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Old 06.10.2010, 19:18
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Such places are places where you can learn more about some really serious + determined drinking No eye-contact is needed for that, not least as the chaps need their viewing capabilities for finding the way back to base .
After 17 years in the military(79-96), I can tell you, stare all you like, just don't go near me beer. Never needed eyes for RTB, as feet were trained to get us home without any input from the brain, which was usually already on holiday for the night :-)
We always got stared at constantly by the locals, they never really liked us, but they always had the good sense to remain distant.

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Old 06.10.2010, 19:51
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Re: The sport of staring.....

From good original sources I have heard that the old men (uncle types ) are the worst category when it comes to staring
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Old 06.10.2010, 20:40
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Re: The sport of staring.....

No kidding, I've been here over a year now and I've never realised this staring matter...or is it because after living in China and Bangladesh , I find here that people hardly stare?
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Old 06.10.2010, 20:42
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Re: The sport of staring.....

I've been 12y in this country, taking on a weekly basis trains and public transport and never actually noticed this staring thing.
Could it be an anglo-saxon specificity ?
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Old 06.10.2010, 20:45
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Could it be an anglo-saxon specificity ?
I strongly suspect it might be.

But, as you know, Anglo-Saxon culture is the standard by which all other (inferior) cultures must be judged.

Now go and make me a cup of tea...
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Old 06.10.2010, 20:46
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From good original sources I have heard that the old men (uncle types ) are the worst category when it comes to staring
Really? I've never found that. To be honest the 'worst category' in Zurich seem to be the fashionably dressed young women. It's like they think all of life is a catwalk.

Old ladies tend to make conversation (usual opening gambit - "ist das eine Socke, oder?" I was knitting an armadillo the week before last, and some old dear asked me if it was a sock!) and old men just smile benignly; once they get a smile and a nod back they normally turn and look out the window.
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Old 06.10.2010, 20:49
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I strongly suspect it might be.

But, as you know, Anglo-Saxon culture is the standard by which all other (inferior) cultures must be judged.

Now go and make me a cup of tea...
no, let me stare at you a few minutes to spot that place with stitches that I need to push on
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Old 06.10.2010, 21:39
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Re: The sport of staring.....

I do get the stare thing. I don't mind anymore but when it is a tad too much I stare back and give the very bored look (especially when the person looks creepy) Sometimes, I smile and the person smile back.

Sometimes I find myself staring too... But I really try to be discreet about it.
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Old 06.10.2010, 21:56
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Re: The sport of staring.....

Funny thing is, that we had a very well known person visit us the other month and they made the remark that it was amazing that "No one stared at them" - as usually everywhere else they go -it's the opposite
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Old 06.10.2010, 22:47
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Re: Staring - a Swiss disease

yes and they are nosy parkers too

I find staring back at the zip on their pants while smiling secretly works wonders...
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Re: Staring - a Swiss disease

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Old 06.10.2010, 22:50
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Re: Staring - a Swiss disease

hate to ask this...

are you non-european? Don't want to sound judgemental or so...but

have been there, felt that, I just think it's because of ignorance...so I am not that bothered anymore! I have no time to waste on ignorance...
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After 17 years in the military(79-96), I can tell you, stare all you like, just don't go near me beer. Never needed eyes for RTB, as feet were trained to get us home without any input from the brain, which was usually already on holiday for the night :-)
We always got stared at constantly by the locals, they never really liked us, but they always had the good sense to remain distant.

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17 years military service ? OMG I had enough after first three weeks each year for 13 years and then one week each second year for an additional 6 years, and was so happy to hand over all that stuff to those in charge
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Old 07.10.2010, 13:47
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Re: The sport of staring.....

I get a lot of stares (but not cause i look like Brad Pitt), so i do the 1-2 look... if i happen to find someone staring at me, i look away, and then look back at them 2 seconds later to see whether they are still staring, with a knowing "caught-you-staring" look on my face. They usually look away at that point.
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Old 07.10.2010, 14:21
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Re: The sport of staring.....

I think you should all be celebrating the fact that staring is rife in Switzerland as it's symptomatic of a safe society.

Think about it....

You don't go staring at people on the NYC subway, or the London Underground or for that matter a pub in the North of England. You're likely to be asked "WTF are you looking at ?" followed by anything ranging from a barracking to a head butt.

I've been on a train in the UK as a kid when a drunken steel worker beat the living daylights out of an office worker for looking at him "in the wrong way".

The fact that casual staring is seen as a problem or an annoyance by expats in Switzerland shows how far they've come.

I'm arriving in January - can't wait to be stared at.
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You don't go staring at people on the NYC subway, or the London Underground or for that matter a pub in the North of England. You're likely to be asked "WTF are you looking at ?" followed by anything ranging from a barracking to a head butt.
Brilliant!
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Old 07.10.2010, 14:41
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Brilliant!
Isn't it? A disenfranchised person with little to be proud of can be prone to going berserk at the slightest provocation. Alfred Lubano wrote about this.
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Isn't it? A disenfranchised person with little to be proud of can be prone to going berserk at the slightest provocation.
You've been to Cannock, I can tell!
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Isn't it? A disenfranchised person with little to be proud of can be prone to going berserk at the slightest provocation. Alfred Lubano wrote about this.
I meant the North of Engand part Richard. Like you pop into a pub in Essex and everyone is there reading Keats ? I went to see West Ham play once, bloody site more scary than pubs in the North of England, which I say having grown up there.
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Re: The sport of staring.....

I haven't, but you can find this sort of thing in both small and large working-class cities in all parts of the US. Young men who have no excellence or pride in any aspect of their life will often resort to the one thing they can actually do: beating the crap out of people.
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