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[ Issue 332 -  13th October 2006]

Compiled by Richard Thomson

Lots of great information to read and enjoy under our Features Section:
Scots Language | Scottish Food | Dates in History |
Scot Wit and lots more

Blog Standard

In an effort to give a different perspective on the SNP conference, a number of people have started their own 'blogs', or online diaries. A few of the faces might be familiar to some of you, including the one belonging to some chap from Edinburgh who's name temporarily escapes me.

Anyway, for anyone interested in getting an insiders view of events as they happen, here are the links:

I'm sure that more people will come forward as the week progresses. Keep your browser pointed towards for more details.

Rare Steaks and Sacred Cows

I went out for dinner this week in Stirling with some old friends from university and one of our old politics lecturers. We usually get together about twice or three times a year to enjoy a steak and chew the (political) fat, but this time our numbers were enhanced by the presence of Russell Horn, who looks after the SNP's IT needs from 3,500 miles away at his new home in Virginia.

Russell and his wife Joanna recently became parents to a beautiful baby girl, Eilidh. So while it's good to see him on one of his all too rare visits back to Scotland, it's tinged with a wee bit of sadness that he's had to leave the family behind this time. Still, the baby pics came out courtesy of his mobile phone, so at least we got to see how Eilidh has grown since April.

Dinner was as lively as usual, with most of us fairly optimistic about the week to come at the SNP Conference in Perth. Support for Independence is as high as ever, though we agreed we'd like to see the  party doing better in the polls than it is currently. We also had a good laugh at the sour and bitter article which Brian Wilson wrote in Scotland on Sunday, before scratching our heads over what Professor James Mitchell had to say in the Sunday Herald .
Mitchell is one of the few commentators who doesn't carry a great deal of anti-nationalist baggage around with him, which means that when he speaks, the SNP usually listens. However, what puzzled us all was the passage in his article where he stated that:

"The real challenge for the Nationalists will be in discontinuing policies long sanctified because they are distinctly Scottish. Slaying a few sacred cows would signify a confident nationalism. In particular, the SNP needs to identify policies done better in England – not because they are English but because they are best for Scotland".

If there's such a thing as 'New SNP', then it was well represented around our table. I think all of us would subscribe to the view that policies should be considered on their merits, rather than on where they originate. After all, just because a policy originates in England  doesn't automatically mean it is wrong for Scotland, any more than it means it will be automatically right.

It's a view shared at the top of the party, which is why the SNP has been looking at health policies like 'payment by results', as practiced in Norway. It's also goes some way towards explaining why English foundation hospitals, with their need to shed thousands of front line NHS staff to offset their multi-billion pound debts, have not been considered.

Scots policy makers have a fair bit to learn from England and vice versa. But the fact that Scotland has 1/10th of the UK population on 1/3rd of the landmass, with a sparse population outside the central belt and pockets of severe urban deprivation alongside areas of great affluence, mean that the policies which work for England won't always work for Scotland. While a lot of priorities north and south of the border might be identical, it doesn't always follow that the best means of delivering on those priorities will also be identical.

That simple statement of fact forms a key part of the case for self-government. But while it might confound and infuriate someone like Brian Wilson were the SNP to ostentatiously adopt an English health or education policy rejected by the Scottish Executive, I reckon Scottish voters would see right through Mitchell's suggested ploy and simply regard us as being a bunch of chancers.

The SNP needs to continue to build its credibility between now and May, which it can do best by working towards a manifesto which chimes with Scottish needs and aspirations. Advocating policies which stand on their own merits, regardless of where they happen to come from, seems to me to be the best way to continue that process.

Killing a 'sacred cow' for the sake of it, while superficially attractive, would mean adopting the worst excesses of Blairite spin just as the country is looking for an alternative. I hope that this week we'll see the SNP leave the spinning and posturing to Labour, and get on with putting the flesh on the bones of how we hope to make Scotland a better place in which to live.

