Friday, June 24, 2011

Celebrating The Titanic

I have never understood why the city fathers in Belfast have been so eager to celebrate the Titanic in recent years. The fact that the Titanic was built in Belfast can't be something to boast about can it? Yet it seems to be. They've put up giant murals all over East Belfast and they're actively renaming that part of town as the Titanic Quarter. I'm not knocking the workers - my dad and my sister both worked in Harland and Wolff shipyard, but the fact that the Titanic sank on its maiden voyage with tremendous loss of life is surely not something to be bragging about.
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The photograph is from Wednesday night's riots in the Short Strand (the so called Titanic quarter). Maybe the guy chucking the petrol bomb will get a mural of his own one day.