Suggest you read some of Burn's work when you get back . Its quite good . Even originated the name Cutty Sark which means short shirt .
I am amazed these days however how the English seen to be adopting Burns suppers and that funny Scottish language/ dialect too.
Perhaps they will get the words of Auld Lang Syne right some day
When chapmen billies leave the street ,
And drouthy neebours , neebors meet ,
As market-days are wearing late,
An' folk begin to tak the gate ;
While we sit bousing at the nappy ,
And getting fou and unco happy,
We think na on the lang Scots miles,
The mosses , waters , slaps and styles,
That lie between us and our hame ,
Whare sits our sulky sullen dame ,
Gathering her brows like a gathering storm '
Nursing her wrath to keep it warm
and of course --
Tam tint his reason a ' the gither ,
And roars out , "Weel done , Cutty -Sark!"
And in an instant all was dark :
And scarcely had he Maggie rallied ,
When out the hellish legions sallied
Well i have left the party early and left the men to it...3 mad scotsmen and a politician left. Great combination.
The toast of the haggis was first class (although I did have to cover my mouth to stiffle the giggles)
The poem reading was an education and the conversation was either heated debates on US politics (never knew Scottish women were so feisty when defendiung their opinion) and sailing.
We were trying to decide who Robbie Burns would be today if he was aroind now, if that makes sense. Who do you reckon. I think we decided Mick Jagger or Keith Richards!
Well I understand that he was a radical and influenced by the French revolution. .The authorities were dead scared that the British people would overthrow the monarchy so they made him an exciseman and sent him down to Dumfries to catch brandy smugglers . So having taken the kings shilling he would then be guilty of treason if he spoke out against them .
So today I think he would be very left wing perhaps challenging Brown and Blair
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We were trying to decide who Robbie Burns would be today ..... I think we decided Mick Jagger or Keith Richards!
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Can't see it - both of them are complete Establishment figures. It's been a long time since "Street Fighting Man", which I never thought was very convincing anyway.
Even as an exciseman Burns was still an outspoken rebel and donated confiscated materials to the French Revolution.
But vicious folk ay hate to see
The warks o' Virtue thrive, man;
The courtly vermin's bann'd the tree,
And grat to see it thrive, man!
King Louis thought to cut it down,
When it was unco sma', man;
For this the watchman crack'd his crown,
Cut aff his head and a', man.
Found this and thought it quite suitable for Scuttlebutt
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Wot a Pair
"I waz walking down Wye front street
When me trousers ran away,
I waz feeling incomplete
But still me trousers would not stay,
When I found where they had gone
De pair addressed me rather blunt,
And they told me they were sick of being put on
Back to front.
I told dem I would treat dem good
And wear dem back to back,
I promised dem protection
From a friend who is a mac,
Me trousers did not believe a single word I had to say,
And me underpants were laughing
When me trousers ran away.