A Man of Straw

'Question Time' was starting on BBC1 when I got back home last Thursday week. The first topic up was something I'd missed earlier on, which was Jack Straw's call for Muslim women not to wear veils to his surgeries, since in his view they were a 'visible statement of separation and difference' .

My first thought was to wonder how he’d react if I had turned up wearing a kilt at his surgery as a visible statement of my separation and difference, and whether I’d have been asked to remove that to make him feel more comfortable. But instead of getting a well-deserved kicking from the panel, I was shocked to hear a pro-Straw consensus develop between 'Liberal' Democrat Shirley Williams, Private Eye Editor Ian Hislop and Labour chairman Hazel Blears.

Rather than uphold the right of women to dress however they choose, they essentially agreed that Straw was right to ask for a veil to be removed before he dealt with a constituent. Very pointedly, no-one criticised his claim that veils were a symbol of difference, or asked why this would be a problem even if they were.

We are expected to see people like Blears and Williams as tolerant social liberals. After all, they must be, because they keep telling us they are. But the strongest sentiment the utterly vacuous Blears could muster was to call for a ‘debate’ on the issue. It was instead left to the unlikely figure of Tory Oliver Letwin to describe as "dangerous" the suggestion that women should not be allowed to wear a veil even if they wanted to.

But by that time, the damage was done. Taking their cue, out sallied the hellish legion of newly liberated racists in the audience, with a new-found justification to vent their own putrid little prejudices against anyone daring to be different:

“I’m not a racist, but…”, “The way things are going, we’re going to become a Muslim country”, “We pander too much to these people”, and my personal favourite, “It’s all political correctness gone mad”.

Great Britain - the most tolerant and inclusive country in the world? Sure, provided you're white, don't have a funny accent, keep your head down and know your place. If expressing disapproval of different  cultures is what now passes for tolerance and inclusiveness in the salons of New Labour, then as Sam Goldwyn once said: 'Include me out'.

Endowed With Cheek

I see that the Lib Dems are promising to get rid of the graduate endowment if they form a government in Holyrood after next May.

So, seven years after they boldly told us that they'd scrapped tuition fees, now they're promising to scrap them again! Surely this is just the kind of positive thinking we need to help restore public faith in politicians...

There's a few marginal seats, particularly in Edinburgh, Dundee and Aberdeen, where the student vote could help turf out a sitting Labour or Lib Dem MSP. I really hope those MSPs, who benefited from a free
education themselves, get their comeuppance next May for pulling up that ladder behind them.

Minority Fool

With the Scots Parliament now in recess, news reaches a grateful nation that Glasgow Labour MSP and Minister for Parliamentary Business, Margaret Curran, has embarked on a trip to New Zealand to find out how minority administration works for the governing party there.

The thought occurs that if she’d wanted to find out how a minority  Labour administration manages parliamentary business, she could have saved a whole lot of money and carbon emissions by jumping on a train to Cardiff instead. I’m sure her Welsh Labour colleagues would have been delighted to explain how they’ve managed to run things since their coalition with the Lib Dems fell apart.


Fergus Ewing MSP – St Giles’ Cathedral, Edinburgh, 7th October 2006.

The Working Life of Linda Fabiani MSP

Linda Fabiani MSP
Click here to read SNP MSP Linda Fabiani's working diary.



Sir Tom Farmer has made a donation of £100,000 to the Scottish National Party. The leading Scottish businessman and entrepreneur Sir Tom Farmer has responded to a request from SNP Leader, Alex Salmond for funding in the run up to next year's Scottish election campaign.

Sir Tom said:

"I am not a member of the Scottish National Party, but I listened to the presentation made to me by Alex Salmond and his SNP Team and concluded there should be a real open debate for the future of Scotland – this is important as we come nearer to the May elections.

"I consider it would be an unhealthy situation if the SNP were not able to actively campaign and participate in these debates. They should be on a level financial playing field with that of other major political parties.

