HISTORY, n. " A heavy past has left its mark on the soil our city is built on. Down to 34 feet and even deeper you can find an uneven conglomerate of clay, sand and debris, which in most cases is mixed with fragments of brick, pieces of rough stone, broken crockery, splinters of glass, together with numerous bones, both human and animal, with coins, weapons, and cannonballs here and there. All this is disparagingly called "rubble". To give a precise description of all this would mean no less than to write the touching history of the city of Vienna." ("The Foundation of the City of Vienna. A Geological Study.", Eduard Suess, Vienna, 1862, p.88f)
GLASS HOUSE, n. alternate word for green house, 2.n. a glass covering in which plants are grown.
COLOUR DEFINITIONS (AUSTRIA) :
RED = Sozialistische Partei Österreichs
BLACK = Österreichische Volkspartei
BLUE = Freiheitliche Partei Österreichs
YELLOW = Die Liberalen
GREEN = Die Grünen
RED/YELLOW/GREEN = stop/wait/go
BLACK AND BLUE = bruised
BLACK AND WHITE = ?
CLEANSING, v. the act of cleaning or purifying.
CLEAN OUT,v. the act of cleaning thoroughly, 2. to empty
COMPOST, n. a mixture of rotted organic material for horticultural use.
SOIL,n. The quality of the soil is the decisive factor in cultivation. With the help of compost, organic fertilizers etc., you can turn any soil into valuable garden soil.
CULTIVATE, 1.v. to prepare and use soil for crops, 2.v. to improve, develop, pay attention to.
DISPOSAL UNIT, n. any container used to dispose of waste material.
INCINERATOR, n. furnace or other device for burning things.
EARTHWORM, n. an invertabrate which lives underground and is very helpful in maintaining the fertility of the soil.
WORMWOOD, n. 1.a bitter herb, 2.bitter humiliation.
SOIL: The quality of the soil is the decisive factor in cultivation. With the help of compost, organic fertilizers etc., you can turn any soil into valuable garden soil.
GRAVEL BED, n. a flat area of land covered with gravel, good for drainage when used as a layer in a garden beneath the soil.
GRANITE, n. a type of rock, consisting of granular crystalline quartz and mica etc.
- The Danube is a natural border between the Granite rock formation in the north and the predominantly limestone region in the south. It was the impenatrable northern border between the Roman Empire and the expanding Germanic tribes who could never conquer the "Limes" (lat. border). - Horse-drawn wagons brought Granite from the northern regions to Linz from where it was shipped and traded on the Danube. - Prisoners of the National Socialist concentration camp, 20 km northeast of Linz near Mauthausen, were made to work in the granite rock quarry.
GRAVE, n. 1. a hole dug for the burial of a corpse, 2. adj. serious, solemn, 3. v. to fix indelibly.
PIT, n. 1. a large hole in the ground, 2. v. to match, or fight against.
WARNING ! "Whoever digs a pit will fall into it." Proverbs 2:27, Holy Bible
PITFALL, n. an unsuspected snare or danger, a covered pit used as a trap.
ROOT, 1.n. a part of a plant that fixes it to the earth and carries nourishment from the soil, 2.v. to turn up ground, to search for, to hunt, 3. v. to fix or establish firmly
ROOTS, 1.n. branches or fibres of a root, 2. n. emotional attachment to a place, source or means of growth, 3.n. in mathematics, the number which multiplied by itself a given number of times yields a given number.
ROOT OUT, v. to find and get rid of.
-"HASENJAGD"(RABBIT HUNT): a film by Austrian director Andreas Gruber, 1994, 100 min. On Feb.3, 1945, 500 Soviet prisoners who were in death block 20 at Matheusen concentration camp, knowing they would be killed anyway, decided to attempt an escape. 350 of them were shot, and 150 fled. the SS asked the neighbouring villagers to 'chase them down like rabbits' and to take no prisoners. Only 9 Soviet officers survived, two of whom were hidden by a famer's wife. In the spring and summer of 1995, 120,000 people in Austria saw the film, 12,000 of them in Linz.
"MY CHALLENGE WAS TO REWRITE THE HISTORY OF THE "HASENJAGD" INTO THE MEMORY OF THE PEOPLE". Andreas Gruber
BURROW, 1.n. a hole excavated by animals as a dwelling, 2.v. to excavate or search.
LINZ, n. "Wir alle haben aus Linz etwas gemacht." (Plakat der sozialistichen Partei, Linz, 1996)
"We all have made something out of Linz." (Poster of the Socialist Party, Linz, 1996)
MOLE, 1. n. a small burrowing animal, 2. a permanent dark spot on human skin.
GRASS ROOTS, n. a term used to describe one's genetic and cultural background.
In my family, theatre, music and art were a large part of our childhood education from
my parents. My mother made it a point that I would see my first opera in Vienna, and I
remember my excitement at this trip from Linz to see the opera, "Turandot". Perhaps it
wasn't the kind of a story that was good for a young girl , but still, I had seen, as my
mother wished, my first opera in The State Opera House in Vienna.
Regular visits to the theatre were also part of our education at school. In spring of 1938 the theatre in Linz put on "The Ring of Nibelungen", by Richard Wagner. I remember spending several evenings in the soft, red theatre chairs with my sister, watching the events of those big German stories on the much-too-small stage.
However, I began to be disillusioned about the stage when Siegfried's sword got stuck in the sheath when he tried to draw it out and a group of chubby women wore the kind of metal hotwater bottles I knew from my grandmother around their bellies, to represent the "Walkueren" . I also remember a group of men enthusiastically shaking long fans to emphasise their determined spirit and a dragon which was smoking out of every part of its body except its nose! But when one of the dragon's eyelids blinked shut and got stuck and a tree collaspsed into itself, leaving only a pile of fabric, my sister and I knew we were not going to be able to contain our giggles for the remainder of the show! (Yes, I'm afraid I shall be forever tainted in my viewing of the "Nibelungen").
TOOL, 1.n. an implement for working upon something, 2. n. a person used wrongly by another
SHOVEL, n. a tool used to scoop earth or other substances.
In order to not to destroy the well-ordered and complex life in the soil, only particularly heavy garden soil should be turned. The mixing up of each level of the ground would put the life forms who like the air, and the ones which do not, upside down. Only after a long time is the old order re- established. Because of this, the earth should be only moved back and forth with a pitchfork without destroying the various layers of the earth.
SEDIMENT,n. matter, such as sand or dirt, that settles to the bottom of a liquid, the dregs. SENTIMENT,n.1. emotional thought expressed in words, 2. the tendency to be swayed by feelings.
WHEELBARROW, n. a shallow, open box with one wheel used for carrying loads.
GARDEN GLOVES, n. gloves which are used when working in a garden to prevent the hands from becoming soiled or hurt.
ART = KUNST
KRAFT = POWER
KDF = KRAFT DURCH FREUDE
HIDE AND SEEK, n. a children's game in which one child covers its eyes while the other children hide. At the end of a given time, the child then tries to find the others who try to get "home free" before they are caught.
SEEK: SEARCH, INVESTIGATE, LOOK FOR, PROBE, INSPECT, HUNT, RUMMAGE, DIG
FIND: EXPOSE, LAY BARE, UNCOVER, SHOW, EXHIBIT, DISPLAY, OFFER, PRESENT, OPEN, DISCLOSE, REVEAL, MAKE KNOWN, DIVULGE, UNVEIL, IMPART, DISCOVER, ADMIT, EXHUME, UNMASK, TELL, PUBLISH, BETRAY, CONFESS
Ausländisch = OUTLANDISH