky using Google - I'm prepared to compromise with other small furry animals... but this happens after 3 weeks in isolation so don't judge.
Reply With Quote
This user would like to thank Theoslimm for this useful post:
  #44  
Old 11.04.2020, 23:20
MusicChick's Avatar
modified, reprogrammed and doctored²
 
Join Date: Feb 2008
Location: La Cote
Posts: 17,295
Groaned at 395 Times in 271 Posts
Thanked 20,010 Times in 10,415 Posts
MusicChick has a reputation beyond reputeMusicChick has a reputation beyond reputeMusicChick has a reputation beyond reputeMusicChick has a reputation beyond reputeMusicChick has a reputation beyond reputeMusicChick has a reputation beyond repute
Re: A bit bored in Basel

You did your homework, I am very impressed Music is a door to better life.

I don't really feel like entertaining squirrels, tbh (my favorite rodents are a prarie dog and a capybara), but lately I have been entertaining myself with the idea of a banjo, he is a magic person with a tough life, I can hear it:



And I love marching bands, I want to go to New Orleans again:


Last edited by MusicChick; 11.04.2020 at 23:43.
Reply With Quote
  #45  
Old 12.04.2020, 13:37
Junior Member
 
Join Date: Mar 2020
Location: Basel
Posts: 59
Groaned at 4 Times in 2 Posts
Thanked 99 Times in 34 Posts
Theoslimm has earned some respectTheoslimm has earned some respect
Re: A bit bored in Basel

Quote:
View Post

And I love marching bands, I want to go to New Orleans again:
I was supposed to be in New Orleans this Easter

Instead I'm listening to the excited screams of chocolate hunters in jungle gardens... I don't recall that much fun questing for an egg since conceiving my last son.

I plan to contribute to the noise this afternoon making a frame for a painting brought back from travels a year or so back.
Once finished I'll be you-tubing for guidance on how to stretch and fix the canvas over the frame so it doesn't have wrinkles or saggy bits (if I find something useful along these lines I'll be looking for a business partner)

Thanks for the tunes. In case you don't know it you MUST listen to the interplay between banjo and guitar on The Be Good Tanyas 'In spite of all the damage I've done' - one of my all time fav breaks.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=

(hope it works this time but guess you'll get your spanner out if not)
Reply With Quote
  #46  
Old 12.04.2020, 14:05
MusicChick's Avatar
modified, reprogrammed and doctored²
 
Join Date: Feb 2008
Location: La Cote
Posts: 17,295
Groaned at 395 Times in 271 Posts
Thanked 20,010 Times in 10,415 Posts
MusicChick has a reputation beyond reputeMusicChick has a reputation beyond reputeMusicChick has a reputation beyond reputeMusicChick has a reputation beyond reputeMusicChick has a reputation beyond reputeMusicChick has a reputation beyond repute
Re: A bit bored in Basel

Quote:
View Post
I was supposed to be in New Orleans this Easter

Instead I'm listening to the excited screams of chocolate hunters in jungle gardens... I don't recall that much fun questing for an egg since conceiving my last son.

I plan to contribute to the noise this afternoon making a frame for a painting brought back from travels a year or so back.
Once finished I'll be you-tubing for guidance on how to stretch and fix the canvas over the frame so it doesn't have wrinkles or saggy bits (if I find something useful along these lines I'll be looking for a business partner)

Thanks for the tunes. In case you don't know it you MUST listen to the interplay between banjo and guitar on The Be Good Tanyas 'In spite of all the damage I've done' - one of my all time fav breaks.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=

(hope it works this time but guess you'll get your spanner out if not)
Wrench?

Canvas is normally attached by a stapling gun or mom does it with litttle nails (like 7mm) and a hammer. Youtubers thought of you, certainly.

