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

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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.

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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.

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Michael Heseltine sends an email

Rochester cathedral
Photo: Tim Brown
Rochester cathedral through castle outer walls from south-west

Again not about Notre Dame. This email was sent to a member of my family, I reproduce it here, with a picture of Rochester Cathedral, for no other reason than I like it.

From: Michael Heseltine <>
Sent:  19 October 2019 18:56
Subject: What we must do next

Today was an historic day. One million of you, supporters of the
People’s Vote, outside Parliament while, inside MPs from all parties
stood firm against Boris Johnson’s efforts to force his hard and bitter
Brexit on our country.

From the Highlands, to Belfast, from Cardiff to Penzance, people came
from across every corner of the land to make themselves heard.

Whether they’d marched before, or this was their first time marching,
they turned up today to march together because the democratic solution is for the people to solve this crisis.

We will march on!

And now the Prime Minister must now obey the law and give MPs and the people the time needed to solve the crisis he has done so much to create.

That’s why we’re sending a letter, from the people to the powerful to
demand they don’t turn their backs and instead give the people the final say. Sign it now.

*click here to sign the letter*

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For the first time in over 37 years…

Photo: Tim Brown

The House of Commons in the UK sits on a Saturday for the first time since the Falklands war over 37 years ago.

This is not about Notre Dame but about the possiblity that the Brexit vote is passed today.

I will attempt to update this article as events unfold.

At around 9:30am UK time the debabe began with a statement from the current Prime Minister, Boris Johnson.

Update 14:50

The Letwin amendment to the bill has been passed 322 to 306. So (if the EU agrees) Britain will not leave on the 31st but… Johnson still thinks there’s a way…

Update 22:35

And so Boris Johnson, despite saying he wouldn’t, has sent a letter requesting an extension to the EU.

And so, the debate continues…

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Jennifer Arcuri addresses Boris Johnson pole dancing rumours

Jennifer Arcuri
Jennifer Arcuri with her pole

Obviously this is not about Notre Dame or the false rumour that Boris Johnson suggested dancing poles to Donald Trump if he bought Notre Dame and turned it into a hotel.

However Jennifer Arcuri was asked the question today about the Boris Johnson pole dancing rumours. Jennifer Arcuri had a dancing pole in her flat in London and Boris Johnson, whilst Mayor of London, visited the flat several times.

That Boris Johnson was actually paying for pole dancing lessons isn’t confirmed and as far as we know has never been asked.

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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.


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