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Monthly Archives: September 2014

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

From Roma Eterna: 2,000 years of sculpture, to Charles Ray’s contemporary approach

From Roma Eterna: 2,000 years of sculpture, to Charles Ray’s contemporary approach

By Shirley L. Kearney The Antikenmuseum Basel und Sammlung Ludwig (Basel Museum of Ancient Art and Ludwig Collection) presents, for the first time in Switzerland, masterworks from the imperial Roman period up to the mid-19th century. Sixty of the works come from the Santarelli family collection and 10 from that of art historian Federico Zeri. They are thematically arranged in refreshingly soft pastel-painted rooms; the descriptive texts are in German and in an engrossing and entertaining English. Attention is called to the subtle differences in the execution of the sculptures conflicting with desire and reality. From children’s faces to a

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Comments Off   |  17/09/2014 Culture, Uncategorized

Art on a farm

Art on a farm

Farm Mapprach in upper Baselland integrates René Küng’s sculptures with nature. By Shirley L. Kearney A short distance from Basel City, travelling in the direction of Gelterkinden, in Wisenberg above the small village of Zeglingen, one can easily get lost in the landscape and the history of the 97 hectare farm, or in the 46 sculptures by René Kung randomly and not so randomly placed in harmony with Nature. Both are worth the detour. The farm has existed since 1747. First privately, then managed through a foundation, and in 2001 “adopted” by Baselland and placed into its inventory of noteworthy

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Comments Off   |  14/09/2014 Events

The little differences: 7. Gas bill as ID

The little differences: 7. Gas bill as ID

For Swiss people (and perhaps many expats now living here) it is completely natural to always carry either a passport or an ID card on them. By Martin Pütter Many expats living in the Basel area may have experienced this already – just as all vehicle-driving locals will at least once in their life. You are driving your car, or your motorbike, and all of a sudden a policeman waves you to the side of the road (I use “policeman” on purpose as I have never seen policewomen do this kind of job – but I digress). After a polite

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Comments Off   |  07/09/2014 Columns, 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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