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Monthly Archives: October 2014

Permanent fixture in Basel’s calendar: the Autumn Fair

Permanent fixture in Basel’s calendar: the Autumn Fair

By Martin Pütter, Photo: Simon J. Senn Basel’s social season would be empty without its traditional Autumn Fair, the oldest of its kind in Switzerland. For centuries it was always on 27 October, but since 1926 it has usually been the last Saturday of October: the start of the Autumn Fair, as much a part of Basel as Fasnacht and the Minster – and almost as old as the latter. During its 16 days, Basel’s Autumn Fair offers something for everyone, be it the Ferris wheel at the Münsterplatz, ghost trains and go-cart tracks at the Rosentalanlage, candy floss, nougats

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Comments Off   |  25/10/2014 Entertainment, Uncategorized

Towering Thanks in Front of the Tennis Arena

Towering Thanks in Front of the Tennis Arena

By Martin Pütter, Photo: Juri Weiss/bs.ch The Swiss Indoors, Basel’s annual indoor tennis tournament, celebrate a special anniversary in 2014. When it comes to sport in Basel, two things tower even more than head and shoulders above the rest: football (aka soccer) and tennis. Football – in the form of FC Basel – does it almost on a daily basis, whereas tennis grabs the limelight just for eight days in autumn. The Swiss Indoors even hit the headlines abroad – check the sports pages of the BBC website during the tournament. And this year the tournament, which has brought (almost)

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Comments Off   |  21/10/2014 Sports, Uncategorized

The Golden Age of the Jukebox – Music from Automatons

The Golden Age of the Jukebox – Music from Automatons

by Museum für Musikautomaten Seewen With their sound reproduction inventions, pioneers such as Thomas A. Edison in the USA and Emile Berliner in Germany made the whole jukebox phenomenon possible. Its actual inventor is generally accepted to be Louis T. Glass. On 23 November 1889 he and his business partner, William S. Arnold, launched their Nickel-in-the-Slot Player in a San Francisco restaurant, the Palais Royal Saloon. The golden age of the coin-operated phonograph began in the USA in the 1930s. The term “jukebox” first appeared during the 1940s and quickly spread. Famous American makes including Wurlitzer, Seeburg, Rock-Ola, Mills and

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Guide to the Basel City Hall

Guide to the Basel City Hall

Published to coincide with the 500th anniversary of the Basel City Hall, a new book has just appeared in the “Swiss Heritage Guides” series. Basel’s City Hall is a magnificent building, an architectural monument from the late Gothic and Renaissance periods, after Basel joined the Swiss Confederacy in 1501. The City Hall on Basel’s market square, with the magnificent council chamber, was completed in 1514. Until today, it remains the seat of the Grand Council and the cantonal government. When needed, changes were always made respectfully according to the new requirements of the times. The extensive renovations and additions around

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Comments Off   |  08/10/2014 Culture, Uncategorized

The father of modern anatomy

The father of modern anatomy

Andreas Vesalius alias Vesal was born 500 years ago in Brussels on the last day of 1514 – his connection to Basel and the University’s Anatomical Museum, located at Pestalozzistrasse 20, are reason enough to celebrate this anniversary. By Shirley L. Kearney    Andreas Vesalius was a humanist, physician and the “father” of modern anatomy. At the age of 28 in 1543, he conducted a public dissection on the cadaver of Jakob Karrer von Gebweiler, a notorious felon in Basel. The bones were assembled, and the skeletal preparation is exhibited at the Anatomical Museum. It is the oldest anatomical preparation of

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