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Art Deco Illustrations and Interiors, Ocean Liners Exhibition, V&A, Dundee.

Illustration of French Ocean Liner Interior, SS Normandie as I recall:-

Illustration of French Ocean Liner Interior

Art Deco Ocean Liner Interior Illustration

Illustrations for proposed ocean liner interiors; never used:-

Art Deco Illlustrations, Ocean Liners Exhibition, V&A, Dundee

Art Deco bronze wall plaques:-

Art Deco Bronze Wall Plaques

Art Deco Ocean Liner carpet:-

Art Deco Ocean Liner Carpet

Art Deco Ocean Liner wall display and chairs. The chair on the right is stunning:-

Art Deco Ocean Liner Chairs

Posters and Brochures, Ocean Liners Exhibition, V&A, Dundee

The entrance display room to the Ocean Liners Exhibition, V&A, Dundee, displays advertising posters from the earliest liner eras up to the time when they were replaced by air travel.

My eye was mostly taken by classic Art Deco ones such as this for an Italian shipping line:-

Art Deco Poster, Ocean Liners Exhibition, V&A, Dundee

Not to mention the classic SS Normandie:-

SS Normandie poster

And the SS Empress of Britain:-

Empress of Britain Poster

This brochure is from the NYK line:-

Art Deco Brochure, Ocean Liners Exhibition, V&A, Dundee

These are pages illustrating the high life of ocean liner travel:-

Art Deco Brochure Illustrations, Ocean Liners Exhibition, V&A, Dundee

Finally and not Art Deco, the cover of a brochure for the QE2, whose first voyage down the Clyde to take her sea-trials we were all given a day off school to witness. Even then everyone knew there would never be such a ship built on the Clyde again:-

QE 2 Brochure, Ocean Liners Exhibition, V&A, Dundee

Ocean Liners Exhibition, V&A, Dundee

We visited the new V&A, Dundee, last week where the first exhibition was on Ocean Liners, with the sub-heading Speed and Style:-

Poster For Ocean Liners Exhibition, V&A, Dundee

Exhibition Poster, V&A entrance behind:-

Ocean Liners Exhibition Poster & V&A, Dundee

This post only scratches the surface of what is a sumptuous exhibition which is mainly a feast of Art Deco style reflecting the ocean liner’s inter-wars heyday.

Brochure for French shipping line:-

Shipping Line Brochure, Ocean Liners Exhibition, V&A, Dundee

United States Lines Brochure:-

United States Lines Brochure,  Ocean Liners Exhibition, V&A, Dundee

It’s not exclusively Art Deco, though. This is a Louis XIV style door from a pre World War 1 French liner:-

Loius XIV Door. Ocean Liners Exhibition, V&A, Dundee

A similar Louis XIV style panel and chair:-

Loius XIV Door Panel and Chair

Wall panel from one of the Titanic’s sister ships, SS Olympic:-

Wall Panel from SS Olympic

The ultimate in streamlined ship design. Perhaps it was fortunate this was never built. Everything’s enclosed, there’s no deck where you could take the air. (It also looks a bit like a submarine):-

Streamlined Ship Model

The V&A, Dundee

The new branch of the V&A Museum in Dundee, a museum of Scottish design and its impact on and from the world, opened to visitors today.

As we quite often visit or pass through Dundee this is a building I have seen growing from the waterfront over the past few years and it is a splendid piece of architecture.

It lies beside Discovery Point, latest (and last?) home of Scott’s and Shackleton’s research ship the RRS Discovery. There are hopes the V&A will do for Dundee in terms of tourism and raising the city’s profile what the Guggenheim did for Bilbao.

It’s exciting to think I’ll be able to visit it soon. We’re not going straight away as we expect it will be fairly busy. I believe entrance has to be booked for the first few weeks.

These photos were taken in February when the building was pretty well completed on the outside. We had been round the Discovery – itself well worth a visit – and the opportunity to take the photographs couldn’t be missed.

RRS Discovery and V&A Dundee:-

RRS Discovery and New V&A Dundee

Part of the V&A looks like the prow of a ship. V&A from the stern of RSS Discovery (Tay Road Bridge in background):-

V&A Dundee from RRS Discovery

Stern sprit of RSS Discovery, V&A in background:-

Stern Sprit of RRS Discovery, V&A in background

In other aspects it resembles a cliff, the architect Kengo Kuma‘s inspiration. V&A from RRS Discovery:-

V&A Dundee from RRS Discovery

From plaza:-

V&A Dundee from Plaza

From east northeast:-

V&A Dundee from Northeast

The inside exhibits promise to be as distinctive as the outside.

Alan Gilzean

So Alan Gilzean, whom Jimmy Greaves said was the greatest foootballer he had ever played with, has gone.

I never saw him play in the flesh, his time in Scotland being before I started watching football regularly and he was in any case in a different division to Dumbarton but he was a byword for accomplishment.

