Meanwhile, In Paris



Paris, France.




More as we get it.

72 thoughts on “Meanwhile, In Paris

  1. Janet, I ate my avatar

    heartbreaking, poor Paris takes another gut punch, going up like paper
    courage to the pompiers

    1. Lush

      It’s heartbreaking. She’s gone up like a tinderbox. I’m just sitting here watching it in disbelief.

  2. shayna

    Jesus, that’s terrible, and all the rest of it, but doesn’t the smoke cloud kinda look a tad Ireland on it?

          1. rotide

            SIQ, I’ve always meant to ask you this, why do you always spell straight like that? even when in a non sexual orientation context?

          2. SOQ

            I don’t do text speak but sometimes, a few letters and a number is the same thing. Language evolves surely? We all need to keep up, including me.

            Srt8 is fairly much what it reads as, nothing to do with sexuality, more that we shall all revert to symbols.

          3. Slightly Bemused

            What does Srt8 mean? I am more used to the spelling Str8, but I am an old fella and not woke with it :)

    1. Janet, I ate my avatar

      all the rest of it?
      just a chef d’oeuvre if gothique architecture, from Victor Hugo another chef d’oeuvre, a jewel of Europe’s cultural heritage, a beloved landmark to far and wide,
      I used to love coming round the corner to see her “perfect arse” on the way to work,
      loads of others have a sentimental connection I’m sure too

          1. rotide

            Sad to see it go, but being honest I’m just glad I’m not watching another Grenfell.

            Also, I was kinda under the impression that it (like a lot of historical sites) is a bit like Triggers Broom and this night be another chapter in it

          2. Rob_G

            Kind of agree with Rotide – obviously it’s a beautiful building and and its a dreadful pity, but mercifully no-one died. There are much worse stories in the newspapers this morning, is all I will say.

  3. Dub Spot

    Good God. A) Hope nobody is/was hurt, and B) What a tragedy for Paris. Know it well from my runs along the Seine.

    Vive La France.

      1. SOQ

        Sad. I love churches. Not so much how many people died while they being built but just a fascination as to how such repressive social structure could build such beautiful buildings.

        Without sounding too tribal Janet… which tribe? Religion I mean.

          1. SOQ

            Tnx. The Catholics and the Church of Ireland where the most ostentatious back then so no surprise it is hard to tell between them.

          2. newsjustin

            Interestingly, due to political shenanigans in 1905, Notre Dame along with many French churches built before then is owned by the French State, with the Catholic Archdiocese being like a sort of long term tenant. So now it will, presumably, be up to the French State to restore it (hopefully fittingly). An odd kind of secular state.

            Sad for the people of France. Apparently lots of art and artifacts have been saved.

          3. Janet, I ate my avatar

            it’s the patrimoine that is important not it’s status as a church in this case,
            people can look past religion and see it in a wider culture of heritage

    1. Pip

      As an in-law of mine, serious financial guy, would say from time to time, a fire is always suspicious.
      A rallying cry for Europe?

    1. Brother Barnabas

      am sure that’s especially upsetting for you, J – know what it’s like watching from afar

      besos pal

      1. Janet, I ate my avatar

        Thanks BB, a loss on many levels
        Emotionally it has felt like France is going up in flames the last couple of years and here is the actual 0km spot in flames

  4. T Oylett

    amazing how all of the usual troglodytes on here are allowed post their inane commentary on the destruction of one of the greatest feats of architectural design, period. have yis no cat posts to look at?

  5. Bertie Theodore Alphege Blenkinsop

    That’s very sad.
    Like many people I’m sure, I’ve so many happy memories of visiting it.

  6. Keane of Thrones


    Like buildings like that will never be built again

    I did visit it
    Like I know I did
    But I can’t remember
    Hopefully there’s pics on an old redundant laptop

    A huge loss to the city of Paris

  7. bisted

    …so sad…one of the world’s great landmarks…still mesmerised by that huge, round stained glass window…

    1. Janet, I ate my avatar

      the firemen are saying they have saved a lot of the structure, keeping fingers crossed all is not lost

      1. Daisy Chainsaw

        It looks like only the spire collapsed, the stone structure seems in tact. I hope it can be rescued and repaired, it’s a beautiful peice of architecture.

      1. Daisy Chainsaw

        She’s not the only one, a lot of the alt-reich are at it. Will they as quick to blame christians for the fire at the Al-Aqsa mosque?

    1. Nigel

      Apparently blaming Muslims is competing with blaming Macron to distract from the yellowjackets, although you;d think he’d have left a few scorched yellow vests lying around the site just to properly frame them for it.

  8. Catherine costelloe

    It’s similar to Windsor Castle in the 1990’s ….a light bulb near a curtain started that fire .

  9. Spaghetti Hoop

    Heartbreaking images. Plus one firefighter is seriously injured. Good news though that reconstruction of some elements are possible. Was just going through some destroyed heritage lists. Fires, earthquakes and bombings have destroyed and altered so much built world heritage that humanity would never progress if we were to mourn every loss and not rebuild. If you saw what reconstructors did with the Cloth Hall at Ypres after it was destroyed in WW1, plus Windsor Castle in the 1990s. The Irish people lost all their historic records when they were destroyed in the Four Courts in 1922, but we moved on with parish records instead. Notre Dame will never look the same again without its spire, but it becomes a part of history for its fire – the pre-2019 cathedral will be in the memory of Parisians and visitors. Vive la France!

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