Belfast urged to mark CS Lewis’ 50th anniversary – Northern Ireland, Local & National – Belfasttelegraph.co.uk
Politicians and experts on the author, famous for his Narnia books, maintain that it would be both a “missed opportunity” and “affront to his memory” if it is not commemorated by a significant event in Northern Ireland.
“There will be other small exhibitions and events organised, but we need something of significance to recognise his contribution— across all the communities,” he said.
A spokesperson for the Department of Culture, Arts and Leisure said both Libraries NI and the Linenhall Library are organising a programme of events including exhibitions, talks, readings and workshops.
Studies of the steel that made up the hull and rivets of Titanic have shown that the ship was made with lower-grade metals that were more brittle, suggesting that lives might have been saved had the vessel been constructed with better material.
As memorial services this weekend mark the 100th anniversary of the famous disaster at sea, scientists who have studied samples of the hull brought up from the wreck have found the ship was built with sub-standard steel. They suggest that there might have been less damage from the collision with the iceberg had the ship been made with a higher grade of metal.
Titanic might have stayed afloat longer if the damage has been less severe, allowing more time for rescue ships to arrive before the ship slipped beneath the waves.
The problems with steel quality arose from the attempt by the builders of Titanic – Harland and Wolff – to construct two other vessels of equal size at the same time, Britanic and Olympic, intended to be the largest passenger ships in the world. But this massive feat of construction was hard on suppliers of steel and rivets, causing shortages that were greatest during the construction of Titanic.
When pieces of hull were brought up from the famous wreck on the ocean floor, laboratory tests in the 1990s showed the steel contained higher levels of sulfur than was customary for ship construction at the time. It made the metal more brittle, especially in the icy waters of the North Atlantic. The edges of the steel fragments were also jagged, indicating that it had shattered on impact, rather than being bent and torn as lower-sulfur steel would have been.
In addition to a shortage of steel plates for the hull, there was a shortage of steel rivets and expert riveters to piece the hull together. The company was forced to use lower grade wrought iron rivets which, under impact tests, also turned out to be more brittle.
Strange Random Steel Quote:
“Men are like steel. When they lose their temper, they lose their worth.” – Chuck Norris
- Clinkers, Rivets and Flatcaps: Celebrating Titanic and the Men Who Built Her. (sluggerotoole.com)
- Titanic: was it all right when it left here? (sluggerotoole.com)
- Why the Titanic Sank (gizmodo.co.uk)
- Why the Titanic Sank [Video] (gizmodo.com)
- Rusted Titanic Wreck Will be Painted and Sold? (socyberty.com)
- Poor quality rivets sank Titanic (indiavision.com)
- Titanic tale continues to fascinate (teddyoshea.wordpress.com)
- Titanic centenary marked worldwide (scotsman.com)
The article published in The Telegraph said conditions in the capital are exceptionally difficult due to the short runway, a tricky approach through hilly landscape, and frighteningly strong crosswinds.
It said that combination of factors can make for “a terrifyingly turbulent landing”.
Strange Random Landing Quote:
“There is a story that when incoming jets throttle back for the approach to Belfast’s Aldergrove Airport, the pilots tell their passengers to put their watches back to local time – 1690” – Russell Miller
- The world’s scariest airport landings and take-offs (telegraph.co.uk)
- Two New Facilities for ExecuJet Australasia (thejetservicenews.com)
- London City selected as one of the best approaches in the world | British Airways – Travel Industry News (travelnews.britishairways.com)
- The world’s scariest airport landings: videos (telegraph.co.uk)
- Wellywood blown away by Wellington (news.smh.com.au)
- Wellington Airport results, developments and awards for the six months ended 30 September 2011 (airtransportnews.aero)
- VIDEO: All Blacks greeted by screaming fans at Wellington Airport (3news.co.nz)
- NZ airport evacuated after bomb threat (news.smh.com.au)
If you’re in the UK right now and dreaming of a White Christmas (just like the ones you used to know), then you’re very much in luck, although ironically there’s no money to be made this year. Life’s like that …
William Hill has slashed the odds against a white Christmas in every UK city. A month ago, the bookmaker was offering odds of 8-1 in most cities; now it rates a white Christmas as odds on in Scotland. The odds around the nation are: Aberdeen 8-11; Edinburgh 4-5; Glasgow 4-5; Newcastle, Leeds, Manchester, York, all evens; Belfast 11-10; Birmingham, Liverpool, evens; Cardiff, Exeter, London, Cambridge, Bristol, Lincoln, Norwich, Oxford, all 5-4.
Strange Random Snow Quote:
There’s one good thing about snow, it makes your lawn look as nice as your neighbor’s. – Clyde Moore
- Bookmakers slash odds on white Christmas in Manchester as new cold snap looms (menmedia.co.uk)
- Britain comes to standstill as winter storm hits (mirror.co.uk)
- Arctic blast brings prospect of white Christmas (independent.co.uk)
- Forecasters predict white Christmas (mirror.co.uk)
- Frozen Britain: Coldest December on record causes chaos on roads and at airports (dailymail.co.uk)
- UK snow: white Christmas ‘forgone conclusion’ as big freeze hits December 25 (telegraph.co.uk)
“Please call Stella. Ask her to bring these things with her from the store: six spoons of fresh snow peas, five thick slabs of blue cheese, and maybe a snack for her brother Bob. We also need a small plastic snake and a big toy frog for the kids. She can scoop these things into three red bags, and we will go meet her Wednesday at the train station.”
You can listen to people from a specific country or browse by native language, which may be more useful if you’re a language student. To give you an idea of the possibilities, compare the following native speakers (all links open in a new window):
- english14, male, Belfast, Northern Ireland, UK
- english24, male, Glasgow, Scotland, UK
- english106, female, Los Angeles, California, USA
- english196, female, Suva, Fiji
- english270, male, cape town, South Africa
- english274, female, Sydney, Australia
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Strange Random Accent Quote:
I shouldn’t be saying this – high treason, really – but I sometimes wonder if Americans aren’t fooled by our accent into detecting brilliance that may not really be there. – Stephen Fry