When last we saw Tam in Part 2, he had travelled through a stormy night on his horse, Meg, and ended up at Kirk-Alloway where witches and warlocks danced wildly. Knives lay on the table with blood encrusted, and coffins stood open showing the dead. Continue reading Robert Burns: Tam O’ Shanter (Part 3)
When we last saw Tam O’ Shanter in Part 1, he was getting drunk with his friends, as shown in the picture above. Continue reading Robert Burns: Tam O’ Shanter (Part 2)
Robert Burns’ Tam O’ Shanter is one of my favourite poems. The use of the Scottish dialect is beautiful, and the story that is told in the poem is delightfully dark; full of demons, bad behaviour and Scottish humour. The language in the poem can be off-putting to those who don’t have a dictionary of the Scottish dialect to hand. But fear not, I’m here to guide you through the main parts of the poem, and to give you a re-telling that (I hope) will not cause the poet to turn in his grave. Continue reading Robert Burns: Tam O’Shanter (Part 1)
As I sit in a cafe in central Edinburgh waiting for Nessie to arrive, I feel slightly apprehensive. Nessie has given so few interviews over the years that I feel quite nervous about being given the opportunity to interview this reclusive Scottish legend. Continue reading Interview with Nessie (Loch Ness Monster)
We had the 70s, 80s, 90s and then, well, we got a bit stuck. What are we to call the decade that appeared fresh-faced and eager on the first of January 2000, soothing our fears of a Millennium technology meltdown, and retired triumphantly on the 31st of December 2009 after 10 years of loyal, untiring service? Continue reading A Decade known as the Noughties? Please, no…
For this week’s writing challenge, we’re asking you to explore what age means to you. (Weekly Writing Challenge: Golden Years)
The house that I grew up in was odd in ways that I’ve only begun to appreciate fully, in recent years. But I’m sure it was similar to yours, in some ways. Continue reading Our House: Slugs and Stairs
A humorous take on this curious fellow.
Scottish people will have to decide in September 2014 whether or not they want their country to remain part of the United Kingdom, along with England, Wales and Northern Ireland, or whether they want to become independent. Continue reading Alex Salmond, The Next King of Scotland?
“They may take our lives, but they’ll never take our FREEDOM!” Mel Gibson pretending to be a Scot in Braveheart (1995)
“It’s s**te being Scottish! We’re the lowest of the low. The scum of the f**king Earth! The most wretched, miserable, servile, pathetic trash that was ever sh*t into civilisation. Some hate the English. I don’t. They’re just w*nkers. We, on the other hand, are colonised by w*nkers. Can’t even find a decent culture to be colonized by.” Mark Renton from the film, Trainspotting (1996), on being Scottish. Continue reading A Scot in England, On Being Scottish