Sunday, January 25, 2015

Pass The Haggis

"There were places today that looked very like Scotland, remind me of Scotland. And I've been struck by how much the world looks like Scotland, and it just adds to my theory, you know, that we, we made the rest of the world in Scotland. We made it all, you know, we made it all in the image of our homeland." ~ Ewan McGregor, Long Way Round

"The birthplace of valour, the country of Worth; wherever I wander, wherever I rove, the hills of the Highlands for ever I love." ~ Robert Burns

"Wherever a Scotsman goes, here goes Burns. His grand whole catholic soul squares with the good of all; therefore we find him in everything, everywhere." ~ John Muir

"God help England if she had no Scots to think for her." ~ George Bernard Shaw

I thought of an appropriate photo for Robert Burns Day, and remembered this photograph of a kilt wearing piper from last summer downtown.

As for the traditional Robert Burns Day meal, well, I'm rather full, so you can have my plate of haggis. No, really, I insist, I couldn't eat another bite of anything after all that chocolate. And if I'm lying, may lightning strike...

Um, we'd better not start going off with making dares about lightning and things like that. Let's just say you have the haggis and I'll enjoy watching your grimace when you realize what it actually is. Wait, ignore that last part. 


  1. Love the photo with that bus in the background, and great video.

  2. some fun quotes and your photo is perfect with them.

  3. Beautiful colours in the street scene. And the bagpipes have a grand sound in the cathedral. Marvellous acoustics.

  4. Scottish music is undeniable that is good.


  5. As a citizen of the other country of the Auld Alliance, I can't but love this and wish all Scots a wonderful Robbie Burns day!

  6. The Scots are great with music and the haggis I didn't try when I was there...

  7. A bunch of fun quotes! I've never heard of George Burns Day but if you get a chance to celebrate I'm all for it. And you'll be glad to know that somewhere in my dark past I have some Scottish ancestors!

  8. I had haggis many years ago and was totally surprised that it wasn't all that bad! Happy Robbie Burns Day!

  9. Never tried haggis before...but I'm sort of interested!

  10. Hilarious GBS quote.
    Pipes forever!

  11. I do love a man in a kilt! But im with you on the haggis, cant quite stomach the idea of it...

  12. Awesome photo and video ! I have had Haggis um YUK !! lol ! not my cuppa tea lol ! Thanks for sharing , have a good day !

  13. um, thanks, but not just yet. want to finish my coffee first. ;)

  14. You're always good for a smile!

  15. Not really hungry right now, but thanks anyway.

  16. Love the bagpipes, but I will skip the haggis...

  17. I've been too well informed...I'll pass on the haggis too.

  18. @Linda: today I thought music was entirely appropriate. I remember hearing Highland Cathedral played here by pipes and drums during a beat retreat ceremony.

    @Tammie: the quotes felt appropriate!

    @Gemma: I've listened to that particular version many times before, and I like it.

    @Revrunner: that means plenty more haggis for someone else then.

    @Tomas: it is!

    @Marleen: thanks!

    @Ciel: it's a popular day here!

    @Marianne: I'd have to eat something else.

    @Lowell: I might (it would explain my love of bagpipes), but it's so far back it's not recorded.

    @EG: I imagine one has to ignore all thought of what it actually is.

    @Tamago: you can have my plate!

  19. @Birdman: I got a smile out of that quote.

    @Furry Gnome: such a thing is surely impossible!

    @Aimee: emphasis on the stomach.

    @Country Gal: thanks!

    @Luis: thank you!

    @Norma: it's the very idea of it!

    @Tex: guaranteed appetite suppressant, I think.

    @Halcyon: thank you!

    @Judy: I'll pass too!

    @VP: that appears to be the majority opinion.

    @Sharon: that makes another one!

  20. Fun post and great photo of the kilt clad piper. I'll pass on the haggis too.

  21. I love Scots, and the pipes!

    ALOHA from Honolulu

  22. Flow gently, sweet Afton! amang thy green braes,
    Flow gently, I'll sing thee a song in thy praise.
    Robert Burns

    No, pass the Haggis, as she is piped into the banquet room, and Happy Rabbie Burns Day to all my Scottish friends.

  23. @RedPat: now I'll have to think through the rest of the year about shots for next year. I'm thinking Scottish terriers if I happen to come across one or two!

    @Pamela: it's the thought of what it is!

    @Cloudia: it's a comforting sound.

    @Denise: a good Burns poem!

    @Debbie: thank you!

  24. Wonderful post, William.
    I think I, too, will pass on the haggis.

  25. i enjoyed the tune. i have never had haggis.

    speaking of beards ... sunday is family dinner for me, the hubby, my parents & brother. so i got to trim the bros neck. he has lots of beard hair but not much on the brain. he has gotten so grey. he is older than me ... such a character. ( :

  26. I never ate it. Not sure if I'd try it or not. Maybe just once.

  27. I dislike Haggis also. Someone can have mine but I do love the bagpipes. My hubby dislikes the sound and Haggis. He said the noise is awful and the Hagis. Yuks.
    I like them my belated dad was in the band march and played one. I must say the vibration is powerful when they play them. Just like when drums are played.

  28. @Kay: I'm crazy, but not that crazy!

    @Randy: a good idea.

    @Beth: it's a good tune.

    @Jen: for good reason.

    @Linda: indeed!

    @Whisk: I wouldn't!

    @Carolann: I love the pipes.