Saturday, November 18, 2017

Getting things done – Osborne Place #dundeewestend

Following residents’ complaints to me about a series of potholes in Osborne Place, I brought this to the attention of the council's Roads Maintenance Partnership and have been updated as follows :

"An order has … been raised for potholes in Osborne Place with a timescale for repair of approximately one week."

Thursday, November 16, 2017

No ward surgery tonight

As today is an in-service day at local schools, my usual ward surgery at Blackness Primary School does not take place but I can be contacted at any time at home on 459378 or by e-mail at 

My surgeries resume again next Monday.      Details are available here.

Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Getting things done - Greenbank Place #dundeewestend

Residents highlighted to me recently the poor road condition in Greenbank Place and also a chocked street drain.

I raised this with the council's Roads Maintenance Partnership and have now received the following response :

"Greenbank Place is provisionally included in the 2019/2020 Carriageway Programme for resurfacing. An inspection has been carried out and there are currently no actionable defects on the adopted section however an order has been raised for the repair of three potholes on the non adopted section with an approximate timescale of twenty eight days.

The gullies were last emptied in February 2017 so the gully machine is not due to attend again until approximately September 2018 however will re-visit the blocked gully as soon it is available to do so, hopefully within the next week or so."

Tuesday, November 14, 2017

West End Community Council meeting tonight #dundeewestend

I have today launched my November 2017 Update to West End Community Council.    

It covers the forthcoming West End Christmas Fortnight events – see details below and you can also download the full Update here.

The Community Council meets tonight at Logie St John's (Cross) Church Hall at 7pm - all residents welcome.      

A fabulous West End Christmas Fortnight launches soon!

Saturday 25th November sees the start of the West End Christmas Fortnight and there will be a fortnight of superb community events across the West End of Dundee.

On Wednesday 29th November the Christmas Lights Switch On for the West End will take place including a spectacular fireworks extravaganza.

This year’s West End Christmas Concert takes place that evening at Dundee West Church at 6.15pm.   

There will be musical contributions from all local primary and secondary schools.    The Concert will be hosted by Gordon Sharp.    

We are delighted that “The Notables” will perform as well as local school pupils – it will be a great concert and everyone is very welcome to attend.   Mains of Fintry Pipe Band will pipe everyone from the church to Seabraes for the Christmas Lights Switch-On.

At 7pm, Loadsaweeminsinging will perform by the tree and thereafter at 7.20pm the West End Christmas Lights will be switched on at Seabraes by Lord Provost Ian Borthwick, ably assisted by Santa and his sleigh.  

There will again be a spectacular fireworks display after the lights switch-on.

West End Christmas Fortnight is packed with events and we hope that, as in the past 17 years, the local community will take part.      

We are extremely grateful to all the local businesses for their support of the Christmas Fortnight, without which the events would not be possible.

Other main West End Christmas Fortnight events include :

Saturday 25th November   :   Christmas Fortnight starts with Dundee West Church’s Christmas Coffee Morning taking place in the church – 10am to 12 noon – enter from the church’s entrance at 132 Perth Road.

Sunday 26th November   :  Open Day at Blackness Fire Station – 11am to 3pm – see round our local fire station – all welcome.

Tuesday 28th November 4pm – 5pm :  Children’s craft activity at Blackness Library – make a Christmas Tree card  – all children welcome!

Thursday 30th November – Frocks and Fizz evening at The Gate Coffee Bar, 158 Perth Road – 7.30pm to 9.30pm.

Friday 1st December – West End – Best End!   –   Lights Switch on in West Port at 5.30pm – includes a piper, singers and a string quartet.    Roast chestnuts, apple spiced Christmas drinks and hot chocolate for the children.     Don’t miss it!

Saturday 2nd December – Blackness Primary School’s Christmas Fair (10am to 12 noon), organised by the Friends of Blackness, and with a large variety of stalls.

