OT Woo Hoooo!! New job!!

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  1. Call Me Bob

    Call Me Bob Guest

    At last!

    Looks like I've finally got myself a *proper* job again, ie. one that doesn't entail working for
    Nazis in return for minimum wage.

    Been chasing this one for short while now and although it's not 100% sure yet, the phone call I've
    had today makes a start look likely at the beginning of May (*jumps for joy*).

    So, probably off to Switzerland for a while then. Anyone been to Zurich? What's the cycling like
    there? The tourist web page thingy sounds promising:

    "Zürich is top for leisure and pleasure. Gentle hills, peaceful woods, the unpolluted lakes and
    rivers, picturesque villages and all just a stone’s throw from the Alps."

    I'm soooo excited :eek:)

    Bob
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  2. >I'm soooo excited :eek:)

    So you should be :)

    Congratulations and enjoy. You do realise, of course, that regular updates on cycling in Switzerland
    aree *required* postings on the newsgroup?? :)

    Cheers, helen s

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  3. Thus spake Call me Bob <[email protected]>

    > At last!

    > Looks like I've finally got myself a *proper* job again, ie. one that doesn't entail working for
    > Nazis in return for minimum wage.

    Congratulations!

    > Been chasing this one for short while now and although it's not 100% sure yet, the phone call I've
    > had today makes a start look likely at the beginning of May (*jumps for joy*).

    > So, probably off to Switzerland for a while then. Anyone been to Zurich? What's the cycling like
    > there? The tourist web page thingy sounds promising:

    Julian Barkway, who has posted here is/was in Zurich. He might just read this. Unfortunately I don't
    know his email address.

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  4. Graeme

    Graeme Guest

    [email protected] (wafflycathcsdirtycatlitter) wrote in
    news:[email protected]:

    >>I'm soooo excited :eek:)
    >
    > So you should be :)
    >
    > Congratulations and enjoy. You do realise, of course, that regular updates on cycling in
    > Switzerland aree *required* postings on the newsgroup?? :)

    Helen, you do realise he should not be restricting himself to posting to the newsgroup. He's going
    to the land of Toblerone! And the home town of Lindt-Sprungli! Chocolate, huge great big paving
    slabs of it!

    There's a really nice Lindt-Sprungli cafe in Zurich that is well worth a visit, even if only to make
    yourself seem like a poor slob - good food, seriously rich customers (not counting me).

    Have fun! (and pass the pralines)

    Graeme
     
  5. John Hearns

    John Hearns Guest

    On Tue, 15 Apr 2003 18:05:35 +0100, Call me Bob wrote:

    > At last!

    > So, probably off to Switzerland for a while then. Anyone been to Zurich? What's the cycling like
    > there? The tourist web page thingy sounds promising:
    >
    Congratulagtions!

    Don't know about Zurich specifically. But you will have to get a yearly bicycle permit, for each
    bike. Go to the Migros supermarket - they cost about 10-15 francs. The permit carries third party
    liability insurance.

    Each commune maintains a network of cycling and walking trails. These are well signposted.

    And try out the rail network too - it is great.

    Good luck.
     
  6. Stan Cox

    Stan Cox Guest

    "Call me Bob" <[email protected]> wrote in message news:[email protected]...
    > At last! <snip> So, probably off to Switzerland for a while then. Anyone been to Zurich? What's
    > the cycling like there? The tourist web page thingy sounds promising: <Snip>> Bob

    Swine swine swine swine swine swine. Soooo jealous. Keep in touch I'd love to know how the riding
    is. All the best

    Stan Cox
     
  7. Tony Raven

    Tony Raven Guest

    Call me Bob <[email protected]> wrote:
    > At last!
    >
    > Looks like I've finally got myself a *proper* job again, ie. one that doesn't entail working for
    > Nazis in return for minimum wage.
    >
    > Been chasing this one for short while now and although it's not 100% sure yet, the phone call I've
    > had today makes a start look likely at the beginning of May (*jumps for joy*).
    >
    > So, probably off to Switzerland for a while then. Anyone been to Zurich? What's the cycling like
    > there? The tourist web page thingy sounds promising:
    >
    > "Zürich is top for leisure and pleasure. Gentle hills, peaceful woods, the unpolluted lakes and
    > rivers, picturesque villages and all just a stone's throw from the Alps."
    >
    > I'm soooo excited :eek:)
    >

    Congrats. Zurich and Vancouver are rated the #1 cities in the world for quality of life. The cycling
    is great, the public transport works extremely well and knows what a bike is. So you can easily jump
    on a train for the weekend and whizz off to the Alps. Round Zurich the countryside is gently
    rolling, not steep high mountains. The only down side is it is a highly regulated society with lots
    of enforced rules of what you can and cannot do when.

