Sunday, 15 December 2019

the journey fae Dundee United stands tae Arbroath home seats Gayfield Park ⚽ 14Dec19

Yesterday I attended for the first time a Dundee United away game, against Arbroath at Gayfield Park, had a ticket for the stands, hadn't stood before at a fitba game so decided to arrive early to get a place.  Had to park a bit away as there weren't any spaces left on Queen's Drive along the sea front by 2pm.

So I got a place to stand 30mins before game started, took some photos, videos and panoramas.

I saw the first goal scored by Dundee United.

However soon after 2 older men, younger than me, maybe in their 50's came and stood right in front of me, blocking my view.  I complained about this but their response was that I should move and other men standing nearby didn't support me.  Rather one older man said that I was just being grumpy or suchlike and offered me a sweetie.  I refused, he then said something rude (a young lassie in front of him looked around at me) so I moved back a bit, but couldn't see the game plus there were other guys at the back shouting and swearing which was offputting.  It all felt very disrespectful to women.  Female fans of Dundee United deserve far better treatment.

And so I moved left along to the open area, it was much colder, sea at the back.

and decided to join the queue for the Pie Shed to warm up with some food:

I was still in good fettle despite having been bullied out of my place in the United stands although I did complain to others in the passing about how I'd been treated.  Not being one to keep quiet if my space has been invaded.  It was a long queue and eventually I got a braw sausage roll!

After enjoying the sausage roll I decided to head back down to the entrance to ask if I could stand at the other side from where I'd been blocked.  However the Gayfield Park staff suggested I could get a seat on the home side since I wasn't wearing any "colours".  So I headed on up to look for a spare seat and was welcomed by 2 older gentlemen Arbroath supporters who told me to take a seat and one of them even offered me his seat if need be.  That was more like it.

There were no more goals after that first one from United and in the second half it seemed that Arbroath played better from where I was sitting.  I left about 10mins before the end to avoid the rush plus I was freezin!

Football isn't just a man's game these days, watching or playing, and there are also children in the mix, spectating, seeing the action, hearing the voices.  Yesterday I wouldn't have wanted my bairns and grandbairns to be in the stands witnessing how their Mother and Granny was treated by Dundee United supporters, hearing the foul-mouthed swearing, seeing men urinating against the back of Arbroath stands in full view of passers-by. 

Monday, 2 December 2019

a victory for human rights

A recent tweet:

The new year will be a change of direction for me, in terms of volunteering and helping others, and I'm looking forward to learning more about the social history of Dundee.  We are aiming to move to the city when possible and I spend most days there, swimming and walking, attending events, museums and libraries.  I've wanted to move there since 2012.

A selection of photos from last week in Dundee:

at Lochee Library for McManus168 talk 26Nov19

visiting Discovery Quay 27Nov19 (yearly membership)
V&A talk on Robotic-assisted Surgery 27Nov19 [photo album]
in HMS Unicorn for talk on Mars Training Ship 28Nov19

Sunday, 1 December 2019

New Year's Day Dook at Broughty Ferry fundraising for charity

My New Year's Day Dook at Broughty Ferry Harbour, Dundee! page on Just Giving 

I am taking part in Big Dook on 1Jan20 for Royal Voluntary Service because I'm a volunteer for RVS and appreciate their cause.

I recently became a volunteer for the Dundee Home From Hospital Service at RVS and also for East Fife Community Transport, the former because I swim at the Olympia, Leisure and Culture Dundee, most days, and the latter because I live in the area.  

And when I noticed the leaflet from YEAABA (Ye Amphibious Ancients Bathing Association) promoting the Big Dook on New Year's Day, at the Olympia reception, I decided to take the plunge and go for it!  A fellow swimmer who also volunteers with RVS suggested that I do it for the charity.  Good idea! So here I am fundraising for the first time on Just Giving.

I've put £100 as a target and will be grateful for any donations given to this worthwhile cause.  I used to work with WRVS in Kirkcaldy, 20 years ago, as a Youth Project Manager, recruiting and training young people in the Buckhaven and Rosyth areas to help the elderly in their homes, a joint project with Fife Council.  Now that I'm an older person (67) I look forward to helping others through the RVS services in the Dundee and Fife areas.

"In every corner of Britain, Royal Voluntary Service mobilises volunteers to support those in need, in hospital and in the community. Their volunteers work at scale in the NHS, freeing up NHS staff to dedicate more time to patient care, and within communities to give practical help and support to people as they age. Whether it's helping someone who has recently returned home or taking someone to do a bit of shopping; its the little things in life that really can make all the difference to the lives of so many older people."


I am thinking to dress up as Tarzan's Granny!  Fur fabric on top of a wetsuit ....

selfie taken on Perth Road, Dundee, 6Nov19