Saturday 2nd December – A Cosy Cup of Crafts! - Join the Gate Church for a cosy cup of tea or coffee and a cake while you enjoy a Christmas Craft Fair featuring local artists.   11am to 4pm.

Saturday 2nd December – Verdant Works Winter Fayre – 12 noon to 4pm.

Saturday 2nd December – Specifically Vintage Christmas Market at Roseangle Kitchen Café from 11am to 4pm.

Saturday 2nd December – An evening of Christmas music – Dundee West Church at 7.30pm.    Tickets from Dundee Box Office.   Raffle in aid of Age Concern Dundee.

Monday 4th December -  Children’s craft activity at Blackness Library – decorate a Christmas stocking  – all children welcome!   4pm – 5pm.

Wednesday 6th December – Christmas West End Community Groups’ Social Event at The Vine.    

Thursday 7th December – Winter Market at Dundee University Students’ Association, Airlie Place.   11am to 4pm.

Friday 8th December - Friends of the University of Dundee Botanic Garden’s “Mystery Walk in the Dark” – great fun for children!       5.30pm to 6.30pm.   

Friday 8th December – West End Community Christmas Carol Concert at Logie & St. John's (Cross) Parish Church at 6.30pm.    A family orientated candlelit celebration of Christmas sung with Carols, old and new.    Refreshments served and admission free. Bring a torch if you can!

Friday 8th December – Starter Packs – a Rocking Christmas with “Road Runner” – 7.30pm at the Friary.   Tickets £7 in aid of Dundee Starter Packs and Dundee Foodbank.

Saturday 9th December – West End Christmas Fortnight’s lovely children's craft event led by the wonderful Lisa Earl of Create … Kids Create Craft Workshops.    Taking place at Logie St John’s (Cross) Church Hall, this event is most suited to young school aged children.

Saturday 9th December – Friends of Magdalen Green – Soup and Pudding Lunch at Dundee West Church – 11am to 1pm - £5 – all welcome!

Saturday 9th December – Harris Academy from 12.30pm – Primary 6 football competition.  P6 teams participating from our local primary schools. 
Saturday 9th December – Christmas Tea and Carols at the Gate Church – 3pm to 5.30pm.    Come along and enjoy a festive afternoon tea including sandwiches and cakes and a sing along to some of your favourite Christmas carols.  

Over Christmas Fortnight – Window Spotting Competition for children – prizes include a family membership of the Botanic Garden.

Monday, November 13, 2017

Council to review street cleaning changes

Dundee City Council’s Policy and Resources Committee has agreed to review the effectiveness of changes made to the street cleaning operation across the city, following implementation of a report in December 2015 that has resulted in alteration to the service and removal of street cleaning posts.

I made the request to the Policy and Resources Committee as it is important that the council reviews the situation to ensure that there is no reduction in the effectiveness of the street cleaning service.

My motion – accepted unanimously by councillors – states :

“Street Cleaning and Open Space Management

Motion by Bailie Fraser Macpherson 

Given that it is approaching two years since adoption of Report 439-2015 on the Street Cleaning and Open Space Review, adopted at committee on 7th December 2015, this committee instructs Neighbourhood Services to review the effectiveness of the street cleaning revised operation to ensure that the changes undertaken since 2015 have not significantly impacted on the quality of street cleaning in any part of the city.   

A report on the outcomes of such a review should be brought back to committee, together with any necessary recommendations, to ensure Dundee City Council maintains good quality street cleaning standards across the city over the coming years.”

Earlier this year, Accounts Commission reported that the streets of Dundee are becoming dirtier – the report showing that Dundee’s street cleanliness score fell by 1.6% over the past six years and the council’s spending on street cleaning, per 1 000 residents, had been reduced by 39.8% over the same period.

The staff doing street cleaning do an excellent job.   However, recent changes have already resulted in some 26 fewer posts in street cleaning and this is bound to affect the service.     It is really important therefore that the street cleaning operation is fully reviewed and I am pleased the council has agreed to this.