    My sister and family have lived about 30 miles west of Zurich for getting on for 20 years now and
    recently achieved the highly prized citizenship.

    Tony

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    adapt the world to himself. Therefore, all progress depends on the unreasonable man." -- George
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  8. Andrew

    Andrew Guest

    > Looks like I've finally got myself a *proper* job again,

    Toblerone QC?

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    Andrew

    "Look laddie, if you're in the penalty area and aren't quite sure what to do with the ball, just
    stick it in the net and we'll discuss all your options afterwards."

    ie. one that
    > doesn't entail working for Nazis in return for minimum wage.
    >
    > Been chasing this one for short while now and although it's not 100% sure yet, the phone call I've
    > had today makes a start look likely at the beginning of May (*jumps for joy*).
    >
    > So, probably off to Switzerland for a while then. Anyone been to Zurich? What's the cycling like
    > there? The tourist web page thingy sounds promising:
    >
    > "Zürich is top for leisure and pleasure. Gentle hills, peaceful woods, the unpolluted lakes and
    > rivers, picturesque villages and all just a stone's throw from the Alps."
    >
    > I'm soooo excited :eek:)
    >
    >
    > Bob
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  9. John Hearns

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    On Tue, 15 Apr 2003 18:05:35 +0100, Call me Bob wrote:

    > So, probably off to Switzerland for a while then. Anyone been to Zurich? What's the cycling like
    > there? The tourist web page thingy sounds promising:

    Oh, and another bit of advice. I would imagine you will be living in a rented apartment, like most
    people. Swiss apartments usually come totally unfurnished - so be aware! All apartment blocks should
    have a bomb shelter in the basement - but the canny Swiss use these as storage rooms. You should get
    the key to a storage room, where you can keep the bike. There also should be a good laundry room
    down there. Many apartment blocks also have pram storage rooms in the foyer. These are lockable
    rooms, in which residents keep bikes and prams. A good system, IMHO.
     
  10. Pete Biggs

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    > Helen, you do realise he should not be restricting himself to posting to the newsgroup. He's going
    > to the land of Toblerone!

    Yeah, be sure to send us all a giant Toblerone, Bob :)

    Congrats.

    ~PB
     
  11. Nick Kew

    Nick Kew Guest

    In article <[email protected]>, one of infinite monkeys
    at the keyboard of "John Hearns" <[email protected]> wrote:

    > And try out the rail network too - it is great.

    Yeah, multiple privately run train operating companies ... and it not only works, but synchronises
    with the buses for local transport.

    I wonder whether anyone else might benefit from swiss expertise?

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  12. In message <[email protected]>, Tony Raven <[email protected]> writes
    >Call me Bob <[email protected]> wrote:
    >> At last!
    >>
    >> Looks like I've finally got myself a *proper* job again, ie. one that doesn't entail working for
    >> Nazis in return for minimum wage.
    >>
    >> Been chasing this one for short while now and although it's not 100% sure yet, the phone call
    >> I've had today makes a start look likely at the beginning of May (*jumps for joy*).
    >>
    >> So, probably off to Switzerland for a while then. Anyone been to Zurich? What's the cycling like
    >> there? The tourist web page thingy sounds promising:
    >>
    >> "Zürich is top for leisure and pleasure. Gentle hills, peaceful woods, the unpolluted lakes and
    >> rivers, picturesque villages and all just a stone's throw from the Alps."
    >>
    >> I'm soooo excited :eek:)
    >>
    >
    >Congrats. Zurich and Vancouver are rated the #1 cities in the world for quality of life. The
    >cycling is great, the public transport works extremely well and knows what a bike is. So you can
    >easily jump on a train for the weekend and whizz off to the Alps. Round Zurich the countryside is
    >gently rolling, not steep high mountains. The only down side is it is a highly regulated society
    >with lots of enforced rules of what you can and cannot do when.
    >
    >My sister and family have lived about 30 miles west of Zurich for getting on for 20 years now and
    >recently achieved the highly prized citizenship.
    >
    >Tony
    >
    >-- http://www.raven-family.com

