I come from Dundee, in a far-removed sort of way; both my parents are from there. My impressions of Dundee are always rather miserable – there’s a reason my parents moved away! – but I mean miserable in that kind of appealing, affectionate Scots way. So, anyway. It’s a depressing city of grey stone and gloom. So I thought I would make a list of good things and not so good things about Dundee, and weigh it up.
Did you know that the name Dundee comes from the Gaelic dun and dè, meaning FORT OF FIRE, and the city is in fact surrounded by extinct volcanoes. Sort of. That actually makes it pretty badass.
Good things that have come out of Dundee.
- Oor Wullie and The Broons.
- The Dandy and The Beano.
- That university observatory that made those really cool images of Britain in the 2009 Big Snow.
- Camperdown Park. CAMPERDOON! It has a pirate ship playpark! Who could forget this place? (It’s probably a lot smaller than I remember it…)
- The Discovery, the ship that took Scott to the Antarctic.
- Dundee Cake!
Not so good things that have come out of Dundee.
- The Strathmore, which sank in 1875 and killed a load of people.
- The Tay Bridge rail disaster, which also killed a load of people.
- Which in turn inspired William McGonagall’s godawful poem about it, reportedly the worst in history.
- The 1906 fire, which reportedly had rivers of burning whisky running through the streets.
- The grey brick that’s used to make practically every building in the city.
- The terrible, terrible comic-book font ‘City of Discovery’ sign at the city entrance.
Just noticed, someone has very kindly archived a load of not-so-good things about Dundee on this webpage: http://www.knowhere.co.uk/Dundee/Tayside/Scotland/info/worstthings
I am much obliged to them.
(It’s not that bad really…)