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Monthly Archives: January 2014

Oval highlights

Oval highlights

All those locals and expats who follow sports played with the right-shaped ball (i.e. oval not round) are eagerly awaiting this weekend. By Martin Pütter During the last few days, two sporting events have put many sports fans in the Basel area into a state of eager anticipation: “Super Bowl” and “Six Nations”, the annual highlights in American football and in rugby. During the night from Sunday to Monday the Denver Broncos will face the Seattle Seahawks in «Super Bowl XLVIII», but it is rugby that will kick off this first February weekend: On Saturday, Wales start their title defence

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Comments Off   |  29/01/2014 Sports, 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

Stories and Songs in Two Languages

Stories and Songs in Two Languages

A biligual Literary and Musical Apéro will take place on 7 February at the GGG Library Basel West. Author Esther Murbach will read from her short story collection “Hollywood Mansion”, her first book combining English and German texts. Half of the tales are inspired by Ireland, where the author feels very much at home, others are set in Basel and Israel. Esther Murbach has been a journalist and translator for most of her life and lives in Basel. Singer/songwriter Olaf Kirchgraber writes lyrics in Swiss German and English, and also sets them to music. The mood of his songs ranges

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Comments Off   |  19/01/2014 Culture

Snow White Twice Over

Snow White Twice Over

By Bronwen Saunders and Shirley L. Kearney Theatre-goers in Basel will have two opportunities to see the beautiful princess with hair black as ebony and lips red as blood this season – as ballet and as opera. Richard Wherlock’s ballet “Snow White” at Theater Basel is to run until March and promises a fantastic night out: “Wherlock’s choreography of the Grimm Brothers’ fairy tale of Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs – along with assorted friends and villains – is sheer enchantment,” writes our author Shirley L. Kearney. “The 6.30 pm performance on December 26 was well-attended by ballet aficionados

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Vogel Gryff dances this Monday, January, 13

Vogel Gryff dances this Monday, January, 13

By Shirley L. Kearney, Basel: A Cultural Experience; publisher Spalentor Verlag 2005 / (Photo: By Patapat, via Wikimedia Commons) The yearly gathering and celebration of the three Honourable Societies of Kleinbasel takes place on January, 13, 20 or 27. The Wild Maa / wild man rides down the Rhine on a platform supported by two boats. He begins his wild dance to the accompaniment of drums and many cannon shots. The boats must never cross the middle of the Rhine, which would bring him onto the main Basel side and allow the spectators the opportunity to jeer him; he must

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Piet Mondrian, Barnett Newmann, Dan Flavin

Piet Mondrian, Barnett Newmann, Dan Flavin

Kunstmuseum Basel only until January, 19 (Picture: Dan Flavin, untitled (in memory of Urs Graf), 1972/1975. © ProLitteris, Zürich) By Shirley L. Kearney If this exhibition has not been on your must-see list, there are just a few days for you to let just a few colours, grid paintings and luminous neon tubes put you into a meditative state. A calming and easy slide into 2014 for the eyes and soul, for example during the “Museumsnacht” (night of the museums) at Friday, January, 17. The three artists are represented with major works from the Kunstmuseum’s permanent collection. These have been

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Better than London

Better than London

By Martin Pütter (Picture: Hans Dieter Dreher with Colore) The aficionados of showjumping in Switzerland had reason to celebrate in summer 2012: Steve Guerdat had won gold at the Olympic Games in London. Whether the Swiss showjumper will triumph at the CSI Basel from January, 9 to 12, 2014, however, is completely open – the organisers say their field is better than that of the Olympic Summer Games, and thus the competition tougher than in London. The main reason is that the CSI Basel does not restrict the number of competitors per nation – at the Olympic Games each country

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