Passchendaele: ‘the whole of the battle area is a veritable quagmire’.
January 22 1875. In the dead of night, thick fog envelops the southern Indian Ocean. With a sickening thud, the Strathmore – built in Dundee and on her maiden voyage – runs aground on rocks on the notorious Crozet Islands.
The recently released Dunkirk movie has inspired former journalist Ian Nimmo, of Fife, to write down his late father’s first-hand account of being evacuated from the beaches. Michael Alexander reports.
A Dundee metal detectorist has dug up an artefact he believes could be evidence that Robert the Bruce camped at Bannockburn in 1314.
An insight into the life of Victorian Scotland’s “forgotten” poets published in Dundee has been brought back for a modern audience.
A series of weekly podcasts has been launched by Dundee University as part of its year-long celebrations to commemorate the institution's 50th anniversary – and The Courier will be carrying an article on the topic every Friday. Michael Alexander reports.
THERE WASN’T much scope for George Lowden when he opened for business in Dundee in the 1840s as an optician and maker of instruments. Scientists elsewhere had been inspired by the presence of a comet and eclipse in the Scottish skies in 1737. But recalling his own early days, Lowden noted: “For a few years I had a hard pull to live, besides having to teach Dundee what scientific instruments were, and how to use even such a simple apparatus as a thermometer.”
It’s not every day you’re in a room with items as diverse as a stuffed walrus with foot-long tusks, a doll’s house from 1928 and an ornate case for an Egyptian mummy.
As Derek John Patrick of the Great War Dundee Commemorative Project writes, few would disagree that 1917 was a significant year.
If you were shocked by recent newspaper headlines like “Never Mind Brexit – Who Won Legs-It” and “Your Money or Your Lives”, then imagine how prim and proper Victorian readers must have reacted to seeing prominent public figures openly lampooned and satirised in Blackwood’s Magazine.