A photo of an example of residents’ complaints about street cleaning (taken in Annfield Road) is shown above right – I highlighted this example at the Policy and Resources Committee.

Sunday, November 12, 2017

Police Community Surgeries in the West End #dundeewestend

The next West End Police Surgery takes place at Blackness Library tomorrow - details below :

Saturday, November 11, 2017

Lest we forget

Weekly Road Report - West End Ward #dundeewestend



Lochee Road (at Blinshall Street) – temporary traffic lights on Sunday 12 November for refuge island installation.


A85 Riverside Drive – prohibition of right turn from westbound lane of Riverside Drive into Riverside approach and prohibition of right turn from Riverside Approach in to Riverside Drive for 4 weeks for works to the sea wall.  Prohibitions will only be in place when required.

A85 Riverside Drive (at Railway Station) – eastbound nearside lane closure for 3 weeks for SGN essential valve maintenance.

Riverside Drive (at Tesco roundabout) – off-peak eastbound nearside lane closure on Wednesday 15 November for crane works.

Riverside Drive (drop off/pick up access road at train station) - closed on Saturday 18 November 10.00pm – 6.00am) for station wall repairs.

Friday, November 10, 2017

Exponential Growth

From the Curator of Museum Services at the University of Dundee :

Exponential Growth features new work by Graphic Design and Illustration students from Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art & Design, one of a series of events celebrating the centenary of D'Arcy Thompson's landmark book On Growth and Form. 

Over the past few weeks, the students have created an amazing variety of sketches, objects, illustrations, collages and magazine layouts inspired by D’Arcy’s ideas and collections, the best of which will be shown in the exhibition.

Open now and running until into the New Year - details below :

Thursday, November 09, 2017

Getting things done - Logie Avenue #dundeewestend

Residents recently brought to my attention two big potholes on the southern carriageway of Logie Avenue, near its junction with Glenagnes Road.

I brought this to the attention of the council's Roads Maintenance Partnership and have now been updated as follows :

"An order has been raised for the repair of this pothole on Logie Avenue with a timescale for completion of approximately one week."

Wednesday, November 08, 2017

University of Dundee Culture Day - today!

The Thirteenth Annual University of Dundee Culture Day :


Today - Wednesday 8th November 2017, 1.30pm-5pm
Lecture Theatre 1, Dalhousie Building, University of Dundee

This year the University's annual Culture Day takes Growth as its theme, reflecting several important anniversaries – the centenary of D’Arcy Thompson’s On Growth and Form; the 350th anniversary of Jonathan Swift, author of Gulliver’s Travels (in which size really matters); and the University’s own growth as we celebrate our 50th anniversary as an independent institution.

Full details here.

You can still book your free place via Eventbrite here.

Tuesday, November 07, 2017

Police Community Surgeries in the West End #dundeewestend

The next West End Police Surgery takes place at the Mitchell Street Centre later today - details below :

Monday, November 06, 2017

Weekly Road Report - West End Ward #dundeewestend



A85 Riverside Drive – prohibition of right turn from westbound lane of Riverside Drive into Riverside approach and prohibition of right turn from Riverside Approach in to Riverside Drive for 5 weeks for works to the sea wall.  Prohibitions will only be in place when required.

A85 Riverside Drive (at Railway Station) – east bound nearside lane closure for 4 weeks for SGN essential value maintenance.

Sunday, November 05, 2017

Dundee Botanic Garden event today #dundeewestend

From the Friends of the University of Dundee Botanic Garden :

The next event arranged by the Friends committee is today - Sunday 5th November - at 2pm in the Education Centre. 

Dr Alan Barclay, who can occasionally be seen ringing birds in the Garden, will give a talk on birds and bird ringing.

This event is free to members of the Friends, but guests are welcome and are invited to make a donation.