Responding to the donation from Sir Tom, SNP Leader Alex Salmond MP said:

"I am very grateful for Sir Tom's support. This is a tremendous boost for the party and not just in financial terms.

"Sir Tom Farmer is one of the country's most respected and popular businessmen. The fact that he sees merit both in our policy ideas, and in the argument for independence, will be highly influential in the coming debate.

"His business career and activities are an inspiration to many in Scotland. The SNP are proud to have him as a supporter."


SNP Leader Alex Salmond MP said he is meeting the head of the civil service in Scotland next month in preparations for an SNP government following confirmation from Sir John Elvidge, the Permanent Secretary at the Scottish Executive. Previous discussions with the civil service took place later in the electoral cycle.

Alex Salmond Mr Salmond said:

"The SNP are working hard and preparing for government, putting forward our ideas on how to take Scotland forward. Next May we want to hit the ground running which is why we are beginning talks next month with the civil service.

"We want to see a smooth transition next year from the current Labour and Lib Dem Executive which has clearly run out of ideas to an effective SNP led Scottish government.

"I am determined to deliver early benefits for Scots so that our parliament and government in Edinburgh begins to earn the respect and support of the people of our country.

"Over the next few days, weeks and months we will be publishing detailed proposals on how an SNP government will operate and it is important that the civil service are fully prepared to take these initiatives forward.

"For example, we will be looking to streamline and strengthen the way government in Scotland operates, with fewer resources wasted on bureaucracy and more directed towards the communities where the money can actually begin to make a difference.

"I'm very positive about the dedication of the public servants but we have to have organisations that are fit for the purpose.

"The issue extends beyond the Executive. It is equally important that we know why, when some of Scotland's most successful companies with turnovers in the billions and working in dozens of markets around the world can operate with a headquarters in Scotland of say around 30 people, Scottish Enterprise has 700 in its head office.

"Our proposals will begin the process of energising Scotland and I hope finally deliver on the promise of the Scottish Parliament."


SNP President Ian Hudghton MEP was today celebrating a vote in the European Parliament which paves the way to giving "uisge beatha Albannach" - Scotch whisky in Gaelic - full recognition in EU law.

The vote was on new European legislation relating to the labelling requirements for alcohol spirits. EU legislation gives recognition to certain quality spirit drinks such as Scotch whisky and protects the name Scotch from foreign imitations. Today's vote extends that protection to "uisge beatha Albannach" - bringing Scotch into line with the situation already existing in relation to Irish whiskey.

Ian HudghtonSpeaking after the vote, Mr Hudghton commented:

"Glasses can be raised from Brussels to Benbecula tonight to celebrate this symbolic victory in the European Parliament. Scotland's proud whisky making heritage has long been recognised across Europe - and now some recognition has been given to our nation's linguistic heritage too.

"A number of whisky brands already bottle their product with Gaelic labels, so it's only right that 'uisge beatha Albannach' should be given the same legal protection as is afforded to the words 'Scotch whisky'.
Ireland's distillers have for some time had legal protection for their whiskey in the Irish language, and so Scottish Gaelic can now be brought into line.

"I'm hoping to meet with representatives from the whisky industry to discuss practical issues which may arise from the European Parliament vote. In the meantime, we can enjoy a few toasts ahead of this month's National Mod.

"Robert Burns famously wrote that 'freedom and whisky gang the gither'.  It's only appropriate therefore that we should have the freedom to enjoy Scotland's national drink - together with Scotland's national languages".

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13 October 1924
Lossiemouth-born Ramsay MacDonald made the first election broadcast on the BBC (radio) on behalf of the British Labour Party.

14 October 1633
Birth of James VII, King of Scots, (II of England0, second son of King Charles I. He succeeded to the thrones on 5 February 1685 on the death of his brother Charles II.

14 October 1758
James Francis Edward Keith, Marshal Keith, Prussian Field Marshal, was killed in battle at Hochkinch, Germany. He entered foreign military service after taking the Jacobite side in both the 1715 and 1719 Risings. He is judged to be one of the most successful Scots who fought under foreign colours.

15 October 1995
There were fresh demands for boxing to be banned after the Scottish bantamweight champion, James Murray, died in hospital from injuries he received in a British title fight in Glasgow two days earlier.

16 October 1849
The execution of the Auchterless murderer James Robb was the first to be carried out by the London hangman William Culcraft in Aberdeen. Robb was apprehended by the renowned Aberdeen sheriff and criminal officer George Webster for the murder of sixty-two-year-old spinster Mary Smith.

18 October 2005
Death of legendary English footballer Johnny Hayes in the Edinburgh Royal Infirmary following a car accident. He won 56 caps for England, 22 as captain, including the 9-3 destruction of Scotland at Wembley in 1963, in which Haynes scored twice. He settled in Edinburgh in 1985 and helped run a dry cleaning business with his partner Avril who he married in 2004.

19 October 1914
Leith flyweight Tancy Lee became the first Scot to win a European title when he stopped Percy Jones of Wales in the 14th round in London, England.

19 October 2002
Scott Harrison overpowered Julio Pablo Chacon, at the Braehead Arena, to relieve the Argentine of his WBO featherweight title on a unanimous points decision over twelve rounds.

See Dates in History in our Features Section


I like to have quotations ready for every occasions - they give one's ideas so pat and save one the trouble of finding expression adequate to one's feeling.

Robert Burns

We continue our new Feature in this section of the Flag - Scottish Quotations - statements in prose and verse which reflect all aspects of Scottish life and outlook from the 13th century to the present day.  New quotes added every week.  The quotations are not restricted to native Scots but include observations from abroad which help us, in the words of our National Bard, Robert Burns, "To see oursels as others see us"    

In the wake of Scotland’s unexpected 1-0 victory over World Cup 2006
runners-up France at Hampden on Saturday (7 October 2006), the quotations this week all revolve the sport dearest to Scottish hearts – Football.

Alan Bold (1943-1998) 

Like gods kicking a world about
The players flail at the ball.
Their brains are in their feet,
Their single mind is fixed on goal.

(Scotland Yet ‘Epilogue’ 1978)

Thomas (Tommy) Henderson Docherty

It was a great victory, a fantastic result. But if you’re asking what was Scotland’s greatest-ever victory, it has to be the 3-2 win at Wembley in 1967 when Jim Baxter absolutely dominated the game. England were the world champions then and were playing at home, whereas France were playing away and are World Cup runners-up. Our biggest problem now is getting carried away.

(Commenting on Scotland’s unexpected 1-0 victory against World Cup runners-up France on 7 October 2006)

Edwin Muir (1887-1959)

Crosshill was a respectable [Glasgow] suburb, but there were vacant lots scattered about it. Chance scraps of waste ground where the last blade of grass had died, so that in dry weather they were as hard as lava, and in wet weather a welter of mud. On these lots teams from the slum quarters of the south side played every Saturday afternoon with great skill and savage ferocity. Fouls were a matter of course, and each game turned into a complicated feud in which the ball itself was merely a means to an end which had no connexion with the game. Some of the teams had boxers among their supporters; these men stood bristling on the touchline and shouted intimidations at the opposing players.

(An Autobiography 1954)

William (Bill) Shankly (1913-1981) 

Some people think football is a matter of life and death. I’m very disappointed with that attitude. I can assure you it is much, much more important than that.

See Scottish Quotations in our Features Section

(compiled by Peter D Wright)

"That I for poor auld Scotland's sake
Some useful plan or book could make
Or sing a sang at least ........"

- Robert Burns

Matt McGinn


Three nights and a Sunday double time,
Three nights and a Sunday double time.
I work aw day and I work aw night,
Tae hell wi; you jack, I’m all right;
Three nights and a Sunday double time.

