Archive for October, 2011

New Headquarters of the European Central Bank

European Central Bank, 12.10.2011


Construction work at the new headquarters of the European Central Bank (ECB) is currently making good progress. It is located on the grounds of the former central wholesale market (Großmarkt) of Frankfurt. Part of the historical building known as the Großmarkthalle will be preserved and included in the new complex.

European Central Bank, 14.10.2011


Work on the building site had begun as early as Spring 2008 but was stopped after no general contractor could be found. After this the tendering procedure was redrafted allowing bidders to make offers for individual lots rather than the whole project. Also different market conditions brought about by the global financial crisis may have helped the ECB to get companies aboard which previously were not interested. Projects in the Middle East and further abroad that offered better profitability were by then charged with higher risks or business opportunities had evaporated entirely.

European Central Bank, 25.10.2011


In February 2010 construction work was resumed and the former Großmarkthalle was partially torn down to make room for the new structure that is to cut through the original landmark building, but will preserve some of the historical structure. Some of the torn down parts had already suffered damages in the Second World War and were rebuilt thereafter.

European Central Bank, 27.10.2011


The photos on this page we conveniently taken by me on trips to work on the nearby Hanauer Landstraße.

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Getting Symfony2 to run under PLESK

I had a bit of trouble getting Symfony 2 setup properly under PLESK (10.2.0).

I first created a subdomain using the “web” directory of Symfony 2 as document root for the vhost.

However, I seemed to could not get rid of the errors calling config.php telling me, that app/cache and app/logs were not writeable by the server. After searching the web top to bottom and having a look at the output of php_info() I identified the culprit. PLESK sets open_basedir (the topmost directory that is accessible by your web server) to the document root:

open_basedir var/www/vhosts/<YOURDOMAIN>/ <SUBDOMAINHTTPDOCS>/Symfony/web/:/tmp/

To remedy this place a file called “vhost.conf” under /var/www/vhost/<YOURDOMAIN>/subdomains/ <SUBDOMAIN>/conf containing directives overriding PLESK’s settings, e.g.:

<Directory /var/www/vhosts/YOURDOMAIN/DOCUMENTROOT/Symfony/web>

<IfModule mod_php4.c>
php_admin_flag engine on
php_admin_flag safe_mode off
php_admin_value open_basedir /var/www/vhosts/YOURDOMAIN/SUBDOMAINHTTPDOCS/:/tmp/:

<IfModule mod_php5.c>
php_admin_flag engine on
php_admin_flag safe_mode off
php_admin_value open_basedir /var/www/vhosts/YOURDOMAIN/SUBDOMAINHTTPDOCS/:/tmp/:


Now to get the settings into the system run as root:

/usr/local/psa/admin/bin/httpdmng --reconfigure-all

Then restart Apache:

apache2ctl restart

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  • 1 Hokkaidokürbis
  • 1 Bund Frühlingszwiebeln bzw. Lauchzwiebeln
  • 1 rote und 1 gelbe Paprika
  • 1l Gemüsebrühe
  • 1 Becher (200ml) Crème fraiche
  • Pfeffer, Chiliflocken, Ingwer


Zwiebeln putzen, in Scheiben schneiden und in ein bisschen Öl andünsten. Den Kürbis teilen und Kerne sowie faseriges Gewebe entfernen, dann in 1,5-2cm große Würfel schneiden (mit Schale). Dann kurz mit andünsten und mit Gemüsebrühe ablöschen. Zum Kochen bringen und währenddessen die Paprika grob würfeln und mit an die Suppe geben. Ungefähr 10 Minuten auf kleiner Flamme kochen lassen. Dann mit geriebenem Ingwer, Chiliflocken und Pfeffer würzen und dann den Topf vom Feuer nehmen und pürieren. Am Schluss die Crème fraiche hinzugeben und unterrühren.

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