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Re: Scotland, land of Robert Burns

October 5th, 2018, 1:17 pm

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notice how shetland isn't in the right place on that map ?
Scotland has passed a law banning putting shetland in a map box like that
Shouldn't Northumberland (beautiful region) not be in Scotland (See Hadrian's Wall).
 
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Re: Scotland, land of Robert Burns

October 5th, 2018, 1:27 pm

Shouldn't Northumberland (beautiful region) not be in Scotland (See Hadrian's Wall).
that's a double negative!
 
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Re: Scotland, land of Robert Burns

October 5th, 2018, 1:31 pm

Shouldn't Northumberland (beautiful region) not be in Scotland (See Hadrian's Wall).
that's a double negative!
Sorry, I have been listening to Boris Johnson.
 
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Re: Scotland, land of Robert Burns

January 24th, 2019, 10:04 am

Former Scottish First Minister Alex Salmond arrested
anyone know what he is accused of doing?
 
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Re: Scotland, land of Robert Burns

January 24th, 2019, 12:12 pm

have a good one tomorrow night.
 
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Re: Scotland, land of Robert Burns

January 24th, 2019, 12:14 pm

Address to a Haggis
Fair fa' your honest, sonsie face,
Great chieftain o the puddin'-race!
Aboon them a' ye tak your place,
Painch, tripe, or thairm:
Weel are ye worthy o' a grace
As lang's my arm.
The groaning trencher there ye fill,
Your hurdies like a distant hill,
Your pin wad help to mend a mill
In time o need,
While thro your pores the dews distil
Like amber bead.
His knife see rustic Labour dight,
An cut you up wi ready slight,
Trenching your gushing entrails bright,
Like onie ditch;
And then, O what a glorious sight,
Warm-reekin, rich!
Then, horn for horn, they stretch an strive:
Deil tak the hindmost, on they drive,
Till a' their weel-swall'd kytes belyve
Are bent like drums;
The auld Guidman, maist like to rive,
'Bethankit' hums.
Is there that owre his French ragout,
Or olio that wad staw a sow,
Or fricassee wad mak her spew
Wi perfect scunner,
Looks down wi sneering, scornfu view
On sic a dinner?
Poor devil! see him owre his trash,
As feckless as a wither'd rash,
His spindle shank a guid whip-lash,
His nieve a nit;
Thro bloody flood or field to dash,
O how unfit!
But mark the Rustic, haggis-fed,
The trembling earth resounds his tread,
Clap in his walie nieve a blade,
He'll make it whissle;
An legs an arms, an heads will sned,
Like taps o thrissle.
Ye Pow'rs, wha mak mankind your care,
And dish them out their bill o fare,
Auld Scotland wants nae skinking ware
That jaups in luggies:
But, if ye wish her gratefu prayer,
Gie her a Haggis
 
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Re: Scotland, land of Robert Burns

January 24th, 2019, 12:16 pm

Address to a Haggis Translation
Good luck to you and your honest, plump face,
Great chieftain of the sausage race!
Above them all you take your place,
Stomach, tripe, or intestines:
Well are you worthy of a grace
As long as my arm.
The groaning trencher there you fill,
Your buttocks like a distant hill,
Your pin would help to mend a mill
In time of need,
While through your pores the dews distill
Like amber bead.
His knife see rustic Labour wipe,
And cut you up with ready slight,
Trenching your gushing entrails bright,
Like any ditch;
And then, O what a glorious sight,
Warm steaming, rich!
Then spoon for spoon, the stretch and strive:
Devil take the hindmost, on they drive,
Till all their well swollen bellies by-and-by
Are bent like drums;
Then old head of the table, most like to burst,
'The grace!' hums.
Is there that over his French ragout,
Or olio that would sicken a sow,
Or fricassee would make her vomit
With perfect disgust,
Looks down with sneering, scornful view
On such a dinner?
Poor devil! see him over his trash,
As feeble as a withered rush,
His thin legs a good whip-lash,
His fist a nut;
Through bloody flood or field to dash,
O how unfit.
But mark the Rustic, haggis-fed,
The trembling earth resounds his tread,
Clap in his ample fist a blade,
He'll make it whistle;
And legs, and arms, and heads will cut off
Like the heads of thistles.
You powers, who make mankind your care,
And dish them out their bill of fare,
Old Scotland wants no watery stuff,
That splashes in small wooden dishes;
But if you wish her grateful prayer,
Give her [Scotland] a Haggis!
 
