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Ah’m no Deid yet !!!

November 27, 2009

29th Jan 2008

Born 1759, died 37 years later, each year, thousands of people around the world gather together to pay tribute to Robert Burns.

These are great social occasions and, although the details may differ from one to another, the format will include food, drink, speeches , recitations and songs, music and dance.

Waiting to dine

Piping in the haggis

The Haggis

Haggis, Neeps, & Tatties


Me and Mrs D attended one such Burns Supper on Saturday. In previous years, we would attend 3 or 4 of these events. Advancing age (and Mrs D’s poor health) however now see us limiting ourselves to just one Burns Supper.

As usual, we had a grand time. Met up with loads of friends we hadn’t seen since before Xmas and had a great craic.

After the meal and after the toasts and the speeches, the tables were cleared for the dancing. Mrs D contented herself with watching, conserving her strength till they played her favourite Eightsome Reel. – the fastest, longest, most energy sapping of the dances.

It was an opportunity for her to demonstrate she was ‘no deid yet‘ albeit she relied on me to hold her up for most of the dance.

The effort left her in pain and struggling for breath afterwards but she was delighted to have completed the dance. It gave a great boost to her morale – demonstrating to everybody that she was still capable of doing her favourite dance despite her illness. One small victory for Mrs D over the cancer !!!

A wonderful night!

3 Comments leave one →
  1. November 27, 2009 1:49 pm

    I think she’s holding you up duncan, been at the whiskey too much?

    • November 27, 2009 3:49 pm

      Careful, Dave!

      Accusing him of drinking Irish whiskey as opposed to proper Scotch whisky.

      Not that he’d object too much; after he’d had time to research the difference.

      • November 27, 2009 8:53 pm

        Ha, I’ve drunk a few bottles of whiskey in my time and as it happens I don’t have to do much research to know the difference between whiskey and whisky – I know the answer to that one.

        Scots Whisky is distilled twice before it’s bottled

        Irish Whiskey, however, is distilled thrice before being bottled. The extra distillation gives Irish Whiskey a ‘smoother’ taste than Scots whisky.

        (We Scot’s haven’t the patience of the Irish – we can’t be arsed to hang around waiting for a 3rd distillation process to complete when the stuff is perfectly drinkable after just two distillations) 😆

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