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Friday, September 30, 2005

The Materialistic Tramp

No idea who this chap is, but he really is quite a character...

Often spotted in and around town with what can only be described as STUFF.

Sort of like Propane Pete and his props, I've seen him about with a kettle and a large 1980's keyboard, but most recently he was spotted by me and my mate one saturday night.
First of all he was pushing a small pink childs bike past Top Shop, with all glittery streamers hanging from the handlebars and a little tinkly pink bell... Then later on he was sat on the church steps next to Gilcolmstoun Tramp with whom he was sharing a can of special brew.

He was hugging his pink bike guardedly and glaring at everyone (apart from Gilc Tramp who can clearly be trusted with small pink bicycles) in case they might try to take it from him!

posted by Aberdeen Tramps | Friday, September 30, 2005


26 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Is this not the tall, thin guy who has Parkinson's Disease? I know this because he asked me for a tenner "because I've got Parkinson's Disease and I can't work anymore" a couple of Christmases ago. He was outside the Jobcentre on Dee Street. I assumed that he was an eBay/Car Boot Sale entrepreneur now as I've never seen him with the same item twice.

October 09, 2005  
Blogger Aberdeen Tramps said...

Could well be! I've seen him described on other Aberdeen sites and he is described as having various afflictions depending on who's doing the post.

The description of "eBay/Car Boot Sale entrepreneur" makes me think it must be him though :D

October 11, 2005  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Last sighting of the guy I know of was recorded on my colleagues mobile phone. Footage shows him charging at some speed through a crowd of late night revellers at about 11:30 on a saturday night, with a desktop pc under his arm.
I had seen him earlier that night outside Hogshead with what looked like a curtain rail.

October 14, 2005  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Ive seen this guy a few times down the hardgate wearing his slippers and carrying a old fashioned suitcase and picture complete with old fashioned frame..

October 17, 2005  
Blogger Aberdeen Tramps said...

There's footage of this guy!? cool! don't suppose there's any photos going about? Tramps and so on may be plentiful in Aberdeen, but they're so damned elusive when you've got a camera on you. Perhaps I should upgrade my phone to one with a camera...

This guy is a complete star though. It's just the pink Barbie bike we saw him with... cracked me up :)

October 17, 2005  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

My daughter first brought this guy to our attention a few years ago and she game him the name of "Running Man" simply because he was always seen running through the town with something under his arm that he had found in somebodys bucket. In fact, his favourite hunting grounds are outside any Sue Ryder or Oxfam shop where they have disposed of their excess "stuff". We have seen him trying to sell his wares to the taxi drivers in the Chapel street taxi Rank. The poor guy is suffering some affliction which affects his limbs but he also has very scary piercing blue eyes.

November 08, 2005  
Blogger cat said...

I have also seen this man running around the town. Last time was around a year ago and he had an ironing board with him. A friend also claims to have seen him with a shop manikin. He also tend to rake around the big black bins down by the green at the bottom of the Thorntons steps. Have not seen him in a while though.........

December 03, 2005  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I was watching C4s "Space Cadets" last night, and one of the contestants "Ryan" looks a hell of a lot like the guy.

I havent seen him about town for a while. Maybe that explains it...

:P

December 09, 2005  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Material Man was seen running along Union Terrace and up Union Street last night at about 11 pm carrying a blue ironing board and four carrier bags full of "stuff". The bags looked heavy and he gave up for a rest at the Music Hall where he set up his ironing board beside the Art shop and pretended to "Iron" some clothes.The traffic lights turmed to green so I had to move on. If only I had my camera with me in the car. Noticed his big curly mop of hair has ben cropped short so he is not so easy to identify although the ironing board is a dead give away.

December 24, 2005  
Anonymous aberdeentramps said...

He's great! :D
I'd love some more photos for the blog :)

February 05, 2006  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I saw this man just last week. He was pushing an office chair on wheels with one hand, what looked like a drain pipe under the other arm and was wearing a red crash helmet. Interesting...

