How Clive Palmer will float third class Titanic adventure

It sounds like a new reality TV series waiting to happen…

Clive Palmer needs to convince up to 1000 travelers to WANT to live like paupers in cramped quarters, eating stew and potatoes and sharing bathrooms when he launches the Titanic II on its maiden commercial voyage from Southampton to New York in 2017.

The eccentric Gold Coast billionaire has replicated the ill-fated ship right down to the cabin designs of first, second and third class.

News.com.au reports, to be true to the original design the first class cabins will boast an opulence long gone from the cruise industry, which can no longer make a commercial return on mahogany-lined mini-mansions.

The Titanic allowed for around 2500 passengers with around 1000 in first class, 500 in second class and 1000 in third class.

“First class on the Titanic was truly unbelievable, second class was like our first class and third class – well third class was really third class,” Mr Palmer said.

Beds with no sheets or pillow cases measured less than 60cm in width while hundreds shared bathrooms and recreation was limited to a few beery Irish jigs.

The ever optimistic Mr Palmer sees the poverty of the hopeful early 20th-century immigrants to the US at the centre of a marketing plan, with an adventure holiday component which stresses the pain will last only five or six days.

“We might offer to recreate the experience of those hopeful immigrants to America,” he said.

It will even include making sure third class passengers are deloused when they get to New York.

“We might spray them with a hose full of confetti but they will have to have the experience.”

Search for missing father and daughter continues

POLICE continue to search for a missing father and daughter who were last seen on the Tweed.

Greg Hutchings, 35, and his four-year-old daughter, Eeva Dorendahl, were due to meet family in the Pottsville area around midday on Saturday, but never arrived.

They were reportedly seen around 12.30pm (AEDT) on Pottsville Road.

Officers attached to Tweed Byron Local Area Command were called and launched an investigation into the incident.

Investigators conducted an extensive search of the surrounding area, but the pair was not found. It is understood they do not have access to a car.

Police and family hold serious concerns for the pair’s welfare and are appealing for anyone with information to come forward.

Greg is described as Caucasian, about 175cm tall, with short brown curly hair and of a thin build.

He was last seen wearing a black long-sleeve shirt, grey trousers and carrying a black back pack.

Eeva is described as Caucasian, with long blonde hair, blue eyes and of a thin build.

She was last seen wearing an oversized blue-and-white shirt and multicoloured board shorts.

Police are urging anyone with information about this incident to call Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or use the Crime Stoppers online reporting page: https://www1.police.nsw.gov.au/.

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Sacked SUNS player in trouble again

FORMER Gold Coast SUNS player Campbell Brown has been charged following an incident inside a Gold Coast nightclub on Saturday night.

Following his horse’s win at the Magic Millions earlier in the day, Brown and one of his mates moved their celebrations to a Broadbeach nightclub where it is alleged the pair became involved in a ‘scuffle’ with police.

It is understood police were at the nightclub for a separate incident when it is believed brown and his accomplice refused an order to move out of the way before allegedly making contact with the officers.

Both Brown and the other man were arrested and taken to Surfers Paradise Police Station where they were charged with a number of offences, including assault and obstructing police, before being released.

Brown took to twitter on Sunday, denying any ‘scuffle’ took place instead claiming it all to be a “misunderstanding”.

Just two months ago, Brown broke the jaw of one of his teammates while outside a nightclub in Los Angeles and was subsequently sacked from the club as a result.

Crews conduct controlled burn on Stradbroke Island

MULTIPLE FIRE crews are completing a controlled burn around the Brown Lake area on North Stradbroke Island this afternoon, with the burn expected to continue into the evening.

The burn is taking place within fire containment lines but will cause a smoke haze, affecting the southern bay islands.

Crews continue to monitor mutiple other fires burning on the island and are extinguishing flare-ups as they arise.

The fires are not threatening any property.

Residents are advised to keep their doors and windows closed, and if they suffer from respiratory conditions, to keep medication close by.

Motorists are advised to drive with caution and be aware of fire crews working in the area.

The initial bushfire was sparked by a fierce lightning storm which marched over the area on December 29, 2013.

Since then, close to around 75-80% of the island has been impacted by fire.

Bottle shop robbed at gunpoint

POLICE are still hunting for two gunmen after a bottle shop in Helensvale was robbed on Saturday night.

Two men, each armed with firearms, entered the Thirsty Camel store on Monterey Key Drive at around 7.30pm and threatened a female employee whom had both firearms pointed at her while demands were made.

The pair managed to obtain a sum of cash and a bottle of alcohol before fleeing on foot.

Thankfully, the firearms were not discharged and no one was physically injured during the incident.

The police helicopter was called in to assist ground crews in their attempts to locate the offenders, however were unsuccessful.

One of the two men is described as being Caucasian in appearance, approximately 170cm tall with a slim build, dark brown hair, and brown eyes.

The second is described as being Caucasian in appearance, approximately 175cm tall with a proportionate build.

Investigations into the incident are continuing.

Anyone with information which could assist with this matter should contact Crime Stoppers anonymously via 1800 333 000 or crimestoppers.com.au 24hrs a day.