In the fire of Notre Dame, how much lead was there?

Notre Dame fire in April

There were 460 tons of lead tiles covering the cathedral’s roof and spire, all of which melted, and tiny particles of some of that lead mixed with the plume of smoke that drifted over Paris. The lead-laced dust settled on buildings, squares, parks, and plazas. It also is likely to have made its way through open windows, air-conditioning ducts and other building ventilation systems.

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Notre Dame’s crown of thorns

crown of thorns

The crown of thorns was saved from the fire thanks to the quick work of Paris firefighters.  Perhaps the same crown forced over the head of Christ during the crucifixion, although probably not, is now on display at the Louvre museum.


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A tapestry is saved from Notre Dame

After the fire

However the tapestry has been rarely seen. It had been stored in two parts in trunks which protected it from the molten lead falling from the roof, but the tapestry had soaked up huge amounts of water, which swelled its weight to three tonnes from just one tonne.

After extensive work the public will have a chance to see the tapestry during an open house at the Mobilier National during the European Heritage Days on 21-22 September.

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Not a good start Boris

John Oliver

So far, the new current UK Prime Minister, Boris Johnson, has lost six votes in the House of Parliament. In about 10 years in power, Margaret Thatcher only lost four. This feels like another opening for John Oliver…

And none of them mention Notre Dame even once!

Oh and if you didn’t catch John Oliver’s original assessment of Boris, here it is:

John Oliver’s assessment of Boris Johnson

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Greta Thunberg’s thoughts on Notre Dame’s fire

Greata Thundberg

Greta Thunberg said “the world watched with despair and enormous sorrow how the Notre Dame burnt in Paris. Some buildings are more than just buildings. But the Notre Dame will be rebuilt. I hope that its foundations are strong. I hope that our foundations are even stronger, but I fear they are not.”

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Another appeal for writers

pen and keyboard
Photo: Tim Brown

Look, there’s no money in it…


But who knows what might happen in the future?

You can write anything, it doesn’t have to be about Notre Dame, but some mention of it is always nice.  Oh I just did that then…

It can be silly or serious, and as long as it passes my liberate editorial…

You might become famous for it. We can but hope.

now here’s my earlier appeal…

Calling all writers – updated

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$1 billion for Notre Dame, how much for the Amazon rainforest?

Rainforest on fire
Photo: AP

No one can deny the history and significance of Notre Dame, a testament to human ingenuity and creativity. Why then have we been slow to act with the same fervor and emotion when our Earth’s largest, most diverse rainforest is engulfed in flames?

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Unesco official talks on the reconstruction of cultural heritage including Notre Dame

Toshiyuki Kono
Icomos International president Toshiyuki Kono

On the 11th of September, Toshiyuki Kono the International president of the International Council on Monuments and Sites (Icomos), an international non-government organization and advisory body to the United Nations, will give a talk in the Philippines.  It is entitled “Recovery and Reconstruction of Cultural Heritage, the Notre-Dame Cathedral and Some Other Cases.”

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