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Monthly Archives: December 2013

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

Basel’s sporting Christmas celebration

Basel’s sporting Christmas celebration

By Martin Pütter For Brits, but also for Australians, Christmas and sports are inseparable. Football matches on Boxing Day are a much loved tradition in England and Scotland, and lovers of horse-racing flock to Kempton Park Racecourse near London to watch the King George VI Chase (and place a bet as well, of course). And in Australia it is tradition for a cricket test match to start on Boxing Day – and this year Australia are playing for the Ashes (correction, they have already regained them). And the Swiss have been affected by this Christmas sporting bug – the Boxing

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Comments Off   |  23/12/2013 Sports, Uncategorized

Jakob Christoph Miville (1786-1836) – Romantic landscape artist from Basel

Jakob Christoph Miville (1786-1836) – Romantic landscape artist from Basel

Exhibition at the Fine Arts Museum (Kunstmuseum) until 16 February 2014 By Shirley L. Kearney, German by Martin Pütter If you feel the need to escape into an oasis of visual serenity during the chaotic preparations for Christmas then a visit to the Basel Kunstmuseum’s Kupferstichkabinett (Drawing and Engraving Cabinet) is just the thing. The Miville exhibition allows you to travel with this relatively unknown Basel artist as he ventures forth in the early 19th century on his exploratory studies and voyages – first to Rome and later to Russia, where he was engaged as a land surveyor. This gave

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Comments Off   |  20/12/2013 Events

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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Comments Off   |  13/12/2013 Society

Who is Walser’s Wife?

Who is Walser’s Wife?

By Shirley L. Kearney, German by Martin Pütter “Walser’s Wife” by Thomas Schütte stays at the Fondation Beyeler until 2 February 2014. The title of this sculpture alludes to the Swiss writer Robert Walser, born in Biel in 1878, died in 1956. His literary prowess and modernist style eventually brought him acclaim as the leader of the modernist movement, something he never planned on and never knew. Some of Walser’s stories were published as early as 1898; his first book (Fritz Kochers Aufsätze, not translated) appeared in 1904; and in 1955, Der Spaziergang (The Walk – published 1917) was the

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Comments Off   |  07/12/2013 Culture

Basel English Panto Group presents “Beauty and the Beast”

Basel English Panto Group presents “Beauty and the Beast”

By Martin Pütter (the picture shows «Mother Goose», played in 2012) If you want to know another aspect of how the British tick, visit a pantomime. These very particular plays are integral parts of the British pre-Christmas season. Since 1994 the Basel English Panto Group has been performing these plays, much to the delight of expats living in the Basel area, and so far, largely – and unjustly – ignored by most locals. The Basel Panto Group have been performing these traditional, typically British plays to entertain the audience, to give them a bit of British culture abroad and for

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Comments Off   |  01/12/2013 Events, Uncategorized

Little Sun lamps at the Beyeler Fondation during Art Basel Miami Beach

Little Sun lamps at the Beyeler Fondation during Art Basel Miami Beach

By Shirley L. Kearney, German by Martin Pütter How to bring more sunshine to Florida? The Beyeler Fondation has found a way. It is devoting its entire stand at Art Basel Miami Beach to the Little Sun, a solar-powered lamp created by the Danish-Icelandic artist Olafur Eliasson and engineer Frederik Ottesen. In parallel, the city of Miami plans to present the lamps from a typical local food truck, inspired by Florida street-food culture. From December 5–8, more suns will bounce their light about in the fairgrounds and in the streets. And they have another goal. The lamp is a work

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Comments Off   |  01/12/2013 Society

Recycle more with Migros

Recycle more with Migros

Now Migros offers the possibility of recycling more items at many of its stores. In addition to PET bottles, you can now dispose of the heavier plastic containers for bleach, various detergents and shampoos, as well as clean yogurt, milk and dairy-drink packaging in a recycling area. No longer need they be tossed out with the household rubbish! However, see-through plastic containers are not accepted. Defective light bulbs can be turned in at the Customer Service counter. Batteries and CDs/DVDs can be discarded in an upright collection unit, or at MParc Dreispitz in a large elongated unit behind the escalator.

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Comments Off   |  01/12/2013 Business