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DUNDEE - "jam, jute and journalism" are often quoted as the words depicting Dundee, Scotland's fourth largest city, situated on the River Tay.
But it is also the home of "Desperate Dan", "RRS Discovery" and a notable Disaster.
Desperate Dan made his first appearance in 1937 in the children's comic "Dandy", created by local publisher D. C. Thomson. The lantern-jawed hero is apparently the world's strongest man, whose favourite food is cow pie – a type of enormous meat pie with the horns sticking out. Desperate Dan draws his immense power from eating these pies. He was voted the UK's second favourite superhero after Batman in 2011.
His 8 foot high bronze statue in Dundee City Centre was unveiled in 2001 and shows Dan striding out with his faithful pet Dawg in tow.
Disaster sruck Dundee on 28 December 1879 when the two year old Tay Rail Bridge (2.75 mile long) collapsed during a storm, while a train was passing over. Not only was the train in the river, but so were the high girders. Over 70 people were thought to have perished with no surviiors.
William Mcconagall, widely regarded as the worst poet in history, wrote:
- "Beautiful railway bridge of the silv'ry Tay
- Alas! I am very sorry to say
- That ninety lives have been taken away
- On the last sabbath day of 1879
- Which will be remember'd for a very long time."