When Notre Dame was on fire on the 15th of April, videos from police drones were instrumental in identifying and directing firefighters to the location of roof hotspots and the fire spread that could only be seen from the air.
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.
A few days ago Le Figaro published a picture from inside Notre Dame Cathedral at the moment the area above the altar caught fire and began to rain down hot lead from the 856-year-old roof. It is simultaneously horrifying and mesmerizingly beautiful.
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.
The restoration of Notre Dame will takes years, we know that. But how many? Will in be the five years that French President Macron promised or will it take much, much longer? Will everyone be safe during the work?
Only time will tell.
Notre Dame has joined Peru’s Machu Picchu, and the Gingerbread Neighborhood of Port-au-Prince, Haiti on the 25 cultural heritage sites listed on the 2020 World Monuments Watch of endangered places.
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.
“I don’t watch TV or the news a lot, but when I did catch a little glimpse of it, it was always about the academics and the historians. And being a construction worker, nobody ever talks about the guy that’s crawling in the ash, you know, the asbestos ash” Springfield photographer, Steven Spencer said.
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.
The article says there’s a video but I couldn’t see any video to play but anyway, there’s some interesting text.
The new roof of Notre Dame, whose old roof went up in smoke on the evening of the 15th April, will not begin until 2021.