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Basel and Basilisks – a quite particular relationship

Society, Uncategorized  -  1 Comment 16/01/2017 - 12:11

Basel and Basilisks – a quite particular relationship

Basel’s residents are proud of their heraldic animal, the basilisk. Wherever you are, wherever you look, you are bound to meet this creature. Residing on fountains or bridge piers, it keeps watch over the city. Von Nicole J. Bettlé At Totentanz you find Basel’s oldest basilisk fountain According to legend, [...]

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Fondation Beyeler – Hello, 2017

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They came, they rowed, they won

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With their first ever start at Basel Head the Germany eight sent a challenge to all those top nations in rowing that so far have stayed away from this unique against-the-clock race. By Martin Pütter Shortly after the start the Germany eight (white shirts) is closing in on last year’s winners, the Swiss leightweight eight (under the bridge). Picture courtesy of Basel Head The figures are impressive: 37 seconds ahead of the second-placed boat, and pulverising the previous course record by more than eleven seconds – the German eight confirmed their role as favourites at the at Basel Head, held for

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A market to quench a specific phobia

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