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Thursday, March 19, 2015 - 10:55

Relax Dundee but Don't Sag

In the tension of Hampden on Scottish Cup final day, anything goes.
Who can allow for serious injury to any player? Who can say which players will hit form and which won't (writes Gordon Gray)

And with two attacking teams like Dundee and Rangers, which defence

Thursday, March 19, 2015 - 10:45

Making Up For Lost Time

There was a surprise in store for many Dundonians yesterday when they were awakened by the unfamiliar sound of bins being emptied in their street.

For while for most people yesterday was the last opportunity for relaxation before a return to work in the wake of the excesses

Thursday, March 19, 2015 - 10:39


Blaze Rages on "Jinxed" Oil Rig

Fifty firemen were hoisted 100 feet on to the blazing oil rig Ocean Odyssey at Dundee's Harbour yesterday and battled for several hours through acrid black smoke to put out the flames - pumping thousands of gallons of water from the Tay.


Thursday, March 19, 2015 - 10:10

Discovering Dundee's 'Quay' to the Future

Dundee's long-awaited 45,000,000 Waterfront Development was launched yesterday with champagne and the promise of 1000 permanent jobs.

The official launch was performed by Scottish Industry Minister Ian Lang, who broke a bottle of champagne on the

Thursday, March 19, 2015 - 09:59
All Hail! The Black and Tangerine
Brilliant effort - triumphant team
Six times before 
Never hearing the winning roar
Believing seven is a positive number
They took the field and Rangers thunder
Maxwell - constantly under pressure
Confidently knowing goal-post measure
With hands firm, secure and true
Ne'er let one Rangers goals slip through
Half-time - still no score
Had Hampden fans hoped for more!
Daily didn't once relent
And with perseverance and intent
Hit the goal-post - not the net
(He was Rangers major threat)
But the ball came out on favourable bounce
Giving Brewster chance to pounce
Single goal - glorious gift
Fans felt a fantastic lift
Malpas honoured at presentation
Held high the Cup
Tuesday, March 17, 2015 - 10:26

Pray conversation
May never be 'non-event'
As Information Technology
Floods with intent

Attempted business calls
(even with Smart Phones)
Can drive to sheer distraction
Lowering language tones

"We ARE very busy
Thank you for holding the line
Your call IS valuable to us"
(But it's wasting precious time)

"Press 1, 2 or 3 (instructs automation)
(in welcomed surprise)
"Or 4 - without hesitation
To connect with one who'll advise"

Information Technology
Also 'Heads' the dining-table
Diners intent on 'surfing-the-net'
Ready - willing - and able

Email and Twitter
Holds attention
With Facebook and Selfies
(I dare to mention)

Personal eye contact - short and sweet
Texting and Tweeting as they eat
In conversation kill
Revived with outbursts of "wicked" "cool" and "brill"

However, for thee and me
Information Technology is a necessity

Tuesday, March 17, 2015 - 10:23

I remember one winter in Douglas when we had no coal for our fire, my Mum sent me over to Douglas School which was just being built (so I would have been about 6 or 7 years old) to collect some of the wood off cuts. A joiner was working late, (I remember that it was very dark) and took pity on me and filled a sack with logs and carried it over to my house for me. My Mum, my three siblings and my self (my Dad was not around) had a warm house and hot water for some nights after that and we will always be grateful to that unknown joiner.

Tuesday, March 17, 2015 - 10:04

I was born in the front bedroom at 1, Craighill Place in 1946. My first school was the hutty at the bottom of Pitarlie Road, them went to the Rainbow, had great times playing and dancing in the backies where it was all tarmacked, somebody would put a record player on their window and we would jive away, even Mum's would join in, great days and not a care in the world.