By George! – some Burning Issues! – It’s Burn’s Night!
The 25th January is officially Burns Night and is celebrated around the world by Scottish people. Could this be the last Burn’s Night before Scotland’s elections to seek independence – of course it all depends on the will of the Scottish people.
By George – who remembers George Burns!
George Burns (January 20, 1896 – March 9, 1996), born Nathan Birnbaum, was an American comedian, actor, and writer.
He was one of the few entertainers whose career successfully spanned vaudeville, film, radio, and television. His arched eyebrow and cigar smoke punctuation became familiar trademarks for over three-quarters of a century.
At the age of 79, Burns’ career was resurrected as an amiable, beloved and unusually active old comedian in the 1975 film The Sunshine Boys, for which he won the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor. He continued to work until shortly before his death, in 1996, at the age of 100. Source: Wikipedia
AND THEN THERE WAS ROBBIE BURNS!
Robert Burns (25 January 1759 – 21 July 1796) (also known as Robbie Burns, Rabbie Burns, Scotland’s favourite son, the Ploughman Poet, Robden of Solway Firth, the Bard of Ayrshire and in Scotland as The Bard) was a Scottish poet and lyricist. He is widely regarded as the national poet of Scotland and is celebrated worldwide. He is the best known of the poets who have written in the Scots language, although much of his writing is also in English and a light Scots dialect, accessible to an audience beyond Scotland. He also wrote in standard English, and in these his political or civil commentary is often at its bluntest.
He is regarded as a pioneer of the Romantic movement, and after his death he became a great source of inspiration to the founders of both liberalism and socialism, and a cultural icon in Scotland and among the Scottish Diaspora around the world. Celebration of his life and work became almost a national charismatic cult during the 19th and 20th centuries, and his influence has long been strong on Scottish literature. In 2009 he was chosen as the greatest Scot by the Scottish public in a vote run by Scottish television channel STV.
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”. Wikipedia
Address to the Haggis – Burns Night Supper 2013
Published on 27 Jan 2013
The 14th Annual NGS Burns Night Supper address to the Haggis. 26th January 2013 at the Assembly Rooms Newcastle Upon Tyne. Performed admirably by Calum Rushforth.
Now “The Hills are Alive with the Sound of Music”
THERE I WAS THINKING WHAT I HAD TO DO THIS WEEK!
• The Special 90 Day Training Course which has total priority!
• When will I ever do another blog this side of January!
• There are a 101 things to do!
• Blog about people who inspire you such as Ian Botham who in July 1977 visited Musgrove Park Hospital in Taunton and took the wrong entrance which changed and inspired his life for ever! – a Blog in the making!
• People you meet who have a profound influence on you
• Record some videos with a song in my heart!
• Record personal interviews about people in general who inspire you
• My mind is buzzing with plans for my Retirement Income Network Academy and Blogging Singers Network and so much more!
NOW BURNS NIGHT IS SUCH A TIME TO INSPIRE OTHERS!
Today I attended a Gentlemen’s Breakfast at my local church and there was a speaker who presented some experiences about travelling in India – he said that this country could only be summed up as “Work in Progress” and was all part of his personal journey in his life.
AND tonight we are going to Karaoke at the local Village Inn – “Oh what a night!”
Of course there will be a Scottish theme and we will celebrate it with such songs as:-
1) “Donald, where’s your Trousers!” Andy Stewart
2) Andy Stewart ::: I Love A Lassie – Roamin’ In The Gloamin – Keep Right on to end of the Road…
3) Paul McCartney & Wings – Mull of Kintyre
4) Keep right on to the end of the road – Sir Harry Lauder
Memories of the First World War
5) January, February – Barbara Dickson
As you know, Barbara Dickson is a world famous Scottish singer and we must include the ladies here!
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