There’s a fella doon the road I avoid,
He’s wan o’ them they call the unemployed.
He says it’s all because of me,
He canny get a a job and I’ve got three.
Three nights and a Sunday double time

The wife came tae the work the ither day.
Says she “We’ve anither wee one on the way.”
Says I “No wonder you can laugh,
I’ve no’ been hame for a year and a half.”
Three nights and a Sunday double time.

I never miss the pub on a Friday night.
And there you’ll always find me gay and bright.
You’ll see me down at the Old Bay Horse,
I’m a weekend waiter there of course.
Three nights and a Sunday double time.

There’s some will head for heaven when they die,
Tae find a Dunlopillo in the sky.
But I’ll be going to the ither place,
For an idle life I couldny face.
Three nights and a Sunday double time.

Footnote:  The late Matt McGinn, singer, entertainer, actor, teacher, political activist and great songwriter, enriched the Scottish Folk Revival with many fine songs which mixed humour with social commentary. In the late 60s he was on the verge of being adopted as the Scottish National Party prospective parliamentary candidate for Rutherglen but the hie-heids warna fir it! This is one of his many songs which are still doing the rounds.

See the SING A SANG AT LEAST in our Features section


For your next Burns Supper
Compiled by Peter D Wright


It is never to early to plan ahead for your next, or indeed first, Burns Supper, and the intention of this new feature is to give you a ready accessible collection of the National Bard’s material for the 25th of January each year. Over the next few months we will give you a variety of items by Robert Burns, which should prove useful to you.

Interest in the life and work of Robert Burns has never faltered and, indeed, as we now approach the 250th anniversary of his birth in 2009, this should grow apace. He holds a special place in the hearts of his countrymen and his appeal spans the continents. A genius, he spoke for his people and captured their hopes and fears, their joys and sorrows, in poetry and song. The Flag collection will reflect this.


This week we continue with a song of good companionship and conviviality which celebrates an evening spent by Robert Burns and Allan Masterton with William Nicol – ‘Willie Brew’d A Peck O’ Maut’; the words were written by Burns in 1789 to an air by Masterton to commemorate what had been a byous nicht. This week’s poem ‘To A Mountain Daisy’ was composed in April 1786 and was originally transcribed under the title ‘The Gowan’ to his friend John Kennedy. Of the poem Robert Burns wrote to him on 20 April 1786 – “I have here enclosed a small piece, the very latest of my productions: I am a good deal pleased with some of the sentiments myself, as they are just the native querulous feelings of a heart which ‘melancholy has marked for her own.’“ The statue of Robert Burns which stands on Union Terrace, Aberdeen, shows our National Bard holding a gowan.



O, Willie brew’d a peck o’ maut,
   And Rob and Allan cam to prie;
Three blyther hearts that lee-lang night
   Ye wad na found in Christendie.

We are no fou, we’re nae that fou,
   But just a drappie in our e’e,
The cock may craw, the day may daw,
And aye we’ll taste the barley bree.

Here are we met, three merry boys,
   Three merry boys I trow are we;
And mony a night we’ve merry been,
   And mony mae we hope to be!

It is the moon, I kent her horn,
   That’s blinkin’ in the lift sae hie;
She shines sae bright to wyle us hame,
   But, by my sooth, she’ll wait a wee!

Wha first shall rise to gang awa’,
   A cuckold, coward loun is he!
Wha last beside his chair shall fa’,
   He is the king amang us three!



Click here to listen to this in RealAudio read by Marilyn P Wright

On turning down with the Plough, in April, 1786.

Wee, modest crimson-tipped flow'r,
Thou's met me in an evil hour;
For I maun crush amang the stoure
Thy slender stem:
To spare thee now is past my pow'r,
Thou bonie gem.

Alas! it's no thy neibor sweet,
The bonie lark, companion meet,
Bending thee 'mang the dewy weet,
Wi' spreckl'd breast!
When upward-springing, blythe, to greet
The purpling east.

Cauld blew the bitter-biting north
Upon thy early, humble birth;
Yet cheerfully thou glinted forth
Amid the storm,
Scarce rear'd above the parent-earth
Thy tender form.