I am not big on chocolate, somehow I am big on pickled beet these days. I'll give Tanyas a listen!
Reply With Quote
  #47  
Old 18.04.2020, 14:53
Junior Member
 
Join Date: Mar 2020
Location: Basel
Posts: 59
Groaned at 4 Times in 2 Posts
Thanked 99 Times in 34 Posts
Theoslimm has earned some respectTheoslimm has earned some respect
Re: A bit bored in Basel

Quote:
View Post
Canvas is normally attached by a stapling gun or mom does it with litttle nails (like 7mm) and a hammer. Youtubers thought of you, certainly.
Finished making the stretcher frame with leftover wood from the bench.
YouTube was it's useful fount. Interesting seeing the different approaches to stretching the canvas and sorting the wheat from the chaff. Went OK in the end and the result is as cheerful as the sunshine outside today!
Attached Images
File Type: jpg 20200413_103455 -1.jpg (126.8 KB, 74 views)
File Type: jpg 20200413_164409 1.jpg (145.9 KB, 62 views)
Reply With Quote
  #48  
Old 18.04.2020, 16:37
MusicChick's Avatar
modified, reprogrammed and doctored²
 
Join Date: Feb 2008
Location: La Cote
Posts: 17,295
Groaned at 395 Times in 271 Posts
Thanked 20,010 Times in 10,415 Posts
MusicChick has a reputation beyond reputeMusicChick has a reputation beyond reputeMusicChick has a reputation beyond reputeMusicChick has a reputation beyond reputeMusicChick has a reputation beyond reputeMusicChick has a reputation beyond repute
Re: A bit bored in Basel

What is the title you gave to your painting, I dare to ask?

I love savages.
Reply With Quote
  #49  
Old 03.11.2020, 22:51
Junior Member
 
Join Date: Mar 2020
Location: Basel
Posts: 59
Groaned at 4 Times in 2 Posts
Thanked 99 Times in 34 Posts
Theoslimm has earned some respectTheoslimm has earned some respect
Re: A bit bored in Basel

Decided to go for a proper mid-life crisis and learn to ride a motorbike.
Did the 4 hour Part 1 'Grunkurs' today on a rented Ducati in the cold rainy darkness with what felt like a an enormous pumpkin on my head. I'm thinking this could be the best way to tackle the challenge as it's much less scary to be out in the city on a strange new conveyance when you can't see a damn thing.

Just going outside, I may be some time....
Reply With Quote
  #50  
Old 03.11.2020, 23:58
Sultan of Swing's Avatar
Member
 
Join Date: Jan 2017
Location: Bäärn
Posts: 201
Groaned at 11 Times in 8 Posts
Thanked 123 Times in 75 Posts
Sultan of Swing has earned the respect of manySultan of Swing has earned the respect of manySultan of Swing has earned the respect of many
Re: A bit bored in Basel

Quote:
View Post
Decided to go for a proper mid-life crisis and learn to ride a motorbike.
Did the 4 hour Part 1 'Grunkurs' today on a rented Ducati in the cold rainy darkness with what felt like a an enormous pumpkin on my head. I'm thinking this could be the best way to tackle the challenge as it's much less scary to be out in the city on a strange new conveyance when you can't see a damn thing.

Just going outside, I may be some time....

well done! just curious how long have you been waiting for the learner's permit?
what bike are planning to get?
Reply With Quote
  #51  
Old 04.11.2020, 09:57
Forum Veteran
 
Join Date: Jun 2014
Location: Basel
Posts: 714
Groaned at 8 Times in 7 Posts
Thanked 560 Times in 294 Posts
gipfelisturmer has an excellent reputationgipfelisturmer has an excellent reputationgipfelisturmer has an excellent reputationgipfelisturmer has an excellent reputation
Re: A bit bored in Basel

Quote:
View Post
well done! just curious how long have you been waiting for the learner's permit?
what bike are planning to get?
Permit is at your address within 3-5 days in most cases.
Reply With Quote
  #52  
Old 04.11.2020, 13:00
Sultan of Swing's Avatar
Member
 
Join Date: Jan 2017
Location: Bäärn
Posts: 201
Groaned at 11 Times in 8 Posts
Thanked 123 Times in 75 Posts
Sultan of Swing has earned the respect of manySultan of Swing has earned the respect of manySultan of Swing has earned the respect of many
Re: A bit bored in Basel

Quote:
View Post
Permit is at your address within 3-5 days in most cases.

dated info, due to the upcoming law change the waiting period in canton Bern has been 3-4 weeks as of august, https://www.svsa.pom.be.ch/svsa_pom/...is-machen.html


hence I was curious how bad is the situation in BS/BL
Reply With Quote
  #53  
Old 04.11.2020, 13:21
curley's Avatar
Forum Legend
 
