25 January 2013
Today is Robert Burns Day, also known as Burns Night, the day when the life and works of Scotland’s national bard get celebrated. Of course, we’ll be celebrating tonight too. Sadly, it’s the second year running that we’ve been unable to convince any of our German friends to join us for a haggis supper - and this in a nation obsessed with sausages, which really isn’t that much different from haggis when you consider what goes in them - but the boy loves haggis and one of our best friends is over from Scotland too, so we’re good.
Of course, no dinner party is complete without a good dessert, so let me recommend my Cranachan recipe to you that I posted last year: a heavenly combination of whipped cream, oats, whisky, honey and (Scottish) raspberries. Omnomnom…
And it’s been a while since I posted a play list, mostly because my external hard drive, which housed my iTunes music collection, died and I just haven’t found the time to re-rip all my CDs. But no Scottish celebration without some music, so here’s a little collection of both Burns’ songs and other Scottish tunes to get you going:
* These four tracks are not Burns songs, although Thaney is also sung in Scots and Three Craws is a traditional Scots children’s song. The Wrigley Sisters are from the Orkney and Fiddler’s Bid from the Shetland Islands, neither of which were traditionally Scots speaking.
25 May 2012
So, are you ready for the Eurovision Song Contest tomorrow night? Here’s half an hour of Eurovision golden oldies through the years to get your Eurovision party started!
25 April 2012
It’s been raining on and off so far all week, so I thought “if you can’t beat them, join them” and made a playlist all about rainy day songs. Of course, now the sun is shining and the forecast is for temperatures to keep rising. Perhaps my playlist helped;-)
14 February 2012
Another really busy week, writing a big article about museums and social media for a museum education journal, so I’ve got to sideline this blog a bit. But since today is the day we celebrate all things love (something we should do every day, in my opinion, though I guess it’s nice to make some extra fuss about it once in a while), I’ve put together another wee playlist, this time with some of my favourite love songs: