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Proclamation from the Kingdom, Issue #8 - A Toast to Rabbie Burns
January 14, 2008
Hi again, and greetings from Fife,


I trust that you had a great time with family and friends over the Christmas and New Year holiday; and I also hope those of you who have been receiving the Ezine for some time enjoyed getting the new calendar.

However, here in Scotland we have yet another celebration this month - Burns Supper on 25th January. I'll discuss the recipes for this further down the newsletter; but please also have a wee look at the page on Scottish Customs and Traditions to get a greater idea of some of the things unique to Scotland.

As far as 'News' is concerned, - for those of you planning a trip to Scotland this year, you might be interested in the fact that I've put up 5 different bookshops. So when you have some time, do have a wee browse through them. You can access them from Books and Music Stores

You'll find:

"Guidebooks and Maps Bookstore"
"General books on Scotland Bookstore"
"Golf in Scotland Bookstore"
"Scottish Language, Culture and Customs Bookstore" which includes "Scots - English Dictionaries" as well as plenty books on Rabbie Burns, Hogmanay and other customs and traditions.
"Music and DVDs Store".

So - there is something for everyone; do have a wee browse.

And I wonder if you have noticed the change in colour to the Ezine and Banner? Although I had used one of my Family Tartans in the past, the Gordon Tartan, the one in the new banner is "The Spirit of Fife Tartan". I think the colour is more in keeping with the whole site - so I hope you like it.

Eh, What?

Which Palace did Mary Queen of Scots often come for the summer and go boar hunting, as well as play tennis (and the original courts are still there today? (Answer at bottom of the page)

Say, What?

Each newsletter we look at one or two Scottish words. Last month we looked at Auld Lang Syne and my translation of it.

This issue I decided to share with you a 'Grace' written by Burns and said as thanksgiving for meals, and look at the words:-

"Selkirk Grace"
by Robert Burns

Some hae meat and canna eat,
And some wad eat that want it;
But we hae meat, and we can eat,
And sae the Lord be thankit.

Which means:
Some have meat and cannot eat,
And some would eat that want to;
But we have meat, and we can eat,
And now give thanks to the Lord for it.

Do also look at the Poem Address to a Haggis, which is recited at the Burns Supper, and in contrast look at one of his lovely Love Songs, My Love is like a Red, Red Rose.

Are You Coming?

So what's going on in the Kingdom at the moment?

Well, as always, there are a number of things on, and the Art Galleries and Museums, Historic Buildings, and some Visitor Attractions, are all open, albeit with limited winter opening hours. But of course I want to highlight the famous Burns Supper.

There are a number of 'private' functions around the Kingdom, but I have only been able to find one public event.

A Burns Supper will be held at:-
Venue:The Craw's Nest Hotel in Anstruther
When: This coming Friday, the 18th January at 7.30 pm.
Cost: 18.50 per person. This includes the traditional 4 course meal plus coffee and all entertainment.
Contact The Hotel on +44(0)1333 310 691. There is nothing about this on their website, The Craw's Nest; but have a look at it anyway. Their restaurant does have a good reputation and the views from the Dining Room over the Firth of Forth to Isle of May and Bass Rock are wonderful.

Where's and What's

Well, I couldn't let the Burns Supper pass without introducing you to the Menu.

The meal would start off with Cock A' Leekie Soup followed by Haggis, Chappit Tatties and Bashed Neeps. You can find out how to cook the main course on the Burns Supper Page. However, if you don't have access to buying a Haggis, you may choose to make one. Have a look at the Haggis Recipe, but be WARNED - this is not for the faint-hearted!!

However, if you feel you just COULDN'T cope with that, then maybe try my recipe for Easy Pretend Haggis. If you live in North America, there is a company who makes Haggis and ships it to US and Canada. They're called Caledonian Kitchen and sell Award Winning Haggis, and they also provide a New Vegetarian Haggis, as well as other Scottish Food Products.

The meal would finish with one of our 'alcoholic' desserts such as Tipsy Laird Trifle or the equally delicious Crannachan, both made with generous portions of whisky, and possibly fruit and cheese and biscuits, and a 'Tassie o' coffee'.

So do impress your friend and invite them to a traditional Scottish Burns Supper.

Answer to the Question

Falkland Palace which is the village of Falkland. If you enjoy castles, palaces and history, don't miss a visit here.

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

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