Bring city back to the way it was
Dundee was once again a city of silence on Hogmanay, while the rest of Scotland celebrated New Year in style.
Why is this? I always thought councils were for the people.
In Dundee I sometimes think this does not appear to be the case.
We all know that everything comes at a cost, but surely some sort of spending on a celebration could be justified. When I was young I remember we used to have summer and winter festivals. Those were great times but, in my opinion, over the past 20 years or so there seems to have been little of this kind of thing.
I believe the council should start bringing the city back to the way it once was and make it a city to be proud of. This will keep it on the map for good and is what the people of Dundee want. People Power, Dundee.
Poitier could have been a terrific Bond
I was intrigued by the latest showbiz suggestion that the next actor to play James Bond should be black.
Indeed, it’s a pity that this didn’t happen back in the late ’50s and ’60s when Academy Award winner Sidney Poitier was in his prime. He could have filled Bond’s shoes and would have been a great antidote to the much-pilloried George Lazenby incarnation.
Sidney was able to pull off the touchy-feely tough guy in The Defiant Ones (1958) and was smooth as a teacher in To Sir With Love (1967), so displayed all the facets needed to inhabit the role as Ian Fleming’s spy.
Today, however, the contemporary black actor for Bond has to be US star Samuel L. Jackson. J. I. Matthew.
Great picture of transformation
What a great picture in the Tele showing an aerial image of the Waterfront redevelopment site.
An interesting second picture showed how the area looked four years ago. What a transformation! Looking closely I could see the Hilton Hotel and casino, the old Olympia, Tayside House, and the rail station all gone and now just memories. The recent image gave a great impression of how the city will be reconnected to the river once work is complete. So I say well done to the council for having the vision to embark on this mammoth project. Impressed.
While watching the excellent film Unbroken, about American athlete Louis Zamperini’s life story, I couldn’t help thinking that some of the vandals roaming our streets could do with a little time in the care of the Japanese POW camp commander Mutsuhiro Watanabe, played expertly in the film by Takamasa Ishihara. George Aimer, Dundee.