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Fri Nov 30, 2012, 06:51 AM

 

Latha Naomh Anndra sona dhuibh {Happy ST Andrews Day} :)

http://www.scotland.org/celebrate-scotland/st-andrews-day


{Googles St andrews day}

"With over 50 million people around the globe claiming Scottish descent, {Also open to non-Scots descent} not to mention current Scottish nationals currently living and working abroad, it's little wonder that St. Andrew's Day celebrations extend beyond Scotland's borders.

This year, there are some fantastic events taking place all around the world celebrating Scottish heritage and traditions. Here are just a few of them:"

Events in the US

30 November - 1 December 2012

A celebration of St. Andrew as part of the 42nd annual Scottish Christmas Walk Weekend - Alexandria, VA


30 November 2012

St. Andrew's Dinner, The Scottish Club of Tulsa - Oklahoma City, OK


30 November 2012

St. Andrew's Day Tea, The Memphis Scottish Society - Memphis, TN


30 November 2012

AGM & St. Andrew's Day Celebration, New York Caledonian Club - New York


30 November 2012

St. Andrew's Day Gathering, St. Andrew's Society of Maine - Falmouth, ME


30 November 2012

St. Andrew's Day Dinner, St. Andrew's Society of Los Angeles - North Hollywood, CA


30 November 2012

Texas Day of Scots, Scottish Society of San Antonio - San Antonia, TX


30 November 2012

St. Andrew's Day Celebration, St. Andrew's Society of Boston - Troy, MI


1 December 2012

St. Andrew's Ball & Dinner, The Thistle & Ghillies Scottish Country Dancers - Boise, ID


1 December 2012

St. Andrew's Day Dinner, Caledonian Society of Alabama - Pelham, Alabama


1 December 2012

Feast of the Haggis, St Andrew’s Society of Tampa Bay - Tampa Bay


1 December 2012

St. Andrew's Banquet and Ball, St. Andrew's Society of San Francisco - San Francisco, CA


2 December 2012

St. Andrew's Luncheon, Scottish Heritage Society – Rochester

More details found here:
http://www.scotland.org/features/st-andrews-day-events-around-the-world/

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Reply Latha Naomh Anndra sona dhuibh {Happy ST Andrews Day} :) (Original post)
MichaelMcGuire Nov 2012 OP
msanthrope Nov 2012 #1
MichaelMcGuire Nov 2012 #11
xchrom Nov 2012 #2
MichaelMcGuire Nov 2012 #12
Ken Burch Nov 2012 #3
loli phabay Nov 2012 #5
MichaelMcGuire Nov 2012 #6
loli phabay Nov 2012 #7
MichaelMcGuire Nov 2012 #8
loli phabay Nov 2012 #15
MichaelMcGuire Nov 2012 #16
loli phabay Nov 2012 #18
MichaelMcGuire Nov 2012 #27
loli phabay Nov 2012 #33
Ken Burch Nov 2012 #36
MichaelMcGuire Dec 2012 #39
Ken Burch Dec 2012 #44
MichaelMcGuire Nov 2012 #9
muriel_volestrangler Nov 2012 #17
loli phabay Nov 2012 #19
Ken Burch Nov 2012 #34
pkdu Nov 2012 #4
MichaelMcGuire Nov 2012 #14
pkdu Nov 2012 #20
loli phabay Nov 2012 #22
pkdu Nov 2012 #25
Ken Burch Nov 2012 #35
pkdu Dec 2012 #37
Ken Burch Dec 2012 #38
mac56 Nov 2012 #10
MichaelMcGuire Nov 2012 #13
mac56 Nov 2012 #26
slackmaster Nov 2012 #21
Maeve Nov 2012 #23
MichaelMcGuire Nov 2012 #29
slackmaster Nov 2012 #32
MichaelMcGuire Nov 2012 #30
Blue_Tires Nov 2012 #24
MichaelMcGuire Nov 2012 #28
FSogol Nov 2012 #31
MichaelMcGuire Dec 2012 #40
FSogol Dec 2012 #41
MichaelMcGuire Dec 2012 #42
JustABozoOnThisBus Dec 2012 #43

Response to MichaelMcGuire (Original post)

Fri Nov 30, 2012, 06:56 AM

1. Fly the Saltire! nt

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Response to msanthrope (Reply #1)

Fri Nov 30, 2012, 08:25 AM

11. I'll enjoy a wee drinky poos too

 

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Response to MichaelMcGuire (Original post)

Fri Nov 30, 2012, 07:03 AM

2. ...