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Re: Scotland, land of Robert Burns

January 24th, 2019, 12:50 pm

anyone know what he is accused of doing?
Dux magnus gentis venteris saginati?
 
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Re: Scotland, land of Robert Burns

January 24th, 2019, 5:22 pm

Former Scottish First Minister Alex Salmond arrested
anyone know what he is accused of doing?
That's the kind of thing you excel at, i.e. gleaning such background information.
 
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Re: Scotland, land of Robert Burns

January 24th, 2019, 8:52 pm

details are emerging
Alex Salmond charged with two counts of attempted rape as he faces 14 offences
as always, innocent until proven guilty
 
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Re: Scotland, land of Robert Burns

January 25th, 2019, 10:47 pm

 
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Re: Scotland, land of Robert Burns

January 25th, 2019, 11:00 pm

Address to a Haggis
Fair fa' your honest, sonsie face,
Great chieftain o the puddin'-race!
Aboon them a' ye tak your place,
Painch, tripe, or thairm:
Weel are ye worthy o' a grace
As lang's my arm.
The groaning trencher there ye fill,
Your hurdies like a distant hill,
Your pin wad help to mend a mill
In time o need,
While thro your pores the dews distil
Like amber bead.
His knife see rustic Labour dight,
An cut you up wi ready slight,
Trenching your gushing entrails bright,
Like onie ditch;
And then, O what a glorious sight,
Warm-reekin, rich!
Then, horn for horn, they stretch an strive:
Deil tak the hindmost, on they drive,
Till a' their weel-swall'd kytes belyve
Are bent like drums;
The auld Guidman, maist like to rive,
'Bethankit' hums.
Is there that owre his French ragout,
Or olio that wad staw a sow,
Or fricassee wad mak her spew
Wi perfect scunner,
Looks down wi sneering, scornfu view
On sic a dinner?
Poor devil! see him owre his trash,
As feckless as a wither'd rash,
His spindle shank a guid whip-lash,
His nieve a nit;
Thro bloody flood or field to dash,
O how unfit!
But mark the Rustic, haggis-fed,
The trembling earth resounds his tread,
Clap in his walie nieve a blade,
He'll make it whissle;
An legs an arms, an heads will sned,
Like taps o thrissle.
Ye Pow'rs, wha mak mankind your care,
And dish them out their bill o fare,
Auld Scotland wants nae skinking ware
That jaups in luggies:
But, if ye wish her gratefu prayer,
Gie her a Haggis
I did once have the pleasure of a meal of haggis along with a dramatic reading of this poem at Gleneagles. Did I mention the Scotch that was served alongside? 
 
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Re: Scotland, land of Robert Burns

January 25th, 2019, 11:18 pm

Did I mention the Scotch that was served alongside? 
no, go on, tell us :-) Single malt?

Gleneagles
chic. No doubt, it must have been a great evening.
 
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Re: Scotland, land of Robert Burns

January 25th, 2019, 11:34 pm

Did I mention the Scotch that was served alongside? 
no, go on, tell us :-) Single malt?

Gleneagles
chic
It was good, but a problem with too much of a good thing is recalling what it actually was. My best guess is a Glenfiddich. Also, in this case it was a corporate boondoggle some 25 years ago. Since we are in the OT, I'll share a true story from breakfast the following morning. An admin from our London office sits down at my table rather heavily, and the first words out of her mouth was "me poor pussy!". Turns out that this was the first time she was spending a night away from her cat, who was left alone in her flat.  
 
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Re: Scotland, land of Robert Burns

January 25th, 2019, 11:36 pm

Was her name Mrs. Slocum, by any chance? She also says 'me pussy'
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