Zitat des Tages

Im tiefsten Winter fand ich heraus, dass ich, tief in mir, einen unsterblichen Sommer mit mir trug.
In the midst of winter, I found there was, within me, an invincible summer.
– Albert Camus –
 We have no snow this Christmas – this photo was taken in the winter of 2010.

German Lesson: der Brunnen

Some expats new to the area asked about the meaning of the word Brunnen and Brunnenfest in general. The German word Brunnen stands for fountain, well, and natural spring. The town of Oberursel has more than 60 fountains.

For the Oberursel Brunnenfest, each year a new Brunnenkönigin (fountain queen) gets chosen. This years’s Brunnenkönigin, Nadine I. represented Brunnenfest 2016, and one part of her official duties is to inaugurate the next fountain for the year.

This year’s fountain was the Urselbachbrunnen, located at the ‘Haus am Urselbach’. (Urselbach stands for Ursel Creek)

Brunnen in Oberursel

One of the 66 fountains in Oberursel

There are 26 fountains belonging to the town of Oberursel, and about another 40 fountains are in private hands.

German Lesson: der Kunstfehler

The word Kunstfehler is made up of die Kunst (the arts) and der Fehler (the mistake). But the meaning is not a “mistake of the arts”, but  a common term used for a doctor’s malpractice. Another word used is der Behandlungsfehler (error in treatment).

It just caught my attention, because I expected no association between science and art. When treatment goes well, it is medical science. When treatment goes bad, the German language blames it on the arts. 🙂

BodyTruths

The number of malpractice suits in Germany is on the rise. This is not because doctors make more mistakes, but instead, more patients take action if there is a suspicion of malpractice.

Rolls Royce Factory Museum, Oberursel

The city of Oberursel/Taunus, the second production site for Rolls-Royce Germany, is the oldest existing aircraft production site in the world. Its museum, housed in the Dr. Günter-Kappler-Haus, displays an overview of the history of motor production in Oberursel, beginning with its founding at the Oberursel Motor Factory in 1892. Among the various exhibits of the museum are rotary engines, cooling fans, as well as a turbo fan engine, which is part of our modern long-haul aircraft.

Rolls Royce Oberursel

Museum hours of operation:

The Rolls-Royce-Museum is open every last Friday of the month from 3pm – 6pm, and by prior arrangement. Entry is free. (Last update: February 2009)

Motorenfabrik Oberursel

Address: Hohemarkstraße 60–70, 61440 Oberursel

More here: Historical District Motorenfabrik Oberursel eV

Zitat der Woche

„Forsche gründlich, rede wahr, schreibe bündig, lehre klar.“

Carl Remigius Fresenius
(German scientist)

Research thoroughly, speak truly, write concisely, teach intelligibly.

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