But, turning to the news a couple hours ago and witnessing – with the rest of the world – the destruction of a global icon – for many a global treasure – was shocking. I recall walking the nave of that building and feeling the whispers of 800+ years of history, both glorious and dreadful, pressing in from all sides. Like everything, it has slipped into memory.
Such a tragedy! Notre Dame was the first ‘real’ cathedral I ever saw. I had been into Australian cathedrals (which are far less grand) and didn’t see what the big deal was. I remember walking into the nave and feeling an incredible sense of awe at its scale and (despite that) grace.
There are reports in the French media that the French authorities are saying that a “computer glitch”. Maybe it’s an error in translation. And surely no Mac’s involved (I would hope). But do the computer experts here have thoughts? To start a fire requires heat, fuel, and oxygen. Which of these delivered by computer?