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Tech high, morality low: cruise Captains 1st on run, abandon sinking ship&crew Vs Captains of 1852 HMS Birkenhead, 1912 Titanic



Above: 2 cruise ships, 2 captains on the run
Capt. Lee Joon-seok of the Sewol
Capt. Francesco Schettino who was in command of the cruise ship Costa Concordia


The heroes: when HMS Birkenhead, a British ship, began to sink off the coast of S Africa in 1852, there were not enough serviceable lifeboats for all the passengers, and the soldiers famously stood firm, allowing the women and children to board the boats safely.

The heroine: Park Jee Young, 22, who by witness accounts helped passengers escape the S. Korea ship Sewol, 102 years to the day since the Titanic sank in April 1912.

The hero: Capt. Edward J. Smith went down with the Titanic. The Cunard liner RMS Carpathia arrived on the scene where she brought aboard an estimated 705 survivors.


From S. Korea TV - astonishing video of final minutes of stricken ship Sewol. Heartbreaking tragedy.

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Abandon ship? In recent maritime disasters, captains don't hang around  read more »

"Chance makes our parents, but choice makes our friends." - Jacques Delille

"Chance makes our parents, but choice makes our friends."
- Jacques Delille

"Thoughts are mightier than strength of hand."
- Sophocles

"True happiness flows from the possession of wisdom and virtue and not from the possession of external goods."
- Aristotle

"When you fish for love, bait with your heart, not your brain." - Mark Twain

"Some people die at 25 and aren't buried until 75."
- Benjamin Franklin

"When you fish for love, bait with your heart, not your brain."
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"What lies behind you and what lies in front of you, pales in comparison to what lies inside of you."
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You name it: Karma or what? Judges in tears: 7yo sings very sad song once banned; goose stalks man; bond between Giant & Tiny


Man, goose form odd-couple friendship

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7-Year-Old Stuns Viewers When She Sings 'Gloomy Sunday' By Billie Holiday (VIDEO)
When 7-year-old Angelina Jordan Astar got onstage to sing "Gloomy Sunday" for "Norway's Got Talent," no was expecting this voice to come out of such a little girl. Her smoky, soulful tone is reminiscent of Billie Holiday, and makes her seem wise beyond her years. It takes a truly old soul to capture the feeling of Lady Day, let alone audiences' hearts. Her incredible performance earned her a standing ovation and the tears of several audience members.

The BBC once banned the song as too sad to be broadcast.

Angelina's performance elicited both tears and a standing ovation from the stunned judges. But just how much did this sweet child grasp the gravity of what she was singing?
"I felt something special about it. It's hard to explain in words," said Angelina, explaining to a Norwegian television station that she speaks English and "understood [the song] very well … when I sang it for my mum, she said that this song is nice, but it was an incredibly sad song."

This young girl obviously has a very old soul.

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