Frankfurt to be evacuated on Sunday

A large part of Frankfurt am Main is being evacuated after the discovery of a World War II bomb on a building site in the Wismarer Straße.

The bomb is a British HC-4000 air mine, also known as a “blockbuster” or “cookie”, and weighs 1.8 metric tonnes.  It contains 1.4 tonnes of explosives, is 2m long and has a diameter of 76cm, although apparently part of it is missing.

It is one of the largest unexploded bombs ever found in Germany, and as such making it safe is going to cause possibly the largest post-war evacuation the country has ever seen with at least 60,000 people having to leave their homes.

Frankfurt am Main looking North West

On Sunday, 3rd September, 2017 anyone living within a 1.5km radius of the bomb will be required to leave their homes. [Read more…]

And finally in 2016…

This year saw AllThingsGerman celebrate its 10th anniversary, albeit without much celebration.

It also saw the beginning of turbulent times for the United Kingdom.  I have been interviewed by the Taunus Zeitung and the Frankfurter Rundschau about the result of the referendum, and have been writing about it myself for the Oberurseler Woche.

But I have also been working on something else… and with just two days to go in 2016 I was awarded German citizenship.

German Citizenship Document - Einbürgerungsurkunde

“Ich erkläre feierlich, dass ich das Grundgesetz und die Gesetze
der Bundesrepublik Deutschland achten und alles unterlassen werde, was ihr schaden könnte.”

– Happy New Year! –

First steps towards becoming German before Brexit

After the initial shock of the referendum result, I have been following the developments in the UK closely.  But whilst I was keeping an eye on the leadership battles in both parties, the effects on the economy, and being shocked again at the choice of the new UK foreign minister, I had already taken a decision to get myself both a German driving license and a German ID card.

The Union Jack outside Oberursel Rathaus

[Read more…]

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