Friday, January 23, 2015

No Trousers

I must say that it is, on such occasions, a very bad idea to ask a Scotsman three questions.

"What's with the skirt?"

"Are you wearing underwear or not?"

"Hamish, where are your trousers?"

Though if I wish to amuse myself, I could suggest my idiot ex-brother-in-law go and ask Hamish those three questions.


  1. Ah the pipes! I hear them now. Thanks, W

    ALOHA from Honolulu

  2. A slight snarky rant about a domestic front, but the kilts in the photo are very photogenic.

  3. I do not know for what reason the Scots have to put skirts.


  4. I'm married to a Scot and am a daft Englishman. But I would hesitate to ask those questions, even if the Scots were outnumbered - and certainly not in Glasgow. There's an excruciatingly awful song - "Donald, where's your trousers?"

    1. Snap so am I married to a Scottish lass but I can't say I'f really English, born here yes but both mum & dad were Irish

  5. People always ask such silly questions about stereotypes, just listen to the music I should say.

  6. I should like to be one of the drummers, I think. Bum! Brum! Brrrumble!

  7. Only a few people would dare to ask.. ;)

  8. Funny! I know some people who would do it. Me, I'd rather skirt the issue!

  9. Now I'm sort of curious. Wonder what they were wearing under kilt before trousers were invented :-)

  10. Kilts have been traditionally worn without undergarments since their use as part of Scottish military uniform, leading to the invention of such expressions as "go regimental" or "military practice" for wearing no underwear. On the Western Front during the First World War, some sergeant majors reportedly had mirrors tied to the end of golf clubs or walking sticks to inspect up and under the kilt at parade inspection. However, in 1940 the kilt was retired from combat due to the vulnerability of bare skin to chemical agents, although it was retained as the formal dress uniform of the regiments. In the 1950s, kilted soldiers on parade would be checked by the Sergeant Major using a mirror on the barracks floor. In 1997, a Black Watch soldier received wide press exposure, because of windy conditions during a military ceremony in Hong Kong.

    However, Highland dancers and athletes are bound by the nature of their competitions to appropriately and modestly clothe themselves. In Highland Dance competitions and exhibitions, the regulations of the Scottish Official Board of Highland Dancing (SOBHD) state regarding underwear: "dark or toning with the kilt should be worn but not white. Highland athletes are also required to wear shorts of some type during competitions. Just a bit of info on the kilt . Thanks for sharing , Have a good day !

  11. What are the answers to these questions??

  12. I wonder...did anyone ask Mel Gibson those questions during the making of Braveheart?

  13. I am quite sure these are unanswerable questions...

  14. @Whisk: I didn't look!

    @Cloudia: I love the pipes and drums, but some don't!

    @Hilary: thanks!

    @Gemma: they certainly do look photogenic. Let's just say that calling the guy an idiot is like calling Lake Superior a pond.

    @Tomas: don't call them skirts!

    @Mike: I thought of calling this post that song title.

    @Bill: that's quite a mixture.

    @Luis: thanks!

  15. @Marianne: and the music is good.

    @Revrunner: you can hear them coming from a good way off.

    @Marleen: they might have to be drunk too to ask!

    @Lowell: hah!

    @Tamago: Country Gal seems to have answered that!

    @Country Gal: thanks for the information!

    @Kate: see above!

    @Norma: Mel was just doing the film his way. People wouldn't ask him that question!

    @VP: at least they shouldn't be asked!

  16. Ha! You might find a bagpipe driven to a rather painful spot. Go Bonny Eagle Scots!

  17. Generally not much under that kilt William :)

  18. haha. i can imagine the 'responses' you got. :)

  19. I have a good friend who asked a Scotsman that very question when we were in Chicago at a nice pub. He lifted the kilt to give her a peek so I know the answer.

  20. I think it would get a bit cold right now for kilt wearing.

  21. To each his own I do suppose. I just bet you would like to have the ex BIL ask those questions and then see his bloody face. haha!!

  22. Enthusiastic drummers! Glad Country Gal had the answers re kilts since I've always wondered!

  23. @Birdman: ouch!

    @Grace: at least in the way of clothing!

    @Tex: not good ones!

    @Sharon: so to speak, the Full Monty, or the Full Angus.

    @Judy: that's what I think when I see highlander regiments here during the Remembrance Day services in November.

    @MB: to borrow a phrase from Twain, when Mike smokes or drinks his way into the grave, I won't attend the funeral, but I'll send a note expressing my approval of it.

    @Cheryl: I'd wondered too!

  24. You don't treasure your ex-brother-in-law? ;-)

  25. This is fun, but you should come and see the Perth Kilt Run! It's hilarious!

  26. Looool! Been to Edinburgh's Hogmanay once, absolutely adored it! (Is it spelled with an extra a in Canada?)

  27. LOL I've heard that, but it is still funny,

  28. Well, Country Girl certainly answered that question! I remember some years ago a series of pictures answering that question circulated on the internet...a bit of an eye opener, as it were...

  29. @RedPat: he's one of those people who, well, if he was on fire and I had a glass of water, I'd drink the water.

    @Jennifer: that's a good idea!

    @Ciel: uh oh! I mispelled it! Facepalm!

    @Mari: thanks!

    @ Kay: I'll bet!

  30. Hamish is a great name. My best friend's Cairn Terrier was called Hamish and then of course there's Hamish McBeth. Lovely Scottish names!

  31. I'm a big fan of bagpipes. One year I was in Scotland and went to several Highland Games, where the bagpipes are ubiquitous. And loud.

  32. so what are the answers? i am waiting???! huh? huh? report back please. ( :

  33. Not a fan of bagpipes and I think it's too cold for a skirt.

  34. William....thehamish always knows where his trousers are.
    He doesn't have any !
    But is still cute as a button.

    cheers, parsnip

  35. Hamish the Square Dog? And I think they don't wear underwear. That's what I hear anyway.

  36. @Denise: and I was quite fond of a Hamish the Scottish terrier.

    @Jack: there's a highland games held in Eastern Ontario, but I've never been.

    @EG: thanks!

    @Beth: a black eye!

    @Randy: that building can get cold!

    @Parsnip: hah!

    @Shelly: so do I.