The Flower of Scotland

St. Andrew’s Day today – Andrew is the patron saint of Scotland.

And rejoice for that.



My heart goes out to the people of Glasgow following the helicopter crash last night. Apparently, it fell like a stone from the sky, through the roof of a one-storey pub where a hundred or so people were gathered to watch a band. At time of writing, three fatalities, but who knows how many more?

Alex Salmond, first minister of  Scotland, said that this St. Andrew’s Day was “a day we can take pride and courage in how we respond to adversity and tragedy.”

This is for you. Not Alex Salmond in particular, but the people of Scotland.

Tonight we shall be eating haggis at a dinner party thrown by Scottish neighbours. For your information, I didn’t mean that the haggis would be thrown (necessarily.) Or, indeed, thrown up.

I’m not sure whether to say yum yum, yet.

“Haggis is a savoury pudding containing sheep’s pluck – heart, liver and lungs; minced with onion, oatmeal, suet, spices, and salt, mixed with stock, and traditionally encased in the animal’s stomach and simmered for approximately three hours.”

It’s a description that somehow doesn’t inspire taste buds to salivate in anticipation…


And not just the description…

Scotland the brave! (Well, they eat haggis, don’t they?)

I’m sure it will be delicious.


Without doubt.


Have I convinced myself yet?


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