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Take time for beer

Take time for beer

Visitors to the second Basel Beer Market at Vogesenplatz were spoilt for choice: Basel’s small and micro breweries presented a large selection of their various beers. By Martin Pütter For all those who would like to visit the Basel Beer Market last Saturday in August next year, a tip: please come early. Basel’s small and micro breweries had been offering a wide selection of their various beers. Anyone only turning up at Vogesenplatz, in front of the St.Johann train station, certainly missed a lot and was only able to taste and savour a fraction of what was on offer. And

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A toast to Basel’s regional beers

A toast to Basel’s regional beers

Beer is definitely no longer something you just gulp down to quench your thirst, but a drink to savour. Recently, the Basel region has seen the emergence of numerous creative craft breweries producing an innovative range of beers. This coming Saturday 30 August, from 4 pm till 10 pm, a dozen regional craft brewers will be presenting their cherished products at the 2nd Basel Beer Market. So go along to Vogesenplatz in the St. Johann quarter and try a selection from the region’s broad and ever-expanding range – over 30 different craft brews are available for you to taste. And

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Comments Off   |  27/08/2014 Society, Uncategorized

Celebrating the Bard’s Birthday

Celebrating the Bard’s Birthday

The English Seminar of the University of Basel offers an opportunity to celebrate William Shakespeare’s 450th birthday, with the Bard’s comedy Twelfth Night. By Shirley L. Kearney In commemoration of William Shakespeare’s 450th birthday, Upstart Entertainment continues its programme of presenting some of the Bard’s works held under the sponsorship of the English Seminar of the University Basel. In August and September the comedy Twelfth Night or What You Will Have is featured. William Shakespeare is considered by many to be the English national poet and master dramatist or playwright. Also referred to as the Bard, he was allegedly born

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Comments Off   |  10/08/2014 Society

“The shot heard round the world”

“The shot heard round the world”

By Shirley L. Kearney “The shot heard round the world” continues the theme of the article on the Great War in the latest print issue of The Basel Journal (No. 14, 2014). It was Ralph Waldo Emerson who first penned the phrase above, in his poem Concord Hymn in connection with the beginning of the American Revolutionary War (1775): By the rude bridge that arched the flood, Their flag to April’s breeze unfurled, Here once embattled farmers stood, And fired the shot heard round the world. The second time this phrase was used was in relation to the assassination of

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Fondation Beyeler – roots and metamorphosis

Fondation Beyeler – roots and metamorphosis

Moving forward while holding on to the past – that is the philosophy of the Fondation Beyeler under the leadership of Sam Keller. By Shirley L. Kearney, Picture shows Ernst Beyeler and Sam Keller (l.) The city of Basel and its arts scene in particular owe a lot to Ernst Beyeler. Many regard him as the greatest art-dealer of the post-second world war era. He befriended artists such as Picasso, Cezanne, Monet, Giacometti, Bacon and Lichtenstein; and he had celebrated Italian architect Renzo Piano design a home for his famous collection of modern art in Riehen, just outside Basel. Roots

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Comments Off   |  21/05/2014 Gesellschaft, Society, Uncategorized

United Enemies at the Town Hall

United Enemies at the Town Hall

By Stéphanie Erni, English by Martin Pütter Photo Homepage: Juri Weiss “United Enemies” is the name of two sculptures by German artist Thomas Schütte, each weighing at least two tonnes and both four metres high. They will grace the courtyard of Basel’s Town Hall until August, 5 and are thus publicly accessible, to celebrate the 500th anniversary of the Town Hall. Previously the sinister sculptures had been standing at the Fondation Beyeler (The Basel Journal reported about the exhibition). A special crane, facing the Town Hall’s front entrance at Marktplatz, had to lift them into the courtyard.

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The Markthalle: then and now

The Markthalle: then and now

Once one of the largest cupolas in the world, the Markthalle building has undergone considerable changes. By Shirley L. Kearney, German by Martin Pütter For decades it was underappreciated and awaiting resurrection, but in the end patience paid off. The Markthalle, Viaduktstrasse 10, between the Central Train Station and the Zoo, is rediscovered and returns to its purpose of being a market. Since October 2013, authentic and simple foods can be enjoyed under the roomy cupola in an atmosphere of calmness and adventure. A broad palette of ethnic cuisine carefully prepared with fresh produce fits comfortably into the historic construction.

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Comments Off   |  06/04/2014 Society, Uncategorized

Fasnacht nostalgia from New York

Fasnacht nostalgia from New York

The first time the piccolo-and-drum clique «Nej Yorgg Bebbi» took part in the Basel Fasnacht was in 1981. Twenty-two times the Swiss expats made the pilgrimage to their home town for the carnival. The last time was in 2005; the «Nej Yorgg Bebbi» clique no longer exists. Its former members, however, are still Fasnacht regulars, and this year is no different. By Stéphanie Erni, English by Nigel Hulbert and Martin Pütter It all began back in 1979, with a Basler called Peter Oberhänsli working for the Swiss Consulate in New York. He could well imagine that the many Basel expats

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Comments Off   |  06/03/2014 Society, Uncategorized

What a welcome

What a welcome

Expats are to blame for the increasing number of cars in Basel – that is the view of Basel’s urban development board. The population had mandated the city’s administration to reduce road traffic. Now those in charge seem to be looking for scapegoats. Commentary by Martin Pütter Sometimes it seems to be a blessing in disguise that newcomers with English mother tongue find it hard to get to grips with German. Thus they are spared the welcome that the city of Basel issued this week, a welcome that was eagerly taken up by Basel’s largest newspaper, the Basler Zeitung (BaZ).

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1 Comment   |  24/01/2014 Society, Uncategorized

Real Castles – Imaginary Knights? In the Museum of History / Barfüsserkirche

Real Castles – Imaginary Knights? In the Museum of History / Barfüsserkirche

Glinting armour and longswords, romantic castles and minstrels – our images of the chivalric way of life are riddled with clichés. The exhibition “Real Castles – Imaginary Knights?” will turn the spotlight on how knights and the castles they inhabited have been idealized over the centuries. Taking an approach that is both informative and entertaining, it will present the latest findings of medieval historians and time travel from the Middle Ages to the present. It will examine where reality ends and fantasy begins, from the first knights to Batman and Co., from primitive wooden fortresses to the turreted castles of

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