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14 December 2006 @ 03:28 pm
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I was messing with Google Earth and so, I couldn't resist to look for Belfast. I was so lucky to find Windsor Avenue in the labyrint of streetnames...Here are two pictures of nr 20, Windsor Avenue. Back in 1912, however, it was still nr 12. And that, folks, was Tommie Andrews' address.

Now look at the following picture of Dunallan. See? Same red bricks and white cornerstones. That's got to be it!

In the sixties, the house became the property of the Irish Football Association - quite ironic if you know that Thomas was more of a cricket person *hee*

You know, Ghosts of the Abyss is probably the biggest and best tribute to Thomas Andrews' beautiful ship there ever was. And when the comment shifts to discussing the man himself, I can't help bawilng my eyes out. I remember how they discovered a little drinking fountain at the top of the stairs that led down to the boiling rooms - I don't remember who exactly was talking but he said something along the lines of 'here we feel the hand of Thomas Andrews again. That little drinking fountain, it's only a small gesture but it must have been greatly appreciated...'

Little Sullen Girl: buggeravintageidea on December 14th, 2006 06:10 pm (UTC)
I'm with you, whenever I watch ghosts of the abyss and the like I always end up crying hysterically. I'm sure it's entertaining for those around me, but hey, I can't help it.
Miss Behaveblueboxfever on January 29th, 2007 05:33 pm (UTC)
I'm sorry, this is of course horribly late but better late then never. (I had exams this month, and that means no LJ whatsoever, plus, I urgently needed to clean out my inbox, hence the reason I did come across this lone comment notification mail) Anyroad, I used to let people point and laugh but now I've taken to watching it in the cosy darkness of my bedroom. I can cry on my own, and it feels much better that way :)
Little Sullen Girl: Hey Tom...avintageidea on January 29th, 2007 09:04 pm (UTC)
No worries, I understand the whole exam hell. I'm the same way, if I am to watch something that will make me cry, I will do it on my own. I hate those'why are you blubbering like a little child?' looks.
I. Stark: master shipbuilderdistress_call on January 5th, 2007 11:02 pm (UTC)
I always cry when I watch Ghosts of the Abyss. It just makes me go to pieces. Especially the bits concerning Thomas. ;_;
Miss Behave: robert patrick | poutblueboxfever on January 29th, 2007 05:34 pm (UTC)
Idem dito... you can feel that this man put his heart and soul into that ship. :(
BananeGigantibananegiganti on October 2nd, 2008 10:09 pm (UTC)
"That little drinking fountain, it's only a small gesture but it must have been greatly appreciated..."

Oh, God, I had almost forgotten that part! I was so incredibly moved, when I heard this sentence, that I almost cried (I *never* cry for movies. It happens to me only with Titanic, and things related to her ç_ç)
Ghost Of The Abyss is probably the best documentaries I've ever seen!
christinah3000christinah3000 on June 26th, 2010 05:13 pm (UTC)
The house has changed a lot, it now belongs to the Northern Ireland Football team and the house is not open to visitors, unless you belong to a Titanic Tour ;)

I have been inside twice, it is lovely to see it, but the front door can no longer be used... there's a glass-door on the backside, which looks rubbish!
Miss Behave: memories of a shipbuilderblueboxfever on July 9th, 2010 12:47 pm (UTC)
Sorry I'm late, holidays have been boosting my social life all of a sudden.

Aww, sad to hear that modernity has also left its mark on this house. Fortunately it's at the back of the house, so the front keeps on looking as majestic as ever. That's the least they could do for mr Andrews, I think.

(Gosh, to be invisible and sneak past the reception area and explore the house... What I wouldn't give for that opportunity!)