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The Titanic, Wall Street & Wi-Fi at Jesmond Dene House: 3 Strange Bedfellows

10.01.18

‘The Titanic’ was a feat of engineering brilliance. Literally titanic, for such an iron and steel behemoth to be buoyant was a juxtaposition of great paradox. After colliding with an iceberg on April 15th, 1912, she took 1500 lives with her as she sank to the bottom of the ocean: her colossal scale matched only by her monumental failure. The first news of her plight came from wireless transmissions and rocket and lamp signals; intercepted up by nearby vessels. Quickest to the tragic scene was ‘The Capathia’; which successfully ferried 700 capsized survivors to New York, some 3 days later. The Capathia’s initial wireless transmissions were misinterpreted – leading some Newspapers to report that The Titanic was being towed to shore. So, it took several days for the reality of the disaster to be accurately relayed, via the Press, to the Public.

In 2001, to our horror, the world watched the fall of the Twin Towers in New York in real-time; via 24-hour News Channels. This footage, broadcast live, was from multiple vantage points; perversely, giving the whole event an almost film-like quality. Michael Lewis’ 2014 novel, Flash Boys: A Wall Street Revolt, concerns the phenomenon of ‘high-frequency trading’. Traders would – and still do – take up premises as near the Stock Exchange as possible, sometimes even wrapping their fibrotic cabling in ice to favour faster data exchange, all to score tiny margins on trillions of transactions – effectively, before they’ve transacted! These men made, and continue to make, millions without breaking the law! More recently still, with the advent of so-called ‘Fake News’, one could take the line that, now, the transmission of the story can effectively predate the event (if the event even ever happens at all).

What has all of this to do with Jesmond Dene House – an independently-owned, Boutique, 40-bedroomed Hotel in Newcastle upon Tyne? We have recently invested in our Wireless Internet infrastructure to ensure high-speed wireless connectivity throughout the Hotel. And, unlike some of our chain competitors, our Wi-Fi is complimentary for all our guests to use. In 2017, we appreciate that, to our Corporate guests, it is paramount to be able to communicate instantaneously from one’s bedroom. It can be just as vital not to miss the latest episode of one’s favourite series on Netflix. Just don’t skim off financial transactions.