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January 25 will be the day! :)

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A Burns supper is a celebration of the life and poetry of the poet Robert Burns, author of many Scots poems including "Auld Lang Syne," which is generally sung as a folk song at Hogmanay and other New Year celebrations around the world. The suppers are normally held on or near the poet's birthday, January 25, sometimes known as Burns night, although they may in principle be held at any time of the year.

Burns suppers are most common in Scotland, but they occur wherever there are Burns clubs, Scottish Societies, expatriate Scots, or lovers of Burns' poetry.

The first suppers were held in Ayrshire at the end of the 18th century by his friends on the anniversary of his death, July 21, In Memoriam and, although the date has changed to 25 January since then, they have been a regular occurrence ever since.

They may be formal or informal but they should always be entertaining. The only items which the informal suppers have in common are haggis, Scotch whisky and perhaps a poem or two. Formal dinners given by organisations such as the Freemasons or St. Andrews Societies often do not allow ladies to be present. Those that do may occasionally end in a céilidh. However whether they are single sex or not, the formal suppers follow a standard format which is as follows ....




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A haggis usually weighs about 1 kg and consists of minced heart, lungs, liver, oatmeal, animal fat etc (traditionally cooked in a sheep's stomach). Surprising, it tastes delicious - especially when washed down with a generous measure of whisky!
:-D The haggis is always piped into the Burns supper, and it is "addressed" i.e a poem about it is recited before it is sliced open and served to the guests.
:devil Nowadays haggis is a common filling for baked potatoes or to garnish soups etc. :roll:


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I 'll try to find a Burns Supper somewhere in Germany this January! :)

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2009 is the 250th anniversary of the birth of Robert Burns. The Scottish government has designated this as Homecoming Year i.e those with Scottish connections are encouraged to visit Scotland sometime betwwen Burns night (25th Jan) and St Andrews day (30th Nov). I believe there will be lots of special events to promote Homecoming Year, but I haven't yet seen details of these!
Lots of tourists are expected in Scotland later this year, but then there is the credit crunch to consider - as Burns wrote in his poem "To a Mouse",
"the best laid plans of mice and men gang aft agley" (i.e. don't work out). :cry:


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Andy hat geschrieben:

Burns wrote in his poem "To a Mouse",
"the best laid plans of mice and men gang aft agley"


And he was soooooo right with it! :thumbsup


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May I read my statement:


Wee, sleekit, cowrin, tim'rous beastie,
O, what a panic's in thy breastie!
Thou need na start awa sae hasty
Wi bickering brattle!
I wad be laith to rin an' chase thee,
Wi' murdering pattle.

I'm truly sorry man's dominion
Has broken Nature's social union,
An' justifies that ill opinion
Which makes thee startle
At me, thy poor, earth born companion
An' fellow mortal!

I doubt na, whyles, but thou may thieve;
What then? poor beastie, thou maun live!
A daimen icker in a thrave
'S a sma' request;
I'll get a blessin wi' the lave,
An' never miss't.

Thy wee-bit housie, too, in ruin!
It's silly wa's the win's are strewin!
An' naething, now, to big a new ane,
O' foggage green!
An' bleak December's win's ensuin,
Baith snell an' keen!

Thou saw the fields laid bare an' waste,
An' weary winter comin fast,
An' cozie here, beneath the blast,
Thou thought to dwell,
Till crash! the cruel coulter past
Out thro' thy cell.

That wee bit heap o' leaves an' stibble,
Has cost thee monie a weary nibble!
Now thou's turned out, for a' thy trouble,
But house or hald,
To thole the winter's sleety dribble,
An' cranreuch cauld.

But Mousie, thou art no thy lane,
In proving foresight may be vain:
The best laid schemes o' mice an' men
Gang aft agley,
An' lea'e us nought but grief an' pain,
For promis'd joy!

Still thou are blest, compared wi' me!
The present only toucheth thee:
But och! I backward cast my e'e,
On prospects drear!
An' forward, tho' I canna see,
I guess an' fear!

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And now .... for the benefit of the poor dumbfounded Sassanach:

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Small, sleek, cowering, timorous beast,
Oh, what panic is in your breast!
You need not start away so hasty
With a hurrying scamper!
I would be loath to run and chase you,
With a murderous spade!



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I 'll try to find a Burns Supper somewhere in Germany this January! :)


Unfortunately, this is usually already fully booked! :???:


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Unfortunately, this is usually already fully booked! :???:


What a shame! :???: :cry:

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Andy hat geschrieben:

The Scottish government has designated this as Homecoming Year i.e those with Scottish connections are encouraged to visit Scotland sometime betwwen Burns night (25th Jan) and St Andrews day (30th Nov).


@ St. Andrews Day :)

I suppose that is also your day! :thumbsup

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Robert Burns (born in 1759)received little regular schooling, and he was brought up in poverty and hardship on a farm.In these revolutionary times he was a great egalitarian and a champion of the common people.
One of his songs was performed at the opening of the new Scottish parliament in 1999. It ends with the verse:-

Then let us pray that come it may
(As come it will for a' that)
That sense and worth o'er a' the earth
Shall bear the gree, an a' that
For a' that, an a' that
It's coming yet for a' that
That man to man the world o'er
Shall brothers be for a' that.

(For a' that means "in spite of everything") :
(bear the gree means "achieve supremacy")

However, being a realist, Burns also wrote:-

Man's inhumanity to man
Makes countless thousands mourn

Sadly, he got it right second time!

