‘Ae fond kiss and then we sever’ is more commonly known as “Ae fond kiss” and is Burns’ most recorded love song.
After the publication of his collected poems, the Kilmarnock volume, Burns regularly travelled and stayed at Edinburgh. While there he established a platonic relationship with Mrs Agnes Maclehose and they began a regular correspondence using the pseudonyms ‘Clarinda’ and ‘Sylvander’. Burns wrote ‘Ae fond kiss’ after their final meeting and sent it to Mclehose on 27 December 1791 before she departed Edinburgh for Jamaica to be with her estranged husband.
Read by Gill Fraser Lee on 106.9 SFM Saturday Breakfast with Jason McCrossan.
He clearly couldn’t put a paw wrong … over 200 dogs applied, but there could only be one chosen to be VisitScotland’s Ambassadog.
And that dog is George, a one-year-old Golden Retriever from Glasgow.
George (and his owners) will now have the job of being an ambassador for Scotland on social media, attending red carpet events and generally being in demand as a VID (or ‘very important dog’).
The lucky pup joined his seven fellow selected finalists at a special interview event at Prestonfield in Edinburgh on Sunday, 8 May where dog owners were assessed on their knowledge of Scotland, social media savvy and interview skills.
Owner Victoria said:
“It’s really unexpected and I still can’t quite believe George has been chosen; especially as there were so many lovely dogs in the final. I am very proud of him. I feel George is a great ambassador for Scotland as he is always looking for to his next voyage.
A golden retriever is also a Scottish breed and VisitScotland will now work with George and his owners to create a programme of activity, to include social media that will enable them to be global ambassadors. In return they will be given a three night specially selected dog-friendly holiday in Scotland in 2016.
The 20th Commonwealth Games in Glasgow opened in front of a 40,000 crowd at Celtic Park on 23rd July 2014.
Glaswegians can be difficult to understand, at the best of times, and are often wary of strangers with strange voices (mainly English speakers).
So – to help the weary English traveller survive their encounters with my Scottish countrymen, Jason thought it would be useful to teach his English neighbours how to sound Scottish and avoid being given wonky information or dodgy directions.
Voice actor Jay Britton was drafted in to see if he could get our very own Kyra Cross tawlkin scowtish
I came across this video today and it’s not only informative but also pretty humour too. I cannot not vote in the Scotland referendum to break with the United Kingdom but if I could vote…I’d vote no.
This referendum is merely a vanity project and it is a shame that so much money is being spent on it at a time when real and substantial cuts are being made to public finance.
So, why I think we should NOT have an independent Scotland?
1) The country can barely manage to muster an international football team – what hope of an army and navy?
2) What was the last thing Scotland ever won as a nation? (outside of the commonwealth games – which had the help of the London Olympics team bidders)
3) Who will pay for Scotland’s healthcare? The 2011 Census showed that the number of people aged 65 and over was higher than the number aged under 15. The number of over-65s has increased by 85,000 (11%) since 2001, and now represents some 17% of the total population. There were 230,000 people aged 80 and over in 2011, an increase of 19% on the figure of 193,000 in 2001.
4) Who will pay for Scotland’s pensions? If you think the cost of the NHS is bad – just wait until they have to fund their own pensioners!
5) Who will pay for the defence of Scotland? Truth is, Scotland can only afford a “token” army – so, if ever the chips were down…we’d jump back in bed with England
6) What currency will Scotland choose? As can be seen from the video – at first, Alex Salmond wanted to get rid of the Sterling shackles and opt for the Euro currency. NOW, that the Euro is in meltdown – he wants to stay with England’s currency….hardly a credible response. In a speech in Edinburgh George Osborne has said that England will NOT share the pound with Scotland. Anyway, some argue that a reliance on Sterling would likely consign Scotland to an even weaker position that it has today. “No currency and you simply become a colony of the Bank of England”.
7) What about the UK’s national debt? As pointed out by this Guardian article Scotland contains around 5.1 million of the UK’s 62.2 million people, its share of the debt could be £81bn or greater. Scotland’s net borrowing would be a parlous £19.3bn in 2009/10 – around 17% of GDP (oh & North Sea oil is not the answer)
8) People would have to pay more taxes. It is as simple as that. The people of Scotland would have to pay more – to get less than they get right now (Salmond wants to keep the BBC – but why should he?)
9) Could it join the EU? Not according to the President of the European Commission Jose Manuel Barroso who said it would be “extremely difficult, if not impossible” to get the agreement of all existing EU members in order to become a new state.
10) “Scotland would be better off alone”…that is according to Alex Salmond who I honestly believe has set about on this vanity project which is more about trying to get his name scribbled into a history book – than it has to do with what is best for Scotland and it’s people. Already he has used what I would see as anti-English sentiments claiming ‘People do become sick and tired of the succession of day-tripping Conservative ministers flying up to Scotland to deliver lectures and then flying back to Westminster again’. Why shouldn’t George Osborne deliver a lecture in Edinburgh? It’s ONE country! Worst of all the crap that comes out of Alex Salmond’s mouth is the drip dripping of anti-English sentiments. It is a sure sign that he doesn’t think he win the vote purely on the basis of facts – so, he’s going to try and get people’s “yes” vote by anti-English racism. There is already evidence that racism is on the rise in Scotland.
Finally, I have found an actual voting card that could be used in the referendum due to take place