April 2012 · THE WORLD *head in hands*

“Watch for icebergs when you hire out the dingy, dear,” and Other Titanic-Based Discussion

A few weeks ago I made a really comprehensive blog plan for April, May and June, to ensure I’ve got something to say even when I’m pulling my hair out over exams, but I appear to have misplaced it… Not to worry though, because current events have provided inspiration (which I really felt the need to capitalise).

So let’s talk about RMS Titanic, and the sinking thereof. To be honest, I’ve never been too excited about the whole deal, mostly because I didn’t understand the hype about the DiCaprio film – but it’s nice to see people get jazzed about something that happened a century ago, especially in a society where events and projects are only around for as long as their trending topics. I did a quick Google-search just now, because it’s been a while since I read about the disaster, and I’m coming to the conclusion that one of the reasons it’s so talked about is because nobody saw it coming, it changed the way people viewed maritime expeditions, and there’s something terribly romantic about a ship of its size and social significance hitting an iceberg, sinking and drowning around two-thirds of those on board due to shoddy planning.

You couldn’t have written it if you’d tried, let’s face it… It reminds me of 9/11 a little, in that the Towers were – I think – the tallest buildings in New York at the time, nobody saw that coming, either, and it changed the world. Although, I’ve already waxed poetic about its effects (affects? I’ve been trying to learn the difference but it’s not sticking).

You know what’s always creeped me the hell out? This picture:

Large boats – ships, that would be – have always given me the shivers a little bit. They’re just so vast, and when you look up you can’t always see the top. When you’re on deck and look down, it’s just water, for miles. If you were down there, no one would hear you scream.

I’d love to get one of those TV psychics into a wetsuit and send them down to the wreck, just to see what happens. They could team up with the ghost-hunting lot, and a priest to grant the dead absolution, in case one didn’t manage to before the lights went out and they jumped. It would make an excellent reality show, wouldn’t it? RMS Titanic: the Remains. Channel 4, Thursday evenings.

They could get Kate Winslet to narrate.


2 thoughts on ““Watch for icebergs when you hire out the dingy, dear,” and Other Titanic-Based Discussion

  1. helpful (well kind of) english lesson –
    effect – the end result or the fallout. affect – the action or verb.
    so ‘the effects were catastrophic & they affected you greatly’.
    consider that affection can affect you but there’s no such thing as effection or it’s effects.
    mmm, actually this isn’t easy to explain is it? it makes sense to me but I’d make a rubbish teacher!!
    And, bleurgh, DiCaprio. And the reality show – great idea. Recreate the whole shebang & have the presenters have to go down with the sinking ship. I vote for Noel Edmonds to present 🙂


    1. I’ve actually never seen a Noel Edmunds-hosted show. I think I’d want to see Sir Bruce, because he could tap dance for the fish (and some of the dead people might have known his earlier work, which would be nice for them!).
      No such thing as effection. Got it. Possibly. Toime will tell. Thank you very much 🙂

      Also, I quite liked a younger DiCaprio… lthough I’ve seen two films, and he dies at the end of one of them.


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