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Fountains, fountains everywhere in Basel

Fountains, fountains everywhere in Basel

They are part of its urban landscape, the many fountains in Basel. If thirsty you can drink their water, you can use some of them to take a dip, and a few are even known world-wide. A new book presents (almost) all of them. By Martin Pütter The Basel Journal wholeheartedly agrees with the following claim: “(…) Basel is a city of fountains”, made by Christiane Widmer and Christian Lienhard in the foreword to their book “Basel und seine Brunnen” (Basel and its fountains). During their research for this book they found over 300 fountains – 314, to be precise,

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Comments Off   |  30/06/2016 Culture, Uncategorized

Quo vadis, Brexpats?

Quo vadis, Brexpats?

With a majority of just about 52 percent, the voters of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland decided in favour of leaving the European Union. However, “Brexpats” in the Basel will have to wait a few years before they are affected by the consequences. By Martin Pütter A majority of the British people seems to have shown the EU the middle finger (or rather two fingers, as is the custom in the British Isles). However, the “Brexpats” (it is astonishing how quickly new terms come up after such an event) living in the Basel area were either

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Comments Off   |  24/06/2016 Columns, Uncategorized

Sport – common ground helps locals and expats alike

Sport – common ground helps locals and expats alike

New research has shown that as well as boosting brain power and preventing illness, involvement in sport teams can also help foreigners assimilate into their new communities.  By Ella Revitt Evidence from various European countries has established that sports are a great way to incorporate expats into local activities. “A clearly positive factor for integration is the sports club’s motivational climate, where it’s a matter of learning and developing”, says professor Anne-Marie Elbe from the Department of Exercise and Sport Sciences at the University of Copenhagen. Basel is certainly no exception. This city boasts many elite and amateur sporting events

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Comments Off   |  07/06/2016 Sports, Uncategorized