Floating City – Belfast Research

Paul posted a link to a website which had 20 things you might not know about Belfast. 

1. Titanic was built in Belfast

2. Tourism brings £123 million to Belfast every year

3. Belfast Zoo is home to the only group of purple-faced langurs in Europe

4. John Wood Dunlop invented the pneumatic tyre in Belfast

5. Liam Neeson first trod the boards at Belfast’s Lyric Theatre

6. Napoleon’s nose overlooks the city

7. Queen’s University taught both Protestants and Catholics from 1845

8. Poet Seamus Heaney, David Trimble and Irish President Mary MacAleese are all alumni of Queen’s University

9. James Murray invented Milk of Magnesia in Belfast

10. Belfast’s famous cranes are called Samson and Goliath. Some women think they should be called Samson and Delilah Cranes

11. One third of the population of Northern Ireland lives in Belfast

12. Women could hold any office at Queen’s University in Belfast, twelve years before they could study at Oxford

13. Belfast has the world’s largest dry dock

14. Oscar Wilde thought that there was only one beautiful building in Belfast. It is now home to Marks and Spencer

15. Led Zeppelin’s ‘Stairway to Heaven’ was first played live in the Ulster Hall

16. The Albert Clock is Ireland’s leaning tower of Pisa

17. One and a half million tourists visit Belfast every year

18. Lord Kelvin came up with the 2nd law of thermodynamics in Belfast

19. The Glass Jar is the narrowest bar in the city

20. There are 3000 acres of park in Belfast

http://www.open.edu/openlearn/history-the-arts/history/heritage/20-things-you-might-not-know-about-belfast

He also posted this link to some facts about Queens University

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source: https://www.qub.ac.uk/home/TheUniversity/AboutQueens/FactsandFigures/

As well as a link to the key facts about Belfast International Airport 

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http://www.belfastairport.com/en/content/8/97/key-facts.html

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