Schindler’s List, remembered

I hadn’t realised until I looked it up but it’s now over 25 years since Steven Spielberg made Schindler’s List.

Why is this an article on my Notre Dame site? Well, in some ways I don’t know, other than to observe that the horrors of a war can make some people do exceptionally brave and unselfish things which ultimately lead to other people surviving when they thought all was lost.

Steven Spielberg along with a host of other talented people, made a brilliant film which I will always remember.

The music for the film was by John Williams with violin solos by Itzhak Perlman. If you have a Google speaker and use the voice app, you may hear the film’s theme.

Or if your computer or phone can play MP3s you may hear it here.

Theme, Schindler’s List

‘Unsung Heroes’ of the Notre Dame repairs

Notre Dame through broken glass
Photo: Steven Spencer
Notre Dame through broken glass

“I don’t watch TV or the news a lot, but when I did catch a little glimpse of it, it was always about the academics and the historians. And being a construction worker, nobody ever talks about the guy that’s crawling in the ash, you know, the asbestos ash” Springfield photographer, Steven Spencer said.

Albert and the Lion

Albert and the lion graphic

Okay well as well as being a very funny poem by the late Marriott Edgar if you’re using a Google speaker, you might get my recitation of the poem… but then again, you might not. I don’t think the Ramsbottoms ever visited Paris, let alone Notre Dame.

There’s a famous seaside place called Blackpool,
That’s noted for fresh air and fun,
And Mr and Mrs Ramsbottom
Went there with young Albert, their son.

A grand little lad was young Albert,
All dressed in his best; quite a swell
With a stick with an ‘orse’s ‘ead ‘andle,
The finest that Woolworth’s could sell.

They didn’t think much to the Ocean:
The waves, they was fiddlin’ and small,
There was no wrecks and nobody drownded,
Fact, nothing to laugh at at all.

So, seeking for further amusement,
They paid and went into the Zoo,
Where they’d Lions and Tigers and Camels,
And old ale and sandwiches too.

There were one great big Lion called Wallace;
His nose were all covered with scars —
He lay in a somnolent posture,
With the side of his face on the bars.

Now Albert had heard about Lions,
How they was ferocious and wild  —
To see Wallace lying so peaceful,
Well, it didn’t seem right to the child.

So straightway the brave little feller,
Not showing a morsel of fear,
Took his stick with its ‘orse’s ‘ead ‘andle
And pushed it in Wallace’s ear.

You could see that the Lion didn’t like it,
For giving a kind of a roll,
He pulled Albert inside the cage with ‘im,
And swallowed the little lad ‘ole.

Then Pa, who had seen the occurrence,
And didn’t know what to do next,
Said ‘Mother! Yon Lion’s ‘et Albert’,
And Mother said ‘Well, I am vexed!’

Then Mr and Mrs Ramsbottom —
Quite rightly, when all’s said and done —
Complained to the Animal Keeper,
That the Lion had eaten their son.

The keeper was quite nice about it;
He said ‘What a nasty mishap.
Are you sure that it’s your boy he’s eaten?’
Pa said “Am I sure? There’s his cap!’

The manager had to be sent for.
He came and he said ‘What’s to do?’
Pa said ‘Yon Lion’s ‘et Albert,
‘And ‘im in his Sunday clothes, too.’

Then Mother said, ‘Right’s right, young feller;
I think it’s a shame and a sin,
For a lion to go and eat Albert,
And after we’ve paid to come in.’

The manager wanted no trouble,
He took out his purse right away,
Saying ‘How much to settle the matter?’
And Pa said “What do you usually pay?’

But Mother had turned a bit awkward
When she thought where her Albert had gone.
She said ‘No! someone’s got to be summonsed’ —
So that was decided upon.

Then off they went to the P’lice Station,
In front of the Magistrate chap;
They told ‘im what happened to Albert,
And proved it by showing his cap.

The Magistrate gave his opinion
That no one was really to blame
And he said that he hoped the Ramsbottoms
Would have further sons to their name.

At that Mother got proper blazing,
‘And thank you, sir, kindly,’ said she.
‘What waste all our lives raising children
To feed ruddy Lions? Not me!’



Oh and here’s the info on the Google voice app…

If you use voice with Google…

Or if your computer or phone can play MP3s you may here my recitation here:


So, about Brexit…

Boris Johnson
Boris Johnson talking to a reporter for Channel 4 news

In the UK at the moment if Notre Dame caught fire again today is would probably make the news but only after the latest thoughts on Brexit.  The UK didn’t leave on the 29th of March 2019, instead there was an extension until the 31st October 2019. Now there will be an extension again, although the EU is pondering at the moment on how much to give.

John Oliver did a good video some months ago now, before the 29th of March, when Teresa May was still UK Prime Minister and Boris Johnson was just a clown. He’s still a clown but now he’s UK Prime Minister as well.

Do or die, or maybe if you’re Boris Johnson, just give up

Boris Johnson
Boris Johnson leaving Number 10 Downing Street

No new news on Notre Dame today so let’s have a gander on Boris Johnson’s statement this afternoon. Apparently he’s now given up on his ‘do or die’ pledge to leave the EU on the 31st October. He instead wants a general election on the 12th December. But most people think he won’t get that either, but perhaps he will.

Notre Dame fused scaffolding will be slowly and carefully removed

Fused scaffolding
Photo: Stephane De Sakutin
Fused scaffolding at Notre Dame

Over 550 tons of fused and melted scaffold is currently hanging in the balance over the Paris monument’s roof that was destroyed in a huge fire six months ago. The scaffold needs to be dismantled without pieces falling into the building, says Christophe-Charles Rousselot, the head of the Notre Dame Foundation.