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Monday, January 10, 2005

Local Hero # 1 - Peter Dow

And so we come to the first of Aberdeen's Weel Kent Fowk I'm going to cover I feel can come under the heading of "Local Hero."

You've probably seen him making his political stance in and around Aberdeen's city centre with his TA uniform and sandwich board. He's been chucked out of Uni, gently guided away from the Queen, made it onto the BBC's news pages and is a recognisable sight to anyone who doesn't walk about town with their eyes shut.

Ladies and Gentlemen, boys and girls... I'm talking about none other than Aberdeen's very own "Scottish National Standard Bearer," Peter Dow.



Peter has been standing about putting forth his political viewpoints in all weathers for what seems like years. I first encountered him at Aberdeen University when he thrust a leaflet into my hand proclaiming:

Fred West - "PLUMBER"
Beverly Allet - "NURSE"
Maxwell Irvine - "UNIVERSITY PRINCIPLE"

Presumeably he was suggesting that the university principle of the time, the said Maxwell Irvine, was some sort of mass murderer. I really wish I'd kept it now, but at the time, i was told just to throw it away and that this was just part of a long running campaign by Mr Dow against the university bosses and the uni itself.

I have no opinion of my own on the matter - I only know that local rumour tells that after Dow's thesis had him fail his degree there were numerous appeals. The final appeal being the review of his thesis by the university principle. Who failed it. This began a long drawn out battle between the University and Mr Dow - resulting in his being thrown out of the University and eventually being banned from University grounds. So I have been told.

This didn't stop his adventurous nature however, as he was soon found campaigning on the streets of aberdeen against such subjects as... Police Brutality... Good Queen Liz being an enemy... um. Freedom. um... er... and generally fighting the good fight!

In his own words (from his yahoo profile) "Campaigner for justice, freedom and democracy. Republican socialist. Scientist, engineer and like to D.I.Y. "

Imagine my excitement when I found Mr Dow's web page! You can visit it here.

It features an excellent cry of "Freedom!" which just about made me faint. I honestly thought William Wallace had invaded my flat. There are some marvellous photos of Mr Down caught in the act of fighting the good fight. Also there are some inexplicable music samples which I'm not sure tie in with the subject matter.

I think the blogging medium would suit Mr Dow well. I know I, for one, would follow his Campaigning Career and daily movements.

posted by Aberdeen Tramps | Monday, January 10, 2005


31 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Would like you to add the first-day-of-work-Tillydrone-Turd.

As somone who works less than regualr hours I am apt to start work on different days every week and........ every bloody time I come back from my 'weekend' there is a dog turd in the same bloody place and I manage to stand in it every bloody time.

Loving your work doll,

Cx

January 10, 2005  
Blogger lost said...

Fantastic!! "That Man Dow" as he was once referred to in the Gaudie IS a hero, he jist disnae gie a hoot about decorum. He should go and see about kicking Tony out of number 10, or jack Mc out of Bute House!!! Ho ho, watching parliament on telly would be great if he were in government.

Fit aboot Davie the glue sniffer? He used to hang aboot university as weel, and George St. Maybee he's nae langer wi us? A pal o mine eesed tae feed him and let him sleep on his fleer sometimes. Good-oh, Urban Folk Heroes, keep em coming, and dinna forget tae get the graffitti guerilla on! Ye've linked tae him but nae blogged him yet!

January 11, 2005  
Blogger Okapi said...

I used to live just round the corner from him. He always had "inventions" just visible from behind the curtains. Perhaps work combining science, engineering and DIY?

February 11, 2005  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Peter Dow is looking for love...
http://scot.8k.com/lookingforawoman.htm

His site is deeply scary.

May 07, 2005  
Blogger Aberdeen Tramps said...

ARGH! you're right! *washes mind out with much soap*

May 15, 2005  
Anonymous Devandy said...

Now,

I used to be at college about 5 years ago with Mr Dow, and have distinct memories of him distributing leaflets with a map showing his house location and address, and his political viewpoints, to girls not quite yet of age.
Mentioned this to a friend, and he told me a story about his brother-in-law going round and giving him a shoing for asking his 14 year old sister in to his flat.
Compared to this, the Queen's not that bad, no?

