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Re: Journalism is a Class Act: "Black Skin" in Swiss Newspapers

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Captain Greybeard- I love that quote by Whoopy- when do you hear people, like my relatives in the USA, say they are Swiss-Americans, or British-Americans, or German-Americans, or Italian-Americans, etc,?
I always assumed that ****-American is some kind of parody of the real stuff....
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I always assumed that ****-American is some kind of parody of the real stuff....
I have no idea what would make you think that???



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Old 16.03.2015, 22:40
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I always assumed that ****-American is some kind of parody of the real stuff....
Umm. they are.

I have Italian-American nieces and nephews who speak no Italian.

I have non-Italian-American nieces and nephews (and a sister) who do.

I have kids without a drop of Italian ancestry who speak Italian as their mother tongue.

The only thing blood-wise my Swiss wife and I have in common is Polish ancestors (and until she married me, she had a Polish surname, 150 years after her great grandfather came her as a political refugee)

Meanwhile, my kids are Can-Am Swiss.

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Old 17.03.2015, 22:00
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Please do share the story black Wolli. I'm quite eager to hear this one.

Well I just heard the Police chief saying "with a nose like yours I would not try to take aircraft photos at a US Airport" I no longer heard the rest of his litany as the blood in my ears was too loud
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Well I just heard the Police chief saying "with a nose like yours I would not try to take aircraft photos at a US Airport" I no longer heard the rest of his litany as the blood in my ears was too loud


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Old 18.03.2015, 23:22
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I during the Encounter looked at a mirroring window and did not see any such nose , started to smile, which made the Police chieftain furious "there is nothing to be laughed about"


and then after having checked the identity of an uncle and two Cousins shouted OUT OUT OUT
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Old 18.03.2015, 23:46
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I during the Encounter looked at a mirroring window and did not see any such nose , started to smile, which made the Police chieftain furious "there is nothing to be laughed about"


and then after having checked the identity of an uncle and two Cousins shouted OUT OUT OUT
Did the hangar you happen to "visit" happen to have a sign somewhere saying "restricted area"?
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Old 19.03.2015, 00:35
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Did the hangar you happen to "visit" happen to have a sign somewhere saying "restricted area"?

There was and is no sign of RESTRICTED AREA. It was NOT a Hangar area but the public area of the airport
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Old 19.03.2015, 09:58
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Well I just heard the Police chief saying "with a nose like yours I would not try to take aircraft photos at a US Airport" I no longer heard the rest of his litany as the blood in my ears was too loud
Why do you take pictures with your nose?

You should get a camera. It's much easier.
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Old 20.03.2015, 18:32
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Re: Journalism is a Class Act: "Black Skin" in Swiss Newspapers

then surely they are just American and you kids are just Swiss.


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Umm. they are.

I have Italian-American nieces and nephews who speak no Italian.

I have non-Italian-American nieces and nephews (and a sister) who do.

I have kids without a drop of Italian ancestry who speak Italian as their mother tongue.

The only thing blood-wise my Swiss wife and I have in common is Polish ancestors (and until she married me, she had a Polish surname, 150 years after her great grandfather came her as a political refugee)

Meanwhile, my kids are Can-Am Swiss.

Tom
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I have no idea what would make you think that???



Ahhhh Wisconsin- I'd forgotten about Wisconsin. Fortunately none of my 'Swiss-merican' relatives live there, and I never visited either (I think I might give it a miss). NY, NJ, AZ, CA and NM is where my lot emigrated to 3 or 4 generations ago.
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I now see what the fuss is about! journalism-class-act-black-skin-swiss-newspapers-image.jpg
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Ahhhh Wisconsin- I'd forgotten about Wisconsin. Fortunately none of my 'Swiss-merican' relatives live there, and I never visited either (I think I might give it a miss). NY, NJ, AZ, CA and NM is where my lot emigrated to 3 or 4 generations ago.
Actually, Wisconsin is quite a lovely place (well, most of it...) and worth a visit. Especially the Lake Michigan shoreline.

By the way, New Glarus has a fascinating history:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/New_Glarus,_Wisconsin

"In the early 1840s, after several years of failed crops and as food became scarce, much of Glarus, Switzerland found itself deep in poverty. With more workers than available jobs, the government of the canton saw emigration to America as a solution. Authorities established the Glarus Emigration Society in 1844, which offered loans to help residents purchase land in the New World. All other expenses associated with the voyage to America were to be paid by the emigrants themselves.[8] Men were offered 20 acres (81,000 m2) free of rent for ten years, after which they could own the land for a mere ten shillings per acre. Given the desperate economic conditions in Switzerland, 193 volunteers decided to leave their homeland to start anew in America."
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Old 22.03.2015, 20:27
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Actually, Wisconsin is quite a lovely place (well, most of it...) and worth a visit. Especially the Lake Michigan shoreline.
Being from there, I guess I kind of have to agree. Gorgeous hills and forrests.
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I wanted to visit New Glarus a couple of summers ago (I thought it would be entertaining to visit from Old Glarus), but I was informed that two inches on the map was "a long way to drive, actually" and we wouldn't be back in time for tea.

America's too big.
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Why do you take pictures with your nose?

You should get a camera. It's much easier.

That's not a nose. It's one of those narcissisticks people use to take selfies.
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Being from there, I guess I kind of have to agree. Gorgeous hills and forrests.
I use to play hookie from school to see the Fall colors in Wisconsin. At that time of year, its one of the most beautiful spots on earth. Best between Halloween and Thanksgiving. Yeah, I love colors.
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I use to play hookie from school to see the Fall colors in Wisconsin. At that time of year, its one of the most beautiful spots on earth.
You've never been to Vermont, have you?

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I use to play hookie from school to see the Fall colors in Wisconsin. At that time of year, its one of the most beautiful spots on earth. Best between Halloween and Thanksgiving. Yeah, I love colors.
We used to head up to Door County every fall for the colors, picnicing along the way at a pick-your-own orchard of MacIntosh apples, where we kids would climb trees to our heart's content and fill up a bushel full.

The vibrant fall colors, that distinctive smell and crisp taste of the apples, then finally walking the lovely Ephraim beach in autumn mode... some of my best childhood memories.



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You've never been to Vermont, have you?
We are debating whether to retire to either the Wisconsin or Michigan side of Lake Michigan, or to the Vermont side of Lake Champlain. Running pretty much neck-and-neck at the moment - perhaps a 'fall color comparison' trip is in order.

As lovely as a Schwyzer fall can be, the blazing reds, deep oranges, bright yellows are something I very much miss; I'm looking forward to those glorious autumn days back home. Wherever 'home' ends up being.
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