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

‘Unsung Heroes’ of the Notre Dame repairs

Notre Dame through broken glass
Photo: Steven Spencer
Notre Dame through broken glass

“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.

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

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.

Notre Dame fused scaffolding will be slowly and carefully removed

Fused scaffolding
Photo: Stephane De Sakutin
Fused scaffolding at Notre Dame

Over 550 tons of fused and melted scaffold is currently hanging in the balance over the Paris monument’s roof that was destroyed in a huge fire six months ago. The scaffold needs to be dismantled without pieces falling into the building, says Christophe-Charles Rousselot, the head of the Notre Dame Foundation.