The last Loose Ends featured the beautiful and crammed Leakey’s Bookshop in Inverness and there were a right few contenders for the next connection. My intention that bright February morning was to link Leakey’s to the Tay Rail Bridge through one William Topaz McGonagall since he wrote wonderfully dire poetry including about the Tay Bridge Disaster. As I walked down Reform Street, my gaze fell on the statue of Desperate Dan and realised that Dan, Dawg and Minnie the Minx connect to Leakey’s just fine, since the DC Thomson oeuvre counts as literature and indeed some of the finest examples of it.
Desperate Dan was the main character of the Dandy comic, printed only in the annual each year, sadly. A cowboy with a penchant for cow pies, he was a deserved recipient of a statue in Dundee city centre in 2001, along with Dawg, his faithful companion, and Minnie the Minx from the Beano. As a reader of the Dandy when I was a kid, I love the statue of Dan in Dundee and like to get a photo whenever I pass. I like to say that Dan’s my style icon as I very often sport stubble and haven’t been known to say no to a steak pie or as they would call it in Dundee a peh.
To the connections, then, and the statues in Dundee would link to those of other fictional characters such as the Bud Neill characters in Woodlands Road and Partick railway station in Glasgow. Dan being a cowboy would link back to the Wild West in Morningside or to the Buffalo Bill statue in Dennistoun. That Minnie the Minx featured prominently in last year’s libraries Summer Reading Challenge could of course take me to any library, even if the SRC might not have happened there. I was using a Bananaman bookmark for weeks.
Whatever the next connection, I was glad to make this one, unplanned but fitting in just fine as Loose Ends moved onwards and away.
Thanks for reading. Another Loose Ends adventure follows next week.