Saturday, November 04, 2017

Union Place Car Park #dundeewestend

Further to my recent article about the lack of maintenance of the Miller's Wynd Car Park, residents have also pointed to the poor condition of the infrastructure of the council's Union Place car park - see photos below :

I have raised this with the City Council and Neighbourhood Services' Projects and Development Manager has advised :

"We are currently reviewing all soft landscaping within all the car parks with a view to carrying out improvements in terms of sight lines, aged plantings , tree works etc .

We are pulling this together and working (to) ...  hopefully having works planned for over the winter months."

Friday, November 03, 2017

Road issue - Elliot Road #dundeewestend

Residents have drawn to my attention an apprently forgotten road excavation in Elliot Road - see below :
I have asked the City Council's Roads Maintenance Partnership to ascertain responsibility - I suspect a utility - and request this gets completed as soon as possible.

Thursday, November 02, 2017

Blackness Street - leaves #dundeewestend

Residents have contacted me about the extent of fallen leaves on the pavement of Blackness Street - see below :
I have asked the City Council's Neighbourhood Services to attend to this.

Wednesday, November 01, 2017

Take pride in your city events - November #takepridedundee #dundee

... includes a litter pick in South Tay Street on 24th November :

Miller's Wynd Car Park #dundeewestend

The acquisition by Dundee City Council of the Miller's Wynd Car Park - from the University of Dundee - has provided much-needed additional free 2 hour parking in this area of Perth Road.

However, residents have pointed out the poor maintenance of the car park - the foliage is very tired, for example - see below :
I contacted the City Council about this and the Head of Roads and Transportation has advised :

"We will ensure it is clean and tidy in terms of litter and dumped materials such as the pallets.  However we will need to speak with colleagues regarding the vegetation and what is acceptable in terms of a clear out.  

... if the land is to operate as a car park we want it safe and visible in and out of car park, likewise we don't want to remove trees or other bushes that people like.  Kenny I will discuss at Management Board ... regarding some maintenance."

Nearby, on Perth Road itself, is a phone box in a poor state of repair - see right.   Following residents raising the condition of it with me, I contacted BT and have had the following update from the company :

"...  an engineer will be out in the next few days to repair and clean the payphone."

Tuesday, October 31, 2017

Wighton on Wednesday

From Sheena Wellington :

Wednesday 1st November, Lunchtime Recital, 1.15pm – 1.45pm 
Free, donations welcome

Change of programme   :    Our announced guest Lorraine Wilson has had to reschedule her visit to 7th February 2018 but the distinguished Irish harpist and fiddle player, Sylvia Crawford, has kindly agreed to be our guest on the 1st November. 

Sylvia, from Co. Armagh, combines both a classical and a traditional music background. She graduated in music and ethnomusicology from Queen’s University Belfast, and in arts administration from NUI Galway. She is currently completing a Masters by Research at Dundalk Institute of Technology on music and tourism in the Oriel region, with a focus on the life and music of Patrick Quin, an eighteenth century harper from Co. Armagh. 

Sylvia teaches and plays early Irish harp, fiddle and piano. She is actively involved with the running of The Historical Harp Society of Ireland, as well as teaching at Scoil na gCláirseach. 

Most recently she has been working with Irish singer, Pádraigín Ní Úallacháin, and Sylvia’s harp music and research features on Pádraigín’s 2017 online project, Oriel Arts

Monday, October 30, 2017

Weekly Road Report - West End Ward #dundeewestend



A85 Riverside Drive – prohibition of right turn from westbound lane of Riverside Drive into Riverside approach and prohibition of right turn from Riverside Approach in to Riverside Drive for 6 weeks for works to the sea wall.  Prohibitions will only be in place when required.

Sunday, October 29, 2017

Friends of Balgay - Litter Pick #dundeewestend

The Friends of Balgay are holding a litter pick today, Sunday 29th October.

Please come along and help remove any litter from Balgay Park - meet this afternoon at 2pm at the Balgay Bridge - all welcome!

Saturday, October 28, 2017

Happenings at the Wighton!

