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Granted with it was the nearby Forest of Stocket, whose income formed the basis for the city's Common Good Fund which still benefits Aberdonians.

Aberdeen received Royal burgh status from David I of Scotland (1124–53), transforming the city economically.

The city's two universities, the University of Aberdeen, founded in 1495, and Robert Gordon University, which was awarded university status in 1992, make Aberdeen the educational centre of the north-east of Scotland.

) is Scotland's third most populous city, one of Scotland's 32 local government council areas and the United Kingdom's 37th most populous built-up area, with an official population estimate of 196,670 for the city of Aberdeen Nicknames include the Granite City, the Grey City and the Silver City with the Golden Sands.

During the mid-18th to mid-20th centuries, Aberdeen's buildings incorporated locally quarried grey granite, which can sparkle like silver because of its high mica content.

The Celtic word Aberdeen is locally governed by Aberdeen City Council, which comprises forty-five councillors who represent the city's wards and is headed by the Lord Provost. From May 2003 until May 2007 the council was run by a Liberal Democrat and Conservative Party coalition.

Following the May 2007 local elections, the Liberal Democrats formed a new coalition with the Scottish National Party.

The traditional industries of fishing, paper-making, shipbuilding, and textiles have been overtaken by the oil industry and Aberdeen's seaport.

Aberdeen Heliport is one of the busiest commercial heliports in the world and hosts the Aberdeen International Youth Festival, a major international event which attracts up to 1000 of the most talented young performing arts companies.

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The show in which he made the comments has also been removed from i Player.

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