Saturday Surprise — Artists Take On Notre-Dame

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I was not at a loss for this morning’s Saturday Surprise post, in fact was debating between taking you to either a turnip festival or a bread-arches festival.  But then an email popped up and when I saw it, I thought … hmmm 🤔 … maybe.  Monday’s fire at the Cathedral of Notre-Dame has prompted an outpouring of sadness from all around the globe.  It has also inspired artists to do some beautiful artwork that I thought I’d like to share with you today.  But first, I must share with you my embarrassingly funny story from this past week.

Those of you who have followed this blog for a while may remember last September when my dishwasher went kaplooie.  I contacted the rental office … day after day … for 8 bloomin’ weeks, then finally contacted the property owners, and it was fixed the following day!  The apartment manager was also terminated that week, but I’m not sure if there is any connection.  Anyway, just before Thanksgiving they did bring a new … brand new, still in the box … dishwasher, and all was well.

Then last week, I turned the dishwasher on Tuesday morning, but … nothing happened.  Nada.  Zilch.  Sigh.  So, I contacted them … actually, Miss Goose did, for I don’t think she liked seeing me getting ready to go to the rental office with my 18-inch rolling pin in my hand.  They said they would ‘try’ to get to it within two weeks.  Frustrated I was, but what can one do but … wait.  Well, this week on Tuesday, I had just gotten out of the shower and come downstairs, hair still wrapped in a towel, and there was a pounding on the door.  The maintenance dude!  Okay … I happily lead him to the kitchen where … there was a blob of cat puke right in the middle of the kitchen floor.  I wanted the earth to open up and swallow me.  Unfortunately, it didn’t.  But wait … it gets even better!

The maintenance man walks over to the dishwasher, looks at the wall above it, flips the switch on the wall, and … PRESTO! … the dishwasher springs to life.  Now I really, really wanted the earth to open up and swallow me.  Again, it didn’t.  Folks, I had checked the breaker, had inspected all around the switches and contacts for some food particles or grease, had tried everything short of taking the thing apart.  But I never even thought about the switch.  We never turn it off!  Best I can figure is it accidentally got turned off one time that one of us was turning off the switch next to it that controls the garbage disposer.  I felt about as stupid as I’ve ever felt, and I kept repeating, “I’m so sorry … I am so stupid …” until he finally patted my shoulder (I’m pretty sure he just wanted to get away from this crazy ol’ hag so he could go to his truck and have a good laugh) and assured me it could have happened to anybody.  Sigh.

And now, how about those pictures I promised?

On 15 April 2019 around 6:50 p.m., a fire broke out in the Notre-Dame Cathedral in Paris. One of the most famous historical buildings, it has a strong value to Parisian and French culture and is one of the most famous buildings in the world with around 13 million tourists every year. After the tragic news about the iconic cathedral burning went viral, many artists showed their respect to the monument by drawing it.



The construction of Notre-Dame started back in 1163 and it was finished almost 200 years later in 1345. It’s important to mention that the iconic spire was added only in the 19th century. Notre-Dame isn’t only known for its incredible architecture, it was also the cathedral in which Napoleon’s coronation by Pope Pius VII took place in 1804.




Since Notre-Dame was first built around 700 years ago, the building required constant renovation. During the last few years, it was in desperate need of reconstruction and that’s exactly what was happening before the fire broke out. The renovation was supposed to cost €6 million. Fires often break out during renovation so it is believed that this might have been the case with the Notre-Dame Cathedral.






Recent news declare that there have been €1 billion donated to the reconstruction of the Notre-Dame Cathedral which has caused some controversy online. Many people claim that during the past few years there have been many tragic losses around the world, with many people losing their home and their loved ones, yet nobody has ever donated this much money to any of the causes. Notre-Dame example shows how many of the world’s problems could be solved if the world’s richest people would donate to those in need.

These are only a few of the artists’ pictures inspired by this tragedy.  For more, check it out on Bored Panda. Have a great weekend, my friends!

