And Now….

That’s a nice gesture but it would have been better that the arch had never been destroyed in the first place:

A replica of a 2,000-year-old Syrian arch which survived blasts by Isis will be erected in Trafalgar Square after being recreated using the world’s biggest 3D printer.

The full-size recreation of the entrance to the Temple of Bel, one of the city of Palmyra’s most important monuments, is reportedly being built as a symbol of defiance against terrorists’ attempts to erase the Middle East’s pre-Islamic history.

The monument was largely reduced to rubble by Islamist fighters, but one of its arches survived and the 15m-high structure, which stood at the temple’s entrance, remains standing.

It’s a well-meaning hashtag at this point.




How a symphony by Dmitri Shostakovich was played by a starving orchestra:

When conductor Karl Eliasberg received instructions to rehearse Shostakovich’s Seventh Symphony he had a problem.

After a performance the previous December of Tchaikovsky’s 1812 Overture – which depicts the Russia’s victory over Napoleon’s invading army – the only remaining orchestra in the city, the Leningrad Radio Orchestra, had shut down.

A note in the ensemble’s log records: “Rehearsal did not take place. Srabian is dead. Petrov is sick. Borishev is dead. Orchestra not working.”

So it was no surprise that when Eliasberg recalled his musicians for a rehearsal, only 15 turned up.

Read the whole thing.


  • One day they’ll build a real mosque in Trafalgar Square.

    • Xavier

      One day they’ll tear down the replica in Trafalgar Square.

    • Physics grad

      Coming soon…. Buckingham Mosque and also Westminster Mosque

    • Oh, won’t that be nice?!

  • Drunk_by_Noon

    I wrote a story about this a few years ago and the whole thing is fascinating.

  • Hard Little Machine

    they’ll probably cover it in gay rainbows, swastikas and Arabic graffitti

  • tom_billesley

    They need more room for replicas of other monuments destroyed by jihadis. There’s a nice site near Regent’s Park that could do with redevelopment. At present it’s occupied by a hideous Saudi funded mocks.

  • Waffle

    And the band played on . . .

  • disqusW6sf

    Interesting how the true feeling of being superior to the enemy helped the Russians play. I don’t see that in the western civilization and I think we need that feeling of being great to win against our enemies.