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    The lesson from the ruins of Notre Dame:
    don’t rely on billionaires

    https://www.theguardian.com/commenti...h-philanthropy

    Barely has the fire been put out before some of the richest people in France rush to help rebuild it. From François-Henri Pinault, the ultimate owner of Gucci, comes €100m (£90m). Not to be outdone, the Arnault family at Louis Vuitton put up €200m. More of the wealthy join the bidding, as if a Damien Hirst is going under the hammer. Within just three days, France’s billionaire class has coughed up nearly €600m. Or so their press releases state.

    Weeks go by, then months, and Notre Dame sees nothing from the billionaires. The promises of mid-April seem to have been forgotten by mid-June. “The big donors haven’t paid. Not a cent,” a senior official at the cathedral tells journalists. Far humbler sums are sent in, from far poorer individuals. “Beautiful gestures,” says one charity executive, but hardly les grands prix.

    That prompts a newswire story, after which two of the wealthy donors, the Arnault and Pinault families, stump up €10m each. Followed by silence. Questions I put this week to the various donors and charities went largely unanswered. (Perhaps their offices are busy or emptied out by the summer holidays.)

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    Quote Originally Posted by TizMe View Post
    Perhaps their offices are busy or emptied out by the summer holidays.
    I'd post 'this' if I were a bit of a wanker.

    But yeah, the rich having no values.

    News.

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    Quote Originally Posted by cyrille View Post
    But yeah, the rich having no values.
    Wondering that this you have understood what all the show was about?

    Pity that you did not get the connexion to my post above #47, redding me angrily.

    Other similar disastrous damages - however of not so spectacular cathedrals but sometimes of more value - had been left without an outrage of "international community"...

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    One year since the fire the Bell Tolls



    There is still plenty of work to be done a year on from the fire that ripped through Paris' Notre-Dame cathedral. 40,000 bars of scaffolding melted to what remains of the structure, which need to be removed carefully to prevent further damage. But the coronavirus outbreak has temporarily halted efforts to get the 13th century building back to its former glory.
    “Someone is sitting in the shade today because someone planted a tree a long time ago”

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    Good bump Dave, i'd forgotten about this.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Klondyke View Post
    Wondering that this you have understood what all the show was about?
    I have some news for you.

    You frequently make no sense whatsoever, and the quote above is an example.

    When you post up stories that are unconnected to the OP it can be helpful to add a comment.

    But considering my second sentence, in your case frequently not.

    Anyway, maybe you could give it a try?

    Better yet, if there's something only very tangentially (to put it politely) related to the topic that you think is worthy of discussion then start a thread on it.

    I'm sure there are some sun worshipping spots that haven't stood the test of time.

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    ^ New MOD in action ...go Syb

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    Quote Originally Posted by cyrille View Post
    if there's something only very tangentially (to put it politely) related to the topic
    Perhaps you just woke up from winter hibernation???

    And speaking of topic: (???)
    Quote Originally Posted by cyrille View Post
    I'd post 'this' if I were a bit of a wanker.

    But yeah, the rich having no values.

    News.

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    More than a year since the Notre-Dame cathedral fire, authorities have decided how it will be rebuilt

    Notre Dame cathedral in Paris engulfed by devastating fire-11018814-3x4-xlarge-jpg

    President Emmanuel Macron promised after the fire to rebuild Notre-Dame within five years.

    It presented architects with a once-in-a-generation opportunity.

    Christophe Girard, deputy mayor for culture in Paris, said the Gothic masterpiece must be painstakingly restored to its former glory.

    France's chief architect of historical sites, Philippe Villeneuve, insisted the spire be rebuilt exactly as before.

    That drew a strong rebuke from the French army general, who told Mr Villeneuve in a National Assembly committee meeting to "shut his mouth".

    "As for the chief architect, I have already explained that he should shut his mouth," General Jean-Louis Georgelin said to gasps of astonishment.


    But after months of deliberating, the commission in charge of the decision announced on Thursday (local time) that the centuries-old cathedral will be rebuilt just as it was before.

    The national heritage and architectural commission have approved plans to restore the cathedral to its last "complete, coherent and known" state, including the spire, the restoration body said in a statement.

    More than a year since the Notre-Dame cathedral fire, authorities have decided how it will be rebuilt - ABC News

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    Bit of a weak article, they quote General Jean-Louis Georgelin but don't tell you who he is or why his opinion matters. General Jean-Louis Georgelin is a former Chief of Staff and has been appointed by Macron as the Head of the rebuilding project.

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