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30 November 2009 @ 10:24 pm
Happy St Andrew's Day!  
Like St Patrick's Day but with whisky instead of Guinness.

The Scottish Govt. have made a very big deal of St Andrew's Day this year since it's the 250th anniversary of Rabbie Burns birth.

(For those of you who think you've never heard of 'The Bard' I have three words: Auld. Lang. Syne. You also owe him for the phrase "Of Mice and Men".)

I don't know why it's not more widely celebrated. Maybe because we tend to spend the whole year round boasting about how fantastic it is to be Scottish so we don't need a special day set aside to do it? Or maybe it's that we already celebrate Burn's Night in January?

Whatever, even with the concerted effort of the Scottish National Party I can't say I noticed any more fuss being made this year than any other year. Except two guys at work showed up in kilts - which is always nice to see.

I personally am in the bizarre camp of being a Nationalist Monarchist. I'd like Scotland to be independent but I'd also like to keep the Royals because technically they were ours first...

Anyway - Happy St Andrew's Day to any of my f'list who have Scottish ancestry and my deepest condolences to the rest of you! ;)

Here's tae us - wha's like us? Gey few an' they're a' deid!
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omteddy2006omteddy2006 on November 30th, 2009 10:54 pm (UTC)
Well...I sort of work for a guy of Scottish ancestry, Sam Houston. His family's castle is still outside of Glasgow. Can I haz some whisky, pleez?
WYG: Brown eyeswastingyourgum on December 1st, 2009 08:57 am (UTC)
Of course - everybody gets whisky!

If guys called Mankiewicz are knocking back the Guinness on St Paddy's Day and Coronas on Cinco de Mayo you think we're going to stop them having a wee dram on our national day? ;)
omteddy2006omteddy2006 on December 1st, 2009 01:51 pm (UTC)
Good to know since my maiden name is very German.
Queerlyqueerlyobscure on December 1st, 2009 12:36 am (UTC)
Would it make you feel better to know that all the way in Australia, someone hung up a flag and made it through half a bottle of whisky in celebration?

Happy St Andrew's Day :)
WYG: Smugwastingyourgum on December 1st, 2009 08:58 am (UTC)
Oh I know there would have been several glasses raised throughout Oz by the ex-pats there (did I mention my brother lives in Melbourne?)

Only half a bottle? Sad. I suppose that's what happens when you move away - you lose your inherent alcohol tolerance. ;)
Railise: Little John - at your servicerailise on December 1st, 2009 02:49 am (UTC)
Happy St Andrew's Day!! Whiskey and I are a dangerous combination (it makes me sing. Everything. Even songs I don't know), but as it happens, I recently discovered that a line on my maternal grandmother's side, always thought to be English, was actually Scottish. No castles for us, to my knowledge, but I could be getting at least a bit musical, eh? ;)
WYG: lmaowastingyourgum on December 1st, 2009 09:01 am (UTC)
Hooray for singing - I do that all the time, no alcohol required (well - except for anybody listening!)

That's your bardic Celtic side coming out then!

And have a castle anyway - we've got loads...
Railise: Little John - bellsrailise on December 1st, 2009 02:55 pm (UTC)
Yeah, I don't usually need alcohol to sing either... but I usually know when to control myself and not. ;)

Yeys, a castle! Although... on the other hand, I've got enough trouble trying to upkeep my little house now. Can I haz a staff to go with the castle? (Heck, can I haz a staff to go with my current house???)
WYG: John S3 seriouswastingyourgum on December 1st, 2009 04:31 pm (UTC)
Tried to get you the staff but Little John just wasn't giving it up and he's bigger than me... ;)
Railise: Allan and Will - love/like herrailise on December 1st, 2009 04:33 pm (UTC)
You are a good woman. :D

That's all right; Robs's Saracen sword is perfect for... erm, housework. Of some sort. I'm sure. Discouraging solicitations? Yeah, that's it.

Edited at 2009-12-01 04:34 pm (UTC)
robinfanaticrobinfanatic on December 1st, 2009 12:28 pm (UTC)
My dad always claimed we had a wee bit of Scots' blood but we couldn't have picked it up until the family moved westward in American territory as far as I can tell. Need to look at the family line a bit closer to see when/where that happened. But nonetheless, I'll keep it so a Happy St. Andrew's Day to you, too!
WYG: Gangwastingyourgum on December 1st, 2009 04:32 pm (UTC)
Any excuse for some genealogy! ;)