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Ghosthunting in Basel’s backstreets

Ghosthunting in Basel’s backstreets

If you thought that ghosts only haunt Victorian houses or castles in the United Kingdom, you are in for a surprise. For centuries ghosts have also haunted the streets and houses of Basel. By Nicole J. Bettlé Whether at Heuberg, at Heuwaage or in the cloisters of the Minster: ghosts and undead are lurking everywhere in Basel. Visit Basel (website in German only) with its team of guides offers a “Ghost Walk” through Basel’s old town – for expats also in English. Horror fans will be delighted. Totengässlein (The Deads’ Alley) – quirky but inconspicuous by day, haunted at night

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Comments Off   |  28/01/2017 Society, Uncategorized

Basel and Basilisks – a quite particular relationship

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. By Nicole J. Bettlé At Totentanz you find Basel’s oldest basilisk fountain According to legend, the basilisk once lived in a cave where today the Gerberbrunnen (the tanner’s fountain) is situated at Gerberberglein. An inscription tells about this legend. By the way, a basilisk is not to be mistaken with a dragon or a lindworm, the latter of which are almost harmless compared to it.

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1 Comment   |  16/01/2017 Society, Uncategorized

The POTUS elections reach out to Basel

The POTUS elections reach out to Basel

The USA are gearing up to vote for their next president, the 44th person to hold office since 1789. There have been three heated and divisive TV debates, weeks of mudslinging and endless media coverage. There is no certain outcome to one of the most controversial election runoffs in American history. By Lya Pfäffli With 26,672 US-Americans registered as living in Switzerland in 2013, the US expats in Basel are no less involved in the presidential election despite being thousands of kilometres from their homeland. After all, no matter how long they have been away, they are still entitled to

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Comments Off   |  26/10/2016 Society, Uncategorized

Basel’s link to the Church of England

Basel’s link to the Church of England

Over a period of 600 years, Basel and the church in England influenced each other, as Ettingen resident Bryan Stone, originally born in England, shows in his book «Basel and the Church in England» – an English-language contribution to Basel’s Erasmus Year Team TBJ This year Basel is commemorating an immigrant, one of its most famous expats, actually. In this very city in 1516, Erasmus of Rotterdam published a critical edition of the New Testament, in its original ancient Greek text version; the book had been printed by his close friend, book printer and publisher Johann Froben. Thus the renowned

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Comments Off   |  06/07/2016 Society, Uncategorized

Basel’s police celebrate – „We’ll keep on trying”

Basel’s police celebrate – „We’ll keep on trying”

This spring the police of canton Basel-Stadt will be 200 years old – and during the celebrations the British rock band Queen will also play a small role. By Shirley L. Kearney With the passing of a directive by the Basel city parliament on 21June 1816, the foundation was laid to establish a police corps. With one officer and 21 men, it went into business in 1817. The size of the group remained as such until 1833 when the separation of Baselland from Basel city occurred. Until then, in order to visit the countryside, the office needed to rent a

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Comments Off   |  04/03/2016 Society, Uncategorized

Cakes and Women’s Rights

Cakes and Women’s Rights

Supporting charitable organisations with baked goodies: the International Women’s Institute Basel is collecting for good causes, and has already been quite successful. By Isabelle Wanner If anybody mentions the words “cake” or “cookies”, only very few will think of charity organisations. What rather springs to mind are sugar, butter and chocolate that, mixed together, will deliciously melt on your tongue. However, not only can baked goodies create moments of sheer bliss, they can also bring in money. This was what the International Women’s Institute Basel (IWIB) had in mind when organising baking competitions. Last year there were three of them;

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Comments Off   |  29/02/2016 Society, Uncategorized

A Little More than “Sprechen Sie Englisch?”

A Little More than “Sprechen Sie Englisch?”

In 2014, the people of Basel ordered change: they voted for the government to help newly-arrived expats feel welcome.  As an expat myself, I was pleased to hear this, but not everyone – locals or foreigners – supports these attempts. By Ella Revitt With Switzerland ranked sixth in the world for the largest proportion of the population born abroad, 35% of those living in Basel are non-nationals. The overarching group of foreigners include refugees and asylum seekers, blue-collar workers (once known as “Gastarbeiter”) as well as white-collar business professional “expats.”  Amalgamation for the latter has been difficult in recent years

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Comments Off   |  20/02/2016 Society, Uncategorized

City library goes digital

City library goes digital

Bookworms among locals and expats alike are already aware that the “GGG Stadtbibliothek Basel” has a huge selection of books and other media in English – and now membership to the city’s library allows access to digital media. By Anne-Lise Hilty and Martin Pütter The locals in Basel are all aware of what “GGG” stands for: The “society for the good and the common benefit” (the unofficial English translation according to Wikipedia) is a very active private non-profit organisation – and among many other things it is in charge of the “Stadtbibliothek Basel” (the city’s library), with the main library

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1 Comment   |  07/02/2016 Society, Uncategorized

Basel’s Brits and the Brexit

Basel’s Brits and the Brexit

By the end of 2017, or already by the end of this year, voters in the United Kingdom will decide whether their country remains in the EU or not. Many Brits living in Basel and the surrounding area would like to know whether they are allowed to cast their vote as well. By Martin Pütter To start chatting with a Brit in a pub has always been quite easy, actually: Just make a remark about the weather, and you have broken the ice. This applies both for pubs on the British Isles and for any of the pubs in Basel

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2 Comments   |  04/02/2016 Society, Uncategorized

Ten years after Katrina

Ten years after Katrina

Many, and expats of US-origin in particular, will remember how hurricane Katrina dominated the headlines ten years ago. At the end of August ten years ago Hurricane Katrina, the most momentous storm ever to hit the USA, devastated the southern states of Mississippi, Alabama and Louisiana. After the dams had broken in New Orleans three quarters of the city fell victim to the floods. An estimated 1’500 people lost their lives, over one million people became homeless, and after their evacuation many of them still have not been able to return, have become uprooted and lost their social environment. In

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Comments Off   |  27/08/2015 Society, Uncategorized
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