From Sheena Wellington :

Wighton Heritage Centre, Central Library - today - Saturday 28th October, 11am (doors open 10.30am)

Cappuccino Concert with Alan Brown, singer,  songwriter and raconteur.   Tickets £5 (tea/coffee available for small donation).

Alan Brown was born and raised less than half a mile from where the present day Wighton Library stands and Dundee has been a major influence on his career to date.    Exiled from the city since 1970 he is difficult to pigeonhole: singer, songwriter, musician, composer, novelist, journalist, after dinner speaker, playwright, poet, standup, tour guide, and is probably best summed as - an entertainer! 

Despite thirty years performing professionally in Scotland and overseas this will be his first ever solo appearance in his hometown. Expect a varied programme of award-winning songs and stories, brand new material and a few surprises.

Friday, October 27, 2017

Ninewells Community Garden Volunteer Day #dundeewestend

Ninewells Community Garden is holding a volunteer day tomorrow, Saturday 28th October.

Taking place between 10am and 3pm, anyone interested in volunteering for some gardening and social time with food to share is very welcome!

Wednesday, October 25, 2017

Quiz night at Harris Academy #dundeewestend

Harris Academy Former Pupils' Association is holding a quiz night at the school - in the dining area - at 7pm this Friday, 27th October.

Teams will be assembled on the night so participants should feel free to turn up and pay on entry.

More details can be obtained from FP Association Treasurer Freida Soutar on 562788.

A warm welcome is extended to all Harris former pupils whether members of the FPs' Association or not, spouses and partners, staff, former staff and all friends who are able to attend.

Tuesday, October 24, 2017

Blether Tay-Gither - Storytelling in Dundee

International Storytelling Festival Partner Event - From South Asia to Dundee - with storyteller Wajuppa Tossa

Once again Blether Tay-gither  brings the International Storytelling Festival to Dundee, taking place later today - Tuesday 24th October – 7pm to 9pm.

At this special event, Thai myths and legends will flourish by the River Tay.    Originally from north east Thailand, storyteller Wajuppa Tossa will join Blether Tay-Gither storytellers for a night of stories from home and abroad - in the historical and atmospheric setting of the HM Frigate Unicorn.

Tickets: £5
Tickets: or 01334 474 836.
HM Frigate Unicorn, South Victoria Dock Road

Hope to see some of you there – all welcome!

Monday, October 23, 2017

Event at Dundee West Church next week #dundeewestend

Weekly Road Report - West End Ward #dundeewestend



A85 Riverside Drive – prohibition of right turn from westbound lane of Riverside Drive into Riverside approach and prohibition of right turn from Riverside Approach in to Riverside Drive for 7 weeks for works to the sea wall.  Prohibitions will only be in place when required.

Polepark Road (Fyffe Street to Milnbank Road) – closed from Monday 23 October for 5 working days for Scottish Water sewer repair works.

Sunday, October 22, 2017

West End Surgeries #dundeewestend

With the school holidays over tomorrow, it is back to West End Ward surgeries this coming week.   My Mitchell Street Centre and Harris Academy surgeries take place tomorrow afternoon.

My full surgery details are below – although I can also be contacted via or phone me at home on 459378 anytime :

Saturday, October 21, 2017

Polepark Road - an update #dundeewestend

Further to the notice I mentioned last week about works on Polepark Road from Monday coming (23rd October), Scottish Water has now advised as follows :

Polepark Road Sewer Works :

Please note that this work is completely separate from the current ongoing water network works taking place in Blackness Road.  The work in Polepark Road is to carry out an essential sewer repair to a blocked section of sewer in Polepark Road just to the North of Bissells Bar.  

The nature and location of the work means that a localised road closure is required during the works.  The closure will be in place in Polepark Road from junction with Milnbank Road to the junction with Fyffe Street.  The closure has been agreed in conjunction with Dundee City Council roads team.

