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lunababymoonchild



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PostPosted: Sat Jan 24, 2009 5:35 pm    Post subject: Robert Burns  Reply with quote

As is usual at this time of year there is much in the Scottish press about Robert Burns, with Burns Day on the 25 January, but this year it's the 250th Anniversay of his birth so there is more than usual mention of him.

I'll read a little poetry and toast his memory, I think.

Luna


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Evie
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PostPosted: Sat Jan 24, 2009 7:19 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I am not much of a fan of his poetry, but I have bought haggis anyway!  It's the only time of the year it's on general release in England (I'm sure you can probably get it in fancy shops, but I only ever see it around Burns Night).  And I have a plentiful supply of whisky.  So I will eat and drink in his honour, if only because he gives us the annual excuse to consume such goodies!

Sorry, that's not very literary is it...ahem...


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lunababymoonchild



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PostPosted: Sat Jan 24, 2009 10:37 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Evie wrote:
So I will eat and drink in his honour, if only because he gives us the annual excuse to consume such goodies!

Sorry, that's not very literary is it...ahem...


Sounds good to me

Luna


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Caro



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PostPosted: Sat Jan 24, 2009 11:19 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Burns is celebrated widely in Dunedin, near where I live.  There is a big statue to him in the middle of the city and they have the haggis and poetry readings and extra bits for this year.  One of his relatives - uncle, I think - was an early founder here and one of his daughters married a doctor and lived in my area.  They had 12 kids so there are descendants around here.  

I find the language in his work rather difficult generally - unless I know it well, of course.  He must be one of the few poets apart from hymnsters whose works have become part of the general wider public's culture.

Cheers, Caro.


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Castorboy



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PostPosted: Sun Jan 25, 2009 3:07 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I remember on a visit to an uncle in Ayr being taken on the Burns Trail to Alloway and Tarbolton. I must have been enthusiastic about the tour because I was advised to read the novels of James Barke. There is five in the sequence under the overall title of Immortal Memory. The first is called The Wind That Shakes The Barley.
One of the ways Barke tells the story is to describe a meeting of Burns and a girl and then quotes from the ensuing poem. As you know there are many meetings and many poems.love10 and more!


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lunababymoonchild



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PostPosted: Sun Jan 25, 2009 10:08 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Wow, I didn't know that Caro.  I find the language of Burns challenging at times myself even although I'm Scottish and had it quoted to me when I was a child - only the famous bits make sense to me, the more obscure I have to work at.

Castorboy, I had no idea anybody had written novels about Burns.  I have been to Alloway and on the Burns trail and was only impressed by the bow backed bridge.

Luna


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county_lady



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PostPosted: Sun Jan 25, 2009 1:10 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Here you can listen to The Prince of Wales reading My Heart's in the Highlands. Rolling Eyes

http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/scotland/7846874.stm


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lunababymoonchild



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PostPosted: Sun Jan 25, 2009 2:13 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks Count_Lady, I've never heard it like that before, but it wasn't bad.

Have now got my vegetarian haggis - which is a contradiction in terms - and my tatties and neeps so I'll be doing the whole ritual (without bagpipes!).

Luna


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county_lady



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PostPosted: Sun Jan 25, 2009 2:58 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Laughing It sounded rather staid but improved as he finished with more feeling.


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Green Jay



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PostPosted: Sun Jan 25, 2009 5:55 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Castorboy wrote:
I remember on a visit to an uncle in Ayr being taken on the Burns Trail to Alloway and Tarbolton. I must have been enthusiastic about the tour because I was advised to read the novels of James Barke. There is five in the sequence under the overall title of Immortal Memory. The first is called The Wind That Shakes The Barley.
One of the ways Barke tells the story is to describe a meeting of Burns and a girl and then quotes from the ensuing poem. As you know there are many meetings and many poems.love10 and more!


There's a recent film with this title but it's about Ireland in 1920s. Haven't seen it. Is there a connection?



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