Before his move down south to Tottenham Hotspur Gilzean played for a great Dundee team, so great it won the championship of Scotland in 1962 and a year later reached the semi-finals of the European Cup. That was, of course, in the time when other Scottish clubs could compete almost on a level playing field with the two Glasgow giants. That success came in a remarkable 17 years when Hibernian (1948, 1951, 1952,) Aberdeen (1955,) (Hearts 1958, 1960,) Dundee (1962) and Kilmarnock (1965) became Scottish Champions. An incredible sequence: between the wars only Motherwell, in 1932, had broken the monopoly of Rangers and Celtic on the League Championship and subsequently only Aberdeen (1984, 1985) and Dundee United (1983) have performed the feat.

The power of money and the lucrative nature of European competition for the big two brought all that to an end. We’re unlikely to see anything like it again.

I’ve strayed somewhat from the point.

Gilzean was a great player, one whose movement on the pitch (from televisual evidence) was deceptively effortless looking, he seemed to glide over the ground in that way that only accomplished players manage to achieve. His scoring record isn’t too mean either; 169 in 190 games for Dundee, 93 in 343 for Spurs, 1 in 3 for the Scottish League and 12 in 22 for Scotland.

Alan John Gilzean: 22/10/1938 – 8/7/2018. So it goes.

Tannadice Park, Dundee (ii)

Eddie Thompson Stand with Jerry Kerr Stand to right:-

Eddie Thompson Stand,Tannadice Park, Dundee

George Fox Stand:-

George Fox Stand, Tannadice Park, Dundee

West Stand:-

West Stand, Tannadice Park, Dundee

Main Stand, (Jim McLean Fair Play Stand?):-

Main Stand, Tannadice Park, Dundee

Tannadice Park, Dundee (i)

Tannadice Park is the home of Dundee United F C.

The ground sits between Tannadice and Sandeman Streets.

Main Stand from Tannadice Street (west):-

Tannadice Park, Dundee

George Fox and Jim Mclean Fair Play Stands with west stand (lower in profile) between them. From Sandeman Street:-

Tannadice Park, Dundee From north-west

The George Fox Stand from west:-

The George Fox Stand, Tannadice Park, Dundee

The George Fox Stand from east with Eddie Thompson Stand to left:-

Tannadice Park, Dundee, George Fox Stand

Eddie Thompson Stand (and side of George Fox Stand,) from Arklay Street:-

Eddie Thompson Stand, Tannadice Park, Dundee

Stadium from Tannadice Street east. Jerry Kerr Stand. Dens Park* in background. Art Deco roofline on Superstore and Ticket Centre to left:-

Tannadice Park, Dundee from Tannadice Street

Jerry Kerr and Eddie Thompson Stands:-

Stands at Tannadice Park, Dundee

Dens Park from Tannadice Park:-

Dens Park, Dundee, from Tannadice Park

*The two stadiums are the closest grounds to each other in senior British football. See some of my photos of Dens Park here.

Dundee United 1-1 Dumbarton

SPFL Tier 2, Tannadice Park, 9/9/17.

I wasn’t at the game as I was otherwise engaged but caught the half-time score and wondered if we’d hold out.

Checked again thinking it was full time but it wasn’t and the first thnhg that popped up on the videoprinter was their equaliser.

Ah well.

I’d have taken a point before the game – our record at Tannadice (in Dundee!) isn’t great – but it was a bit galling to lose the goal so late. Still if it had been earlier they might have got another one.

The league table is looking rather odd at the moment but I still reckon we’ll be doing well to make ninth come season’s end.

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.

Dundee 6-2 Dumbarton

Scottish League Cup*, Dens Park, 23/7/16.

Wew were impressive in the first half and dominated it apart from a brief interval when they scored a silly free kick to give away at the edge of the box which Mark Brown flapped at.

Robert Thomson held the ball up well and generally looked lively, Ryan Stevenson and Andy Stirling combined well down the left hand side. We played some good stuff. The equaliser followed a cleared corner back out to Ryan Stevenson whose first time cross was headed back across to Robert Thomson (maybe a shade offside) who was under pressure but stooped to head the ball down and Frazer Wright (there’s a novelty; Frazer Wright!) bundled it over the line. The keeper clawed it out and we thought it hadn’t been given at first but the linesman had spotted it as over. The second had parallels a Robert Thomson headed effort had crossed the line – just) before it was cleared. I couldn’t actually see the shot as the guy in front had jumped up to claim the goal and obscured the ball. I just saw it travel into the net. It was soon obvious Gregor Buchanan had hit the shot.

Second half was a totally different story. Dundee looked much sharper and we barely got a kick. Their equaliser was offside though and their third came fom a free-kick that certainly wasn’t a foul – but it was coming. Mark Brown had made a great double save somewhere around there to keep us just about in it but it only delayed things. The last three they just walked through us.

On the first half performance we might just be able to compete this season. On the second we definitely won’t.

*Now the Betfred Cup.

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