The blaze, which raged for nine hours, is believed to be linked to renovation work which was underway at the time. The fire began at around 6.30pm local time on 15 April and quickly spread to the roof of the cathedral, destroying its stained glass windows and toppling its spire. It is thought the blaze may have been triggered by a spark from a welder's torch or some other piece of building equipment. So what other buildings are threatened by fire? Houses of Parliament, London Westminster Hall was built in 1099 and is the oldest part of the Houses of Parliament. Most of the 1,100-room Palace of Westminster dates from the mid-19th century and replaced the previous building, which was devastated by fire in 1834. The Palace is now a Grade I listed building and, with Westminster Abbey and St Margaret's Church, forms a UNESCO World Heritage Site. — President … [Read more...] about After Notre Dame, What Iconic Buildings Around the World Are at Risk of Fire?
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It's been a year of mixed fortunes which has seen plenty of new places to eat and drink springing up across Nottingham and throughout the county - but at the same time dozens have closed their doors for the last time to the disappointment of many. Some (mainly Italian chains) have been victims of the drop in casual dining. Rent rises and personal reasons have been blamed, but on a happier note some of the owners of independently-run businesses have embraced new challenges. Here are just some of the ones we lost in 2018: Edward's Canteen Kitchen An award-winning Beeston eatery was one of the first businesses to close in 2018. The winner of best food establishment in the Best of Broxtowe Awards 2016 was owned by former London chef Ed Danby and was popular with the breakfast crowd as well as lunch-goers and foodies who attended themed evening events. With a new owner at the helm, a coat of pink paint, bunting and a new Scottish theme, the premises in Wollaton Road reopened later in the … [Read more...] about Here are the Nottingham restaurants, bars, cafes and pubs which closed in 2018
Look at the people at the top of Liverpool's major arts and culture organisations and you'll discover something you may find surprising - they are almost all women. From Claire McColgan, head of Culture Liverpool, to Helen Legg, who has recently joined Tate Liverpool as its new director, the city is flouting the tradition when it comes to running institutions, at least in this sector. And even where there is still a man in charge, you'll often find a woman helping to make the most important decisions alongside him - such as Sandra Parr, who as the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic's artistic planning director is key in selecting what the orchestra and its ensembles will perform. These women are ultimately the people who decide Liverpool's events and exhibitions programme - offering up a calendar of exciting things for us all to see and do in 2019. Helen Legg says: "Liverpool has a wealth of formidable women leaders and it's been a real joy to work alongside them this year. We have a way to … [Read more...] about These are the 10 women deciding what you will see and do in 2019
From its hillside overlooking the Ethiopian capital, Berhanu Mengistu's century-old, gabled family home has seen emperors and governments rise and fall. It has withstood economic stagnation and the rapid population growth that replaced its once-patrician neighbours with a rabble of shacks. But it now stands lonely in a field of weeds, the house's corrugated roof and red plaster walls stark against a fast-changing cityscape of cleared slums, tower cranes and glinting high rises. Palatial homes like Berhanu's are scattered throughout Addis Ababa, built for imperial-era courtiers and foreign business moguls, but most have slid into dire neglect as the government focuses on an aspirational building boom. "Nowadays, most of the buildings you see are more of the European architecture," said Berhanu, a supply chain manager whose house has been in his family for seven generations. Across the capital, older, poorer neighbourhoods -- like the one that once surrounded Berhanu's home -- have been … [Read more...] about In Ethiopia, as a capital rises, history rots
It's one of the city centre's most beautiful buildings and was going to be turned into Liverpool's first five-star hotel - but it's still unclear what's going to happen to the Martins Bank building. The Water Street landmark is one of Britain's finest 20th century buildings, with its striking Portland Stone exteriors and lavish interiors starring in many film and TV shows. But much of the building has been empty for years, with the grand banking hall and vaults unused since Barclays finally left in 2007. In 2016 the latest hotel plan for the building was revealed. But work never started and the building's future remains uncertain. Martins was the only national UK bank to have its head office outside London. The group traces its history back to Tudor-era financier Thomas Gresham. In 1918 it was taken over by the Bank of Liverpool, creating a national banking group that expanded across the country. The merged group needed a grand new headquarters and in 1932 opened its grand new head … [Read more...] about What on earth is happening to the Martin’s Bank Building?