34 thoughts on “Saturday Surprise — Artists Take On Notre-Dame

  1. Poor Jill. Who hasn’t been there? Luckily my memory is in self-preservation mode and won’t divulge any I can bring to mind, but I know ‘they’ are there.
    Wonderful and evocative cartoons.
    I’ve read a great number of comments concerning the billionaires and their donations and it has to be said the comments make sense. The thing is, the Human condition is a very complex issue and it doesn’t behave as we woudl like it to. For France this is part of its heritage, its communal soul if you like. If we asked the French people they might have quite different views to us.
    Basically we all react in this way, in one form or another. These monuments to Human effort and imagination go very, very deep.
    It’s when the money goes to the funding of political parties and groupings with extreme and violent views you have to worry.

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    • Aw, c’mon Roger, share one of your own. Hmmm … perhaps Karlyn or Trelli or Arketre might have one to share … I’ll have to touch base with them. Yes, you are quite right … and there are many different viewpoints, from what I’m hearing. Best, I think, to let the dust settle. Meanwhile …

      Uncle Woger … you maked your picture a dawk, scawy place … we want our Uncle Woger back … 😿 🙀 😿 🙀 😿 🙀

      Now babes, leave Uncle Roger be … he likes dark, dreary, creepy places.

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  2. Good pictures. Do we ever hear the mega rich pledge – ‘Hey I’m going to build some lovely new houses in the grounds of my estate for the homeless.’ I guess they want everyone to see what they are giving and everyone is going to see the new Notre Dame, perhaps like sponsorship it will have to be renamed after the billionaires!

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    • Thanks! I imagine you’re right … they do it so they can preen and say, “Look, everybody, see how generous I am and what a great thing I’ve done here?” Helping the poor, apparently, doesn’t earn them enough kudos or pats on the back. Sigh. We are a shallow bunch some days.

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  3. These are great cartoons. Maybe it’s just me but part of me would be tempted to make it safe and leave part of it as ruins. Maybe let nature redesign it. Some of the most stunning historical sites are that way and the fire is now part of its history. Plus it sums up our world. A beautiful historic religious building burns down and within 2 days billionaires have made the rebuild fund £1,000,000,000. 72 people died in the Grenfell Tower fire.Two years later and £29,000,000 has been raised and survivors are still fighting for any help.

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  4. Billionaires could get together and rebuild most of the world, but won’t. They could solve climate disaster, but won’t. So why are they rebuilding Notre Dame? Buying their way into heaven, I suppose. Or trying to. Does rebuilding a famous place of worship please their god? Somehow I don’t think so…

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    • I would like to see it rebuilt, but not for any religious reasons. In fact, although I know it is a cathedral, I don’t think of it as such, but rather as a historic monument, something that has value simply by merit of its origins, its longevity. Rather on a par with the Louvre or Colosseum. However, I would even more like to see those billionaires suddenly find a heart and realize there are others who barely have enough to eat.


      • Don’t hold your breath. Or your tongue!
        As for Notre Dame, it is a mausoleum to the generations of people who were forced to build it. Like the pyramids of Egypt, history does not tell us how many workers (slaves) died (were killed, accidentally or otherwise) during the construction. Besides that, rebuilding it will not produce the same results. Parts that went undamaged will still be historical, while other parts will be ultra-modern, probably resulting in a messy conglomeration. My idea is, fix it to make what is left safe, and use the usable parts. Let the rest bare witness to the follies of humankind.

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          • And it never will. I was listening to an engineer a few minutes ago, and he says the craftmanship is not there. Everything that went into the original cathedral was made by hand, specifically to be used in that building. Some things took several generations to make, the skill passed down from parent to child. No one can do that anymore. Leave it be…

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    • Exactly right! Perhaps to alleviate some guilt, becoming a billionaire usually means screwing over a whole lotta ppl along the way. Nostalgia plays a part, plus they can take credit for the rebuilding so pride and ego also.


  5. A great post, Jill. The funniest thing I remember about an appliance problem was when an older teacher I worked with said her fridge hadn’t been working the way it should. She called a repairman and he checked it out. He then told her the doily on the top of the fridge had become stuck in the door and it couldn’t properly close. She was a good sport. She told something one time most people wouldn’t. She said she’d started for work one day and realized her false teeth were at her house. She had to go back for them. 😀 — Suzanne

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