I will never forget April 26th 1986.
I am 11
We have just moved here.
for several years we are not allowed to pick mushrooms.
there were rabbits born with 5 legs and 3 ears.
the winds were northwestern.
but it's all going to get worse. much worse.
26 years later it's still hovering over the town.
It is still a major threat all over the world.
It is a ticking bomb. It will never go away.
I still fear it.
Lets go back to 1764..?
the town is a stopover for the king & his entourage. They would stop here and dine.
The restaurant is still there. The ceilings are very low. The king was a short man.
I remember seeing a picture of somebody who was said to be a hermaphrodite in the restaurant.
In 1786 the town gets a new name, a name of a Queen.
It becomes a famous spa & health resort for wealthy people.
the town boasts with casinos, hotels, tennis courts & cultural events.
The health well also referred to as the radium (180Bq/l) well is said to bring health to everyone who drinks from it. It was somewhere close to my old school.
there were enemies and wars fought. fortresses built.
What happened to the radium well?
For a long while the town is unimportant. Nothing happens here. A seaside town proud over the fact that the famous composer spent some summers there.
then in the 1970ies it is decided. It will be built here, outside the town by the seaside. The big plant.