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I shall be attending at least two. Is there anyone else going to a supper anywhere in the world?
"But pleasures are like poppies spread,
You seize the flower, its bloom is shed;
Or like the snow falls in the river,
A moment white--then melts for ever;
Or like the borealis race,
That flit ere you can point their place;
Or like the rainbow's lovely form
Evanishing amid the storm."
(From Tam o'Shanter - A Tale)
Robert Burns 25 January 1759 - 21 July 1796
Im not, but my boss went to one in York last Saturday with some Scottish friends, a bit early but they couldnt handle it on a week night, apparently.
Almost all Burns Suppers in Scotland are on Friday or Saturday because people tend not to be at their best next day ;)
Actually the Burns season starts mid January and goes through the the end of February. It has to be like this because there are not enough good speakers to go round. The really good ones are often booked up two or three years in advance.
2009 sees the the 250th anniversary of his birth and our Burns club is already well ahead with the planning for the special events that will take place that year.
Apparently some resturant in Glasgow has created a Haggis Lasagna this year (and a "Burns Cottage" cake to finish with) - not really sure how that would taste though.
I got the chance to visit a few distilleries last year while on a trip to Islay and picked up a wee taste for Scotlands national drink - so I'll be celebrating with a wee dram tonight :)
But let's address the haggis for those not at a supper just for fun ;)
Fair fa' your honest, sonsie face,
Great chieftain o the puddin'-race!
Aboon them a' ye tak your place,
Painch, tripe, or thairm:
Weel are ye wordy of a grace
As lang's my arm.
thankfully yes there is more to Burns than Haggis and perhaps there will be even more next year [news.scotsman.com]
but really Slainte. Here's tae ye
now because they've banned hunting dogs
Celtic Connections 2007 [celticconnections.com]- Burns Mela
Future Pilot AKA have curated a unique 'Burns Mela' event for this year's Celtic Connections 2007 festival. The concert will take place at Glasgow's Fruitmarket on Sunday January 28th at 8pm. Artists confirmed to appear include Sheila Chandra, Johnny Kalsi and the Dhol Foundation, Tigerstyle, Dundee's finest Michael Marra, piper Iain MacInnes, early music group Concerto Caledonia and flute/whistle ace Michael McGoldrick with tabla virtuoso Parvinder Bharat...There will also be a Burns reading by legendary Scots novelist/illustrator Alasdair Gray. The ticket price for this evening includes a lavish Burns-inspired buffet, supplied by Harlequin Indian restaurants. Specially prepared dishes include haggis pakora, neeps and tattie samosas and Ayrshire masala
The Scots rock. Wish I could be there.
Tonight I am going to my Burns Club Supper. Tomorrow I am suffering!