At what point does it look like whinging? A Chinese theme park’s plans to include a full size replica of the Titanic has “relatives” of those who died on the original Titanic in 1912 upset.
At this remove from the original event, it is safe to say that there is no-one alive who remembered anyone who died on the Titanic, nor are there any survivors of the Titanic left alive. As such, the emoting (as reported by the BBC) that this is inappropriate is just whinging.
I remain with Jeremy Paxman in holding the view that they should have called it the Iceberg Quarter as without the iceberg, very few people would have heard of the Titanic.
In Britain, they had Beeching, in Northern Ireland, they had Benson.
In 1963, the NI Government hired an accountant – Henry Benson – to carry out a review of the railway network in Northern Ireland to justify closing it down. Benson delivered and his recommendations would have left a Protestant railway for a Protestant people, with only the cross border line from Dublin, Belfast to Larne and Belfast to Bangor left open – none of which would be connected to the other. Conveniently, this arrangement would have left the railways primarily serving the Protestant areas of Northern Ireland only.
His recommendations were not fully acted on and the railway line to Derry was spared the axe (and remains to this day) along with the lines from Coleraine to Portrush, Bleach Green Junction to Antrim and the Lisburn to Antrim line (albeit temporarily closed). In addition, the lines in Belfast were joined up in two stages with the Bangor line reconnected to the Dublin line in 1976 and the Larne line being connected to both in Belfast in 1995.
Congratulations to the Irish Independent for writing a whole article about a former Co. Wicklow train station that was featured on RTE’s Home of the Year programme, without mentioning the station’s name/location.