The flaunting flow'rs our gardens yield,
High shelt'ring woods and wa's maun shield;
But thou, beneath the random bield
O' clod or stane,
Adorns the histie stibble field,
Unseen, alane.

There, in thy scanty mantle clad,
Thy snawie bosom sun-ward spread,
Thou lifts thy unassuming head
In humble guise;
But now the share uptears thy bed,
And low thou lies!

Such is the fate of artless maid,
Sweet flow'ret of the rural shade!
By love's simplicity betray'd,
And guileless trust;
Till she, like thee, all soil'd, is laid
Low i' the dust.

Such is the fate of simple bard,
On life's rough ocean luckless starr'd!
Unskilful he to note the card
Of prudent lore,
Till billows rage, and gales blow hard,
And whelm him o'er!

Such fate to suffering worth is giv'n,
Who long with wants and woes has striv'n,
By human pride or cunning driv'n
To mis'ry's brink;
Till wrench'd of ev'ry stay but Heav'n,
He, ruin'd, sink!

Ev'n thou who mourn'st the Daisy's fate,
That fate is thine-no distant date;
Stern Ruin's plough-share drives elate,
Full on thy bloom,
Till crush'd beneath the furrow's weight,
Shall be thy doom!

See the Burns Collection in our Features section


This week, just as the Annual National Conference of the Scottish National Party finishes in Perth, the Gaelic language comes into its own as the 103rd Royal National Mod opens in Dunoon. From today (Friday 13 October 2006) the Cowal peninsula will resound to the sound of Gaelic until Saturday 21 October, as Gaels, young and old, enjoy what is Scotland’s second largest festival.

An Comunn Gaidhealach was formed in 1891 to promote the use and teaching of Gaelic and held its first Mod in Oban the following year. Now the Royal National Mod, it is the Scotland’s premier festival of the Gaelic language, arts and culture, and is held annually in October at different venues throughout Scotland. Next year the Mod goes to Lochaber where Fort William will host the event from the 12th to 20th October and in 2008 it will move to the Central Belt where Falkirk will be the Gaels destination from the 10tth to 18th October. The Mod is competition-based festival which celebrates the Gaelic language through music, dance, arts and literature. The Children’s competitions, in particular, attract great attention, and are obviously much enjoyed by the young Gaels taking part.

Mod 2006 will be on a far greater scale than its 1892 counterpart which was restricted to a one day event and like all modern festivals, The Mod has its own fringe! Visit for details of all activities at Dunoon.

Some unfair commentators dismiss The Mod as the ‘Whisky Olympics’ and while it is true that a dram or two will oil the success of the event, there is much more to The Mod and Gaeldom would be much the poorer without its showcase. The annual Mod acts as a reminder of our Gaelic heritage and acts as a visible reminder to all Scots of the important part Gaelic still plays in Scottish life and what it means to be Scottish. The recent opening of the new Gaelic school in Glasgow, which takes pupils from nursery school right through to secondary shows that Gaelic is not yet, thankfully, a dead language.

But whisky does play a part in this week’s recipe as you can enjoy a taste of Gaelic in Gaelic Coffee.

Gaelic Coffee

Ingredients:  3 dessertspoons Scotch Whisky; 1 level dessertspoon light brown sugar; fresh, strong coffee; double cream

Method:  Heat a stemmed wine glass with hot water and dry quickly. Add the Whisky and stir in the sugar. Pour in the coffee, leaving an inch below the rim. Keep stirring until the sugar has dissolved and pour in the cream over the back of a teaspoon so that it floats on the surface to the depth of about half an inch. Enjoy.

