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They came, they rowed, they won

They came, they rowed, they won

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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Comments Off   |  21/11/2016 Sports, Uncategorized

Basel Head honoured

Basel Head honoured

A new record number of participants, an additional competition, and an almost legendary boat at the start for the first time – the international rowing regatta “Basel Head” continues to go from strength to strength. By Martin Pütter The former England international Gary Lineker has once said about football (soccer for US readers): “a simple game; 22 men chase a ball for 90 minutes and at the end, the Germans win.” With slightly different wording he could have said the same about rowing; at each international race for eights the German boat has been one of the favourites since the

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Comments Off   |  17/11/2016 Sports, 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

Kandinsky & Marc: leaders of an art movement at Beyeler

Kandinsky & Marc: leaders of an art movement at Beyeler

A special exhibition at the Fondation Beyler in Riehen shows works of pioneers of modern 20th century art. By Shirley L. Kearney In Munich during 1911 an exhibition organized by avant-garde artists ushered in a new way of depicting colour and form by freeing both from concrete visual representation, thereby giving colour its own free-standing value – colour as colour and contours free of lines. Colour is valued for what it is, and not simply to fill a form or be directed by lines. It is set free from its goal of depicting things to simply being colour. Form is

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Comments Off   |  16/09/2016 Culture, Uncategorized

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
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