BBC Radio 3 “Music Matters” programme talks to Ged Grimes about Dundee, its culture, city life and gaming industry, The Bard’s Tale and keeping alive the use of the Gaelic language for future generations.
Later today (local BST – British Summer Time), an auction of all the penguins that had been on display as part of Maggie’s Penguin Parade go under the hammer. The one that Fiona Sutherland co-created and Simple Minds sponsored (and have signed for the auction) being one of them.
You can see the SM sponsored penguin to the left of the picture. All the penguins are on display at Slessor Gardens in Dundee, where the auction will take place early this evening. Local Dundee paper, The Courier, have an article on the auction.
Click the image to read the article and get more info about the auction.
Well, it would appear Sir’s boots are not the ONLY thing Simple Minds related up for auction! So is this penguin sculpture, co designed and created by Fiona Sutherland.
Can’t imagine it is going to be cheap!
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Rock legends @simplemindsmusic took some time out of their busy touring schedule to meet the penguin they sponsored as part of the @maggiespenguinparade – Tiaki The Blue Penguin from New Zealand visits Dundee. The eighties supergroup have even signed the penguin ahead of the auction of all 80 penguins at the new @vadundee on Monday 24th September #simpleminds #maggiespenguinparade #vandadundee #vadundee
I really hope I can get this to work, because it is one of the most wonderful things you will ever see. The newspapers…the local Dundee ones…there is a young man pictured in the Evening Telegraph, dancing. His name is Paul and he was dancing his heart out at the gig last night. His mum Celia posted to SMO FB about what an amazing night Paul had and how Jim was his dance hero.
A video accompanied Celia’s comment, showing Paul dancing away, and it’s wonderful! I’m going to try to embed it here…but it may not work. Let’s try…
It’ll be optimised for viewing on mobile devices, rather than on desktop, but I hope it works. It seems to be appearing. Hopefully if you click on the details on the comment, you’ll be able to view the video.
I can’t embed the comment directly, sadly…but just look for the comment from Ceila Sweeney in the comments on this post and you’ll see the video and a proud mum’s wonderful words.
Local Dundee newspaper The Courier and Advertiser showcased the gig finale in their opening pages with a glowing review. As if it would be any other way?!
Oh, I wish I could have been there! I pray it is not too long a wait until my next lot of gigs! “Normality” beckons for the next few months. On a personal scale, things will get busy and potentially VERY different. And, I still have several non SM gigs left for this year. With two already booked for next year, and two yet to be booked.
Anyway! The local review!
UPDATE: And more from other local paper the Evening Telegraph.
Lovely interview with Charlie, you can read it by CLICKING HERE
The Dundee Evening Telegraph is running a competition in which they are giving away a pair of tickets for the Simple Minds/Pretenders/KT Tunstall Grandslam concert finale at Slessor Gardens in September.
To see details on how to enter, click here. Competition runs until 9am BST next Monday, April 16th. GOOD LUCK!