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Discussion in 'Personal' started by peakster, Apr 15, 2019.
Billy Joel strenuously denies having anything to do with it.
Yup. That'll work! (If you want to flatten the building) .
That whole thread is hilarious.
Must buy the Ballymena Guardian to see why it happened.
The French civil defence reply to Donald The Fire Expert…
The French civil defence and crisis management agency have dismissed President Trump’s suggestion that flying water tankers could put the fire out.
“The drop of water by air on this type of building could result in the collapse of the entire structure along with the firefighers who are currently doing their best to save Notre Dame,” it tweeted.
“Helicopter or airplane, the weight of the water and the intensity of the drop at low altitude could weaken the structure of Notre-Dame and result in collateral damage to the buildings in the vicinity.”
Sécurité Civile Fr@SecCivileFrance
#NotreDame @PompiersParis Le largage d'eau par avion sur ce type d'édifice pourrait en effet entraîner l'effondrement de l'intégralité de la structure.
Aux côtés des #sapeurspompiers qui font actuellement le maximum pour sauver #NotreDame.
5,260 7:38 PM - Apr 15, 2019
[BTW, how/can do you embed Tweets on here, does anyone know?]
I hope that those involved and the onlookers are suitably protected. There were 250 tons of lead on that roof. Lead melts at 327°C. Fumes are released at 482°C. Lead oxide - a fine yellowish/brown dust will be widespread around the fire. Even with a good breeze there will be a 100% chance of lead dust in the immediate area.
And I've just noticed a major mistranslation in the Guardian's translation:
"Aux côtés des #sapeurspompiers qui font actuellement le maximum pour sauver #NotreDame." doesn't mean at all: “The drop of water by air on this type of building could result in the collapse of the entire structure along with the firefighers who are currently doing their best to save Notre Dame,” it tweeted.
It means: "Full support to the firefighters etc." (for starters the punctuation in the French tweet should have set the alarm bells ringing; secondly, "aux côtés" doesn't mean "along with" at all in this context, it's simply a mark of support and is used for tragedies, accidents etc. Never mind (the Guardian translator clearly has never heard of Lynne Truss's Eats, Shoots & Leaves... the same principles apply in French punctuation of course, plus the meaning was wrong anyway).
You can be sure it will say it was an act of God in response to the pope saying that homosexual tendencies are not a sin.
According to a French news channel (BFMTV, online), almost all - if not all - of the 13th century stained glass windows have been destroyed (needs confirmation of course).
It's just awful.
Photo of N-D taken from a drone (by the fire brigade):
(from La Croix's twitter feed, https://twitter.com/LaCroix/status/1117879027329585159/photo/1; La Croix is a French catholic daily)
No surprise, sadly. Stained glass is framed by lead. The lead melts and...
Funny, but I can't seem to connect with the humorous comments made by some posters on this thread.
Whatever renovation is possible we are unlikely to see it for years and years. There are people restoring the artworks from the Florence 1960s flood who know they won’t complete it in their lifetime. It took generations to build it - will take generations to rebuild. Let’s hope the main frame can be saved.
Give it a rest. Save your hobby horse for a more appropriate time.
So much beauty and history gone, just like that. Tragic.
A sad loss,
But it could be worse, thankfully no one (as far as we know so far ) has died and lets hope it stays that way.
It's terrible. I feel angry and upset.
a fire fighter has been badly hurt, praying for a full recovery for them