Restoration of Versailles learns from Notre-Dame

Palace of Versailles
Photo: Chateau de Versailles website

The intricate work to clean and restore the Royal Chapel at the Palace of Versailles extraordinary windows, statues and other features is being carried out under the strictest security measures to avoid any repeat of the fire that severely damaged Notre-Dame Cathedral in Paris in April.

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Calling all writers – updated

Photo: Tim Brown

Anyone can submit a guest post and as long as it respectful of different beliefs and behaviours it will probably appear.

It doesn’t need to be about Notre Dame itself although some pieces about that would be most welcome. It can be about anything that a magnificent building like Notre Dame (or others) brings to mind.

Articles can be in your own name or with a pen name. I’d like to do a brief introduction about you, but that’s not required.

Updated to include:

I like good humour.

You can do humour too, even ‘fake news’ as long as it’s obvious that that is what it is. Notre Dame can easily be included  in those!

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Trump wrong, the moon is not part of Mars

On Tuesday June 11th, NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine was forced to clean up the mess Trump made with his angry tweet that both criticized NASA’s goal to send people back to the Moon and said the moon was a part of Mars.

Oh and when the Notre Dame cathedral caught fire earlier in April, French officials corrected Trump’s unsolicited advice about how to fight the fire, noting Trump’s plan would have caused the entire structure to collapse.

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Farage denies Brexit will mean cheaper cocaine

Farage in car
Photo: Reuters

Nigel Farage is incensed that a newspaper article has apparently misquoted him.

“I was talking about Coke, the drink not a drug” Farage has since said. He also added that it might be better talking to Michael Gove about this and laughed quite a bit.

He closed by saying that although he’d only met Donald Trump “briefly” when Trump had been in the UK he thought Trump’s plan to turn Notre Dame in Paris into a luxury hotel was “exciting” with the pool on roof “inspired”.

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Donald Trump meets Macron and Johnson


We’ve just learned that in a private meeting on the D-Day anniversary, President Donald Trump met French President Emmanuel Macron  and also British hopeful for the UK Prime Minister, Boris Johnson, at a small Mexican restaurant in Paris.

Bizarrely, Adam Hills was also there, as he had been in London.

It is understood that the purpose of the meeting was for Trump to put a proposal to buy Notre Dame cathedral to turn it into a hotel. Apparently Trump has fallen in love with the roof being restored as a vast swimming pool.

Okay, this won’t happen, but…

Also Trump has said that if the deal didn’t happen he was impressed by how easy it was on invade France and if necessary he was sure he could rely on Boris Johnson to support him.


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Westminster Abbey

westminster abbey
Photo: Tim Brown

I lived in London for many years and visited Westminster Abbey a few times although perhaps not as much as I should. But then I only visited the Tower Of London a couple of times. i find we often don’t fully appreciate a city in which we live.

Westminster Abbey is younger than Notre Dame, but is a glorious building.

There was a roof fire in Westminster Abbey during the second World War.

On the evening of the May 10th 1941, Westminster Abbey precincts and roof were hit by incendiary bombs. All the bombs were extinguished except for one which ignited out of reach among the wooden beams and plaster vault of the lantern roof over the North Transept. Finally the Lantern roof crashed down, preventing the fires from spreading further.

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If possible…

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Photo: Tim Brown

I like to post at least one update a day but there’s not always a news story about Notre Dame. So if you would like to know a little bit more about me I’ve been doing a short daily video every day since 4th November 2018. I’ve never yet missed a day so as I write this I’m up to 213…

hahahaha they are not all very good but at least there’s something.

you can see the videos here

or via Patreon (if I remember to update it)

Oh, and of course, if you’re a writer…

Calling all writers

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