Dundee

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Dundee is the fourth largest city in Scotland and lies on the northern bank of the Firth of Tay. The population of the city is approximately 143,000. The economy of Dundee is said to be based on 'jam, jute and journalism', reflecting the presence of Keillors' marmalade and preserves factory, a long-established (but now defunct) trade in jute for sacking, and the continuing presence in the city of D.C. Thomson, publishers of the Sunday Post and other newspapers, and a number of children's comics, including The BEANO and The Dandy.

The ship which Robert Scott took to Antarctica on his first voyage (the RRS Discovery) was built in Dundee, and is now moored there, despite Scott's final and most famous expedition having largely been paid for by the people of Cardiff (from where the ill-fated crew set off).

On 28 December 1879 the Tay Rail Bridge collapsed whilst a train was crossing it, leading to the deaths of over 75 people on board. This event was commemorated in verse by the famous Scottish poet and tragedian William Topaz McGonagall

Controversy was caused in 2006 when Hasbro, the manufacturers of British versions of the board game Monopoly, proposed replacing the Go to Jail square on the Aberdeen version with a Go to Dundee square. [1]. The plan was later dropped.[2]. On the board for the latest all-British version of the game, Dundee is in the position occupied by The Strand on the original board.


References

  1. http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/scotland/tayside_and_central/5153684.stm
  2. http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/scotland/tayside_and_central/6069164.stm
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