We ken the Guardian disna like Scotland awfie much aither.
Ahead of this year’s Burns Night, the 18th-century bard has come under harsh scrutiny from Liz Lochhead over his treatment of women A year ago, Nicola Sturgeon marked Robert Burns’s 25 January birthday by posting a video celebrating his poetry, praising Scotland’s national bard for his “enduring values of equality, inclusion and internationalism” and inviting Scots to toast his memory at that evening’s Burns Night parties.
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THE “outing” of Scotland ‘s National Bard as a “sex pest” has split academics, with a biographer saying it was right to say “he had his Harvey Weinstein moments”. The debate was sparked by poet Liz Lochhead’s claim the wordsmith was the Harvey Weinstein of his day and had boasted in a letter of raping his pregnant girlfriend on a horse manure-strewn floor.
LIZ Lochhead’s banal comparison of Robert Burns to Harvey Weinstein on the basis of a single boastful letter to a male friend (“Anger over Burns ‘sex pest’ claim”, The Herald, January 15) tells us more about the current fashion for jumping on bandwagons than it does about the alleged sexual indiscretions of a man in his twenties who died more than 200 years ago.
Scots poet Liz Lochhead has said she is retiring from giving talks on Robert Burns after landing herself in trouble with fans of the Bard by calling him a “sex pest”. Miss Lochhead, one of Scotland’s most popular modern poets, said she was “amazed” at the reaction to her comments comparing the Ayrshire wordsmith to Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein.
Git yer een roon this…
Join Scots Radio as they stravaig the Royal Mile in Embra, looking at how the Bard is commemorated this year.
Join Scots Radio as they stravaig the Royal Mile in Embra, looking at how the Bard is commemorated this year. Featuring Donald Smith, heid o the Storytelling Centre, and an exhibition on Burns’ fiery politics. Includes a stunning rendition of the Tam o Shanter, perhaps Burns’ most famous work.
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As one FB commentator pit it
Fit?! That’s jist pit ma hairt tae the soles o ma sheen. Somebodie as weel kent as Gerard usin the word “slang” is gey depressin. Actors an the like hae opportunities tae mak a difference, bit this isna guid! Mebbe somebody wi mair lairnin than me needs tae staap the gaps in his education an get him telt/mebbe speir gin he’ll promote Scots? I was in ma early fifties fan I found oot that Scots wis a language in its ain richt an hiv been ragin iver since at the injustice o’t. Dedicated fowk like oorsels that hiv proodly spoken Scots aa oor days an nurtured / promoted it at ilka opportunity, can hae aa oor guid wirk wiped oot wi thochtless stuff like this. I dinna ken whether tae greet or throw auld plates at the waa. Mebbe A’ll dae baith.
Ethnologue is an online encyclopaedia of languages. The entry for Scots.
Gies 9 guid rizzons hoo Rabbie maitters yet,
- He brings us t’gither
- He was politically radical
- He loved the lasses, O
- He is an icon of Scots identity and culture
- He knew honest poverty
- He gets all ower the place
- He raises difficult questions
- He was a human for a’ that
- He was a genius writer
THESE days Burns isn’t just a bard, he’s a brand. Back in 2003 the World Bank estimated that Robert Burns boosted the Scottish economy by £157 million. SNP MSP Joan McAlpine, who wants the value-added figure of the Bard’s financial benefits to Scotland updated, says Burns the brand helps promote Scotland’s exports and trade links “around the globe”.
“Wenn ich schottische Kultur höre … entsichere ich meine Browning!”
BURNS Night is with us. And for many this represents a chance to splash tartan-wellyed in the deep puddles of the Bard’s cultural legacy, to rejoice in the outpourings of this literary colossus, part ploughman poet, part socialist superman. But it’s total bolleks. (Word courtesy of a Scots language dictionary).
Fun wi phonetics. Accordin tae the latest research (Hall-Lew , Friskney & Scobbie, 2017) Scottish Labour MPs dinna jist think different frae SNP MPs, they soond different an aw. The ‘high CAT vowel’ is associatit wi RP an the Sooth o England, BTW.
The auld-farrant language aside, a kinna modren caw tae airms. Frae The Manual of Modern Scots wey back in 1921. https://archive.org/details/manualofmodernsc00granuoft
This video is all about Scots, a sister language of English (or an English dialect, depending on who you ask). Either way, it’s fascinating! Thanks to Fiona Katherine Smith for her recordings and advice!