    Obviously quality of life is a function of annual precipitation because Zuerich and Vancouver are
    two of the wettest places I've ever been. ;-)

    I'd love to live in Zuerich. I'd say the countryside is a bit hillier than gently rolling although
    this is, of course, a relative thing. Zuerich is conveniently placed for travelling into the
    mountains, to Lake Constance, eastern Austria and southern Germany. The southern Black Forest isn't
    too far away.

    There's a series of cycling maps produced by Kuemmerley + Frey which are very good. I believe they
    have red covers. (The ones with yellow covers are walking maps.)

    Tony's points are well made although I'd add that Zuerich can be extremely expensive, the Swiss
    reputation for organisation and hard work is not unfounded and people we've known have said that
    it's difficult to make Swiss friends. Tony's point about regulation is quite right. We once made the
    mistake of taking a short cut (in a German registered car) down a lane which was restricted to
    residents. We were waved down by a walker who pulled out his part-time policeman's warrant and gave
    us a thorough telling off. I recommend you swot up on the rules and keep to them. It'll be easier in
    the long run.

    The 'Xenophobe's Guide to the Swiss' is a humorous and not inaccurate introduction to the country.

    Hope you get the job.
    --
    Michael MacClancy
     
  13. Call Me Bob

    Call Me Bob Guest

    On 15 Apr 2003 17:16:38 GMT, [email protected] (wafflycathcsdirtycatlitter) wrote:

    >Congratulations and enjoy.

    Thank you, thank you :eek:)

    >You do realise, of course, that regular updates on cycling in Switzerland aree *required* postings
    >on the newsgroup?? :)

    I shall do my best, although in truth I'm not likely to get much cycling in for at least a month.
    Things will be pretty busy to start and as it's a new job I'll want to show willing, not go
    pedalling off to the Alps every other day, heh.

    Bob
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  14. Call Me Bob

    Call Me Bob Guest

    On Tue, 15 Apr 2003 22:04:01 +0100, Michael MacClancy <[email protected]> wrote:

    >There's a series of cycling maps produced by Kuemmerley + Frey which are very good. I believe they
    >have red covers. (The ones with yellow covers are walking maps.)

    Ah, thank you for that, I'll look out for them. Someone else (ta John) mentioned the cycle networks
    and I've been able to find a bit more info on them too, all looks very promising, however, I mustn't
    run before I can walk. I keep reminding myself it's a job, not a holiday.

    >Hope you get the job.

    Thanks, I did :eek:)

    I had another call this evening and they want me to fly out on the 27th, paperwork should arrive
    Thursday. I'm like a dog with a new bone.

    Thanks also to everyone else for the congrats and tips and bits of info etc. All have added to my
    huge grin and general enthusiastic "life's on the up" feeling.

    Bob
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  15. Call Me Bob

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    On Tue, 15 Apr 2003 20:58:13 +0100, "Pete Biggs" <pLime{remove_fruit}@biggs.tc> wrote:

    >> Helen, you do realise he should not be restricting himself to posting to the newsgroup. He's
    >> going to the land of Toblerone!
    >
    >Yeah, be sure to send us all a giant Toblerone, Bob :)

    Toblerone!

    It hadn't even occurred to me I've been that excited, not thinking straight you see.

    Not sure I'll be able to bring you any back though I'm afraid. What's the standard airline luggage
    weight limit, 20Kg? Once I have 17Kg of my *own* Toblerone packed that doesn't leave much spare
    room for you
    u.r.c lot......

    Bob
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  16. Call Me Bob

    Call Me Bob Guest

    On Tue, 15 Apr 2003 20:34:05 +0100, "Tony Raven" <[email protected]> wrote:

    >Congrats. Zurich and Vancouver are rated the #1 cities in the world for quality of life.

    I didn't know that, it will be interesting to see how the city "feels" to work and live in. I'll
    make a special effort to be happy though, I wouldn't wanna drop their average :eek:)

    >The cycling is great, the public transport works extremely well and knows what a bike is. So you
    >can easily jump on a train for the weekend and whizz off to the Alps.

