Respectful remembrance is all that centenary requires

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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So 2012 is going to be quite a year for celebrations.

But what should you do when the event you’re intending to mark was a tragedy, not a triumph? A big fuss just doesn’t feel right.

This year marks the 100th anniversary of the sinking of the Titanic and preparations are being put in place.

History is important and we remember plenty of other significant dates that didn’t turn out so well for those who were actually involved.

But the Titanic’s history has been raked over more than most. We’ve learned the lessons. Surely all that’s required now is a respectful remembrance of those who died?

One blockbuster (with a large dose of Hollywood imagination), and endless documentaries mean we should let it rest now.