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Monthly Archives: June 2015

Basel’s influence on America

Basel’s influence on America

A guided city tour will show you that historically there are more things connecting the Basel area with the United States and the American continent than meet the eye. By Martin Pütter The teaser on the website of Visit Basel is written rather cleverly: “So if you want to know what led the US film industry to produce ‘One Flew Over The Cuckoo’s Nest’ (only one of three films to win the five major Oscar trophies), based on the novel of the same title by Ken Kesey; what actually lies behind ‘Project Artichoke’; what allowed California’s capital Sacramento to be

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Comments Off   |  30/06/2015 Events, Uncategorized

Crème de la crème and queer folk

Crème de la crème and queer folk

Art Basel, one of the most important art fairs in the world, as much a part of the city as FC Basel and the Münster, brings the very best of contemporary art to town and is, both among locals and expats living here, probably as popular as Fasnacht. Comment by Martin Pütter Some scientists, even those who are completely uninterested in art, always know when Art Basel takes place. When they take water samples at the city’s treatment plants, these always show increased residues of cocaine and other recreational drugs. The “Olympiad of the art world”, as the British daily

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Comments Off   |  18/06/2015 Culture, Uncategorized

“Slavery – an insult to mankind”

“Slavery – an insult to mankind”

That France abolished slavery in 1848 is to a large extent down to Victor Schoelcher. To honour his legacy, the village of Fessenheim in Alsace has now reopened a museum. Fessenheim – that is nuclear power. However, the village in Alsace (with just over 2’200 inhabitants) would also like to be known for something else. For that reason, it has joined the museum Victor Schoelcher, son œuvre (Victor Schoelcher, his work) and the very popular media library of the same name. The opening of this new museum takes place on 6 June. Strictly speaking Victor Schoelcher (born in Paris in

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