A change in calendar?

Photo: The Calendar King

This is nothing to do with Notre Dame although Donald Trump might put in an offer to buy the cathedral and turn in into a hotel now he’s been defeated as US President.

Anyway, now the UK is leaving the EU, the calendar will be changed to “make everything better”, according to current UK Prime Minister, Boris Johnson.

It has been suggested that January and March will be cut to 30 days and the days added to February so it gets 30 days too.

The extra day every four years to keep the calendar in sync with the seasons will simply be called “leap day” and whilst some people thought it would be best to have it at New Year if needed, in the end a greater number thought it would be best to have it random at the whim of the Prime Minster. However it was absolute that no one could have a birthday on that day.

The UK is confident that if it changes the calendar then every other country will follow the lead and change in a few years too.

What could be better? Or have I got it wrong…

The badly fire-damaged scaffolding has been removed

above Notre Dame

Scaffolding has been successfully removed from the roof of Paris’ Notre Dame more than a year after the historic cathedral caught fire, representing a critical step in its lengthy and arduous restoration process. On Tuesday, the cathedral celebrated, posting a photo taken from above the iconic building.

https://www.travelandleisure.com/travel-news/restorers-remove-dangerous-notre-dame-cathedral-scaffolding

BBC programme Storyville looks back on the fire

The spire of the Notre Dame collapsing
Photo: Thierry Mallet - AP
The spire of the Notre Dame collapsing on April 15, 2019

On Monday the 16th of November the BBC programme Storyville took a look back at the raging fire of Notre Dame on the 15th of April 2019.

Over its 90-minute course, this minute-by-minute Storyville documentary brings us a parade of tears, prayers, peril, gargoyles, French President Macron, stern faces lit by flickering flames, an emotional Monsignor, desperate decisions, giant bells, the stalwart mayor of Paris, and lots of battle metaphors. A film director would make much of the scene where a firefighter eventually emerges clutching the precious Crown. Oh no! That’s the replica!

https://www.ft.com/content/2de75c8b-bc6b-456a-ac10-56162cc62e40#comments-anchor

Where is the Notre Dame restoration now?

Exterior of Notre Dame
Photo: Kiran Ridley, Getty Images

One issue on which everyone involved in the restoration project agrees is  that Notre Dame is such an important part of French history, culture and religion it will be saved, no matter how much time it takes, or how much money it costs. It is central to French identity, and every effort will be made to save what can be saved, and reconstruct those parts that were destroyed by the fire.

https://www.thevintagenews.com/2020/10/26/notre-dame-2/

Carpenters display truss at Notre Dame

Truss
Photo: AP

With precision and boundless energy, a team of carpenters used medieval techniques to raise up — by hand — a 3-ton oak truss Saturday in front of Notre Dame Cathedral, a replica of the wooden structures that were consumed in the landmark’s devastating April 2019 fire that also toppled its spire.

The truss mounted for the weekend display is a replica of truss No. 7, more advanced that the first six trusses, which were “more primitive,” said Florian Carpentier, site manager for the team from Carpenters Without Borders team that felled the trees and used axes to cut the logs for the wooden frame. With rope cables and a rustic pulley system, the carpenters slowly pulled the truss they built in July from the ground where it was laid out.

https://www.voanews.com/europe/carpenters-wow-public-medieval-techniques-notre-dame

Notre Dame crypt reopens on Wednesday, 18 months after the blaze

Notre Dame exterior
Photo: Alain Jocaird (AFP)

The archeological crypt of Notre Dame reopens on Wednesday, 9th September, with an exhibition retracing the cathedral’s turbulent history nearly 18 months after it was ravaged by fire.

The exhibition pays homage to French writer Victor Hugo and the architect Eugene Viollet-Le-Duc, the two men behind the resurrection of the cathedral in the 19th century.

https://lifestyle.inquirer.net/370318/notre-dame-crypt-reopens-with-exhibition-18-months-after-blaze/

Notre Dame fire deposited one metric ton of lead Into Paris

Notre Dame fire
Photo: Carolin Krug

A new study published in the journal GeoHealth has assessed the fallout from the blaze and found that the 460 tons of lead tiles on the roof of Notre Dame cathedral triggered a 20-fold increase in airborne lead concentrations in neighboring Paris at a distance of 31 miles from the fire.

https://www.iflscience.com/environment/notredame-fire-deposited-one-metric-ton-of-lead-into-paris-study-shows/

New VR experience recreates Notre Dame, the fire before, during and after

the VR
Photo: FlyView Paris

A new virtual reality (VR) experience about the Notre Dame cathedral in Paris takes visitors into the cathedral both before, during and after the April 2019 fire.

Rebuilding Notre Dame begins by recounting the history of the gothic cathedral with close-ups of its gargoyles, bells and sacristy alongside the rector Patrick Chauvet talking about his sense of vocation. This footage was made three months prior to the fire for a Targo documentary on Chauvet.

https://www.theartnewspaper.com/news/new-vr-notre-dame

The organ of Notre Dame getting a four-year clean

Notre Dame organ
Photo: AP

Pipe by precious pipe, the organ that once thundered through Notre Dame Cathedral is being taken apart after last year’s devastating fire.

The mammoth task of dismantling, cleaning and re-assembling France’s largest musical instrument started Monday and is expected to last nearly four years. It will take six months just to tune the organ, and its music isn’t expected to resound again through the medieval Paris monument until 2024, according to the state agency overseeing Notre Dame’s restoration.

Amazingly, the 8,000-pipe organ survived the April 2019 fire that consumed the cathedral’s roof and toppled its spire. But the blaze coated the instrument in toxic lead dust that must now be painstakingly removed.

https://www.voanews.com/europe/notre-dame-cathedrals-organ-getting-4-year-long-cleaning