• Downright Untruths - The cringe-worthy and funny lies we are gullible enough to believe

    What Downright Untruths Have You Fallen For?

    My exploration into Burns Night (read here if you have no idea what I am talking about) reminded me of the haggis story I fell for a few years ago. Having never had haggis before or even heard of it, I was the perfect gullible candidate for this downright untruth. However, it was slightly comforting to find out that my much wiser mother-in-law was also a victim of the same prank. It got me thinking about what others might have been led to believe apart from the usual ones from parents, like these courtesy of mine: If you eat the seeds in a fruit, a tree will grow from your…

  • Music Monday Musings - Talking about the different songs I like and why

    Some Have Food But Cannot Eat – Music Monday Musings #2 

    In the course of my very light research on Burns Night recently, I came across the poem below. You are probably thinking what does ‘Some have food…’ have to do with Burns Night. The origins of this poem is attributed to Robert Burns (though there is no proof that he wrote it) and he is the reason for Burns Night. 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 Immediately I saw it, the grace we sang back at school before every meal popped into my mind: I sang this routinely for…

  • Find out about Burns Night and why Haggis has a special place in my memory bank

    Burns Night – My Haggis Anecdote

    Burns Night crops up every January and I have no idea what it represents. You wouldn’t believe that my husband is half Scottish! So I decided to find out a bit more about it this year. I was very surprised to learn that he wrote a poem titled “Address to a Haggis”. Now, haggis has a special anecdotal place in my heart as you will find out below. A few years ago, we were at my boyfriend’s parents for a celebratory dinner of some sort and Haggis-on-a-stick was served as an amuse-bouche (never thought I’d get the chance to use this phrase legitimately). Anyways, my boyfriend proceeds to tell me…