I thought it was all over...how wrong I was.
After despairing (at some length) over the recent explosion of Titanic-related gifts, mementoes and memorabilia, I heard today about 'Titanic II'....no, not the film sequel (apparently we've had that already in the 2010 straight to DVD 'mockbuster' atrocity staring Bruce Davison, Brooke Burns, Shane Van Dyke and Marie Westbrook....
...er, no, me neither...), but Titanic II - the real thing !!
Titanic II (the real thing) is a full-size ocean liner described as an "exact replica of the Olympic-class RMS Titanic" about to be created with love, care and utter attention to detail, by Australian billionaire Clive Palmer who hopes the vessel will act as the flagship for his company Blue Star Line.
The intended launch for Titanic II, as far as I can ascertain, is April 2016, the ship being assembled in China, a move that Sky News has openly questioned, noting that there will be no guarantee as to "how achievable the project is and how safe the end product will be". There's no doubting, however, that the finished product will be popular, as the 1997 James Cameron film Titanic, staring Leonardo DiCaprio and Kate Winslet, remains, so I'm told, one of the top three bestselling films in
Well that's ok then.
Quite how long it is before other great tragedies, catastrophes and disasters are resurrected for the pleasure of the socially dysfunctional I don't know, but I'm secretly dreading the creation, anytime soon, of a volcano-day Pompeii / Herculaneum Heritage-themed fun park.
It's only a mater of time.