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    Senior Member bigears's Avatar
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    Burns Night

    On 25 January millions of people celebrate Burns' Night, not just across the length and breadth of Scotland, but across every continent of the world.
    It's a night of celebration that marks the anniversary of the birth of Scotland's national poet, Robert Burns, born on 25 January 1759 in Alloway, Ayrshire. The celebration this year will be 250 years to the day since Scotland's national poet was born.

    As well as making original compositions, Burns also collected folk songs from across Scotland, often revising or adapting them. His poem (and song) Auld Lang Syne is often sung at Hogmanay (the last day of the year), and Scots Wha Hae served for a long time as an unofficial national anthem of the country. Other poems and songs of Burns that remain well-known across the world today, include A Red, Red Rose, A Man's A Man for A' That, To a Louse, To a Mouse, The Battle of Sherramuir, Tam O'Shanter and Ae Fond Kiss.

    People have been observing this tradition for over 200 years and part of the tradition is the recitation of Burns "Address" or "Ode to a Haggis". I found some videos on youtube of the address and here is a link to one:


    Tony Monaghan let it slip that he will be doing the recitation Sunday night.
    I think we should lobby for a picture (at least) of him kilted, armed and dangerous. John

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    Senior Member bigears's Avatar
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    Re: Burns Night

    I tried my hand at a blog over at the new Garritan site:

    I've been reading and thinking of the Scottish people lately as Bobby Burns 250th birthday approaches. Two books in particular have held my interest, "Born Fighting: How the Scots-Irish Shaped America" by James Webb, and "How the Scots Invented the Modern World" by Arthur Herman. The both write about the seemingly disproportionate impact of the Scots on the modern world. One of the world's poorest nations transformed itself during the social and cultural revolution of the 18th Century "Enlightenment."
    The list of Scottish Educators, Philosophers, Scientists, Inventors, Explorers, and Writers and Musicians is lengthy and eye-opening.
    Their mark on the developing U.S. is particularly interesting to me. Of the 57 signers of the Declaration of Independence, nine were of Scottish origin, and our oldest learning institutions were guided from their beginnings by Scottish administrators.
    So here's to the Scots and their impeccable whiskey, curious food, and manly men and lovely women and children. (we won't mention their strange affinity for sheep)

    Robert Adam, Architect

    Sir James Barrie, author and playright. Best Known for the creation of Peter Pan."

    Alexander Graham Bell, inventor

    James Boswell, biographer and traveler.

    John Logie Baird, engineer and inventor of the television. Also took out a patent on fibre-optics.

    Robert the Bruce (1274-1329) Crowned King of Scotland in 1306. He defeated the English at Bannockburn in 1314.

    Thomas Carlyle, writer

    Andrew Carnegie, U.S. iron and steel magnate and great philanthropist

    Sean Connery, actor

    Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, creator of Detective Sherlock Holmes

    Adam Ferguson, he introduced the idea of studying mankind in groups and is the father of the subject now called Sociology

    Sir Alexander Fleming, discovered the world's first antibiotic drug, penicillin

    Evelyn Glennie, deaf since childhood, she has become one of the world's most talented percussionists

    Kenneth Grahame, author, best known for "Wind in the Willows"

    David Hume, philosopher and leading figure of the Enlightenment

    James Hutton, father of modern Geology

    John Paul Jones, most notable for his role in establishing the U.S.Navy

    Joseph Lister, surgeon who pioneered the use of antiseptics.

    David Livingstone, explorer and medical missionary

    John McAdam, surveyor and builder of roads. Developed the process of "tarmacadam" or tarmac which is still used today.

    Sir John Alexander Mac Donald, first Prime Minister of Canada

    Rob Roy MacGregor, notorious cattle thief and Jacobite guerilla

    Charles Rennie MacKintosh, architect and designer

    James Clark Maxwell, mathemetician and physicist, ranks with Newton and Einstein

    Alexander Monro, anatomist and professor, established Edinburgh as a major center of medical teaching and research

    John Muir, naturalist and conservationist

    John Napier, mathematician and astronomer

    Mungo Park, explorer and mapper of Africa

    Allan Pinkerton, U.S. Dectective and head of the U.S. Secret Service

    Sir William Ramsay, chemist and discoverer of the rare gases Helium, Argon, Neon, Krypton, and Xenon

    John Rennie, engineer, builder of the London docks, and the
    Southwark, Waterloo, and London bridges

    Sir James Clark Ross, Antartic explorer

    Sir Walter Scott, patriot, writer and poet

    Adam Smith, economist and author, "Wealth of Nations"

    Robert Louis Stevenson, author of "Kidnapped" and "Treasure Island"

    William Wallace, outlaw and defender of Scottish independence

    James Watt, inventor, developed the steam engine

    John Witherspoon, clergyman, President of Princeton Univ., helped frame the Declaration of Independence

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    Re: Burns Night

    So here's to the Scots and their impeccable whiskey, curious food, and manly men and lovely women and children. (we won't mention their strange affinity for sheep)
    Sheep ? Och tha's the Welsh (sorry Jim)

    Things may come and things may go but the art school dance goes on forever
    NOW WITH Cubase 5, JABB,GPO, Fender Strat, Ibanez RG, Yamaha Fretless Bass, Framus Archtop, The Trumpet and Mr T Sax, together with GREEN SEALING WAX

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    Re: Burns Night

    Quote Originally Posted by buckshead View Post
    Sheep ? Och tha's the Welsh (sorry Jim)

    So, that's the real story behind "Men o'Harlech," eh?

    Jim Williams
    Professor of Capitalism
    Indianapolis Brass Choir
    All Your Bass Sus&Short Are Belong to Us.

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