June 25, 2005  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Throbber!

September 08, 2005  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

visit http://scot.8k.com/lookingforawoman.htm
for an image of Peter Dow as I sincerely hope none of you have never seen him before
personally I'm taking an emergency vow of celibacy
M

October 14, 2005  
Blogger Fawn Jotters said...

He's going to get a lot of hoax calls, methinks as he's got his mobile number and e-mail addy on the page. 30 years ago he would have been carted off to Cornhill or somewhere. Still, it's nice to have "characters" in town

October 19, 2005  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

He's almost like mcbain from the simpsons - I love the photo you have of him, almost holding hands with the wee wallace in the background there :p

March 03, 2006  
Anonymous InFlames said...

Can't see Peter having much luck with the lonely hearts page on his website - one too many stipulations I reckon. Gotta love his attitude to breast size though - so easy going.

According to received wisdom (idle gossip), Peter's studies were an advanced degree (Masters, I think) in Medical Physics. When the Uni failed him, it seemed to tip him over the edge. He started decrying the Principle of the Uni as a murderer, on the basis that his career in Medical Physics would be lifesaving, and anyone interfering with the pursuit of that career therefore had blood on their hands.

I remember receiving a flyer from Peter on the High Street, showing Max Irvine with a swastika on his forehead. If he'd been at Art School rather than physics he'd have fit right in and there'd probably be a big, colour book of his flyers out by now. Still, his mental unravelling should serve as a warning to studes to stick in at their studies...

April 04, 2006  
Blogger Neighbour of Teh Hoors! said...

Me too,
I was at uni at the same time as Aberdeen Tramps and once recieved a leaflet with a Care Bear on it? No idea what he was on about... but there was a University Principle Bear with a machine gun (or something).
He certainly makes the Grey Toon colourful though :P

April 22, 2006  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

This piece o' trash is NOT someone Aberdeen should be proud of. Take a look at http://www.b2g5.com/boards/board.cgi?action+read&id=1086700476&user=peterdow.

According to your "local hero", sex with "consenting" children is okay.

I'm not trying to start a witch hunt here, far less a lynching...... but on second thoughts, it disnae seem such a bad idea.......

May 15, 2006  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

That link should have been:

http://www.b2g5.com/boards/board.cgi?action=read&id=1086700476&user=peterdow

If you cannae find it, just explore the creep's website.

May 15, 2006  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Peter has been kicked out of both Aberdeen University and the Robert Gordon University.

Both uni's don't want him and neither does Aberdeen.

He also tried to get elected to RGU's Student Union but no one voted for him due to his homophobic comments he made on the RGU Student Forum.

May 23, 2006  
Blogger Peter Dow said...

Sorry I came to make another point, but I can't help noticing that someone alleged that I made a "homophobic" comment - I DID NOT!

I am not a homophobe of any kind - as a life-long socialist, I have a committment to fight for gay-rights and support events like Gay-rights marches. Most recently, I spoke out in defence of such a march which was planned for Jerusalem I believe.

What sometimes happens though is that people make false allegations against me in order to damage my rep.

They just can't face the fact that I really good guy like me could be banned from University for no good reason - but THAT is the truth!

February 22, 2007  
Blogger Peter Dow said...

As for Neighbour of the hours point about the Care Bear leaflet - that was an allegorical explanation of some of the issues raised in my analysis of the Dunblane Primary School Massacre - the detailed version was perhaps a bit too complicated even for many university students.

So I did a nice simple "bed-time story" version -

See it here -

The Dunblane Primary School Massacre

February 22, 2007  
Blogger Peter Dow said...

I think what is most objectionable here is the allegations that I have an interest in under-age-of-consent girls.

Pure lies.

I am totally against any form of child abuse.

Also I want to stay well away from any girl under 16 - I know the law and it isn't a priority of mine to debate the issue - I am simply responding here to reject the smears against my reputation - stop smearing me and I'll stop talking about it - it isn't one of my political interests.

