John Oliver’s assessment of Boris Johnson

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Supporter or loather of the current UK Prime Minister, Boris Johnson, you should watch this:


Donald Trump is apparently a big fan of Mr Johnson, perhaps because the UK Prime Minister is in favour of Mr Trump buying Notre Dame in Paris and turning it into a hotel. Not all details in this report may be correct though.

3D laser scan may help

Fire at Notre Dame
Photo: Reuters

In 2010, Andrew Tallon, an art professor at Vassar, took a laser scanner to Notre Dame and, with the assistance of Columbia’s Paul Blaer, began to painstakingly scan every piece of the structure, inside and out.

Sadly, Tallon died at only 49 on November 16, 2018, from brain cancer, but his scans are complete.

Restoration work resumes at Notre Dame

Strict new lead-protection measures for workers include disposable clothing and a new decontamination zone to ensure their activities don’t generate any pollution outside the site.

Boris Johnson joins the Green party apparently

Boris and a tree

Boris Johnson has apparently joined the Green party, suspicious sources said today. He said he was intrigued by Green MP Caroline Lucas’s idea to ask 10 female politicians from all parties to join her in forming an “emergency cabinet”.

“I bet I’d stand a chance with at least one of those” Mr Johnson is reported to have said.

“And I know how to prune a tree” Boris was said to have continued. “Oh and Mr Trump would be great turning Notre Dame in Paris into a hotel. I bet he could do it in under a year.”

Sources that have disbelieved this report and contend that Boris Johnson is still the UK Prime Minister, at least for this week, must surely be mistaken.


Greenland is not for sale


As a followup to my earlier story that Trump perhaps wants to buy Greenland I think it’s important to record that aghast people of the land have replied categorically that the island is NOT for sale.

Perhaps Donald Trump should really consider buying Notre Dame and turning it into a hotel… hahahaha.

Donald Trump meets Macron and Johnson

Trump wants to buy Greenland?


Okay, so yesterday I wrote about a Notre Dame design competition where one of the entries (not the winner) proposed a waterway over the roof of the cathedral. What seems a long time ago now (although in fact only a few months) I did a joke about Trump wanting to buy Notre Dame and turn it into a hotel with a swimming pool on the roof.

But today, an apparently genuine story has emerged about Trump wanting to buy Greenland from Denmark…

There were some very strange entries in a design competition


Okay so the French parliament has said that Notre Dame should be rebuilt as before but that hasn’t discouraged some people from putting  some very strange entries in a design competition

One entry wanted a waterway across the roof, although the submitter clearly doesn’t understand how water works, especially downhill.

Still it’s a nice graphic.

Millions for restoring Notre Dame but what about ebola?

The Ebola outbreak in Congo is in its 12th month, mirroring the the West African Ebola outbreak that ravaged Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leon in 2014. Then, it took years for the World Health Organization to raise enough money to end the outbreak.

Comparatively, within days of the fire at the Notre Dame Cathedral in France there was nearly $1 million in donations for the rebuild.