Locals won’t like Titanoraks descending on cemetery

Surely, holding a door open for a member of either sex is just good manners?

LESLEY KEATING: Would you dare hold a door open for a woman?

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It seems the fates were off their game on Sunday. In spite of sore provocation, they were not tempted to smite MS Balmoral with an iceberg and turn the Titanic Memorial Cruise into a re-enactment.

At 2am the cruise liner stopped at the Titanic site but, unlike her ill-fated predecessor, completed her ghoulish journey and arrived the next day at the Canadian port of Halifax.

Today, according to the itinerary, gravediggers and mourners at Halifax cemetery can expect to be greeted by hundreds of ‘Titanoraks’ off the ship, asking for photos, no doubt, at the graves of the drowned.

Isn’t it all a bit distasteful? How many of our Canadian friends will be muttering darkly: ‘Where’s an iceberg when you need one?’