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It's all about Burns

January 23, 2015

This week we've been focusing on script - both new and old, all in ode of our national bard, Robert Burns. It won't have escaped any good Scots notice that Burns night is on the horizon (this Sunday the 26th in fact) and no matter how you choose to celebrate it, it's a great time to look back on Scotland's favourite son. 

Oft voted as the World's Greatest Scot (and he faces stiff competition with the likes of Alexander Fleming, John Logie Baird and William Wallace) he's primarily known for his poetry and folk songs (Auld Lang Syne anyone?)  He's a cultural icon inspiring worldwide celebrations every year to coincide with his birthday where people gather to drink, eat and recite poetry to a haggis.  Perhaps maybe one of our quirkier traditions but welcome when it rolls round each year. 

He was the first figure to be featured on a commemorative bottle of coke, inspired the likes of Michael Jackson, Bob Dylan and big Abe Lincoln and bar religious figures, has among the most monuments over the world. Only Queen Vic and Christopher Columbus have more.  Surely worth a wee dram right? 

So raise your glass (preferably whisky which you have no excuse to not know about) and say your Selkirk grace in ode to Rabbie Burns. 

"Some hae meat and canna eat,

And some wad eat that want it;

But we hae meat, and we can eat,

And sae let the Lord be thankit."

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