17 comments on “Ahem

  1. ‘He placed flowers at a statue of the Virgin Mary, which was damaged in the earthquake. The statue’s head and arms are missing.’

    Then how did he know it was of the Virgin Mary?

    He laid flowers in front of ruins. Symbolizing what?

  2. @ Gamecock
    Customary response to tragedy. Give the local florist a sizeable profit.

  3. Talking of floral tributes. Travelling through Hull yesterday I encountered a badly damaged lamppost in the middle of a roundabout. The lamppost had several bunches of flowers attached to it with ribbons. The evidence suggests that the damage to the lamppost was inflicted during a fatal accident. Built up area, 30mph speed limit, failure to notice a roundabout and make the slightest attempt to go around it. Darwin award winner surely.

  4. Similar topic.

    This post makes me think of the Ship of Theseus and Notre Dame cathedral. When they replace it all, will it still be Notre Dame cathedral?

  5. There are precedents, Gamecock. I don’t think anybody has any problems with St Paul’s in London, built on the site of the cathedral burned down in 1666. They had to blow up what remained of the old cathedral and proceeded to build a new one in the new style. However, I don’t think modern architects have the same ability as Christopher Wren. Coventry cathedral, rebuilt by Basil Spence inside the ruins of the old building destroyed by the Luftwaffe, has very little aura. And there’s one in Cologne, built inside the ruins of the structure destroyed in WW2. It works on a small scale but it is probably the kind of thing that Macron wants. Whether it would work on the scale of Notre Dame is another matter

  6. The Pope wore a helmet!

    This is the clincher – he doesn’t believe in God and the power of faith to move mountains. I am trying to book him for a shoot with Polly but it is difficult to reach him. I suspect he will need vast quantities of viagra

  7. @Diogenes
    Almost every German town has its Altstadt, but when I go there, I often think to myself “Didn’t allied armies/air forces visit here and leave nothing standing above shoulder height?”

  8. Built up area, 30mph speed limit, failure to notice a roundabout and make the slightest attempt to go around it. Darwin award winner surely.

    Chavs racing at high speed and killing themselves, more likely.

  9. Indeed, Chris, once WW1 was over, they rebuilt the cathedral and cloth hall in Ypres so that it was exactly the same as it had been. The point was, that was what the locals wanted. Sometimes fitting new architecture inside the remains of the old works and looks good – Wren’s St Stephen Wallbrook is a case in point. Sometimes it doesn’t. Sometimes you blow it up and start again.

  10. “Pope’s helmet enters” was practically a requirement of the office for centuries –

    young boys, nuns, the poor of his flock, his bishops?

  11. ‘failure to notice a roundabout’

    It is possible.

    There was a case in Charlotte a few years ago where a man failed to return from work one night. His car, with him dead in it, was found 6 months later.

    He was in the V of where the Interstate highway (high speed, limited access) split. He had apparently fallen asleep and went straight when he should have gone left or right. Odd thing was that the location was on final into CLT. The car was seen by many thousands of pilots, but none ever thought to report it. Eventually, it was found by tree trimmers.

  12. There was an episode of a very recent good UK TV series (probably called missing or something like that) where a guy disappeared on the drive home late one night. [spoiler] Turns out he had driven into the overgrown central area of a large roundabout (small gyratory really) and died in the crash. No-one figured it out for days.

  13. I visited Buckfast Abbey the other day. It’s built in mediaeval Gothic style but it was actually built in the 1st 40 years of the 20th century. It looks far better than Coventry apart from a more modern chapel excrescence on the East end with a ‘modern’ mural of Jesus in stained glass. There was a mediaeval abbey there but Henry VIII did for that.

  14. Chris,

    Towards the end of the war some mayors of northern towns persuaded the German army to leave rather get their towns blown up. The allies were also respectful by that time. That was very certainly the case for Celle where I was stationed in the ‘80s. Lovely place if you’re ever up that way.

  15. “This is the clincher – he doesn’t believe in God and the power of faith to move mountains.”

    Or he was told he couldn’t go in unless he put on a helmet.

  16. Rocco Siffredi said:
    “This is the clincher – he doesn’t believe in God and the power of faith to move mountains.”

    Or he knows he’s done something that would have made God very cross with him, and doesn’t want to give his boss too obvious an opportunity.

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