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Belfast-A Changed City

I recently watched Anthony Bourdain’s No Reservation segment on Ireland. Bourdain was surprised at how much was changing in Belfast and Dublin. New buildings and a higher standard of living was coming along with an influx of people. Food was also taking major strides. No longer just Irish stew but much, much more. Ian Murray, writing in the Daily Echo, recently noted the many positive changes to Belfast, which includes Titanic.

Belfast has joined the ranks of the UK’s destination cities. Thankfully so much of the best of the old way of life has also been preserved. Historic pubs such as The Duke of York in Commercial Court, Lavery’s in Bradbury Place, Robinson’s in Great Victoria Street and, of course, The Crown Liquor Saloon next door are still on the tourist trail. A pint is a must, and for gastro pub grub the steak, onions and Headless Dog pie at the John Hewitt on Donegal Street can’t be beaten.

The old and new are being blended together resulting in a very different city.

Source: Daily Echo, Belfast’s Titanic Museum, 18 Nov 2012

Titanic Body Art

Titanic enthusiasts collect all kinds of things from books to rare memorabilia. However I believe Steve Hide of the U.K. has outdone them all by having Titanic’s sinking as body art. It started in 2006, the Daily Echo reports, with the first lines drawn.

“When I started having it done five years ago I always planned to have it finished in time for the 100th anniversary.” (Steve Hide)

Hide says he was always interested in Titanic and used books and pictures to design the tatoo.  It has also made him a celebrity of sorts. His wife reports that people want photographs with him when they see the body art.

Okay but pretty weird if you ask me. Then again some people actually change their names to that of fictional sci-fi characters or characters from Lord of the Rings (and perhaps now from the Harry Potter movies/books as well).

Source: Daily Echo, Steve Hide Has Sinking Of The Titanic Tattooed Across His Back, 1 Sep 2011