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My own little Burns Supper

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Neeps and tatties allright, and a little paprika beside. If haggis can be found in Stockholm, it is expensive I think, so I’ll have “Smålands isterband” which is somewhat similar but milder.

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January 25, 2015 at 18:53

Happy St. Andrew’s Night!

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November 29, 2012 at 22:04

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Happy Burns Night!

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I just found a Burns singer whom I like very much: Kev Thompson!

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January 25, 2012 at 00:36

Another Scottish election

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On June 30 there was a parliamentary election in UK regarding the constituency of Inverclyde in Scotland, where the MP, from Labour, had died. There is no succession plan for the UK parliament, so when one MP dies, resigns &c, a new one must be elected. The process is called by-election. Labour this time managed to retain the seat, but with much less majority than before. Blame it on the SNP!

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July 2, 2011 at 12:06

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Success for SNP in the Scottish election

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In the UK parliament since the 2010 election Labour has 41 of the 59 Scottish seats, and the Scottish National Party has 6. In the election for the Scottish parliament last Thursday SNP got 69 seats out of 129 (a gain of 22) and Labour got 37 (a loss of 9). Tories got 15 (losing 1) and Liberal Democrats got 5 (a loss of 11!). Has there been a great change of political opinions in just one year? Too early to say. But obviously a majority of Scots find it suitable to have a local party in power at home, rather than parties that take their orders from London. And what orders should they take, considering that the majority in London is unstable?

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May 8, 2011 at 21:52

For Auld Lang Syne

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The Burns Check was created for the Robert Burns 200 years celebration in 1959. In 2007 I bought the tie at Burns House in Dumfries.

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January 31, 2011 at 09:37

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Happy Burns Night!

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Tartan is popular all over the world. This tie from the sixties is made in Sweden. Cheers!

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January 25, 2011 at 12:58

Having finished “The Master of Ballantrae”

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Why did it take so long? It’s not a very heavy book? Nowadays I read books mostly while being out, in the subway or in a pub. At home I watch TV, read blogs, blog myself etc. Unlike Dickens and Walter Scott, Stevenson concentrates on the very action and does not give much details of landscape and gear and such. This may be the “plain” thing about the book, but it makes the story strong. It’s a long time since I read something this fascinating, even more and more towards the end.

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January 7, 2011 at 18:20

Having begun “The Master of Ballantrae”

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My pen is clear enough to tell a plain tale; but to render the effect of an infinity of small things, not one great enough in itself to be narrated; and to translate the story of looks, and the message of voices when they are saying no great matter; and to put in half a page the essence of near eighteen months – this is what I despair to accomplish.
Robert Louis Stevenson: The Master of Ballantrae, Chapter II.
It seems to me Stevenson excuses himself because his novels are not so heavy as those by Walter Scott and Charles Dickens. But I wonder if that makes them “plain”?

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December 13, 2010 at 21:39

Happy St. Andrew’s Day!

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Towel from Thistle Products.
I found it in Stirling, a shop near the railway station, sorry I can’t remember its name.

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November 30, 2010 at 01:00