May 08, 2006  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Wish we had a photograph of that last entry. Spotted Material Man in Guild Street on Friday night around 17.30. He was wearing a black full length skirt with a split up the back (nice legs) and a blue blouse. Apart from wearing woman's clothes the other strange thing was he wasn't carrying anything !

May 21, 2006  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I saw this chap on 20/06/2006 walking down Esslemont Ave checking through the Wheelie Bins. He was wearing White Trainers with a "Brazil" flash on them, Black tights, a long black dress and a knee-length pink dress. He was carrying a silver box of some sort. He looked at me and said, "It's Christmas" in a cheery voice.

June 28, 2006  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

this guy's a right legend. he used to come into my work all the time, and ask for seven chips.
then his carer told us not to give him food any more.
his carer doesnt do a very good job though imo.... =/

October 06, 2006  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

oh shaky heid! me n my mates have kind of an obsession with this guy. the last time i seen him he was on the corner of union terrace throwing durex condoms all over the place with an electrical flex round his neck. me freind also seen him dueting with a musical dog singing 'how much is that doggy in the window?' (he provided the barks). he is an absolute legend.

November 19, 2006  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Spotted last night on union street with a full length mirror. He was wearing long black skirt and a Nevica jacket!!!

December 09, 2006  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

ahh this guy gives me great delight wen i spot him iv seen him many times rakin bins, carryin objects, dressed as a women, runnin everywhere.i once spotted him runnin in2 the fantasy bar minus the ladies clothin tho im sad 2 say!! my ex must hav the best spottin of him tho aberdeen peterhead road runnin along with skies....... PURE LEGEND!! ....awww bless

December 22, 2006  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

oh duncan!! Duncan is an actual legend...one drunken night i befriended him and he aked me to write my name on a piece of paper so he'd remember me cos i'm his "best friend!" ace!!! there used to be video's of him on youtube! couldnt find them this mornign though! :(

May 08, 2007  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

bingo.... http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dbGoTMgb4Uo

May 08, 2007  
Blogger J said...

I think running man describes him well, I know EXACTLY who your talking about, he almost trips up when he's walking....and has anyone noticed that he's now dressing as a woman and wearing makeup!! Not joking, i wish I was, I saw him running/stumbling at speed up George street wearing a skirt, blouse and pearls, with lipstick on - and wait for it he had a brass chandelier under his arm!

June 05, 2007  
Blogger Pudgie said...

Oh aye, thats Noddy for sure. I seen him yesterday (23/6/07) and he had 1 shoe on and one in his hand :-S My question is Where does he put it all. I seen him in the doorway next to phillip king and the doorway was reemin full uf stuff.

June 24, 2007  
Anonymous Ryan said...

Noddy aka Running Guy aka Chicken Man, aka Duncan somebody sadly died a few months ago. He was a legend.

April 25, 2008  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I have a video of shaky heed mannie, he is raking in some bins near mounthooly, how do I upload the video onto the site?

June 09, 2009  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I used to see Duncan all the time as i lived in the green and he spent A LOT of time there. The funniest items i saw him with at one time were an old hoover, lampshade on his head, and an old apple box with one pink roller boot in it, it was hilarious!
He did have parkinsons but other problems aswell.
So sad to hear he has passed, he was an absolute legend.

August 15, 2009  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

sadly i also heard this legend had passed away.. i have about 3 seconds worth of 8mm footage of him walking up union street.. i also heard once that he used to try and sell his own artwork on the streets.. not sure if its true or not though.. anyway.. loving the blog!

November 12, 2009  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

A few years back my auntie who lives in a flat on esslemont avenue told us a story about this boy. He was apparently raking in the big black bins on the other side of the street wearing a pink tutu and done up like a woman, He also had a prosthetic leg under his arm. She went to work and apparently they all knew about him, true legend sad to hear he's gone.

May 19, 2010  

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