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Sunday, January 02, 2005

The Aye-Aye Wifie Of King Street

The Aye-Aye Wifie Of King Street is surely in a league of her own!

For she has appeared in the local press... yes! Well. She was mentioned in the Gaudie back when I was at Aberdeen University and one of these people that have a comments page had a good old bitch about her a couple of years ago.

Most encounters with the Aye-Aye Wifie of King Street go like this:

Walking up King Street around Merkland you'll see a wee wifie walking towards you, fag in hand. Getting closer she will make eye contact and smile. "What a friendly auld wifie!" you find yourself thinking.

You meet in the street and she says "Aye-Aye!"

You smile.

"Aye-Aye! I just need 10 pee fur a packet o' fags and a bottle o' Irn Bru!"

The Aye-Aye Wifie of King Street has such simple and admirable needs.

posted by Aberdeen Tramps | Sunday, January 02, 2005


24 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

On the subject of the Aye-Aye Wifie of King Street, I remember first encountering her in 1994, while living temporarily in the city.

Glad to har that she's okay.

April 14, 2005  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I think the Aye-Aye Wifie used to hang about my car at the back of my flat on King Street. I'm glad to hear shes ok and still hurling abuse at the locals. since i moved i often wondered what happened to her and her gang of drunks.

July 26, 2005  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I remember being accosted by her on a regular basis back in 1996 every time I went to Uni. I had made the initial mistake of nipping into the shop on the corner of King Street and Urquart Road to but her 10 silk cut and a tin of Irn Bru - never could get rid of her after that! I heard somewhere (maybe from her during one of her rants as she accompanied me along King Street) that she lived in some sort of refuge nearby.

August 26, 2005  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I shagged her !

September 07, 2005  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

She stays in a hostel on Merlkand road and is known locally as the irn-bru wifie.

September 19, 2005  
Anonymous jem said...

I met her about a month ago, she was needing some money for "a smoke" and a can of coke! She was so funny, had me laughing for days. still cant help but laugh everytime i think about her!

October 16, 2005  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I remember my mate gave her some abuse once and she claimed she was going to "Set the harbour dogs on him!" She was always hanging about the spital and seemed to wear army camo gear a few times.....Good show!

October 20, 2005  
Anonymous Lon said...

I gave that woman 1.80 and she spoke to me for ages. It was rather amusing. She was telling me that when she sits and smokes in a room where she lives some man comes in and turns off the light. *sigh* I feared for my life momentarily, but now I know that she is a legend amongst Aberdeen legends.

January 10, 2006  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

She stays at glams cottage (little mental home on the spittal) and claims to be 'psyctiztophonic' shes really sweet tho and doesnt harm anyone. If you let the conversations get going too long the can turn scarey like her scrubbing herself in the bath, or her paid times with taxi drivers. *shudders* Anyhooz she used to visit the grocery shop i worked in just of of king st and i'd pay for her irn-bru usually to haste her departure to stop her from scaring off the other customers.

March 03, 2006  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I first encountered the wifie late in 1990 I think - I remember in the spring of 1991 when it was sunny she sported dark sunglasses!

May 10, 2006  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

i hear she used to be a wizard on piano.

June 21, 2006  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Her name is Margret Skene
She stays in Glams cottage
She was married to a farmer for 12 years and he had 3 hart attacks

She gets on the busses all the time

She smokes huge fags
She go into the charity shops on gallowgate and buys ashtrays for 50p

We call her Izza

Izza bides in glams cottage etc etc

August 24, 2006  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I saw her this morning, she just bought herself a new Jacket light blue so you can see her from miles away, It's funny cos she won't speak if she's in the middle of a smoke, but if she's not she'll talk for ages, One time she sang elvis pressley songs to me and my flatmate!! Always brightens up my day!

September 01, 2006  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

aye, i second that!!! she sang this elvis pressley song: "one for the money, two for the show, three get ready..." whereby my flatmate responded: "four you're on crack!!!"

September 01, 2006  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The aforementioned farmer bides in Buckie, though she hasn't seen him in a number of years.

There's a guy in her building, can't remember his name, but he likes to annoy her by putting all the lights out.

The other day she introduced me to Glams latest resident, his name was Steve. He is actually nice, talk to him.

She only gets a fiver a week, you see, £4.35 of which goes on a 20 pack of Richmond.

October 18, 2006  
Blogger Aberdeen Tramps said...

reading Dave's post today, linky I am glad to hear the Aye Aye Wifie is still alive and well :)

January 25, 2007  
Anonymous Ryan said...

She actualyl came up and knocked on my car window once when I was stuck at traffic lights near Orchard Street and asked for money for fags and Irn Bru. Cou;dn't believe the cheek of her! So I gave her the money.

April 25, 2008  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I saw her all the time walking to uni (graduated in 2006). She told me she has "schizophremia". Bless, she's totally harmless and I've seen her in Tescos as well and they're really sweet to her!

April 18, 2009  
Blogger Neighbour of Teh Hoors! said...

Hope she's still going strong :)

May 15, 2009  
Blogger Ruaidhri said...

On the early morning of the England vs Scotland Euro Qualifier being played at Wembley Aye Aye asked me for "ten pence tae get the train tae Hampden tae see the game". I hope she made it down!!!!

June 01, 2009  
Anonymous Busker Dubh said...

I mind her. She used to have irn bru stains roon the mooth. I once freaked her oot - I was ready fir her. She comes up and asks for 10p for irn bru, so i pulled a can o irn bru oot ma bag and gave her it. She just took it and wandered awa. Aye aye! She used to say that like she knew ye. Maybe she did recognise the ones who gave her money. Bet she made a fortune.

August 22, 2009  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

from anon. i live in the king street area and have not seen the aye aye wifie for about two years. anyone know what happened to her?

November 09, 2009  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The 'Aye Aye Wifie', aka 'the Irn Bru Wifie', aka 'Maggie', aka 'Couple o fags and a can short'....is sadly deed. She is weel awa. Poor sowel. I ken this cos my freen owns AP MCKay up Urquhart Road and he fed her fags and scraps till she came no mare aboot twa year ago and he foon oot she wis deed.

December 29, 2009  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

She stays in the sheltered housing which was once Cloverfield School in Bucksburn!

December 12, 2010  

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