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Proclamation from the Kingdom, Issue #7 - Happy Christmas & A Guid New Year
December 17, 2007
Dear friend,


Hear Ye! Hear Ye! Hear Ye!

No doubt you're very busy right now preparing for your own family Christmas and New Year celebrations. Throughout the world countries celebrate in different ways. Have a look at the pages on a Traditional Scottish Christmas, and also get a glimpse of some of the New Year or as we call it Hogmanay Customs here in Scotland.

At the bottom of this Newsletter you'll find my wee gift to you - a 2008 calendar for you to download, showing you some other parts of the Kingdom.

Eh, What?

Which town in the Kingdom has Carnegie Hall? (Answer at bottom of the page)

Say, What?

Each newsletter we look at one or two Scottish words. Of course, one Scottish song by Rabbie Burns is sung around the world every New Year - the internationally famous Auld Lang Syne. But few people outside Scotland know more than the first verse and chorus, and even then they don't understand them. Have a wee look at my attempt at a Translation.

Are You Coming?

So what's going on in the Kingdom at the moment? Well, there are all the usual activities including Art exhibitions etc, but every Christmas in Scotland (and indeed the whole of UK) you'll find theatres producing the traditional Pantomines, and Carol Concerts in Schools, Town Centres and of course Churches.

Here's some of the Pantos available:

1) The Carnegie Hall in Dunfermline is having a production of Cinderella.


Date: 7th Dec 2007 - 29th December 2007 Time: 19:00 Charge: Tickets: Adult - 10 Fifestyle - 9/ 8.50 (9 Concession) Children - 7 Preview night 7th - All Tickets 7 Premium shows (P) 22nd - 24th All tickets 10 Choose between:- Ticket for 4 (max 2 adults) 30 or Party Bookings 10% discount for 10 or more available until October 31st No discounts available on preview or premium shows.

2) The Panto 'Mother Goose' is on at the Adam Smith Centre in Kirkcaldy.


Date:17 Dec 2007 - 22 Dec 2007 Time: 19:00 Duration: 2 hours 20 mins Charge: Tickets from 8.00. All details on our Mother Goose Handbill Room Number: Auditorium For more information contact: Tel: 01592 583302

3) The 'Singing Kettle' Christmas Party is held at the Rothes Halls in Glenrothes.

This is fun for all the family. Superb audience participation, non-stop favourite songs and amazing costumes offer the perfect treat to get everyone in the festive spirit. The Singing Kettle will be at their breathtaking best for this electrifying Christmas Party and Cilla, Artie, Gary and Kevin will play the most fantastic party games that will delight and mesmerise all ages. There's even a visit from a very Special Guest with a white beard and a red suit! Remember to dress in a santa hat and tinsel.


Date:21 Dec 2007 Time: 14:00 Charge: All seats 11.00. Family (4) 38.00. Special rates for schools and groups. Room Number: Main Auditorium For more information contact: Tel: 01592 611101

Where's and What's

You might be one of these highly organised people who have everything ready for the forthcoming holiday celebrations.

You may still looking for last-minute ideas for a 'taste of Scotland' for this Christmas and New Year. If you like Christmas Pudding, then you might want to try Clootie Dumpling for a change.

Don't forget to make some Shortbread and also some Scottish tablet to have available for your guests. However, if you're not sure about serving wine with the meals, have a look at this Article, sent in by someone from Australia, to help ensure you use Proper Wine Etiquette.

Lastly, perhaps as part of your preparations for the holiday season, you're still looking for gift ideas, or just wanting some traditional Scottish music to play especially at New year, then check out some of the music for sale on the Jimmy Shand page

So before signing off - may I take this opportunity again to wish you and your family a very Happy Christmas and Guid (good) New Year.

Answer to the Question

Dunfermline is the town where you'll find Carnegie Hall. If you want to know a bit more about Dunfermline's most famous son, check the page on Andrew Carnegie

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

PS. I said at the beginning of this newsletter I had a wee gift for you - a 2008 Kingdom of Fife Calendar. You can download it HERE. Right click and 'save target as' or 'save link as' to place on your computer.

My apologies to those who joined us recently, as you will already have this one.


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