Once upon a time, in the Parish of Strathmartin near Dundee, a farmer was thirsty, so he sent one of his daughters to fetch him a drink of water from the well. When after a while the daughter did not return, he sent a second and, some time after that, he sent a third. This carried on until he sent the last of his nine daughters to find out what has happened to her sisters. Her screams had been heard though by her lover, Martin, the son of a local blacksmith, who went along to find that all nine sisters had been killed by a dragon. After a long struggle Martin killed the dragon with his hammer.
Also found at Strathmartin is this Pictish stone which features the Dragon. With this story in mind Dundee commissioned Prentice Oliphant to make this sculpture, which I saw when I was passing through a couple of weeks ago.
I was amused by the ..er... inmafairtoon board.
Thursday, when we were children was comic day. Each of the three of us got one of our choice and one of those was the Beano. When one of my sisters stopped taking the Beano, this was deemed to be quite unacceptable by my father and from then on four comics came into the house. He picked them up while he was at work and they were always well read by him and his collegues before we ever saw any sign of them.
The two main comics of the day must have been the Beano and the Dandy, which both hailed from the printing presses of DC Thomson in Dundee. I think they are about the only survivors from the comics of my childhood - The Beezer died in 1993, taking the Topper with it, a few years after the Whizzer and Chips.
To celebrate Dundee's contribution to World culture, a statue, made by Tony and Susie Morrow in 2001, of Desparate Dan from the Dandy and Mini the Minx from the Beano, now graces a Square in the city.
It's quite sad, that when looking things up for this blog, that I discover that the Dandy is not long for this world. In the 1950's it had a circulation of about 2,000,000 but now only manages about 8000. It looks like Dan may be off to the Beano and I read that after it stops printing in December, the Dandy will continue to exist online.