Join Date: Oct 2006
Location: canton ZH
Posts: 12,663
Groaned at 206 Times in 171 Posts
Thanked 14,488 Times in 7,487 Posts
curley has a reputation beyond reputecurley has a reputation beyond reputecurley has a reputation beyond reputecurley has a reputation beyond reputecurley has a reputation beyond reputecurley has a reputation beyond repute
Re: A bit bored in Basel

Quote:
View Post
dated info, due to the upcoming law change the waiting period in canton Bern has been 3-4 weeks as of august, https://www.svsa.pom.be.ch/svsa_pom/...is-machen.html
hence I was curious how bad is the situation in BS/BL
What upcoming law-change? Your website says <<Aufgrund der hohen Nachfrage>> due to high demand.
And then Bern is well known for slowness
Reply With Quote
  #54  
Old 04.11.2020, 13:32
Sultan of Swing's Avatar
Member
 
Join Date: Jan 2017
Location: Bäärn
Posts: 201
Groaned at 11 Times in 8 Posts
Thanked 123 Times in 75 Posts
Sultan of Swing has earned the respect of manySultan of Swing has earned the respect of manySultan of Swing has earned the respect of many
Re: A bit bored in Basel

Quote:
View Post
What upcoming law-change? Your website says <<Aufgrund der hohen Nachfrage>> due to high demand.
And then Bern is well known for slowness

the Nachfrage is the result of law-change https://www.blick.ch/auto/news_n_tre...d15747348.html


3-5 days used to be the waiting period in Bern as well
Reply With Quote
This user would like to thank Sultan of Swing for this useful post:
  #55  
Old 04.11.2020, 22:22
Junior Member
 
Join Date: Mar 2020
Location: Basel
Posts: 59
Groaned at 4 Times in 2 Posts
Thanked 99 Times in 34 Posts
Theoslimm has earned some respectTheoslimm has earned some respect
Re: A bit bored in Basel

Quote:
View Post
well done! just curious how long have you been waiting for the learner's permit?
what bike are planning to get?
Thanks!
Permit took a week from my old friends at the Kantonspolizei so not too bad.
I'm torn between one of the 'retro' Triumphs (Bonneville, Street Twin) or going for more of an 'Adventure' bike. Had no success asking around for places to ride off-road so maybe it will be a Triumph. Plan is to rent for completing the 3 courses then if I'm still alive, think about getting a bike, extra lesson and taking the test next year.
Reply With Quote
  #56  
Old 04.11.2020, 23:10
curley's Avatar
Forum Legend
 
Join Date: Oct 2006
Location: canton ZH
Posts: 12,663
Groaned at 206 Times in 171 Posts
Thanked 14,488 Times in 7,487 Posts
curley has a reputation beyond reputecurley has a reputation beyond reputecurley has a reputation beyond reputecurley has a reputation beyond reputecurley has a reputation beyond reputecurley has a reputation beyond repute
Re: A bit bored in Basel

Quote:
View Post
Thanks!
Permit took a week from my old friends at the Kantonspolizei so not too bad.
I'm torn between one of the 'retro' Triumphs (Bonneville, Street Twin) or going for more of an 'Adventure' bike. Had no success asking around for places to ride off-road so maybe it will be a Triumph. Plan is to rent for completing the 3 courses then if I'm still alive, think about getting a bike, extra lesson and taking the test next year.
You don't need to take extra lessons. Just miles to get the routine, which you can get with the L.
Reply With Quote
  #57  
Old 04.11.2020, 23:27
Sultan of Swing's Avatar
Member
 
Join Date: Jan 2017
Location: Bäärn
Posts: 201
Groaned at 11 Times in 8 Posts
Thanked 123 Times in 75 Posts
Sultan of Swing has earned the respect of manySultan of Swing has earned the respect of manySultan of Swing has earned the respect of many
Re: A bit bored in Basel

Quote:
View Post
Thanks!
Permit took a week from my old friends at the Kantonspolizei so not too bad.
I'm torn between one of the 'retro' Triumphs (Bonneville, Street Twin) or going for more of an 'Adventure' bike. Had no success asking around for places to ride off-road so maybe it will be a Triumph. Plan is to rent for completing the 3 courses then if I'm still alive, think about getting a bike, extra lesson and taking the test next year.

indeed off-road kms are almost impossible to rack up in CH, there is some occasional gravel here and there, but not much.

