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Monthly Archives: November 2014

A Snow White you never knew

A Snow White you never knew

By Martin Pütter All those familiar with Snow White in the version by the Brothers Grimm or with the famous Disney film will be in for a few surprises if they watch “Snow White & The 7 Dwarvz” as performed by the Basel Pantomime group.  Many Brits, including those in the Basel area, are looking forward to the weeks leading up to Christmas. This has less to do with anticipating presents or Christmas dinner but more with a British tradition: during those weeks just before Christmas many theatres on the British Isles perform plays from the “pantomime” repertoire. And the

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Comments Off   |  26/11/2014 Entertainment, Uncategorized

The little differences: 8. The kissing question

The little differences: 8. The kissing question

By Martin Pütter For locals and expats in Basel alike there is only one certainty when it comes to men and women greeting each other: there seem to be no clear cut rules. The US comedian and actress Janeane Garofalo is spot on: “To me, there is no greater act of courage than being the one who kisses first.” And courage is required once members of different cultural backgrounds face the ritual of kissing each other when meeting or saying good-bye. Actually, you could say that “kissing” is a misnomer in this case, as cheek is pressed onto cheek, and

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Comments Off   |  23/11/2014 Columns, Uncategorized

France’s Top-Eight break their own Record

France’s Top-Eight break their own Record

by Paul Castle / BaselHead, English by Mandy Freschi, Photo: Rüdiger Hubrich The winners podium at the rowing race Basel Head was shared by well-known teams, each with all new participants. The category winners came from Nancy, Prague, Vienna and Rotterdam. Swiss teams were second in four categories. In only 19 minutes, the powerful team of Nancy finished the 6.4 Kilometres through Basel’s town centre.  This clearly improved the French Olympic aspirants’ own course record. The Swiss Rowing Federation was well ahead of VK Mladost from Croatia, coming in second place. World Champion Simon Niepmann from Basel / Grenzach was

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Comments Off   |  18/11/2014 Sports, Uncategorized

Another initiative concerning immigration

Another initiative concerning immigration

By Stéphanie Erni (based on swissinfo.ch) A controversial approach to reduce population growth in Switzerland will be decided by voters on 30 November. The Ecopop initiative wants to curb immigration and promote birth control in developing countries. According to a plan by a group of ecologists behind Ecopop, net immigration  (the number of immigrants minus the number of emigrants) should not exceed 0.2 per cent of the population over a three year average. Further information is available here: www.swissinfo.ch/eng/immigration-caps-to-reduce-ecological-footprint

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Comments Off   |  14/11/2014 Society

Strasbourg-Monument – now and then

Strasbourg-Monument – now and then

By Shirley Kearney, Photo: Guido Wasser When the Strasbourg Monument went under a restoration-scaffolding in late June, it was covered with a half centimetre of dirt. However, the Carrara marble was not as severely damaged as feared. Therefore, the cost was reduced by one third to CHF 300,000. In order to minimise future damage, a fine, white chalk layer was applied. It was freed from its scaffolding on 22 October. A point of irony was cited in a description of the renovation as many German restorers worked on the project. The monument was given by the French to Basel in recognition

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Comments Off   |  14/11/2014 Culture

A race on the Rhine appeals with its unpredictability

A race on the Rhine appeals with its unpredictability

By Martin Pütter On 15 November 2015 the international rowing race Basel Head will take place. This event is growing in popularity among both athletes and spectators – and the “brook” plays a major role in this. At quite an early stage, the organisers of Basel Head knew that this year’s number of participants had topped last year’s. “Up to now around 70 crews from 10 countries have registered,” it said in a newsletter that appeared on the German pages of Basel Head’s website in early October (unfortunately, the English version of the newsletter lacked this information). At the press

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«My Irish West Coast»

«My Irish West Coast»

red. As part of the Book Night on 7 November, Esther Murbach will be reading her poems in English inspired by the Irish west coast and talking about the literary scene in Galway. The author and journalist Esther Murbach grew up and lives in Basel. In addition to her novels, she has also written poetry in German and French. She has developed a close relationship with Ireland over the last three years, and has therefore added poems in English to the collection. Since 2012, Esther Murbach has also been involved in the literary scene in Ireland. The “Galway Diary ”

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Comments Off   |  01/11/2014 Culture, Uncategorized