Notre Dame forecourt now open again

Notre Dame
Photo: Jeff Whyte

The body overseeing the Gothic structure’s restoration issued a statement this Sunday the 31st May, saying that the reopening was finally made possible after several deep clean operations took place to remove toxic lead dust from the large forecourt.

To protect public health, the site will continue to “be regularly cleaned and samples also taken” for monitoring and analysis.

The cathedral is still closed, and will be for several years during renovations.

https://www.usnews.com/news/world/articles/2020-05-31/notre-dame-forecourt-opens-to-public-after-long-cleanup

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New important eyesight test

Dominic Cummings in his car
Photo: Shutterstock
Dominic Cummings in his car

Normally we wouldn’t post this as it’s not about Notre Dame, but this information comes from a source at the top of the UK government.

Apparently, if you’re worried about your eyesight you can avoid any queue at  the opticians but carrying out this test yourself.

Just drive for about 30 miles or so and if you don’t hit anything your eyesight is okay, probably. To be extra safe put your family in the car too, particularly a young child, four would be an ideal age.

Oh and if any of you are suffering from a virus, well we all get that from time to time, don’t we?

Look, I know the source has been revealed on other outlets so I might as well reveal it here, Dominic Cummings, a special advisor to the UK Prime Minister. Surely he can’t be lying? Er, I mean wrong?

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Gothic architecture past and present

Notre Dame exterior
Photo: Vicente Sargues

A little over a year ago the world nearly lost one of its most recognizable examples of Gothic architecture, as the spire and a sizeable part of the roof of the Cathedral of Notre Dame in Paris burned to ashes.

Take a quick history of Gothic architecture in order to tease out the lessons this historical style can lend to contemporary architectural design.

https://archinect.com/news/article/150198431/mark-foster-gage-on-gothic-architecture-past-and-present

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