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That is international cuisine

That is international cuisine

A cooking workshop with Sue Style – savouring Sicily in Alsace as presented by an Englishwoman. By Shirley L. Kearney, Photos: Sue Style In the first 2014 issue (Nr. 13, from page 28) of The Basel Journal, an interview with food and drink writer Sue Style mentioned among other things the workshops that Sue holds at home. My husband Kevin and I recently attended one such programme, which featured the cuisine of Sicily. Sue and her family had just returned from a visit to the island, where they had mainly devoted their time to exploring the food markets with the

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Comments Off   |  24/09/2014 Entertainment, Uncategorized

Powerful art in power station

Powerful art in power station

 After 60 years of producing hydro-energy in Birsfelden, a proper celebration requires some background information. By Shirley L. Kearney, Photo: Mark Niedermann In the early to mid-1900s, unstable economic situations in Switzerland and the surrounding area hindered the efforts to supply the requisite electrical demands.  During the Second World War the demands increased; in 1942 a concrete plan fell into stable hands. However it was not until 1950, that the project put forth by Hans Hofmann was accepted. On 29 August 1950, the power plant with four turbines was born and became operational in 1954.  Today the power station in

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Comments Off   |  03/09/2014 Entertainment, Uncategorized

Good news for fishing expats: you can now take the test in English too

Good news for fishing expats: you can now take the test in English too

Expats who fancy going fishing in the Basel area now face much lower administrative obstacles, thanks to Oliver Streuli. By Martin Pütter Previously, expats keen on fishing in the Basel area had few opportunities. This was not because of a lack of fishable waters – there are plenty of those around, as The Basel Journal reported in a recent print issue (No. 11, September/October 2013). But the Swiss seem to love their life highly regulated, so a few years ago they introduced a fishing test that you have to take before you can apply for a fishing licence. And in

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Comments Off   |  25/07/2014 Entertainment

Basel Tattoo tickets: a few still left…

Basel Tattoo tickets: a few still left…

By Stéphanie Erni It’s now or never: tickets are still available for the Basel Tattoo (July, 18 to 26). You can buy them here. Read the interview with Erik Julliard, founder of the Basel Tattoo in our next print issue. Subscribe  to the The Basel Journal now.

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Comments Off   |  06/07/2014 Entertainment, Uncategorized

Semi-Circle proudly presents “Calendar Girls” by Tim Firth

Semi-Circle proudly presents “Calendar Girls” by Tim Firth

Courtesy of Semi-Circle, German by Martin Pütter Calendar Girls is about a group of extraordinary women, members of a very ordinary Yorkshire WI (Women’s Institute), who spark a global phenomenon by persuading one another to pose for a charity calendar with a difference! As interest snowballs, the Calendar Girls find themselves revealing more than they’d ever planned. Based on an inspiring true story, Calendar Girls is quirky, poignant and hilarious. The film was released in 2003 and was an instant hit at the box office, becoming the number one film in the UK on its release. Tim Firth has adapted the screenplay of his film for the stage. Calendar Girls opened at the Chichester

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Comments Off   |  03/06/2014 Entertainment

The Basel Journal on the air

The Basel Journal on the air

The Basel Journal was invited to The English Show of Radio X last Tuesday. Listen to us here. The interview starts at 19 minutes. Have fun. Anna Wirz from Radio X: “This week, Stéphanie Erni and Martin Puetter of The Basel Journal came into the studio to tell us about this bilingual magazine. It contains many an interesting in-depth story in both German and English and is made for both expats and Swiss locals. The Basel Journal is published four times a year and you can either subscribe to the magazine or buy it at Bider & Tanner or at

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Comments Off   |  28/05/2014 Entertainment, Uncategorized

Basel in Portraits / Lucian Hunziker

Basel in Portraits / Lucian Hunziker

Celebrities photographed in styles from Nadar to Leibovitz By Boris von Brauchitsch What a whirlwind tour through the history of portrait photography! So you might think from viewing the photo book “Basel in Portraits” by Lucian Hunziker. And the kind of people who were in Basel! From August Sander to Andy Warhol, from Henri Cartier-Bresson to David Lachapelle – the stars of the scene seem to have gathered in order to photograph Basel celebrities. The reality, however, is quite different. A closer look reveals peculiar discrepancies: it is simply impossible that Roger Federer ever met Man Ray. After all, Man

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Comments Off   |  30/03/2014 Entertainment, Uncategorized

Basel’s cheese and onion tarts

Basel’s cheese and onion tarts

By Christian Rieder of Visitbasel.ch, English by Mandy Freschi Basel’s traditional onion tarts and cheese tarts are as much a part of “Morgestraich” as flour soup. The question here is, are they to be considered Lenten or festive dishes? The citizens of Basel really don’t care. First of all, we should mention that no one knows exactly why people traditionally feast on onion tarts and cheese tarts during Basel’s Fasnacht celebrations, or more precisely when they get under way with “Morgestraich” at 4 o’clock in the morning. Nor do we know where the tradition of roasted flour soup, with or

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Comments Off   |  01/03/2014 Entertainment, Uncategorized

Colourful stars at Basel Zoo

Colourful stars at Basel Zoo

Time left between Christmas and New Year’s Eve? Why not visit the Zoo. In Basel Zoo’s vivarium the world is topsy-turvy: the little stars which usually shine in the sky can here be found on the aquarium floor. They are yellow, pink, bright orange or white and have no heart or brain, but are still capable of amazing things. Running, burrowing, climbing, clinging: starfish can do it all. There are probably almost 2,000 species of starfish spread across all the planet’s oceans and seas, with around a dozen living in Basel Zoo. No-one knows exactly how many such creatures are

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Comments Off   |  27/12/2013 Entertainment, Uncategorized

Running underneath Basel’s glittering illumination

Running underneath Basel’s glittering illumination

Basel’s Christmas season starts on 28 November. The Christmas market held on Barfüsserplatz and Münsterplatz, now one of the biggest worldwide, invites all to stroll, indulge and drink mulled wine. The whole Old Town district shines thanks to the many Christmas lights lining the streets along with the many Christmas trees. In particular, there’ll be a tree decorated by Christmas specialist Johann Wanner on Münsterplatz. And it’s no secret that a Christmas atmosphere is found all year round in the Wanner store on Spalenberg. An additional highlight of the season, both for the runners and the spectators, is the Basel

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1 Comment   |  26/11/2013 Entertainment, Uncategorized
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