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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

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

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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