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Monthly Archives: May 2015

Thoughts across the borders

Thoughts across the borders

By Martin Pütter A new communications project called Dreiland News is trying to promote territorial cohesion across the national borders in the Oberrhein region. The motto sounds quite political: “Freedom of speech knows no border” is written underneath the name “Dreiland News”. It is a communication project that currently uses only some new media channels (Facebook, blog – others channels are considered for the future). However, a website for Dreiland News is in the pipeline, says Sam Baumann, who is the founder of this project. However, politics – at the moment – seems a topic “Dreiland News” keeps to the

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Comments Off   |  31/05/2015 Society, Uncategorized

Gauguin – art’s Mr. Kurtz

By Dan Jones Anybody who wants to see the hugely popular Gauguin exhibition at Fondation Beyeler in Riehen needs to hurry: it will end on 28 June. Many weeks into its tenure, the Gauguin exhibition at the Fondation Beyeler in Riehen is still astonishingly popular. A huge group of visitors are fitting their headpieces and the headpieces of others (husbands, wives, sons, et. al.), and are waiting to be led into the first room. On a lazy Sunday afternoon I am here at Fondation Beyeler, to where I have – figuratively – taken the boat up the river into the

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Comments Off   |  27/05/2015 Culture, Uncategorized

Clubs in Basel become an endangered species

Clubs in Basel become an endangered species

By Benjamin Spencer Nightlife in Basel has enjoyed a heyday in recent years with big local clubs drawing in crowds that would have travelled to Zürich for a night of dancing in earlier times. Now it seems under threat. The announcement that two of the biggest venues in the city, “Nordstern” and “Hinterhof”, would be closing within the next 12 months prompted widespread concern among club-owners and partygoers alike. Both clubs rent their premises from city departments. Similar news followed from “Garage” and “Lady Bar”, while it became clear that unless “Kuppel” could refurbish their premises before 2017 that location

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Comments Off   |  25/05/2015 Entertainment, Uncategorized

Urban, but far from urbane

Urban, but far from urbane

By Dan Jones, photo by Will Atkins As night time retreats into the summer, the best times to see nocturnal urban wildlife are the hours of early mornings and long evenings. Nightingales and nightjars, singing in the fading light of late evening – heard and seen if you look hard enough. The latter will fix you with its hawk-like stare and not ruffle a feather even if you walk right up to it – you will see nightjars in larger parks (or smaller ones if they prefer). Try Solitudepark, sandwiched between the Tinguely museum, the Roche campus and the Rhine,

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1 Comment   |  11/05/2015 Entertainment, Uncategorized