When will work on Notre Dame resume?

Notre Dame by night before the fire
Photo: Livioandronico2013
Notre Dame by night before the fire

We don’t know. Even when the virus pandemic has passed, the melted scaffolding is a problem.

Originally erected to restore the 19th-century spire, before the fire of last year, the melted scaffolding around the roof was initially planned to be removed starting March 23rd. Due to coronavirus related measures, the French authorities did not go through with the complicated process.

https://www.archdaily.com/938052/notre-dames-update-restoration-works-suspended-due-to-the-coronavirus-outbreak

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A small Good Friday service will be held at Notre Dame

Notre Dame in restoration
Photo: Reuters

But don’t attempt to go to Notre Dame.. With the current lock-down in France because of coronavirus the service will only be attended by seven people, although it will be televised in France.

The service will include a wreath rescued after the fire at Notre Dame almost a year ago.

https://www.reuters.com/article/us-health-coronavirus-notre-dame/notre-dame-cathedral-to-hold-small-good-friday-service-amid-frances-coronavirus-lockdown-idUSKBN21P22Q

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Notre Dame restoration paused and now come the thieves

Notre Dame
Work on Notre Dame

Two men face charges for allegedly attempting to steal various stones from the cathedral. The men were taken into custody after guards at Notre Dame spotted them on the premises.

A spokesperson for Notre Dame said that the thieves likely intended to sell the stones on the black market.

https://www.artnews.com/art-news/news/notre-dame-cathedral-restoration-burglary-1202681869/

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So, no new news, but…

storks
Photo: Tim Brown

I reached 59 years old on Monday and all the news is about coronavirus and the huge number that will likely die.

Work on the restoration of Notre Dame has been paused because of the virus.

https://www.outlookindia.com/newsscroll/work-on-notredame-in-paris-halted-by-coronavirus/1763537

We live, we die. Some of us die horrible, tragic deaths, others die peacefully.

Smile and laugh if you can, humour is good medicine.

 

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The Return of Albert

Another Marriott Edgar poem.

The Return Of Albert

You’ve ‘eard ‘ow young Albert Ramsbottom,
In the Zoo up at Blackpool one year,
With a stick and ‘orse’s ‘ead ‘andle,
Gave a lion a poke in the ear.

The name of the lion was Wallace,
The poke in the ear made ‘im wild;
And before you could say ‘Bob’s your Uncle,’
‘E’d up and ‘e’d swallered the child.

‘E were sorry the moment ‘e’d done it,
With children ‘e’d always been chums,
And besides, ‘e’d no teeth in ‘is noodle,
And ‘e couldn’t chew Albert on t’gums.

‘E could feel the lad moving inside ‘im,
As ‘e lay on ‘is bed of dried ferns,
And it might ‘ave been little lad’s birthday,
‘E wished ‘im such ‘appy returns.

But Albert kept kicking and fighting,
Till Wallace arose feeling bad,
And felt it were time that ‘e started to stage
A come-back for the lad.

So with ‘is ‘ead down in a corner,
On ‘is front paws ‘e started to walk,
And ‘e coughed and ‘e sneezed and ‘e gargled,
Till Albert shot out like a cork.

Old Wallace felt better direc’ly,
And ‘is figure once more became lean,
But the only difference with Albert
Was ‘is face and ‘is ‘ands were quite clean.

Meanwhile Mister and Missus Ramsbottom
‘Ad gone ‘ome to tea feeling blue;
Ma says ‘I feel down in the mouth like,’
Pa says “Aye! I bet Albert does too.’

Said Ma ‘It just goes for to show yer
That the future is never revealed,
If I thought we was going to lose ‘im
I’d ‘ave not ‘ad ‘is boots soled and ‘eeled.

‘Let’s look on the bright side,’ said Father
‘What can’t be ‘elped must be endured,
Every cloud ‘as a silvery lining,
And we did ‘ave young Albert insured.’

A knock at the door came that moment,
As Father these kind words did speak,
‘Twas the man from t’Prudential,
E’d called for their ‘tuppence per person per week.’

When Father saw who ‘ad been knocking,
‘E laughed and ‘e kept laughing so,
That the young man said ‘What’s there to laugh at?’
Pa said ‘You’ll laugh an’ all when you know.’

‘Excuse ‘im for laughing,’ said Mother,
‘But really things ‘appen so strange,
Our Albert’s been ate by a lion,
You’ve got to pay us for a change.’

Said the young feller from the Prudential,
‘Now, come come, let’s understand this,
You don’t mean to say that you’ve lost ‘im?’
Ma says ‘Oh, no! we know where ‘e is.’

When the young man ‘ad ‘eard all the details,
A bag from ‘is pocket he drew,
And he paid them with interest and bonus,
The sum of nine pounds four and two.

Pa ‘ad scarce got ‘is ‘and on the money,
When a face at the window they see,
And Mother says ‘Eeh! look, it’s Albert,’
And Father says ‘Aye, it would be.’

Young Albert came in all excited,
and started ‘is story to give,
And Pa says ‘I’ll never trust lions again,
Not as long as I live.’

The young feller from the Prudential
To pick up his money began,
And Father says ‘Eeh! just a moment,
Don’t be in a hurry, young man.’

Then giving young Albert a shilling,
He said ‘Pop off back to the Zoo.
‘Ere’s your stick with the ‘orse’s ‘ead ‘andle,
Go and see what the Tigers can do!’

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When there’s no new news on Notre Dame there’s always Boris Johnson

Boris Johnson
Photo: Jeff Overs

Though perhaps not for much longer, Boris Johnson might lose the UK Prime Minister position next week becoming the shortest Prime Minister ever to hold office.

Or he might survive to the time being, who knows? Certainly not Boris.

https://www.theguardian.com/politics/live/2019/sep/29/brexit-latest-news-tory-conference-boris-johnson-conservative-suggests-his-critics-had-eu-help-drafting-benn-act-to-stop-no-deal-live-new

 

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It’s 50 years today since humans first walked on the moon

moon landscape
Photo: Armstrong NASA

“We should be ashamed at our lack of progress in space travel.” Buzz Aldrin at the 50th anniversary.

You may think this is nothing to do with Notre Dame, and in some ways it may seem unrelated. In some ways it is, but in other ways it stems from the same narrative.

I was lucky enough, as an eight-year-old, to watch the first moon walk live on TV from England in the middle of the night.

To be the best you can be and go to places no one has been before.

And yet…

I’m starting a sci-fi story, again it has nothing directly to do with Notre Dame, but somehow…

Read the first chapter of the story below and follow the story for more updates.

The first chapter

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