Yesterday I went along to the Titanic Exhibition Centre. Crowds surprisingly thin. Interesting “moat” around the building, which gives the impression that the building is “on water”. Not sure if this is a good idea as on a very frosty morning , an iceberg might form and sin the Titanic Experience.
The Titanic in 1912 was a monument to corporate greed, the domination of the City of Belfast by an elite group of industrialists. The Titanic Experience in 2012 is also a monument to corporate greed and a new elitism. There is a new view of Belfast..the MTV Awards Belfast, which is supposed to be new and wonderful and those of us who dare to say that this merely covers up the problems in the City are looked on as party-poopers.
It is my default position, not to be impressed by anything “new” in Belfast, especially the Titanic Quarter and the Cathedral Quarter. By the way does anybody know how many Quarters we actually have? I suppose “four” is the answer but it seems there is about a hundred. I therefore set out yesterday to be unimpressed and I am grateful that nothing impressed me. From what I could see, ticket holders went thru one door and went up an escalator.
Those of us without tickets had access to the Graound Floor, cafeteria and bookshop. Surprisingly perhaps there was no ATM machine.
I quite like the idea that children can experience what it was like to be a shipyard worker, working on the Titanic before 1912. Perhaps Catholic children could experience what it was like to be a Catholic shipyard worker in those years……..with interactive rivets, bricks, nuts (Belfast Shipyard Confetti) raining down on them. Maybe not the image. Phoney History is better than Real History.