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Carnegie’s Birthplace

19th century industrialist and steel magnate Andrew Carnegie was born in Dunfermline, Fife.

His birthplace is now a museum:-

Andrew Carnegie's Birthplace, Dunfermline

Plaque on Andrew Carnegie's Birthplace, Dunfermline

As the plaque on the cottage indicates, Carnegie became a noted philanthropist, endowing Dunfermline with a swinmming pool and over 3,000 towns worldwide with libraries. One of these was Dunfermline Library whose later extension I posted about yesterday.

In the museum I came across a drawing of another of these, Coldside Library in Dundee, and recognised it immediately:-

Drawing of Coldside Library, Dundee

I have previously mentioned this fine building but at the time did not know it had anything to do with Carnegie, nor indeed its name.

Imposing Building on Strathmartine Road, Dundee.

The sign on it says Community Library.

Dens Park Dundee (ii)

The Bobby Cox Stand – at Provost Road end:-

Main Stand. Angled bend is quite prominent:-

Bob Shankly Stand. Tannadice Street end:-

Small stand opposite Main Stand. I believe this one is known as the Derry. Note Dundee Law in background on right:-

Sons fans crammed into end part of Main Stand, 3/5/14:-

End of game applause (and Dundee fans’ pitch invasion) 3/5/14:-

Dens Park, Dundee (i)

Dens Park is the home of Dundee Football Club.

This is the ground as seen from Caird Avenue, floodlights poking above the flats on Dens Road.

From Provost Road:-

The next one was taken from Sandeman Street. In the background you can also see Tannadice Park, home of Dundee United Football Club. The two grounds have the closest proximity in British senior football:-

Here are Dens Park and Tannadice Park from Dundee Law. I took this photo nearly three years ago. The high flats in the foreground have now been demolished.

Dens Park showing Tannadice Street. Again Tannadice Park can be seen, as can the bend in Dens Park’s Main Stand:-

Main and Bob Shankly Stands from Tannadice Street. Bob Shankly was the brother of the more widely known Liverpool manager, Bill:-

Michael Marra

Dundee songwriter/singer Michael Marra died a few months ago. The Guardian’s obituary is here.

The obituary mentions his songs General Grant’s Visit to Dundee and Frida Kahlo’s Visit to the Tay Bridge Bar saying they illustrate Marra’s humour. Well, maybe. What is most astonishing is that General Grant (as President Grant) actually did visit Dundee. I don’t think Frida Kahlo ever frequented the Tay Bridge bar, though, which is an example of idiosyncratic humour.

I didn’t mark Marra’s passing at the time because I was searching for a particular song of his which I remember from the first time he came to my attention. This was on an STV programme after the late evening news many moons ago. For this one he strode, wielding his guitar, through a flat in the process of refurbishment.

The song was the almost bizarre Painters Painting Paint which I have now been able to access. You can find it if you scroll down to number 36 on this webpage.

His gravel voice was not to everyone’s taste but he was a significant figure on the Scottish music scene, not least for his influence on it.

This You Tube clip says “Mother Glasgow cover.” In fact Marra wrote the song and it was Hue And Cry who covered it.

Michael Marra: 17/2/1952 – 23/10/2012. So it goes.

Dundee Law War Memorial

The most prominent feature of Dundee Law is the War Memorial erected there.

The east side commemorates the men of Dundee who died in the First World War.

War Memorial on Dundee Law from east

The west side commemorates the Second World War dead.

War Memorial on Dundee Law from west

The door must allow access to the inside. Apparently the device at the top is a lantern of remembrance which is lit on four occasions through the year:
25th September; in memory of the Battle of Loos,
24 October; United Nations Day,
11 November; Armistice Day
and Remembrance Sunday.

This is the view of the Memorial from just in front of the radio/mobile phone mast which also sits on the summit. You can see the rail bridge across the Tay in the background to the right here.

War Memorial on Dundee Law

Dundee’s Art Deco Heritage 6 (ii)

I walked up Dundee Law (a conical hill that is the city’s highest point) for the first time yesterday.

From it you get fine views over the city and the surrounding countryside – except that yesterday it was misty so the views weren’t so fine.

It is a good vantage point to see the North Tay Works, or the McGregor and Balfour building, which I have featured before.

North Tay Works from Dundee Law

Glebe Park, Brechin

Brechin City’s ground is one of the tightest in senior football. They have recently been threatened with fines if they do not increase the pitch’s area, apparently because it is not large enough to meet UEFA‘s standards.

One of the reasons for this is that a beech hedge runs along behind the terracing on one side of the ground. You can see it in this photo I took on Saturday.

Beech Hedge, Glebe Park, Brechin

There is no scope to move this as Brechin do not own the land behind the hedge. The hedge is, in any case, one of the joys of attending a match at Glebe Park. To remove it would be a sacrilege.

And when are Brechin likely to play in a European tie anyway? And, if they did, why can they not use Dundee’s stadium, or Dundee United’s, both of which are compliant?

It’s nonsensical. The hedge must stay and Brechin not be fined.

This is the David Will stand, behind one of the goals. It is reputed to be able to seat more people than actually live in Brechin! In his time David Will became one of the top administrators of football; ironically eventually a UEFA official.

David Will Stand, Glebe Park, Brechin

You can, by the way, view Dumbarton’s new home strip in the above photo in which I can see six of our players. It’s basically an all gold effort with trimmings.

Here’s a panorama of the ground from the stand. A stitch of three photos.

Panorama of Glebe Park, Brechin

There are two more beech hedges, on the right as you look at the above, split by the smaller stand which houses the changing rooms.

Here’s a close-up of the nearer one.

The other beech hedge

All in all it’s a lovely wee ground.

Dundee’s Art Deco Heritage 7: St Peter and Paul Primary

The school is in Byron Street and has some Art Deco touches.

St Peter and Paul Primary School, Dundee

This is a stitch of three photos to get it all in.
There’s a nice porthole window above the window above the arched doorway, extreme left.

St Peter and Paul Primary School, Dundee 3

Note the pillars on the entrance gate. The porthole window above the doorway balances the one at the far end.

St Peter and Paul Primary School, Dundee 4

The otherwise strict verticals and horizontals are interrupted by the arches over the windows and doorways on this gable end block. The building on the right is probably the janitor’s house.

There’s one more photo on my flickr site.

Dundee’s Art Deco Heritage 6: MacGregor and Balfour Building

Now known as North Tay Works – off Loon’s Road.

North Tay Works, off Loon's Road, Dundee.

Note the typical Art Deco verticals and horizontals and pastel colours. Designed by a local architect William M. Wilson, this was built for timber merchants MacGregor and Balfour in 1937-8 and added to at the rear in the 1950s. It is now B listed and known as North Tay Works. It is situated, up an alley really, off Loon’s Road in Dundee. This is a stitch of two photos. Somebody’s garden prevents getting the whole from the front in one picture. The windows are either original Critall ones or very sympathetic replacements.

There is very nice Deco styling to the doorway and note the curved windows.

North Tay Works,Dundee: entrance

The rear was apparently added in the 1950s but the curve is in sympathy with the 1930s. The glass bricks are in keeping too.

North Tay Works,Dundee: back left

It has had a recent revamp but unfortunately appears to have no occupant at present.

See more pictures on my flickr site.

Edited to add:- I have added a view of this building from Dundee Law in a later post.

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