IN MY NEIGHBOURHOOD - SPECIAL
What makes my neighbourhood special.....well I live here for one thing (just kidding!!) My town is over 800 years old and has a pretty remarkable industrial history. Famous in the past for "jute, jam and journalism" - think of the covered wagons carrying pioneers across the United States - the covers are made of jute from Dundee, think of Dennis the Menace and famous old comics such as the Beano (first published in 1938) and the Dandy (first published in 1937) which are still being published today and introduced such characters as Dennis the Menace, Desperate Dan, Minnie the Minx (see yesterday's post), Beryl the Peril and the Bash Street Kids.
Skills developed in the construction of boats for the whaling industry allowed the skilled craftsmen of Dundee to build the RRS Discovery (Royal Research Ship) which carried both Ernest Shackleton and Captain Scott to the Antarctic. Using the techniques required to strengthen boats sailing through cold waters to catch whales (we don't do it anymore I promise) the Discovery was the first research ship to be built in Dundee in 1901 and the last 3-masted wooden ship to be built in the UK. It spent 2 years trapped in the ice in the Antarctic!!
The ship returned to Dundee in the late 1980s and Discovery Point was built as a museum to the ship and the bravery of the Antarctic explorers she carried.
The Space Shuttle Discovery is named after the RRS Discovery and now the city's slogan is "Dundee: City of Discovery". We are however, working towards discoveries of other kinds - with the Wellcome Trust Biocentre housing hundreds of scientists working on cures for some of the world's worst diseases - cancer, diabetes, heart disease, African sleeping sickness etc.
There are of course other things that make this place special for me: Friends - many who I met here no longer live here but they helped to shape my experience of the City and to make me happy living here. And I apologise to all my friends for using their photos here - I think they are all great photos!!