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Dundee in General
Member Name: KingMe
Dundee in General
Date: 02/04/01, updated on 02/04/01 (207 review reads)
Advantages: lenghty history some good attractions
Disadvantages: pollution and housing schemes
I've decided to give an unbiased view on my home city,Dundee the city of discovery as it is appropriately called as it is home of the H.M.S Discovery captained by Captain Scott on his Arctic adventures.Along with the Discovery there is another boat nearby called the Frigate Unicorn which i beleive is the only floating Frigate in the U.K at least.
Both these attractions can be visited by the public.I have personally never visited any of them but the Discovery is said to be well a worth a visit.Nearby the Discovery beside the 'Silvery Tay' (which actually does look silver in the sunlight until you approach it and it is actually sadly a black/green colour due to pollution)is the Olympia leisure centre which has 2 main pools one of which is a training pool and the other is a fun pool with all the usual attractions like whirlpools,waves and various water slides.
Moving away from the water front is the city centre which has a wide and varied selection of shops to suit almost every need including the new multimillion pound Overgate centre also the Wellgate centre. Other attractions include 2 cinemas and also an ice rink and bowling alley. I couldn't possibly write an opinion on Dundee without mentioning some of it's history.
Most famously is probably the three J's,Jute,Jam and Journalism.Jute was an important source of industry in dundee as many mills were situated in the city,you can still see some of the ruins to this day,(I was told a story about the mills by my grandad which i will mention later).Jam was also important for industry as Kerr's jam was based in Dundee and journalism due to D.C Thomsons which produces local papers as well as more famously the Beano and the Dandy comics.
Dundee also has many ghost stories as it is rich with ruins and ancient castles. The story my grandad told me concerns a mill which is ironically called 'The Coffin Mill' in which many years ago a girl was dragged in
to a machine and killed and supposedly to the day she can be seen walking and overpass where the mill stands every night on a specific date(which i cannot remember).There are supposedly a few haunted castles in the city for example Claypotts castle allegedly houses witches and demons and just along the road from me is Caird park castle which is now a restaurant is also meant to be haunted. I was told a story by my mum about a house just down the street from me which was exorcised as it was haunted.the people heard a childs shouting and items in their house kept getting moved around so they had a priest exorcise the flat after which nothing happened.They then found out a young boy was killed on that site many many years ago.
As with every city there are disadvantages and Dundee is no exception.In the housing schemes violence is an issue as there are gangs who fight against each other and there are some schemes i would not walk in.The police have installed CCTV to these trouble areas to try and reduce the problem.As i mentioned earlier pollution is also quite a big problem.
Problems set aside Dundee is still a good place to visit as it has attractions for all ages and has some great landscapes and historic buildings.