Local vehicle access will be maintained where possible and pedestrian access maintained at all times.  There will be no interruption to water or waste water services planned during these works.

Our contractors Keir construction will be carrying out the work on our behalf and have written to all affected householders.

Friday, October 20, 2017

Scottish Water works Blackness Road - bus stops #dundeewestend

A number of constituents have commented to me about the lack of temporary bus stops on Blackness Road during the Scottish Water temporary works.

I contacted the City Council's transportation team about this and have been advused as follows :

"The extent of the works is temporary traffic lights contained within the area between Forest Park Road and Rosefield Street. 

As a result two bus stops are affected, namely Blackness Road opp Forest Park Road and Blackness Road opp Annfield Street.

The contractor has displayed signs informing passengers that both bus stops are out of use.

A temporary stop cannot be erected in place of either bus stop due to safety. Installing stops to the east would mean buses stopping outside the Fire Station, or close to a bend, which are also close to an excavation and in an area which has limited footway close to the carriageway. 

Furthermore temporary stops cannot be installed to the west, as this area is still confined within the works, and installing stops outside the works area would mean they were too close to existing bus stops.

Passengers should instead use existing bus stops, Blackness Road opp Peddie Street and near Abbotsford Street which are both approximately 250-300m west of the bus stops which are out of use."

Scottish Water’s Corporate Affairs Officer advised me earlier this week that :

“The original timescale was 2 weeks from 9th October.  I would fully expect all works to be completed by end of play Sunday 22nd October.”

Thursday, October 19, 2017

Getting things done - Hazel Drive #dundeewestend

Residents have contacted me about the extent of the leaves on the public path at the south end of Hazel Drive that leads to Perth Road - see right.

As a result, the path is slippy so I have asked the council's Neighbourhood Services to have it swept as soon as possible.

Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Temporary Traffic Order - Polepark Road

From the City Council :


THE DUNDEE CITY COUNCIL AS TRAFFIC AUTHORITY being satisfied that traffic on the road should be prohibited by reason of Scottish Water sewer repair works being carried out HEREBY PROHIBIT the driving of any vehicle in Polepark Road (between Fyffe Street and Milnbank Road), Dundee.

This notice comes into effect on Monday 23 October 2017 for 5 working days.

Pedestrian thoroughfare will be maintained.

Alternative routes are available via Lochee Road/Tullideph Road/City Road/Milnbank Road.

For further information contact 433082.

Executive Director of City Development
Dundee City Council

Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Panel event : Women in Comics

From the Curator of Museum Services at the University of Dundee :

To accompany our current exhibition Girls in Print: Female Figures in British Comics, we’ve teamed up with the School of Humanities and Dundee Literary Festival to host a special panel discussion event at 5.30pm on Wednesday 18th October in Baxter 1.36, Tower Building. 

The exhibition presents original artwork from DC Thomson’s popular girls comics, which reached their peak of popularity in the 1960s and 70s, along with a selection of pieces by current comics creators, offering a broad range of interpretations of what female figures can be in the British comics culture. The exhibition has been curated by Louise Quirion, a recent graduate from the University’s MLitt course in Comics Studies.

The discussion event will feature former DC Thomson sub-editors Rhoda Miller and Rosemary Chivers, who will discuss their work on titles such as Mandy, Bunty, Diana and Spellbound, plus current comics artists Elina Bry of Scottish female comics collective Teen Girl Comic and Rebecca Horner, who recently graduated from the Masters course in Comics & Graphic Novels at Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art & Design. They will be joined by comics experts Dr Joan Ormrod (Manchester School of Art) and Dr Julia Round (Bournemouth University). 

The event is free but places should be booked via Dundee Literary Festival here.

Please join us from 5pm in the exhibition space in the Tower Foyer Gallery for refreshments before the event starts at 5.30pm.

Find out more about the exhibition here.

