Monday, 30 November 2009


A happy St. Andrew's day to everybody.  On this day in which the SNP bring forth their referendum question which I and many others hope will bring independence to this proud land, may I give you a few lines from our National Poet, Rabbie Burns, born just a few miles from where I am now, in Alloway near Ayr.  This poem was written by Burns to represent what he would have said had he been King Robert the Bruce before the Battle of Bannockburn, 1314, when Scotland finally won it's independence from England only for the Scottish Nobility to sell it for English gold nearly 400 years later.

'Scots, wha hæ wi' Wallace bled,
Scots, wham Bruce has aften led,
Welcome tæ yer gory bed,
Or tæ Victorie!

'Now's the day, and now's the hour:
See the front o' battle lour,
See approach proud Edward's power -
Chains and Slaverie!

'Wha will be a traitor knave?
Wha will fill a coward's grave?
Wha sæ base as be a slave?
Let him turn and flee!

'Wha, for Scotland's king and law,
Freedom's sword will strongly draw,
Freeman stand, or Freeman fa',
Let him on wi' me!

'By Oppression's woes and pains!
By your sons in servile chains!
We will drain our dearest veins,
But they shall be free!

'Lay the proud usurpers low!
Tyrants fall in every foe!
Liberty's in every blow! -
Let us do or dee!'

My apologies to anyone who doesn't understand the Scots dialect but it doesn't sound the same in English.


banned said...

Happy St Andrews Day from Ingerlund.

Bugger said...

Happy St Andrews day fro Frogland.

Why don't you get over to link below and give Magnus Linklater a bit of your blogging mind?

No cybernat bad words mind.

I think the man has lost the plot

Bugger said...


pass it on.

Dark Lochnagar said...

Banned, happy St. Andrew's day to all my English friends.

Dark Lochnagar said...

Banned. p.s. I knackered and freezing after being out all morning trying to catch a Haggis for our St. Andrew's night dinner. Only the Scots would have a National Day in the middle of Winter! :-)

Dark Lochnagar said...

Bugger, thanks for that link. I gave them a blast, but whether they print it or not after moderation is debatable. It won't be what they want to hear!

Bugger said...

I posted this morning to the effect that most bloggers were not members of the SNP so how could Alex Salmond reel them in?

He could track down their computer isp number and expose them but, I didn't think that that would be very democratic.

My post, and yours have yet to appear although one posted about 40 minutes ago sailed through their bowdlerisation process.

Now I know what Magnus Linklater was after in trying to shut down the cybernats.

They will create a desert and call it peace.

They will recreate a monopoly of political comment and call it democratic oversight.

As I also said in my unpublished post, if it were left to the MSM the two largest political scandals of recent ties would have gone unreported.

It woz the bloggers wot did it.

Bugger said...

Why do I think that this anti blogger swell from the MSM mirrors Wapping in some ways with respect to the dismantling of out of date technology and practices?

Edgar said...

Unnecessarily pessimistic, DL. I commend to you a translation of my own of those remarkable Burnsian words:

Scots have often watched their wallets bleed,
Scots often thump Australians with lumps of lead,
Drink welcome cups of tea in the morning,
Or Victorian tea in bed.

There's no time like the present:
See the bottle on the floor,
Ted's drive looks very decent,
Covered with chains and salvers galore.

Where is Tony Blair?
Is he digging Gordon's grave for sport?
Who's so low and works so hard?
Waiting in line at the airport!

There's this story about a king,
Could wield a blade and was good at drawing free,
With the clan Freeman, standing in fat,
And wiping it all on me!

When times are bad!
And your lads are all punks!
We'll drink the most expensive blood,
And then get it for nothing, like drunks!

Put down the upstanding Sherpas!
In autumn hear the tyre ants' tales!
When the free wheel blows out! -
We will achieve, or a river in Wales!

Bugger said...

well well well my comment has turned up online.

Wonders will never cease.

Edgar said...

PS, Happy St Andrew's Day tae ye!

Bugger said...

Now all the comments, bar one, have been removed on the Magnus Linklater article.

Wonder why cynernats get p1ssed off?

Dark Lochnagar said...

Bugger, I don't know if mine ever made it, although I commented under my real name. I sometimes don't know why I bother commenting on these papers. The Mail is the worst it takes 10 mins to post your article with all the shite you have to go through and then it doesn't appear even though I moderate my language.

Dark Lochnagar said...

Edgar, a fabulous effort, but what the fuck are you trying to say! :-)

Dark Lochnagar said...

Bugger. Please use whatever language you want on this site, as long as you feel it is appropriate.

Bugger said...

Thank fuck for that

Dark Lochnagar said...

Bugger, it's fucking alright.