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Tuesday, 16 April 2019


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I have been to Notre Dame as a tourist many years ago. Didn't exactly grab me unlike York Minster, Salisbury and a couple of other European cathedrals as well.

My personal prejudices aside it is a tragedy to see such an icon of Western civilization destroyed.

The big question, apart from the cost, is where do you find the master stone masons and artificers to rebuild it?

Watching that fire is stomach turning. I hope it was an accident. Another magnificent structure is St. Stephen's Cathedral in Vienna. Hope Notre Dame is not another metaphor for Europe today, or even for Catholicism.

Like this:

Forty per cent of our house burned in 2001. My sympathy is not idle, nor hypothetical.

I do wonder what could have burned. As I remember, there are no pews, but chairs, with little kneelers coming out from the backs of them. It ought to have been fairly easy to pass most of those out, hand to hand. Then there are/were the timbers supporting the roof. If this fire began by accident, from the use of welding torches, the nagging question arises. "Why did they not have a watchman in there, to spot trouble when it was small?" Other than roof and chairs, it is, structurally, a huge pile of stone.

Finally, that lack of combustible material does raise annoying suspicions. That whole "accident" story just sounds a bit fishy. OTOH, pissing off the Yellow Vests even further, well, a fire in a mosque is not hard to kindle, and the "traffic jam" preventing the Pompiers from reaching the site in time, is a story that could be repeated daily, as needed.

I think, Michael, but do not know for sure, that it was a combination of side-panelling and roof timbers that supplied the fuel!

But what, or who provided the spark?

Ah, mon ami Timbo, you must apply your little grey cells!

Applying David, the grey cells you speak of some little something speaks to me the absence of fatalities. Were the cause to have been what many I'm sure initially considered, myself included, I think mass casualties would have been tallied. The "sorts" who do such things seem to prefer those sorts of things.

I think in this case we ought pause and wait for the investigation.

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