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?
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.”
It is “way too early” to think about reconstruction, warns Thierry Zimmer, the deputy director of the Historical Monuments Research Laboratory, part of the French Ministry of Culture. “We are not sure we have completely saved the cathedral yet,” he explained.
Before reconstruction can begin, debris still has to be removed from inside the cathedral and the ceiling vaults must be stabilized. And restoring Notre Dame exactly as it was might not even be possible, Zimmer says. His team is analyzing the rubble and will advise architects and officials on materials.
Meanwhile Boris Johnson the current UK Prime Minister, has a 100% record for losing all Commons votes.
This is the UK Parliament at the moment, it’s ridiculous. Some politicians need a new job. Perhaps they might help with restoring Notre Dame, though if it were my choice I wouldn’t let any of them near.
Well if there is something new about Notre Dame in Paris I will try to cover it, but the restoration of the cathedral will take many years. I like to do a post almost every day if possible.
In the meantime there are a lot of things going on that I’d perhaps like to comment on. In an ideal world I’d like everyone to live under the same rules, be fed and loved as default. There would be no crime because we would all be happy.
But that is a fantasy.
We have politicians.
The UK is a mess.
But at least we have people live John Oliver, even if he now lives in the US. My post on his assessment of Boris Johnson has been one of the most successful, so far…
The toxic lead from the April fire at Notre Dame is the stated cause. Five private schools, run by the Roman Catholic church, still remain closed although all state schools have now been given the green light to reopen.