Burns love life was also fascinating, but I don't want to lower the tone of the above sentiments just now.
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Andy hat geschrieben:
Burns love life was also fascinating, but I don't want to lower the tone of the above sentiments just now.
:oops:


But thou must tell us about that another time!
Would you like to have a nice Avatar, Andy?
(That means the little Picture under your name.)


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Andy hat geschrieben:
Burns love life was also fascinating .....


As are his songs about it, still today ....

0, my love is like a red, red rose,
that's newly sprung in June.
0, my love is like a melody,
that's sweetly play'd in tune.

As fair thou art, my bonnie lass,
so deep in love am I,
And I will love thee still, my dear,
till a' the seas gang dry.

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Would you like to have a nice Avatar, Andy?


I see there is a fine bridge now.

Is it somewhere in Scotland? :)

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As a tribute to the bard's success with women, a Burns supper always contains an "Address to the Lassies".

Burns had 9 children by his wife (only 3 survived), but he had numerous extra-marital affairs,and he fathered many illegitimate children. Maybe its just as well he died at 37 years of age - otherwise he might have been killed by a jilted lover or jealous husband!

An example of Burns' modus operandi is his affair with Mrs Agnes McLehone (Burns called her Nancy). On a visit to Edinburgh to arrange the publication of his poems, the "Ploughman Poet" was feted by the rich and famous in Edinburgh society. He exchanged passionate letters with Nancy (a rich lady separated from her husband) and was soon visiting her on a regular basis. However though she was flattered by his attentions, Nancy did not appear to want "a bit of rough" (a working class lover). Ever the pragmatist, Burns continued to try to seduce Nancy, but to relieve his sexual frustration he found a willing partner in Nancy's maid each time he visited the house.

Nancy only found out about this when the maid was visibly pregnant, and she resolved to seek a reconciliation with her husband and move to Jamaica. Just before she left Burns sent her the manuscript of his latest poem/love song as a momento.

Ae (one) fond kiss and then we sever
Ae fareweel, alas, for ever
Deep in heart-wrung tears I'll pledge thee
Warring sighs and groans I'll wage thee.
Who shall say that fortune grieves him
While the star of hope she leaves him?
Me, nae (no) cheerful twinkle lights me
Dark despair around benights me.

I'll never blame my partial fancy
Nothing could resist my Nancy
But to see her was to love her
Love but her, and love for ever
Had we never loved sae (so) kindly
Had we never loved sae blindly
Never met or never parted
We had ne'er been broken hearted


Fare the weel thou first and fairest
Fare thee weel thou best and dearest
Thine be ilka (every) joy and treasure
Peace, enjoyment, love and pleasure
Ae fond kiss and then we sever
Ae fareweel, alas, for ever
Deep in heart-wrung tears I'll pledge thee
Warring sighs and groans I'll wage thee.


What a man or what a cheek!
What do you think?


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Andy hat geschrieben:

What a man or what a cheek!
What do you think?



Well, he gave the world this wonderful song:

"0, my love is like a red, red rose,
that's newly sprung in June."


So he may be excused of everything! :)

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But only cite brings no forgiveness! :mrgreen: :wink:


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Scots are justly proud of Rrrabbie Burrrns. We understand and forgive his human frailties (drunkenness and womanising), though too many of us have used him as a role model!

Burns despised privilege and hypocracy, and he promoted the equaliy of man, and self reliance, whatever the personal cost. He still stirs our deepest emotions and he gives Scots a feeling of self worth and national identity.

Ye see yon birkie (smartass) ca'd a lord
Wha struts and stares an a' that
Tho' hundreds worship at his word
He's but a coof (fool) for a' that
For a' that and a' that
His riband, star (medal) an a' that
The man of independent mind
He looks and laughs at a' that.

A Burns supper always includes a toast to his "Immortal Memory", and the tribute song "The Star of Rabbie Burns"

Let kings and courtiers rise and fa'
This world has many turns
But brightly beams abune (above) them a'
The star of Robbie Burns.

Then its time to sober up the piper and go home!

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What is your favourite Robert Burns song?

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My Heart's in the Highlands

O My Luve's Like a Red, Red Rose

A Man's a Man for A' That

Ah Chloris Since it May Not Below

Ye Banks and Braes o’ Bonie Doon

Scots Wha Hae

Ae Fond Kiss

Lassie wi the Lintwhite Locks

Auld Lang Syne

Such A Parcel of Rogues in a Nation

O cam ye here the fight to shun

O lay thy loof + Altho my back + Gude Ale Raving winds When rosy May comes in wi’ flowers

Brose and Butter The soldier’s return

O for my ain king

O, mirk, mirk is this midnight hour

Awa, Whigs awa

Bonie wee thing

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Scotland's First Minister (Alex Salmond)has invited Barak Obama to a glitzy Burns supper in Washington in February - presumably he'll have saved the world by the end of January and have time to relax, and celebrate his Scottish connections. :badgrin

President Obama's maternal ancestor (Edward FitzRandolf) emigrated from Scotaland to America in the 17th century, and he is apparently related to William the Lion who ruled Scotland between 1165 and 1214. :dozey

I am sure President Obama will want to be part of Scotland's Homecoming celebrations in 2009! :-D


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What is your favourite Robert Burns song?

Zitat:
Ae Fond Kiss



I like that one! :love4

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