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FURTHER, MY GOD, FROM THEE

The romanticising of the 'Titanic' disaster may have peaked with James Cameron's film - but it began the instant the liner hit the iceberg. Ian Jack went in search of the facts - and found a bewildering sea of myth whose fluctuations over the century reflect profound changes in our national identity

Titanic myth is sunk

SHE WAS called the "unsinkable ship" but a new investigation of claims made about the Titanic has revealed the unthinkable - she earned the sobriquet only after she had sunk, writes Steve Connor.

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You've got mail nora ephron (pg) n Titanic Town Roger Mitchell (15) Painted angels jon sanders (15) n Practical Magic Jamie Blanks (18)

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Tracey MacLeod To enjoy Titanic, you need to be young, groovy and loud - and to firmly believe that the Eighties never ended. Photographs by Morley von Sternberg

Going Out: Event: Titanic exhibition

Overhyped, overboard and next week it's coming over here - the Titanic Official Movie Tour at Wembley Exhibition Hall 2 sails into "London, England" on Wednesday of next week. While Leonardo DiCaprio, and Kate Winslet are unlikely to put in an appearance, visitors can examine the stars' costumes and later wander the sizeable recreation of the Titanic set. This comes complete with lights, cameras, props, costumes and other filmic paraphernalia.

Winterbottom walks through Wonderland

The director of 'Jude' and 'I Want You' tells Jasper Rees why he likes to please himself

Preview: Event - Dive 98

To the uninitiated, the idea of a wet weekend in Birmingham probably sounds as enticing as, well, a dry weekend in Birmingham, but Dive 98 should submerge such negative thoughts. The sub-aqua and watersports industry is taking over the NEC for the next two days for a watery gathering of 180 exhibitors and thousands of enthusiasts. Novices can attempt "try- dives" without risking a lungful of liquid, while more experienced descenders can marvel at the latest equipment, boats and clothing. And to whet your appetite still further, there will also be visual presentations from some highly experienced divers including the cinematographer of the film Titanic.

Classical Music: Experiment that breaks all the boundaries

The work of Gavin Bryars has always been pioneering, and his latest opera is no exception.

Cinema: The thief, his wife and her sister

JOHN BOORMAN has always been a myth-maker, a teller of tall tales. For instance, that business in Excalibur with the Lady in the Lake - did it actually happen? Well, no, but hard-nosed realists don't do sword sorcery. What about those sunlit reminiscences in Hope and Glory? Was that yarn about the fish and the German air-raid based on fact? I wouldn't bet on it. The mythic seems to haunt Boorman's production schedule, too. It was rumoured that some diabolic influence was behind the strange near- fatal illness that struck him down on the set of The Exorcist II. Poppycock, probably. But it's a fantastic story. And why bother with anaemic reportage, his films suggest, when you can have full-blooded folklore instead?

Fan facts KATHY BATES, star of AMY FOSTER

Unsinkable: Kathy may have played The Unsinkable Molly Brown in Titanic, but she often plunges the darker depths of character in other acting parts. Think of the baby alligator cook in The Waterboy, the fanatical fan in Misery and the therapy-obsessed woman in Fried Green Tomatoes.

Long Love Spike - an ode by Adrian Mitchell

(The great Spike Milligan will be 80-years-old this Thursday)

Apology for `Titanic' gaffe

MAKERS of the film Titanic have apologised to a Scottish town for turning its local hero into a villain. The film showed the first officer, William Murdoch, taking a bribe, shooting a third-class passenger who tried to fight his way into a lifeboat and then turning his gun on himself.

The ultimate sequel: plans to build a new Titanic

A SWISS-US partnership, hoping to cash in on the global mania generated by the film Titanic, says it has plans to build a full-size replica of the doomed ship in time for an Atlantic crossing on 15 April 2002, the 90th anniversary of the disaster.

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