It was an Austrian, who won the competitions for the " Strongest man on earth " several times - and was best in so many of the events , where strength was important, but finally lost against a scotsman, beeing used to " Tossing the Caber "
The Angus Glens, being on the edge of the Grampian Mountains, offers visitors a unique proposition - hillwalking and mountain tracks within just a few miles of 'civilisation'. You can fall out of bed and be in spectacular hill country within quarter of an hour! Alternatively, there are some great places to stay right in the heart of it all. Or just pack your tent and camp out. There are a number of glens to discover, each holding its own secrets.
When in Dundee, you simply...
When in Dundee, you simply must sample a Dundee Pie (pronounced peh if you're a bona fide Dundonian!) or a Forfar bridie.
Definitely a local delicacy, these are part of the Dundee Experience... and I'm not going to say any more about them; you'll have to try them out for yourself!!!
Graduation, Mary Slessor and the Bridge
The photograph was taken on my graduation day - I was awarded an MSc In Concrete Technology, Construction and Management from the University of Dundee. I had in fact previously studied at the University of Abertay Dundee which is also in the city, I was awarded a BSc from them.
There are in fact many educational institutions located in Dundee - there have been mergers and joinings of each of these, however the city does offer a huge range of educational opportunities. One thing that I found quite interesting is that the University of Dundee Faculty of Law offers courses in both Scottish Law and the Laws of England. Thus a good location for many more people than at first would be expected.
There are medical and dental schools located in the City and there is a hive of nursing activity too. Culturally the city offers much academic opportunity for the study of Art and Architecture; so rest assured there is so much to study you will not be short changed by any of the facilities here.
As with all University Cities, the social infrastructure exists to support the needs of students and academics - restaurants, bars, cinemas and everything else that is required.
"Mary Slessor - Wishart Memorial Church"
Mary Slessor was born in Aberdeen in December 1848, and moved with her parents to Dundee in 1859.
Through years of adversary, she educated herself and went through night classes - in turn teaching young people what she had learnt.
As some of you will know, she was a missionary who left Scotland for Africa in 1876. Over the years before she died in 1915, she work tirelessly and even had to be forced to take leave. This was always a problem for her and she struggled with illness through these times.
She was aregular at the Wishart Memorial Church and without this upbringing she would have not done such excellent work in Calabar, Nigeria.
"The Tay Bridge....or at least one of them"
This is me standing with the Tay Road Bridge in the back ground. It was built in the 1960s and it is interesting to note that the tolls were only set up in one direction!
There is also a replacement rail bridge, which was constructed to replace the orginal rail bridge which collapased during the 19th century with many fatalities.
From memory, I recall that whilst studying in Dundee I was told a story about the RSS Discovery which is berthed on the Tay. It slipped it's mooorings and all movement across the bridges ceased until the vessel was recovered - if it had hit the bridge, it was entirely possible that it could have collapsed - a really technical reason being something to do with the
post tensioned construction of the bridge and the impact a collison would have with the bridge and it's tensioned joints!
I was brought up in Bonnie Dundee. In total, I have lived there for about 24 years, and still go back once or twice a year to visit.
The Dundee of my childhood memories was a heavily industrialised city... lots of dark, tall tenements and factories. Since then, however, the city has improved greatly and, in recent years, has put real effort into diversifying its economy and making itself more attractive to visitors. And it occupies an enviable location, being well placed as a centre for touring the glens, lochs and market towns of the adjacent rural counties of Angus, Perthshire and Fife.
Overlooking the "Silvery Tay", and with the Sidlaw Hills as a backdrop, Dundee is a striking city to approach from any angle, but especially the south... Take the journey over the Tay Road Bridge on a fine evening and you will see exactly what I mean!
Visit the City Council's website at: http://www.dundeecity.gov.uk[Photo credit: Dundee City Council]