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Response to xchrom (Reply #2)

Fri Nov 30, 2012, 08:26 AM

12. Slàinte mhath

 

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Response to MichaelMcGuire (Original post)

Fri Nov 30, 2012, 07:23 AM

3. In honor of which, let me post this video of MY nominee for the Scottisn national anthem

No...not "Flower of Scotland"(though that has its moments)

This...The Freedom Come All Ye(words by Hamish Henderson, tune: "the Bloody Fields of Florence")




Scots words:

Roch the win i the clear day's dawin
Blaws the clouds heilster-gowdie owre the bay
But thair's mair nor a roch win blawin
Thro the Great Glen o the warl the day
It's a thocht that wad gar our rottans
Aa thae rogues that gang gallus fresh an gay
Tak the road an seek ither loanins
Wi thair ill-ploys tae sport an play

Nae mair will our bonnie callants
Merch tae war whan our braggarts crousely craw
Nor wee weans frae pitheid an clachan
Murn the ships sailin doun the Broomielaw
Broken faimilies in launs we've hairriet
Will curse 'Scotlan the Brave' nae mair, nae mair
Black an white ane-til-ither mairriet
Mak the vile barracks o thair maisters bare

Sae come aa ye at hame wi freedom
Never heed whit the houdies croak for Doom
In yer hous aa the bairns o Aidam
Will fin breid, barley-bree an paintit room
Whan MacLean meets wi's friens in Springburn
Aa thae roses an geeans will turn tae blume
An a black laud frae yont Nyanga
Dings the fell gallows o the burghers doun.


(Dick Gaughan's interpretation of the lyrics, from his website http://www.dickgaughan.co.uk/songs/texts/freecaye.html

are reproduced below:

Interpretation in English (literal translation in blockquotes, Gaughan's explanatory notes in parens).

Roch the win i the clear day's dawin
Blaws the clouds heilster-gowdie owre the bay
But thair's mair nor a roch win blawin
Thro the Great Glen o the warl the day

It's a rough wind in the clear day's dawning
Blows the clouds head-over-heels across the bay
But there's more than a rough wind blowing
Through the Great Glen of the world today


(the Great Glen is the rift valley which runs diagonally across Scotland, roughly separating Highland and Lowland Scotland, and is used here as a symbol of division, inequality, racism, exploitation and prejudice)

It's a thocht that wad gar our rottans

It's a thought that would make our rodents,


(in this context "rottans" can also be interpreted as "vermin"; it is a reference to opportunists, exploiters)

Aa thae rogues that gang gallus fresh an gay
Tak the road an seek ither loanins
Wi thair ill-ploys tae sport an play

All those rogues who strut and swagger,
Take the road and seek other pastures
To carry out their wicked schemes


Nae mair will our bonnie callants
Merch tae war whan our braggarts crousely craw

No more will our fine young men
March to war at the behest of jingoists and imperialists


("crousely craw" has echoes of the carrion crow, the scavenger; these two lines are refering to the number of young Scots who joined the British Army out of dire economic necessity and were sent to colonised nations to do unto them what had previously been done unto us)

Nor wee weans frae pitheid an clachan
Murn the ships sailin doun the Broomielaw

Nor will young children from mining communities and rural hamlets
Mourn the ships sailing off down the River Clyde


(this reference to "ships sailing" carries a double image, that of the emigrant ships and also of warships. The images of mining and rural communities are used to bring together industrial and rural Scotland as one.)

Broken faimilies in launs we've hairriet
Will curse "Scotlan the Brave" nae mair, nae mair

Broken families in lands we've helped to oppress
will never again have reason to curse the sound of advancing Scots


(here "Scotland the Brave" refers to the sound of bagpipes announcing the arrival of Scots troops, a sound which came to be feared throughout the British Empire)

Black an white ane-til-ither mairriet
Mak the vile barracks o thair maisters bare

Black and white, united in friendship and marriage,
Will result in the military garrisons being adandoned and empty


(i.e., will bring an end to Imperialism.)

