The Notre Dame fire prompted an orgy of wallet-waving

Notre Dame fire
Photo: Véronique de Viguerie

Barely had the dust settled on Notre Dame Cathedral, after the horrifying fire in April, than the world’s architects started cranking out visions of how the famous spire could be rebuilt.

But others maintain this is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity, beyond rethinking just the spire. “Paris has a problem with modern architecture,” says Jean-François Cabestan, an architectural historian. “Here is a chance for a proper international debate, not only about the spire, but how to re-plan the surrounding Île de la Cité – to turn it from a no man’s land for tourists into a real part of Paris.”

https://www.theguardian.com/lifeandstyle/2019/dec/12/the-notre-dame-fire-prompted-an-orgy-of-wallet-waving-is-the-cathedral-now-rising-from-the-ashes

In other news, Notre Dame cathedral was one of the most-searched news topics on Google in the 2019.

Boris Johnson has a hard time in a Sunday interview

Johnson on Sophy Ridge show

Boris Johnson was being interviewed by Sophy Ridge this Sunday. He was doing okay until one question.

A month ago, Sophy had asked Boris Johnson to name the naughtiest thing he had ever done. Now she was going to get an answer. Although Johnson didn’t mention Notre Dame he had once cycled on a pavement.

“Cycling on a pavement?” a startled Ridge repeated. Did the prime minister really think that was a more serious offence than conspiring to get a journalist beaten up? Or getting Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe a longer sentence in an Iranian jail? Or being sacked for making up stories as a journalist?

Johnson just blinked.

https://www.theguardian.com/politics/2019/dec/08/boris-johnson-delivers-20-minute-barrage-of-mansplaining-and-manspreading

Notre Dame in gingerbread

gingerbread Notre Dame

Earlier this year one of the world’s most iconic landmarks burned as flames ripped through the historic Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris.

Several members of a Kansas City area church are trying to do their best to honor the cathedral in a festive way, they crafted a massive replica of the cathedral out of gingerbread, and it’s nearly all edible.

https://www.tv20detroit.com/news/national/church-members-honor-notre-dame-with-gingerbread-replica

Trump leaves London early as other leaders snigger at him

Trump
Photo: EJR

Donald Trump was at a meeting in London with other world leaders to commemorate the 70th anniversary of the founding of NATO.  As far as we’re aware, Trump did not discuss with French President Macron buying Notre Dame in Paris and turning it into a hotel.

But several leaders including Boris Johnson and Justin Trudeau were spotted sniggering at Trump at a reception.

https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2019/dec/04/trump-describes-trudeau-as-two-faced-over-nato-hot-mic-video

New public body overseeing Notre Dame meets for the 1st time

Notre Dame after the fire
Photo: AFP

The board of trustees of the new public body overseeing the construction of Paris’ Notre Dame cathedral is meeting for the first time. Officials on Tuesday are discussing the roadmap for the building’s reconstruction, two days after the body was legally created.

https://www.newser.com/article/b70128c208d04cc8883dfc07a9dd132d/public-body-overseeing-notre-dame-works-meets-for-1st-time.html

Firefighting robots Increase in profile after Notre Dame fire

robot firefighter

Colossus, a fire-fighting robot, was deployed in the nave of the Notre Dame cathedral during the destructive fire on April 15 in Paris. Pumping water high into the air and onto the flames, the robot was instrumental in turning the tide for firefighters, extinguishing the fire and lowering temperatures inside the nave.

https://www.thebigredguide.com/insights/firefighting-robots-increase-profile-success-notre.1574355708.html

Gold coin auctioned to support Notre Dame restoration

Gold Coin

A gold coin, offered to Napoleon III commemorating the end of the restoration of Notre Dame de Paris in 1864, reached 170,000 Swiss francs (about 155,000 Euros) during its auction sale in Geneva on November 19, 2019. The sale was organized by “Numismatica Genevensis” which supports the efforts of the reconstruction of Notre Dame, victim of a violent fire on April 15th.