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Monthly Archives: March 2015

Eco festival: a sustainable party

Eco festival: a sustainable party

By Martin Pütter Sustainability can also be a lot of fun – a number of events at the 10th Eco Festival right in the city centre of Basel this weekend should be able to prove this. In some (limited) ways sustainability could help you to have the cake and eat it. Fancy watching a film, but worried about the effect popcorn, ice cream and soft drinks high in calories might have on your fitness and body shape? Then the “Velokino” (bicycle cinema) at the 10th Eco Festival this weekend might be the right thing for you. To watch any of

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Comments Off   |  26/03/2015 Society, Uncategorized

The little differences 10: Enjoy your meal

The little differences 10: Enjoy your meal

By Martin Pütter We all eat. But what we eat, especially what we like to eat most, and our attitude to food – here, locals and expats can differ. And yet, they may have more in common than you think. In early March 2015 one piece of news made many expats’ mouths water, particularly among the Brits. A takeaway had opened in Basel, serving fish and chips (it is called Tramways, and is located in Steinentorstrasse). The numerous comments on social media can be summarised as: Tramways serves up “proper fish and chips”. What they meant: the fish was not

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Comments Off   |  17/03/2015 Columns, Uncategorized

Football displaces religion

Football displaces religion

By Martin Pütter (Photo: hmb / Natascha Jansen) The exhibition “Football – Faith. Love. Hope” at the Historical Museum Basel, mixing traditional and modern exhibition methods, gives an insight into what this sport really means for many fans. “Some people believe football is a matter of life and death. I am very disappointed with that attitude. I can assure you it is much, much more important than that.” Almost every British football fan will know this quote by former Liverpool FC Manager Bill Shankly (1913-1981), whether in this form or in another, abbreviated version. So, what is football really, then?

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Comments Off   |  14/03/2015 Entertainment, Uncategorized