Boris Johnson has a hard time in a Sunday interview

Johnson on Sophy Ridge show

Boris Johnson was being interviewed by Sophy Ridge this Sunday. He was doing okay until one question.

A month ago, Sophy had asked Boris Johnson to name the naughtiest thing he had ever done. Now she was going to get an answer. Although Johnson didn’t mention Notre Dame he had once cycled on a pavement.

“Cycling on a pavement?” a startled Ridge repeated. Did the prime minister really think that was a more serious offence than conspiring to get a journalist beaten up? Or getting Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe a longer sentence in an Iranian jail? Or being sacked for making up stories as a journalist?

Johnson just blinked.

Trump leaves London early as other leaders snigger at him

Photo: EJR

Donald Trump was at a meeting in London with other world leaders to commemorate the 70th anniversary of the founding of NATO.  As far as we’re aware, Trump did not discuss with French President Macron buying Notre Dame in Paris and turning it into a hotel.

But several leaders including Boris Johnson and Justin Trudeau were spotted sniggering at Trump at a reception.

why does anyone take Nigel Farage seriously?

Nigel Farage is a clown, whether you support Brexit or not, he is a clown and he’s made lots of money out of the EU. Today, Nigel Farage has accused Boris Johnson and the Tories of trying to get Brexit Party candidates to stand aside from the upcoming UK election and they might get something, perhaps a peerage. Of course Johnson denies it.

But whatever happened, it’s just silly and it has nothing to do with Notre Dame.

Sometimes a sentence or two if all you need

Boris Johnson

John Crace in The Guardian writes:

“But with Johnson, we are in an ethical wild west. He doesn’t really believe in anything except himself. He is the career sociopath for whom other people are mere satellites orbiting a never satisfied.”

Boris Johnson is not involved in buying Notre Dame in Paris with Donald Trump and turning it into a hotel, whatever anyone might think.

Donald Trump meets Macron and Johnson

Now there will be a General Election in the UK…

Boris Johnson signature
This is the signature of Boris Johnson when he signed the letter to Donald Tusk acknowledging the 31st January extension for Britain’s membership of the EU.

Here’s Boris Johnson’s signature. He hasn’t sent a letter to Notre Dame (that I know of).

The main thing I notice about this isn’t the signature itself but that he hasn’t bothered to write ‘sincerely’ correctly. Now I’m not a graphologist but this seems to sum up Boris Johnson’s character for me.

You can’t believe anything he says without other independent facts.

What will be the result on the 12th of December? Who knows.

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

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

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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.

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*