Archive for April, 2012
The parallel with the current economic crisis is obvious—there will be survivors and victims (and a disproportionate number of these will be from the lower classes).
More generally, the idea of the ship colliding with an iceberg or the sinking ship are commonly used as metaphors for disaster, the iceberg as a metaphor for the cause of a catastrophe, and the lifeboat as a metaphor for rescue.
a video to watch
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Sunday will mark 100 years since the sinking of the Titanic. The luxury cruise liner set sail from Belfast on April 10, 1912. But her maiden voyage was to be her last. Four days in, she struck an iceberg. Over two thousand people were on board, many emigrating to America. In less than three hours the supposedly “unsinkable” vessel broke in two and sank. RMS Carpathia was the first ship to arrive on the scene, picking up some 700 survivors and taking them to New York. In 1985 advances in deep-sea technology led to the discovery of the wreck. Thousands of Titanic artefacts have been recovered during numerous expeditions and memorabilia attracts keen interest at auction. The story has inspired several movies, including James Cameron’s blockbuster “Titanic”. A 3D version has been released to commemorate the anniversary.
Enjoy your extra day off and eat loads of chocolate !