September 21, 2007

FLYING HIGH FROM EUROAIRPORT BASEL/MULHOUSE/FREIBURG

Sure, summer vacation may be over, and the long, desolate stretch of holiday desert begins. With no days off on the schedule before Christmas, aren’t we all starting to think about long days in Paris, Rome or London? Or maybe the sunnier climes of Barcelona, Lisbon, or Alicante?

Well fear not. Perhaps you haven’t heard, but the news just keeps getting better from the local airport. Our friends at easyjet, the airborne taxi service to expats in and around the Basel Area, has recently expanded its destinations, with direct flights too Marrakech, Morocco and Porto, Portugal—over 20 cities across Europe and beyond.

Sensing the opportunity in the air, Irish low-fare competitor Ryanair has come to Basel. They will be serving a handful of locales, including Stockholm, Barcelona, Valencia, Dublin, Alicante.

For more info, including sales and fares, check out www.easyjet.com and www.ryanair.com.

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IT’S A GREAT DAY FOR HOCKEY

Calling all puckheads! The air is getting crisp, the leaves are starting to fall, and Zamboni is gassed up and ready—it must be time to drop the puck and start the 75th season of ice hockey in Basel.

The 2007-2008 version of the EHC Basel Dragons includes newcomers American Brett Hauer and Canadians Yves Sarault and Justin Papineau, as well as a full compliment of returning players from last year’s gritty, gutsy squad.

The home season for EHC Basel kicked off last Friday, September 14, at the St. Jakobs Arena. EHC Basel had a tough first week on the schedule, going 0-2-1. But there is a long way to go, and the team can always use your support.

For the full 2007/2008 season schedule, plus more info on tickets and prices, check the EHC Basel internet site. Tickets are also available at TicketCorner locations around Basel, including Manor Department stores and the SBB train station.

Come out and support EHC Basel and watch the greatest game on ice.

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AND WE DANCED — AVO SESSION BASEL 2007

Running from November 1 – 15, the AVO Session is an annual festival concert series held in the Festsaal of the Messe Basel. A mix of internationally renowned acts across the musical spectrum—from jazz to rock to big band to soul—will play in the relatively comfy confines of the AVO Session stage.

This year’s program includes Joss Stone, Joe Cocker, Suzanne Vega, Chuck Berry, Sinead O’Connor, Dolores O’Riordan, Lucinda Williams, Rufus Wainwright and Philadelphia’s own 1980s rock sensation, the Hooters.

Tickets are going FAST for this event, so all you zombies who have been looking day by day for a good evening of music, check the AVO Session website and grab some tickets. Don’t spend another nervous night hanging on a heartbeat—get out with your friends and family and enjoy a good old concert. It’s not like taking blood from a stone.

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CHEESE AND WINE…WITH THE GONDOLIERS

Bobby Katic, of WeinForum, Oberwil, presents some of the Spanish and Italian wines in his stock while we enjoy music from “The Gondoliers” by Gilbert & Sullivan. Be sure to mark your calendar now!

When: Friday, October 26 at 19:00
Where: Centrepoint (downstairs), Im Lohnhof 8, Basel
Cost: CHF 15 for Gilbert & Sullivan Society members/CHF 25 for non-members (includes refreshments)
Contact: info@savoyards.ch by October 19, if possible
Travel: Trams to Barfusserplatz or Tram 3 to Musikakademie

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ALPHALIVE — A PRACTICAL INTRODUCTION TO THE CHRISTIAN FAITH

The Alphalive Course is for anyone wishing to explore the Christian faith. It’s relaxed, non-threatening, low key, friendly and fun. There is a meal together at the beginning of each session which gives you an opportunity to get to know each other. Listen, learn, discuss and discover. And ask anything. Alphalive is a place where no question is too simple or too hostile. And it’s supported by all the main Christian denominations.

At the moment, this is the only course in the Basel area running Alphalive in English. There are 680 courses running in Switzerland, this one being one of only 10 in English.

If you are interested, you are invited to our Introductory Supper on Tuesday, September 4 at 19:00. The course itself starts Tuesday, September 11 at 19:00. For further information and to register please contact Mandy Muckett at +41 61 461 1001 or Petra Ramskogler at +41 79 569 7209, or via email at alphabasel_en@hotmail.com.

For more information on Alphalive, check the websites:

www.alphalive.ch/

http://alpha.org/

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Do you have news or information to share? Send it to matt.meehan@balehoo.com

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