Tuesday, 25 January 2011

Wee, sleekit, cow'rin, tim'rous beastie,

Well today is January 25th and it is the birthday of one of Scotland's greatest poets, Robert Burns.  So born on this day 1759 was Robert Burns who wrote poems about Tim'rous beasties (which turned out to be about a mouse).  At school I had to memorise this poem when I was about 8 can't remember that much of it now mind.

So, to celebrate the Baird's birthday we have Burn's night which involves eating Haggis, Neeps and tatties.  I am not going to go into the in(nnards) and outs of Haggis as it is a bit vile, but does taste nice.  I am going to stick true to my heritage and have the above meal this evening (wish me luck) but, unlike the functions they have on this day in hotels I will not be piping in the Haggis.  That was the one thing that was highly embarrassing working in hotels on this night.  Walking into a crowded restaurant carrying a Haggis following a Piper.  For those of you that don't know here is a translation guide to the above:

  • Wee                                      Small
  • Sleekit                                   Crafty/Sly
  • beastie                                   animal
  • neeps                                     turnip
  • tatties                                     potato
  • Haggis                                   According to some sources, the wild haggis's left and right legs are     of different lengths (cf. Sidehill gouger or Dahu), allowing it to run quickly around the steep mountains and hillsides which make up its natural habitat, but only in one direction. It is further claimed that there are two varieties of haggis, one with longer left legs and the other with longer right legs. The former variety can run clockwise around a mountain (as seen from above) while the latter can run anticlockwise.[The two varieties coexist peacefully but are unable to interbreed in the wild because in order for the male of one variety to mate with a female of the other, he must turn to face in the same direction as his intended mate, causing him to lose his balance before he can mount her. As a result of this difficulty, differences in leg length among the haggis population are accentuat.  (wikipedia)

Lang may yer lum reek

1 comment:

  1. I thought neeps and tatties were nipples and titties :-P

    Post me a doggie bag.


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