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Proclamation from the Kingdom, Issue #05 - Secret Bunker and Celebrations
October 12, 2007
Dear friend,


Hear Ye! Hear Ye! Hear Ye!

Last time I shared with you the Breaking News from Scotland's Enchanting Kingdom; that YOU could now contribute your OWN Scottish Recipes and Scottish Poems on to this website.

I'd like to thank those of you so much those who kindly contributed. You can see them on the site, as well the comments people have left.

DO keep them coming, and it would be great if you were able to include a picture in it too if you can.

Eh, What?

Which town in the Kingdom is known as the 'Home' of Golf? (Answer at bottom of the page)

Say, What?

The Scottish 'tongue' can be confusing. But here's another couple of words - still on the 'clothes' theme. The first one is ' Troosers' or 'breeks'. Now I think this almost needs a DOUBLE translation for our friends in USA. Both words mean 'Trousers', which for our American Friends is 'pants'. (Please note that to us over here 'pants' means 'underpants'!)

The next word is the word 'Goonie' which means Dressing Gown. One lovely thing about making my website, is that I sit and do it in my study, in my goonie (no need to get all dressed up to do it!)

Are You Coming?

There are so many things on in the Kingdom, as always.

Some of the routine exhibitions and tourist attractions close down (or have reduced opening hours) at the end of October. One place that closes for the winter is Scotland's Secret Bunker just a few miles from St Andrews, in the middle of rural Fife. My husband John and I spent a fascinating few hours here. It is an amazing place. It is hidden beneath a Scottish Farmhouse, with a tunnel that leads down to 100 feet underground, housing 24,000 sq. ft of secret accommodation. It is described as the 'twilight world of the Government Cold War". You get a glimpse into what life would have been like. There is a shop and a cafe (set out like a military canteen).

Check out their website here.

However, we're coming up to some times of celebration. Firstly I apologize to those of you from Canada, and wish you a belated 'Happy Thanksgiving'.

However, even if you're not in Fife or planning to visit Fife - next month (November) sees the American Thanksgiving Day Celebrations, as well as St Andrews Day on 20th November, which can be celebrated whatever your nationality, or wherever you live.

So are you planning your Menu for that occasion? Well, you could do a change to the normal 'Turkey Dinner'. One suggestion would be that you tried the Chicken stuffed with haggis, served with whisky sauce, that you received when you signed up for this wee newsletter. That would be quite a treat for your guests.

However, if you want something a bit more spectacular, why not try out the Roast Venison . Did you know that the Pilgrim Fathers celebrated with Venison first, before the turkey? So, it might be a great dish to serve and certainly a good talking point. The meat is low in fat, so considered healthy.

It can be quite rich, so you may prefer a lighter dessert such as Crannachan , a delicious recipe made from good Scottish products such as oats, cream and whisky. Of course, you'll also find some other delicious recipes; have a wee look at the Scottish Food pages for other ideas.

So if we don't have a blether before then, may I take the opportunity NOW to wish you 'Happy Thanksgiving' and Happy 'St Andrews Day'.

Actually, one last comment on the food front. Now is the time for advance preparation to make the famous Black Bun in time for New Year. This 'cake in pastry' is traditionally served at Hogmonay (New Years' Eve) every year. It is best made a couple of months in advance, so check out the recipe Here.

Where's and What's

If going down the Secret Bunker is not for you, then why not plan to go and hear some good old Scottish Folk Music.

The Dunfermline Folk Club is holding a two day Folk Weekend from Friday 26th October to the 28th. The Folk Club meets regularly every Wednesday night at The Thistle Tavern, Baldridgeburn, Dunfermline. This was where the lovely singer and Actress Barbara Dickson (who comes from the town) started her musical career.

But the weekend promises to be full of fun. Here's a wee taster; There's a CEILIDH on the Friday night (26th October) at 7.30pm at the Thistle Tavern in Dunfermline, cost is 7 per person.

On the Saturday 27th and 28th - at The Baldridgeburn Centre you can meet the musicians at lunchtime (admission free) followed by a Family Concert at 2pm both days, admission 5 per child (adults with the children get in for free!).

Also at 2pm on 27th at West End Bowling Club is Songs of Fife, there is no entrance fee, but a collection is taken.

At 7.30 pm on the 27th and 28th at The Baldridgeburn Centre there is another concert, admission is 10.

On Sunday 28th there is a session of Traditional Songs at The Baldridgeburn Centre at 11am (collection), followed by a Children's Song Event for free at the same venue at 12.30pm

Back at the Thistle Tavern at 2pm is a Singaround (collection).

So lots to do, a weekend of great Scottish entertainment.

For further details call Tel: +44(0)1383 729673 or email E-mail:

You could have a wee wonder around the town beforehand. There's absolutely loads to do and see around the town and then go and enjoy the fun at the Folk Event.

Answer to the Question

St Andrews is known as the 'Home' of Golf. For more information on why the town was called after the Patron Saint, check out the page on Flags and Symbols.

It's been great to have a blether (chat). Let's do it again soon!


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