Sae come aa ye at hame wi freedom

So come all you who love freedom


("at hame wi", literally "at home with" can have several meanings in this context - who live with, who love, who already have freedom)

Never heed whit the houdies croak for Doom

Pay no attention to the prophets of doom


(the "houdie" is another reference to the carrion crow.)

In yer hous aa the bairns o Aidam
Will fin breid, barley-bree an paintit room

In your house all the children of Adam
Will be welcomed with food, drink and hospitality


(the unwritten laws of hospitality are historically sacred to the Scots)

Whan MacLean meets wi's friens in Springburn

When the spirit of John MacLean returns to his people


(John MacLean, Glasgow schoolteacher and anti-imperialist)

Aa thae roses an geeans will turn tae blume
An a black laud frae yont Nyanga
Dings the fell gallows o the burghers doun.

All the flowers will blossom
And black Africa will bring crashing down
All Imperialism's dreadful apparatus of oppression


("dings doun", literally "tears down")

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Response to Ken Burch (Reply #3)

Fri Nov 30, 2012, 07:39 AM

5. prefer flower of scotland much less political apart from hating on edward

 

Plus its better to sing on the terraces of hampden.

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Response to Ken Burch (Reply #3)

Fri Nov 30, 2012, 07:39 AM

6. Awhile since I've heard that song one of my favs

 

Still like Dick Gaughan - Scots Wha Hae or Auld Lang Syne also from Burns


Or

Hermless - Michael Marra


Caladonia

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Response to MichaelMcGuire (Reply #6)

Fri Nov 30, 2012, 07:46 AM

7. prefer a mans a man

 

On edit where in alba do you bide

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Response to loli phabay (Reply #7)

Fri Nov 30, 2012, 07:54 AM

8. Tha mi à Glaschu

 

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Response to MichaelMcGuire (Reply #8)

Fri Nov 30, 2012, 08:31 AM

15. most important question now are you a tim or a hun lol

 

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Response to loli phabay (Reply #15)

Fri Nov 30, 2012, 08:42 AM

16. Nether. Dear god dislike fitbaw. :)

 

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Response to MichaelMcGuire (Reply #16)

Fri Nov 30, 2012, 08:54 AM

18. omg definetly not a native then. lol

 

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Response to loli phabay (Reply #18)

Fri Nov 30, 2012, 11:04 AM

27. No No I couldn't care less about Glasgow Rangers nor Celtic

 

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Response to MichaelMcGuire (Reply #27)

Fri Nov 30, 2012, 02:19 PM

33. lol heathen

 

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Response to MichaelMcGuire (Reply #27)

Fri Nov 30, 2012, 09:46 PM

36. What about Hibs v. Hearts in "Auld Reekie"?

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Response to Ken Burch (Reply #36)

Mon Dec 3, 2012, 05:59 AM

39. I'm not into them either really.

 

Don't mind playing football but watching it, isn't for me

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Response to MichaelMcGuire (Reply #39)

Mon Dec 3, 2012, 06:34 PM

44. Fair enough.

n/t.

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Response to loli phabay (Reply #7)

Fri Nov 30, 2012, 07:55 AM

9. A mans a man for all that

 

Some of his best work

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Response to Ken Burch (Reply #3)

Fri Nov 30, 2012, 08:43 AM

17. I can't see the Great Glen separating Highland and Lowland Scotland

since the tallest mountains (Ben Nevis and its area, the Cairngorms) are south of it. Geographers start the Highlands north-west of Perth, Sterling and Loch Lomond. And it'd be a strange definition of the Highlands, culturally, that put Glencoe in the Lowlands.

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Response to muriel_volestrangler (Reply #17)

Fri Nov 30, 2012, 08:56 AM

19. id say the central valley is the dividing line. with the trossachs and arrochar alps definetly bein

 

Part of the highlands.

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Response to muriel_volestrangler (Reply #17)

Fri Nov 30, 2012, 09:41 PM

34. I think it's meant to be metaphoric, not pure geographic literalism.

Most of the Highlands are on one side, most of the Lowlands are on the other.