    Actually I took the bike on a train trip here last week. Sadly my destination wasn't as majestic as
    the Alps, I went to Grimsby docks.

    Having rung the train timetable/booking people beforehand to check on travel with a bike I was
    dreading the journey. I got a right royal run around both on the phone and when I went to the
    station to buy the tickets early in the day. Thankfully though the trip was a joy. I pedaled to the
    station, slung my bike on and settled down with Cycling Plus. At the other end I cheerfully pedaled
    away, no fuss or bother. The return trip was just as painless, I was really surprised.

    As we'd finished the job early I'd even had time to nip over to the seafront at Cleethorpes and have
    a ride up and down the prom.

    Mint choc chip in the sunshine, ahh.... heaven.

    Bob
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  17. In article <[email protected]>, [email protected] says...

    > So, probably off to Switzerland for a while then. Anyone been to Zurich? What's the cycling like
    > there? The tourist web page thingy sounds promising:
    >
    > "Zürich is top for leisure and pleasure. Gentle hills, peaceful woods, the unpolluted lakes and
    > rivers, picturesque villages and all just a stone’s throw from the Alps."

    Congratulations. I just hope they are paying you well, or you have some perks. I just came back
    from a weekend OU school and one of my students lives in Zurich. She has a bar job in the evenings
    to pay her rent as here software engineering day-job doesn't meet all the bills! She does enjoy the
    place though.

    Colin
     
  18. Call Me Bob

    Call Me Bob Guest

    On Wed, 16 Apr 2003 10:13:32 +0100, Colin Blackburn <[email protected]> wrote:

    >Congratulations. I just hope they are paying you well, or you have some perks. I just came back
    >from a weekend OU school and one of my students lives in Zurich. She has a bar job in the evenings
    >to pay her rent as here software engineering day-job doesn't meet all the bills! She does enjoy the
    >place though.

    On my mental pros and cons list the expense of living in Zurich was the only negative point I could
    come up with. However, the company pay for accommodation and give something towards feeding me so
    things should be just fine.

    They've also offered to fly me home for a long weekend every fortnight, but I don't understand that
    at all. Choice of a long weekend off in Zurich or back in grimy Derby, and they think I'll want to
    fly home? Hah!

    Bob
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  19. Rory

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    [email protected] (Nick Kew) wrote in message news:<[email protected]>...
    > In article <[email protected]>, one of infinite monkeys
    > at the keyboard of "John Hearns" <[email protected]> wrote:
    >
    > > And try out the rail network too - it is great.
    >
    > Yeah, multiple privately run train operating companies ... and it not only works, but synchronises
    > with the buses for local transport.
    >
    > I wonder whether anyone else might benefit from swiss expertise?

    Yeah, the trains are excellant - but the sickening thing is, who set-up the train network? Only a
    Brit by the name of Brown (one of the "B"s in ABB), who built the "Spanisch Brötli Bahn" to bring
    fresh Spanish bread rolls to the towns. A national hero, but look at the state of the railways in
    his homeland...

    If you're in Migros, stock up on the "Engardiner Nusstorte" (Engardien Nut Tarts), must be about
    10000 kCal per kilo - you can cycle all day on one of them!
     
  20. Call me Bob wrote:
    > Looks like I've finally got myself a *proper* job again, ie. one that doesn't entail working for
    > Nazis in return for minimum wage.
    >
    > Been chasing this one for short while now and although it's not 100% sure yet, the phone call I've
    > had today makes a start look likely at the beginning of May (*jumps for joy*).
    >
    > So, probably off to Switzerland for a while then. Anyone been to Zurich? What's the cycling like
    > there? The tourist web page thingy sounds promising:
    >
    > "Zürich is top for leisure and pleasure. Gentle hills, peaceful woods, the unpolluted lakes and
    > rivers, picturesque villages and all just a stone's throw from the Alps."
    >
    > I'm soooo excited :eek:)

    Switzerland is pretty good. I used to work there, at Neuchatel (which is between Geneva and Zurich).
    We used to cycle regularly around the lake, and on the many other paths that my friends new.

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    they have to work twice as hard when I'm around!" -- Homer Simpson
     
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