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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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Universal values, shown by Shakespeare’s women

Universal values, shown by Shakespeare’s women

Catherine of Aragon, Lady Macbeth, Ophelia, Titania and other women in Shakespeare’s plays transcend political, social and geographical barriers, as the “Theatre of Eternal Values” shows on 25 February. By Shirley L. Kearney Basel is a capital of culture and music with something on offer to suit every taste. This is obvious by the announcements posted at every turn throughout the city. Other media, including online links and news broadcasts on some trams and buses, crowd our eyes. But one group transcends barriers: “The Theatre of Eternal Values” (TEV) is an international theatre company founded in 1996 by a group of

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Comments Off   |  12/02/2016 Culture, Uncategorized

“Morgestraich, and on we march!”

“Morgestraich, and on we march!”

Basel Fasnacht, 2016 edition, is soon upon us. What is allowed, what is to be avoided – www.basel.com has a concise summary. It’s so good, The Basel Journal is not even trying to top it. https://www.basel.com/en/portrait/dos-don%E2%80%99ts (Picture courtesy of Wikipedia)

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Comments Off   |  11/02/2016 Culture, 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

Basel‘s Weihnachtsmarkt: enchanting December festivities

Basel‘s Weihnachtsmarkt: enchanting December festivities

When winter begins to settle on charming rustic chalets of craftsmen and artisans, when aromas of Raclette and Glühwein drift tantalisingly around Barfüsserplatz and Münsterplatz, then you can travel back in time at Basel’s Weihnachtsmarkt. By Ella Revitt On Münsterplatz – overlooking the Rhine and near Basel’s renowned minster – the chestnut trees are decorated with snowflake-esque lights and the 80-foot Christmas tree is illuminated with ornaments designed by Johann Wanner (whose famous Christmas Shop in Basel has attracted the likes of Queen Elizabeth II for ornaments).  Down the hill at Barfüsserplatz, just in front of the Barfüsserkirche housing the

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1 Comment   |  06/12/2015 Events, Uncategorized

The Rhine has a riddle for the rowers

The Rhine has a riddle for the rowers

International top rowers and their boats will be within almost touching distance for the spectators during the 6th Basel Head on the Rhine this Saturday, 14 November. And it looks like the “brook” will show a new aspect to both participants and organisers. By Martin Pütter As Halloween was only a few days ago, Martin Steiger is using a term difficult to translate to English: “The spook [meaning spectacle] will last an hour and a half”, says the joint president of the Basel Head organising committee. This Saturday (14 November), this against-the-clock race for eights will be held on a

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Comments Off   |  10/11/2015 Sports, Uncategorized

Fun Fair with imperial blessing

Fun Fair with imperial blessing

Ferris wheel, ghost trains, candy floss, roller coasters and a lot more than that – for two weeks every year, life in Basel’s city centre is dominated by the annual autumn fair. By Christian Rieder A number of children and adults had specifically marked 24 October in their calendars some time ago – and exactly at 12 noon that day the bells were ringing to announce the beginning of Basel’s autumn fair. Until 8. November – on Petersplatz even until 10 November – you can smell garrapinyades (sugar-coated almonds), candy floss and fried sausages, the brave are catapulted into the

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