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Monthly Archives: October 2017

Books with Basilisks for the Bairns

Books with Basilisks for the Bairns

Basel is also a city full of stories and characters that children will like – two books that have been published this year are proof of this. And even their parents, whether they are locals or expats, will be able to learn something new about this city. By Martin Pütter Basilisks appear in Basel in many places. They grace fountains, stand on plinths and can be found decorating churches, and even a local radio station has been named after them – Basel and basilisks are inseparable. Now this mythical creature has also appeared in two recently published children’s books: “Basel’s

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Basel plays host to Swiss craft beer scene

Basel plays host to Swiss craft beer scene

On 28 October 2017 Volta Bräu plays host to members of the Swiss craft beer scene in the “Wortspiele Beer Festival”. Next to two local heroes, small breweries from various parts of Switzerland will be pouring beers brewed exclusively for this event. By Christian Jauslin As is well known, beer takes centre stage during the month of October. Just think about the famous “Oktoberfest” on the Wies’n in Munich, or Cannstatt’s “Volksfest” on the Wasen near Stuttgart. However, the beer festival taking place at Volta Bräu in Basel on 28 October differs fundamentally from these two events. On the Wies’n

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Integration in Switzerland – a difficult undertaking?

Integration in Switzerland – a difficult undertaking?

Recently the online platform InterNations published the latest survey of the “Ease of Settling In Index” (2017). This time Switzerland finished 61st out of 65, the fourth time in a row the country came very close to winning the wooden spoon. The reason: the Swiss are seen as needing to do better with their social interactions. A comment by Nicole J. Bettlé Surrounded by the Swiss, but mostly amongst themselves: that’s how many expats feel in Switzerland Once again the Expats Index survey has revealed the major social dissatisfaction among expats in Switzerland. But can you make friends by moaning

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Comments Off   |  16/10/2017 Columns, Uncategorized

Wet archive of fortune

Wet archive of fortune

The Museum for History at Barfüsserplatz has come up with a new exhibition that is most certainly worth a visit. On display since the end of September are objects – ancient and modern – that had been hidden in the depths of Basel’s rivers. By Nicole J. Bettlé Among the exhibits of “Resurfaced”: Jewellery that had found its way into the Rhine, often for different reasons For the first time, the Historical Museum is showing a collection of objects found in the waters in and around Basel. Scouring the Rhine, the Birs, the Birsig or the Wiese brought several tons

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Comments Off   |  08/10/2017 Culture, Uncategorized

Culinary treats for a multicultural community

Culinary treats for a multicultural community

Local and international culinary treats beckon when Dreiland News hold a Gourmet Night at the Forum in St-Louis to bring communities across the borders together. By Martin Pütter Some of treats on offer at the Dreiland Night Gourmet Edition: oysters, wines and cheeses Samuel Baumann is adamant. “We have a unique lifestyle here in Dreiland, with the chance of being able to enjoy the best of all three countries”, says the co-founder of Dreiland News, a still young, but unique communications project across borders. Dreiland, that includes Alsace in France, Baden in Germany and the Basel area in Switzerland. Many

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