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Another Love Story Ruined By The Titanic

Our Dottoré discovers the origin of a patient's schizophrenia, deep in the icy waters of the North Atlantic Ocean.

Photo showing an audience watching the iconic Titanic scene where the two lovers hold one another on the ship's helm.

An audience watching Titanic (1998) at the cinema

Mariateresa Fichele

The existence of a curse linked to the Titanic is something that Ciro has insisted on for a long time.

His clinical history seems to show that his schizophrenia arose following a disappointment in love, and one day I asked him to tell me more about it.

“So, Ciro, will you tell me how long you haven't been well?”

“Dottoré, it was a Sunday afternoon, about 20 years ago, and my girlfriend asked me to take her to the cinema to watch Titanic because she loved Leonardo di Caprio. In truth, I didn't really feel like going, but I decided I'd do it to please her. What I didn't know then was how long the film would be and that the Titanic just wouldn't f*cking sink.

At one point, I'd been holding it in, I'd really been holding it in, but I couldn't take it anymore, and had to run to the bathroom.

When I returned, I found a tragedy had happened.

My girl was crying, and crying, and would not stop.

So I asked her: ‘My love, what is it?’

And she looked at me in disgust and said:

‘What, can't you see? He died, Leonardo died and you weren't here to hold my hand. That's it, I'm leaving you!’

At that point, something inside my head snapped.

Instead of cursing her, I stood up and ran off.

From that moment on, nothing makes sense and I'm 'crazy'.

Doctor, I feel that the ship only brought bad luck.

1,500 dead? Why, I drowned too. In a symbolic way, I mean. Not like that poor blonde, who actually died!"

I have always wondered if Ciro actually believes that Leonardo di Caprio had really “drowned.” But I will certainly never tell him that the blonde is still alive.


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The Unsustainable Future Of Fish Farming — On Vivid Display In Turkish Waters

Currently, 60% of Turkey's fish currently comes from cultivation, also known as fish farming, compared to just 10% two decades ago. The short-sightedness of this shift risks eliminating fishing output from both the farms and the open seas along Turkey's 5,200 miles of coastline.

Photograph of two fishermen throwing a net into the Tigris river in Turkey.

Traditional fishermen on the Tigris river, Turkey.

Dûrzan Cîrano/Wikimeidia
İrfan Donat

ISTANBUL — Turkey's annual fish production includes 515,000 tons from cultivation and 335,000 tons came from fishing in open waters. In other words, 60% of Turkey's fish currently comes from cultivation, also known as fish farming.

It's a radical shift from just 20 years ago when some 600,000 tons, or 90% of the total output, came from fishing. Now, researchers are warning the current system dominated by fish farming is ultimately unsustainable in the country with 8,333 kilometers (5,177 miles) long.

Professor Mustafa Sarı from the Maritime Studies Faculty of Bandırma 17 Eylül University believes urgent action is needed: “Why were we getting 600,000 tons of fish from the seas in the 2000’s and only 300,000 now? Where did the other 300,000 tons of fish go?”

Professor Sarı is challenging the argument from certain sectors of the industry that cultivation is the more sustainable approach. “Now we are feeding the fish that we cultivate at the farms with the fish that we catch from nature," he explained. "The fish types that we cultivate at the farms are sea bass, sea bram, trout and salmon, which are fed with artificial feed produced at fish-feed factories. All of these fish-feeds must have a significant amount of fish flour and fish oil in them.”

That fish flour and fish oil inevitably must come from the sea. "We have to get them from natural sources. We need to catch 5.7 kilogram of fish from the seas in order to cultivate a sea bream of 1 kg," Sarı said. "Therefore, we are feeding the fish to the fish. We cannot cultivate fish at the farms if the fish in nature becomes extinct. The natural fish need to be protected. The consequences would be severe if the current policy is continued.”

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