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Response to MichaelMcGuire (Original post)

Fri Nov 30, 2012, 07:34 AM

4. Wha's like us?.......

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Response to pkdu (Reply #4)

Fri Nov 30, 2012, 08:27 AM

14. You?

 

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Response to MichaelMcGuire (Reply #14)

Fri Nov 30, 2012, 08:57 AM

20. Grew up in Aberdeen , Mum and Aunts, Uncles still there. Nt

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Response to pkdu (Reply #20)

Fri Nov 30, 2012, 09:02 AM

22. without offense bbbaaaaaaa :)

 

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Response to loli phabay (Reply #22)

Fri Nov 30, 2012, 09:36 AM

25. Non taken!.....but that's "dahaaaaaaad" to you ;0)

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Response to pkdu (Reply #20)

Fri Nov 30, 2012, 09:42 PM

35. Are they among the people getting messed about by Trump and his resort? n/t.

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Response to Ken Burch (Reply #35)

Sat Dec 1, 2012, 10:05 AM

37. Not directly for the most part, yet . They live on other side of town. But it will impact all to

Some degree if he gts what he wants. Sooner he takes his money and F@cks off th better.

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Response to pkdu (Reply #37)

Sat Dec 1, 2012, 07:55 PM

38. Saw the movie about it and it amazed me how much the local bigwigs

in Aberdeenshire were carrying water for The Donald. At one point, he even seemed to have Salmond in tow.
Hopefully they'll remember that they're Scots at some point.

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Response to MichaelMcGuire (Original post)

Fri Nov 30, 2012, 08:11 AM

10. K & R

and thanks

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Response to mac56 (Reply #10)

Fri Nov 30, 2012, 08:27 AM

13. Ta.

 

Beheading out to night?

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Response to MichaelMcGuire (Reply #13)

Fri Nov 30, 2012, 10:14 AM

26. aye

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Response to MichaelMcGuire (Original post)

Fri Nov 30, 2012, 09:00 AM

21. Do we have to play golf?

 

I suck at golf.

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Response to slackmaster (Reply #21)

Fri Nov 30, 2012, 09:12 AM

23. But can ya throw a caber? eom

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Response to Maeve (Reply #23)

Fri Nov 30, 2012, 11:07 AM

29. Real men aren't scared to toss the caber

 

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Response to Maeve (Reply #23)

Fri Nov 30, 2012, 12:15 PM

32. I couldn't even lift the damn thing without tweaking my back muscles

 

But I could build an air cannon that would shoot one several hundred yards.

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Response to slackmaster (Reply #21)

Fri Nov 30, 2012, 11:08 AM

30. Not really I think I've only ever played twice

 

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Response to MichaelMcGuire (Original post)

Fri Nov 30, 2012, 09:15 AM

24. I'm not Scottish, but my name IS Scott, if that counts for anything

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Response to Blue_Tires (Reply #24)

Fri Nov 30, 2012, 11:06 AM

28. Any excuse for a drinky poos

 

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Response to MichaelMcGuire (Original post)

Fri Nov 30, 2012, 11:13 AM

31. If you ever have the chance to go to Old Town Alexandria's Scottish Christmas Walk, go.

It is a load of fun. All the clans, show up with swords, hammers, bagpipes, etc. All the dog clubs show up as well as antique cars, antique army vehicles, antique fire trucks, etc. As long as the weather is nice, it is fun. Finish the parade off with some clam chowder at the Fish Market and a few pints.

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Response to FSogol (Reply #31)

Mon Dec 3, 2012, 06:00 AM

40. Sounds awesome. I'm just recovering from the hangover.

 

Did you go out yourself?

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Response to MichaelMcGuire (Reply #40)

Mon Dec 3, 2012, 07:12 AM

41. Nah. missed it this year. Had to paint the kitchen.

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Response to FSogol (Reply #41)

Mon Dec 3, 2012, 09:51 AM

42. There is always next year

 

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Response to MichaelMcGuire (Original post)

Mon Dec 3, 2012, 10:07 AM

43. Do we have to eat Haggis?

Or can we just stuff a balloon with Spam?

Either will go well with a bottle of scotch.

Happy St Andrew's day, from someone who, to the best of my knowledge, has no Scottish ancestors.

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