Triumphs are nice(their clothing is great btw), just asked in case you were after a modern street bike, as a forum member has(had?) one for sale.
Reply With Quote
  #58  
Old 04.11.2020, 23:33
Sultan of Swing's Avatar
Member
 
Join Date: Jan 2017
Location: Bäärn
Posts: 201
Groaned at 11 Times in 8 Posts
Thanked 123 Times in 75 Posts
Sultan of Swing has earned the respect of manySultan of Swing has earned the respect of manySultan of Swing has earned the respect of many
Re: A bit bored in Basel

Quote:
View Post
You don't need to take extra lessons. Just miles to get the routine, which you can get with the L.

it depends how many figure 8's or slaloms or hill starts or Spurgasse's or emergency braking will one do during those miles. Also depending on the canton riding with a passenger might be on the agenda, and doing that on your own is allowed with another A-licensed driver(likely an instructor, if no buddy with A is around). So a lesson or two might be just cheaper than using one of the three attempts given for the test.
Reply With Quote
This user would like to thank Sultan of Swing for this useful post:
  #59  
Old 05.11.2020, 09:25
Forum Veteran
 
Join Date: Jun 2014
Location: Basel
Posts: 714
Groaned at 8 Times in 7 Posts
Thanked 560 Times in 294 Posts
gipfelisturmer has an excellent reputationgipfelisturmer has an excellent reputationgipfelisturmer has an excellent reputationgipfelisturmer has an excellent reputation
Re: A bit bored in Basel

Quote:
View Post
it depends how many figure 8's or slaloms or hill starts or Spurgasse's or emergency braking will one do during those miles.
This.
Don't just ride 3000km on a highway and windy roads, and come for the exam.
Get some cones from Decathlon (or improvise) and practice the exercises you will learn at the 3-day course, regularly.
Reply With Quote
  #60  
Old 05.11.2020, 09:58
Junior Member
 
Join Date: Mar 2020
Location: Basel
Posts: 59
Groaned at 4 Times in 2 Posts
Thanked 99 Times in 34 Posts
Theoslimm has earned some respectTheoslimm has earned some respect
Re: A bit bored in Basel

Thanks all for the advice!
Found I was OK with the going slow in a straight line bit but the the figure 8 and going round in tiny circles bit was tricky and needed the bike on full lock to get round so kept putting my foot down. (I'm so used to going round in circles these days, surprised I found this difficult). Fully agree need to practice tight manoeuvres until it feels natural. Fully agree, also need lots of road time to get the gear changes, breaking, road sense and signaling to become second nature - and remember to drive on the wrong side of the road. At least I don't need to think about the handlebars being on the wrong side....
I figured going off road would help build confidence and skills needed on road plus I had a phase of off-road cycling many years ago and used to love that - trees and tracks beat tarmac any day!

Hi Curlos - regarding your question on "What upcoming law-change?"; my understanding is that from 2021, when you pass your test, everyone must have a 2 year probational period riding the lower powered bikes before you can start riding the big boys bikes (without the training wheels). However, if you complete the Grundkurs before the end of this year, you still have a 1 year grace period to complete your test then, if eligible (and if you pass), can go straight to the big bikes. So this is what's causing the rush to complete in the last weeks of 2020. (Should also help achieve a new record for bike road death statistics in 2022).
If I misunderstood then I'm sure a Fellow Forumeister will shed some light.
Reply With Quote
Reply




Currently Active Users Viewing This Thread: 1 (0 members and 1 guests)
 
Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
New (and bored) in Basel HomoSapiens Introductions 26 27.01.2016 20:26
In Basel and bored ShaneFromCroydon Daily life 21 04.12.2014 10:29
bored in Basel db38 Introductions 23 04.12.2014 07:17
Bored in Basel Solkamy Daily life 4 28.04.2011 23:18
Teenagers new to Basel - bored! Julie Atherton Family matters/health 8 15.09.2010 11:39


All times are GMT +2. The time now is 09:38.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.4
Copyright ©2000 - 2021, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.
LinkBacks Enabled by vBSEO 3.1.0