Who Said What About Aberdeen -
Scotland's Pennypincher's Paradise


Aberdeen, Scotland High Street window mannikin

Aberdeen is like Switzerland in its mentality, aiming at success by hard-work and perseverence.
...the spirit of your true Aberdonian, a man who makes money out of his own reputation for meanness. They even print in Aberdeen calendars and postcards which make fun of the alleged local parsimony...Aberdonians are not truly careful with money. They can often be a spenthrift lot, and the great financial institutions do not belong there but in much more skinflint Edinburgh.
.....SCOTLAND: THE LAND AND THE PEOPLE, ©Donald Cowie, 1973 A.S. Barnes and Company, Cranbury, NJ and London: Thomas Yoseloff Ltd., London ISBN 0-498-01169-0



Viking Discovery docks in Aberdeen, Scotland

I had never been to Aberdeen before and didn't know anyone who had. I knew almost nothing about it, other than that it was dominated by the North Sea oil industry and proudly called itself "the Granite City," It had always seemed to me exotically remote, a place I was unlikely ever to get to, so I was eager to see it. I had booked into a hotel that was warmly described in my guidebook (a tome that later went for kindling) but turned out to be a dreary, overpriced back-street block. My room was small and ill lit, with battered furniture, a narrow prison-cell bed with a thin blanket and a single grudging pillow, and wallpaper doing its best to flee a damp wall.
.....NOTES FROM A SMALL ISLAND, An Affectionate Portrait of Britain by BILL BRYSON, William Morrow and Company, Inc. New York, ©1995 by Bill Bryson, ISBN 0-688-14725-9


Aberdeen...owes nothing to anyone, being far too north for the English to affect it greatly...Aberdeen is all about fishing and being the regional capital of north-east Scotland and having a toehold in the Highlands while facing out to the brutish North Sea and trading with Scandinavia and the Baltic.
.....FAINTHEART: An Englishman Ventures North of the Border by Charles Jennings, Abacus, Time Warner Books U.K., www.TimeWarnerBooks.co.uk; ©2001 by Charles Jennings ISBN 0 349 11440 4



Aberdeen, Scotland's Granite Streets

When Glasgow was a mere cluster of huts and Edinburgh was unknown, Aberdeen was a centre of importance and a thriving port...It would have formed an ideal capital for the Highlands with its keen, alert business community and its access to the open seas of the world.
..... ROMANTIC SCOTLAND, THE STORY OF THE SHIRES, © D.C. CUTHBERTSON, Eneas Mackay, Stirling, Scotland 1938



Aberdeen, Scotland ancient tomb



Aberdeen was dubbed 'the UK's Saddest City" after the British Journal of Psychiatry named it the worst place in Britain for SAD - Seasonal Affective Disorder, for its lack of daylight in the winter months.
........FAINTHEART: An Englishman Ventures North of the Border by Charles Jennings, Abacus, Time Warner Books U.K., www.TimeWarnerBooks.co.uk; ©2001 by Charles Jennings ISBN 0 349 11440 4


Aberdeen, Scotland shop window with howling mannikin





One does not need to have Scottish blood to thrill with the Balmoral Highlanders with their Lochaber axes march past, followed by the Farquharsons with their claymores, and then by the Duffs with their pikes.
.....ROMANTIC SCOTLAND, THE STORY OF THE SHIRES,© D.C. CUTHBERTSON, Eneas Mackay, Stirling, Scotland 1938


Aberdeen, Scotland town centre with old well and Mercat Cross



In vain I sought a single place where I could stand with hands on hips and say, "Aha, so this is Aberdeen."...I had a scant sense of being in the midst of a rich, proud city built of granite...It wasn't that there was anything wrong with Aberdeen exactly, more that it suffered from a surfeit of innocuousness. I had a shuffle around the new shopping center and ranged some distance out into the surrounding streets, but they all seemed equally colorless and forgettable.
.....NOTES FROM A SMALL ISLAND, An Affectionate Portrait of Britain by BILL BRYSON, William Morrow and Company, Inc. New York, ©1995 by Bill Bryson, ISBN 0-688-14725-9



Aberdeen, Scotland boasts solid granite buildings



Aberdeen has got its good moments (Union Street, the pretty little streets leading off to the north of Union Street, the roads to the west of Union Street) and quite a lot of bad...(the knuckle-head savagery of the road system around Guild Street, Bridge Street and Market Street, the air of penetrating dismalness around the harbour, the cold and grey, the dull Bridge of Don, the sad late-night Union Street vagrants.
..... ...FAINTHEART: An Englishman Ventures North of the Border by Charles Jennings, Abacus, Time Warner Books U.K., www.TimeWarnerBooks.co.uk; © 2001 by Charles Jennings ISBN 0 349 11440 4





In the sudden blast of the north-westerly gale...it was as much as I could do not to be whisked out towards Norway like an empty carrier bag.
...FAINTHEART: An Englishman Ventures North of the Borderby Charles Jennings, Abacus, Time Warner Books U.K., www.TimeWarnerBooks.co.uk; © 2001 by Charles Jennings ISBN 0 349 11440 4

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