Robert Burns 250th birthday

    Sunday marks the two hundred fiftieth birthday of Scotland’s national bard, Robert Burns. If it weren’t for him, we wouldn’t have “Auld Lang Syne” to sing every New Year’s Eve. How many people know all five verses of the song? I wonder what he’d think about having it in common use two hundred and fifty years after his birth. It’s an amazing feat when you think about it.

    Robert Burns worked hard to revive and preserve traditional Scottish song, much of which, without him would be lost today. In our town, there are many planned festivities to honor him. Art exhibits, readings of his poetry, and several places are having Burns suppers. This features the Selkirk Grace (Burns version of a traditional dinner toast), a piper leads in the chef who carries the Haggis, immortalized in verse by Burns. All stand while his poem “Address to a Haggis” is recited. Along with the suppers, there are often Scotch tastings. It’d take a lot of Scotch tasting to coax me to eat Haggis. I’ve tried it and I don’t care for it. However, I could go for a lovely scotched egg or two.

    Sometime during your Superbowl festivities on Sunday, lift a glass in honor of the man.

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Agented Mystery Writer, Bull Terrier owner--I have one at the present time, Avid gardener.

Posted on January 24, 2009, in In memory of..., My blog, Writer, Writing and tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 3 Comments.

  1. Old Robbie is timeless. Wonder what kind of “Ode to” he’d write today?

  2. I love Robert Burns! This morning, on Glasgow’s Radio Clyde, the SPL football commentators were reciting Burns’ poetry— from memory! Is there anything better than hearing the words of the Bard spoken aloud in a real Scots accent? I think not!

    By the way, thanks for checking out my blog—and best of luck with your writing career!

  3. doggonedmysteries

    Sandy, He’d probably write an ode to global economic disaster.

    Erin, thanks I can use all the luck I can get.

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