Monday, October 16, 2017

Special event at the Wighton

From Sheena Wellington :

Friends of Wighton invite you to a special song workshop with Bob Walser at the Wighton Heritage Centre in the Central Library on Wednesday 18th October from 3pm to 4ish!

Bob Walser from the US is a singer, musician, and workshop leader specializing in sea songs and shanties. He’s also part of the Elphinstone team researching the James Madison Carpenter collection of songs made in the 1930s, with a lot of material collected in the North-East, including Dundee. 

The event is free and all singers are welcome so please do pass this invitation to anyone you think might be interested.

Sunday, October 15, 2017

Friends of the University of Dundee Botanic Garden event #dundeewestend

As part of the season of Wednesday afternoon lectures, Professor Graeme Walker, Director of the Abertay Yeast Research Group at Abertay University, is giving a talk later this week on the subject of yeasts.

The lecture will take place in the D'Arcy Thompson Lecture Theatre in the Tower Building at the Dundee University, at 2.15pm this Wednesday - 18th October - at a charge of £2.

Yeasts are the world’s premier industrial microbes. Yeast and fermentation technology is entwined with the history of human civilisation – from ancient Egyptian brewing to modern day biotechnology.

This lecture will explore the diversity of yeasts and their products, following a journey from beer to biofuels to biopharmaceuticals and beyond.

Saturday, October 14, 2017

Weekly Road Report - West End Ward #dundeewestend



Riverside Esplanade/Riverside Drive (Tay Road Bridge off ramp to 75m along Riverside Drive) – westbound nearside lane closure on Saturday 14 and Sunday 15 October to facilitate V&A construction works.

A90 Swallow roundabout – overnight (7.30pm – 6.30am) southbound nearside lane closure on Sunday 15 October for lighting works.


A85 Riverside Drive – prohibition of right turn from westbound lane of Riverside Drive into Riverside approach and prohibition of right turn from Riverside Approach in to Riverside Drive for 8 weeks for works to the sea wall.  Prohibitions will only be in place when required.

Blackness Road (at Rosefield Street) – temporary traffic lights for one week for Scottish Water mains renewal.

Forthcoming Roadworks

Polepark Road (Fyffe Street to Milnbank Road) – closed from Monday 23 October for 5 working days for Scottish Water sewer repair works.

Thursday, October 12, 2017

Adult learning in the West End #dundeewestend

The new Dundee City Council adult learning newsletter is now available and you can download it here.

In addition to details of the Job Shop at the Mitchell Street Centre, there is detail of activities right across the city.

There’s also a update about Harris Education and Recreation Association :

Wednesday, October 11, 2017

D'Arcy Thompson and the Growth of Computational Form

From the Curator of Museum Services, University of Dundee :

This Friday (13th October) at 6.30pm sees a special public lecture by the internationally renowned computer scientist and physicist Stephen Wolfram, entitled D’Arcy Thompson and the Growth of Computational Form. 

Best known as the creator of Mathematica and the Wolfram Language, Stephen is the author of A New Kind of Science and the founder and CEO of Wolfram Research.   Over the course of nearly four decades, he has been a pioneer in the development and application of computational thinking. 

His early work on complexity in nature led him to study the behaviour of simple computer programs known as cellular automata.    These studies laid the groundwork for the emerging field that Wolfram called complex systems research.    He went on to discover fundamental connections between computation and nature, and his work led to a wide range of applications, providing scientific foundations for such initiatives as complexity theory and artificial life. 

Wolfram himself used his ideas to develop a new randomness generation system and a new approach to computational fluid dynamics, both of which are now in widespread use.    In this special keynote lecture, he will discuss the importance of D’Arcy Thompson to his ideas and the development of computational form.

The lecture will take place in the D’Arcy Thompson Lecture Theatre in the Tower Building at 6.30pm.    Attendance is free but places must be booked here.

Tuesday, October 10, 2017

West End Community Council meeting #dundeewestend

West End Community Council - tonight's meeting - agenda  :












Light refreshments will be provided – all welcome!