So, no new news, but…

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Photo: Tim Brown

I reached 59 years old on Monday and all the news is about coronavirus and the huge number that will likely die.

Work on the restoration of Notre Dame has been paused because of the virus.

https://www.outlookindia.com/newsscroll/work-on-notredame-in-paris-halted-by-coronavirus/1763537

We live, we die. Some of us die horrible, tragic deaths, others die peacefully.

Smile and laugh if you can, humour is good medicine.

 

Scientists are leading Notre Dame’s restoration

The damaged roof of Notre Dame
Photo: Patrick Zachmann
The lead roof melted into jagged stalactites

At the Historical Monuments Research Laboratory, the laboratory tasked with conserving all the nation’s monuments, director Aline Magnien and her 22 colleagues apply techniques from geology to metallurgy as they evaluate the condition of Notre Dame’s stone, mortar, glass, paint, and metal.

https://www.sciencemag.org/news/2020/03/scientists-are-leading-notre-dame-s-restoration-and-probing-mysteries-laid-bare-its

A hero of Notre Dame

The robot Colossus
Colossus is about 1.6 m long, 78 cm wide and 76 cm tall. It weighs 500 kg empty.

In front of the eyes of an aghast public, the spire of Notre Dame cathedral in Paris collapses. To firefighters, this isn’t just a cultural tragedy, the collapse means that the structure of the church is further destabilized by the flames. From this point on, entering the cathedral to fight the fire from within is very dangerous. The incident commander decides to send the robot Colossus into the cathedral.

During the fire of Notre Dame, the fire hose of the robot was used to keep the inner walls of the church and the structural elements of the building wet and prevent the fire from spreading. Via a supply hose, the robot was provided with almost 3,000 liters of water per minute – without the slightest danger to human personnel. Colossus is operated via a remote-control module with a display.

https://www.designworldonline.com/the-hero-of-notre-dame/

And now there will be a mini-series about the fire at Notre Dame

Notre Dame fire exterior
Photo: Lori Hinant

William Boyd, the award-winning British novelist and screenwriter of “Chaplin” and “Any Human Heart,” is set to write the screenplay of a high-profile miniseries centred on the devastating fire that ripped through Paris’s Notre Dame cathedral in April 2019. The multi-layered narrative will be told from multiple perspectives and is to shed light on what triggered the fire and how firefighters and police officers battled to save the iconic cathedral from total destruction.

https://variety.com/2020/tv/global/pathe-vendomes-first-tv-series-on-notre-dame-tragedy-to-be-penned-by-william-boyd-exclusive-1203523906/

Boris Johnson is expecting another child

Boris Johnson

The mother of the child will be Boris Johnson’s current girlfriend, Carrie Symonds. He’s planning to marry her.

Reports that Boris Johnson opened a condom, put it on his head and then complained that it didn’t work properly, are unconfirmed.

However it is confirmed that Boris Johnson, when Mayor of London, once said “Nick Clegg is there to perform a very important ceremonial function as David Cameron’s kind-of lapdog come prophylactic protection device for all the difficult things that David Cameron has to do that cheese off the rest.”

Get her pregnant, marry, divorce, seems to be Boris Johnson’s way. Well he seems to have done the first bit with this girlfriend.

Experts toil in dangerous conditions to restore fire-ravaged Notre Dame

Notre Dame exterior Feb 2020
Photo: Amanda Macias
Notre Dame in February 2020

Nearly a year into restoring the fire-ravaged Notre Dame Cathedral, experts are working through a backlog of now-blackened artifacts that once graced the landmark.

Tasked with analyzing and repairing the artifacts from the beloved cathedral, archaeologists, historians and architects are toiling to meet an ambitious reopening deadline.

https://www.cnbc.com/2020/02/27/experts-restoring-notre-dame-cathedral-nearly-a-year-after-inferno.html

At Notre Dame as well as the forecourt the crypt will probably open too

Notre Dame exterior
Photo: Vicente Sargues

As an addition to our story that Notre Dame could reopen to the public as early as next month the crypt will probably open too.

Emmanuel Grégoire, deputy mayor of Paris, said the internationally cherished cathedral’s plaza and crypt should reopen sometime before the summer “if everything goes OK,

https://www.catholicnewsagency.com/news/parts-of-notre-dame-plaza-crypt-expected-to-reopen-this-spring-16658