See our Scottish Food, Traditions and Customs in our Features section

A Keek at the Guid Scots Tung

Peter & Marilyn Wright
By Peter & Marilyn Wright 
All words underlined in this section are RealAudio links)

ee: eye
ettle: intend; conjecture; expect; attempt
fantoosh: pretentious; showy
laldie: a beating; a drubbing; a thrashing; punishment
scaffie: dustman; road sweeper
yird/yirth: earth
Hae an ee til: Covet; have a liking for
                    Wee Davie Daylicht
                        Keeks o'er the sea
                    Early in the morning
                        Wi' a clear ee;
                    Waukens a' the birdies
                        That were sleepin soun' -
                    Wee Davie Daylicht
                        Is nae lazy loon.
                frae 'Wee Davie Daylicht' - R Tennant


Wee Joukydaidles
by J Smith


Click here to listen to this in Real Audio read by Marilyn P Wright

                           Wee Joukydaidles,
                                Toddlin' out an' in :
                            Oh but she's a cuttie,
                                Makin' a sair din !
                            Aye sae fou' o' mischief,
                                An' minds na what I say :
                            My verra heart gangs loup, loup,
                                Fifty times a-day !
                            Wee Joukydaidles -
                                Where's the stumpie noo ?
                            She's peepin' thro' the cruivie,
                                An' lauchin' to the soo !
                            Noo she sees my angry e'e,
                                An' aff she's like a hare !
                            Lassie, when I get ye,
                                I'll scud ye till I'm sair !
                            Wee Joukydaidles -
                                Noo she's breakin' dishes -
                            Noo she's soakit i' the burn,
                                Catchin' little fishes -
                            Noo she's i' the barn-yard,
                                Playin' wi' the fouls ;
                            Feedin' them wi' butter-bakes,
                                Snaps, an' sugar-bools.
                            Wee Joukydaidles -
                                Oh, my heart it's broke !
                            She's torn my braw new wincey
                                To mak' a dolly's frock -
                            There's the goblet owre the fire !
                                The jaud ! she weel may rin !
                            No a tattie ready yet,
                                An' faither comin' in !
                            Wee Joukydaidles -
                                Where's the smoukie noo !
                            She's hidin' i' the coal-hole
                                Cryin' "Keekyboo !" -
                            Noo she's at the fireside,
                                Pu'in' pussy's tail -
                            Noo she's at the broun bowl,
                                Suppin' a' the kail !
                            Wee Joukydaidles -
                                Paidlin' i' the shower -
                            There she's at the windy !
                                Haud her, or she's owre !
                            Noo she's slippit frae my sicht :
                                Where's the wean at last ?
                            In the byre amang the kye,
                                Sleepin', soun' an' fast.

 See Scots Language in our Features Section
for other poems, stories, songs, sayings, jokes and words in the Scots language


Enjoy a Scottish Joke every week and listen to it as well

Two Won't Do

A Sunday School teacher asked her class how they thought Noah might have spent his time in the ark, when there was no response, she asked "Do you suppose he did a lot of fishing?"

    "Whit" piped up a little six-year-old "wi anlie twa worms."

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Scottish Quotations
A variety of quotations in prose and verse reflecting all aspects of Scottish life and outlook.
The Rebels Ceilidh Songbook
An excellent introduction to traditional songs from Scotland.
Sing A Sang At Least
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Notable Dates in History
Each week we add three new notable dates in history building this into an historic timeline for Scottish history.
Lots more stories, recipes, historical articles and even whole books are added here on a regular basis.
The Oliver Brown Award
An annual award given to an outstanding Scot(s) each year. Also included picture galleries from the annual lunch.


The Scots Independent Newspaper is independent of the Scottish National Party, but we support the Party in its drive for Independence; while space precludes us commenting on all the issues raised by the 27 MSPs, 5 MPS and 2 MEPs, also the Party Office Bearers, we have provided a link to the SNP Website.


The above was the title of a book written in the early Fifties by John MacDonald MacCormick, one of the founder members of the Scottish National Party in 1934. The sub-title was "The Story of the National Movement in Scotland". His comment in the book said "It is perhaps in the symbols which men use that their deepest sentiments are most readily expressed. Flags as well as straws show which way the wind is blowing". A fuller account appears under Features.


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