It's all smear and a misunderstanding of my politics.

I just think we need to be calm enough to debate issues of what may go on at under-16 parties (that I and most adults would not want to go to) without getting hysterical.

Don't you remember when you were 15? How did you feel about a class-mate you fancied? Did that make YOU a pedophile? No.

Let's be calm and rational people.

Again - I am not interested in this subject - I am just responding to the lies and smears told about me.

February 22, 2007  
Blogger Peter Dow said...

OK the real reason I popped into Aberdeen Tramps was to give you the latest update on my personal crisis -

Peter Dow's benefits suspended - Scottish Republican News

February 22, 2007  
Blogger Dave said...

Spotted again today advertising for his website on the Aberdeen Uni campus. This man is truly a legend.

May 03, 2007  
Blogger Jim said...

I went to Aberdeen Uni and also remember the care bear leaflet. For some reason, the image of it has always stuck in my mind. I recall Peter (in his smart uniform) inviting some young chap to "assist in the campaign"

I also remember the glue sniffer and was in the bakers when the shop assistant (for reasons I don't know) gave him a natty green Robin Hood style hat which I often saw him wear.

June 20, 2007  
Anonymous martin bruce said...

the guy is in the library every day ,hes on a fucking mission big up mr political i aint anolitical

September 07, 2007  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I live on the next street to Peter Dow. The day Pavarotti died he was playing Pavarotti's music full blast at 8:00 in the morning.

October 03, 2007  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Peter Dow lives on Hollybank Place.
Go and bang on his window and something will happen.

November 26, 2007  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

How's about you don't go and bang on his bloody window, there are hundreds of people on a nightly basis being disturbed by spotty chavs trying to piss off the local nutjob. Anyone banging on his window is committing a crime as is Mr Dow for sounding his siren.

December 03, 2007  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I think Peter Dow is the scum of the earth, 1st he shouldnt be allowed near ANY Computer or Libraries, why he isnt he been locked up yet puzzles me, he should be on The Sex Offenders Register as FACT is he is a peadophile, i didnt know what it ment when i was young but had a traumatic experience by him years ago as i will never forgot as he STILL wears that Sham Uniform when he abused me, he touched and wanted touched and got a thrill out of it, a pure sick person peter dow is. Feel sorry for his parents

January 06, 2008  
Blogger Peter Dow said...

I really must protest at the objectionable lies and smears made against me by the previous anonymous comment. It should be deleted by the blog publisher.

In fact these vile lies should have been deleted long before now and because it hasn't been deleted I have flagged this blog about objectionable content on this page.

I'd like to contact the blogger concerned to complain by email but I don't see his/her email address anywhere. I also note that the blogger himself is anonymous. What's the matter? Isn't he or she proud of the low standard of anonymous comments allowed here? No? Thought not.

August 24, 2008  
Blogger Peter Dow said...

I am Peter Dow and this is a link to Peter Dow's website at scot.bravehost.com - the Scottish National Standard Bearer website.

August 25, 2008  
Blogger cld said...

I think wow gold and wow gold

June 08, 2009  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

It's a little known fact that the people in the Talisman building thought Pedro was retarded because he wanders past bouncing a basketball like a simpler version of Forrest Gump. You go big man, you keep claiming benefits for doing sweet f/a. Personally I'd have him out sweeping the streets to pay for his lifestyle, he can bounce a basketball during his tea break.

BTW Pedro you can't complain about any of that being unfounded to the moderator as [b]you do[b] wander past the talisman building bouncing a basketball so if the people inside think you're a retard that opinion is formed from your behaviour in public.

And yup I'm remaining anonymous because I don't want in any way to encourage your benefit scrounging arse to think I want to speak to you.

June 23, 2009  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

There is a theory going the Adam Lounge that Peter is actually on one massive piss take and he's going to come into the pub and tell everyone that he is only joking and he's going to get a job and start paying his way soon. I said to the barman "don't take the piss what job can a dude that wanders about dressed like a simple crocodile dundee begging for sex on the internet going to get" and the barman said "The new host of GMTV"

July 26, 2010  

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