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Monthly Archives: March 2014

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

The little differences: 2. Thumbs crossed, Fingers squeezed

The little differences: 2. Thumbs crossed,  Fingers squeezed

Expats and locals alike wish each other luck sometimes – but they do it their own way.  By Martin Pütter  The French artist, writer and director Jean Cocteau once wrote about luck: “We must believe in luck. For how else can we explain the success of those we don’t like?” That might sound a bit cynical, but there is no denying that we wish each other luck, and that also many times. You’re about to sit important exams? Both expats and Basel locals will wish you “Good luck!” But wishing luck can also be expressed differently, and then – depending

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Comments Off   |  26/03/2014 Columns, Uncategorized

Expression through movement

Expression through movement

Artist, entrepreneur and photographer David P. France reveals the philosophy behind his life and his goals – and what he plans to achieve in Basel with the David P. France Dance Company. A New Yorker in Basel. By Shirley L. Kearney, German by Martin Pütter Turn to the internet, and you will find no shortage of information about David P. France’s Dance Company and his various activities, for example on the website of “Tanzbüro Basel”. But what makes him tick, what are his goals? Not only did meeting him in person reveal a lot about him, it also topped the

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Comments Off   |  21/03/2014 Events, Uncategorized

The little differences: 1. To shake or not to shake

The little differences: 1. To shake or not to shake

When people with German as mother tongue meet, they almost always shake hands. Native English speakers, on the other hand, tend to hold back – with this article The Basel Journal starts a series on the small cultural differences observed between Basel locals and people who have moved here from the Anglophone world. By Martin Pütter There is a saying in the British Isles: “When in Rome, do as the Romans do.” That is easier said than done. You would like to know how the locals tick in the area you have moved to? Here in Basel that can be

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1 Comment   |  14/03/2014 Columns, Uncategorized

The second treat

The second treat

The Badminton Team European Championships early February were the starter; now the aficionados of this sport in Basel are looking forward to the main course, the Badminton Swiss Open (11 – 16 March). By Martin Pütter The starter was struggling against another major sporting event; the main course, however, will be almost undisturbed. Early in February the Badminton Team European Championships were facing competition from the Olympic Winter Games being held in Sochi at the same time, and thus played to a largely empty stadium. But the Badminton Swiss Open in Basel, held for the 24th time, will certainly draw

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Comments Off   |  12/03/2014 Sports

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

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