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The Bard with minimal fuss

The Bard with minimal fuss

Whether you are on old hand with Shakespeare’s plays or after an alternative interpretation of his greatest works  – “Complete Works: Table Top Shakespeare” is something for you. By Lya Pfäffli Watching a Shakespeare play can be a bit overwhelming. Some struggle with the complexity of the Bard’s plays – whether it is the tragically doomed love story of Romeo and Juliet or the haunting vision of King Lear’s mental collapse. Others find the language difficult to follow or the scene changes confusing, even though they love the idea of fairies saving mortals in Midsummer Night’s Dream. A solution is

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Comments Off   |  25/08/2016 Culture, Uncategorized

A market to quench a specific phobia

A market to quench a specific phobia

The Basel Beer Market has experienced a growing popularity – and comes up with a premiere in 2016. By Martin Pütter Anybody suffering from “Cenosillicaphobia” absolutely must – repeat: must – visit Vogesenplatz this last weekend of August. The 4th beer market taking place there contributes significantly to massively reduce the symptoms of the “fear of empty (beer) glasses”. Science may have discovered this phobia only very recently; however, beer aficionados are familiar with this phenomenon since their favourite tipple was first brewed – and the oldest surviving remains of beer date back to around 3’500 BC. Archaeologists strongly believe

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Comments Off   |  22/08/2016 Events, Uncategorized

Taking The Bard Into The Woods

Taking The Bard Into The Woods

Shakespeare in the Courtyard is an open air event with a twist, set in the medieval backdrop of Basel’s Old Town. By Lya Pfäffli This year marks Shakespeare’s 400th anniversary and to celebrate, Shakespeare in the Courtyard is presenting a ‘teaser taster trio’ of arguably the Bard’s most famous tragedies: Dogg’s Hamlet, Cahoot’s Macbeth by Tom Stoppard and Benvollo & Tybalt are Dead (Romeo and Juliet), abridged by Patrick Deslarzes.  This performance (in English) takes place from 18 August to 3 September and returns once again to the intimate courtyard setting of «Schönes Haus», a beautifully preserved building dating from

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Comments Off   |  15/08/2016 Culture, Uncategorized

The little differences (11): Time to eat – but when?

The little differences (11): Time to eat – but when?

Whether simply for nourishment or out of enjoyment – both locals and expats want to eat. What can vary, however, is who eats what meal and when. By Martin Pütter One scene made me laugh when I recently watched “The Fellowship of The Ring” (Part 1 of the “Lord of The Rings” trilogy) again. At one stage after leaving the Shire, Peregrin “Pippin” Took is clearly annoyed that he has to forgo a second breakfast and asks: “What about elevenses, luncheons, afternoon tea, dinner, supper?” A short instant later he gets hit by an apple on the head that Aragorn

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Comments Off   |  09/07/2016 Columns, 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

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

Dracula: thirsty for blood and fear

Dracula: thirsty for blood and fear

This June the English Language Theatre Group Semi-Circle Basel presents „Dracula“, promising blood-curdling entertainment with special effects and strong emotions. This adaption is an action-packed, blood-soaked retelling of Bram Stoker’s classic tale of horror. By Janine Jakob The Basel English language theatre Group, Semi-Circle Basel, starts their new season in June with a production of “Dracula” at the small Rampe theatre, Basel. The world famous novel Dracula was written by the Irish author Bram Stoker and first published in 1897. It was dramatised by John Balderston and Hamilton Deane and premiered on stage in Derby in 1924 before moving to

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Comments Off   |  17/05/2016 Culture, Uncategorized

Two Traditional Dances Take Basel by Storm

Two Traditional Dances Take Basel by Storm

Today it is increasingly easy to lose sight of heritage. Scottish and Irish country dancing, however, prove to be exceptions, and they continue to be popular in their respective cultures – and in Basel as well. By Ella Revitt Adjacent to the Musikhochschule on Leonhardsgraben, Le Centre studio can be found at Holbeinplatz 7, not far from the number 3 tram. Inside, Carol Jones teaches Scottish Highland Dancing three days a week – in German and in English. This competitive sport is more than ”a spirited boogie” – in a six-step Highland Fling, dancers complete 192 vertical jumps, requiring the

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Comments Off   |  07/03/2016 Culture, Uncategorized
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