Another more momentous anniversary falls tomorrow. The Titanic sank one hundred years ago. Even a century after the event the resonance of that shocking disaster still touches people like myself who were born many years after it and weren't concerned personally in any way. But the facts of it are so huge in scale and still difficult to comprehend. Titanic was the pride of its shipping line, the biggest and best of its kind, the most luxurious and invincible. And yet five days after starting its maiden voyage it lay at the bottom of the ocean, a testament to the fallibility and frailty of humanity.
Of the 2 223 on board who woke that morning, only 710 would see another dawn. Among them were men, women and children; crew members and passengers; rich and poor. 1 517 deaths in the space of a few hours. It is a sobering thought even one hundred years on.
We should remember this anniversary, if only to remind ourselves that however grand the human race thinks it is, nature always holds the trump card.