Tuesday, 25 January 2011

Haggis, Neeps and Tatties...

Happy Burns day!

To celebrate Scotland's favourite son, Team Oh Mammy have a packed day and night planned.

We're off to the wonderful Scottish Storytelling Centre on the Royal Mile to hear Tiny Tales. Tiny Tales is a fantastic storytelling session for babies six month plus and today's event is hosted by none other than Burns himself and his moose!

Then after a spot of lunch we are congregating outside St Giles' Church for a Burns flashmob! Organised by the Scottish Poetry Library, we'll be belting out A Man's a Man.

Is there for honest Poverty 
That hings his head, an' a' that; 
The coward slave-we pass him by, 
We dare be poor for a' that! 
For a' that, an' a' that. 
Our toils obscure an' a' that, 
The rank is but the guinea's stamp, 
The Man's the gowd for a' that. 

What though on hamely fare we dine, 
Wear hoddin grey, an' a that; 
Gie fools their silks, and knaves their wine; 
A Man's a Man for a' that: 
For a' that, and a' that, 
Their tinsel show, an' a' that; 
The honest man, tho' e'er sae poor, 
Is king o' men for a' that. 

Ye see yon birkie, ca'd a lord, 
Wha struts, an' stares, an' a' that; 
Tho' hundreds worship at his word, 
He's but a coof for a' that: 
For a' that, an' a' that, 
His ribband, star, an' a' that: 
The man o' independent mind 
He looks an' laughs at a' that. 

A prince can mak a belted knight, 
A marquis, duke, an' a' that; 
But an honest man's abon his might, 
Gude faith, he maunna fa' that! 
For a' that, an' a' that, 
Their dignities an' a' that; 
The pith o' sense, an' pride o' worth, 
Are higher rank than a' that. 

Then let us pray that come it may, 
(As come it will for a' that,) 
That Sense and Worth, o'er a' the earth, 
Shall bear the gree, an' a' that. 
For a' that, an' a' that, 
It's coming yet for a' that, 
That Man to Man, the world o'er, 
Shall brothers be for a' that.

I would imagine we'll sound nothing like this:

We can but try though!

After that we'll be getting ready to go to a fabulous Burns supper and a wee dram at a dear friends house.

Have a guid yin!



  1. wow, you're doing the whole thing! I feel quite deprived now, only cooking haggis neeps and tatties, we don't even have a dram in the hoose.

  2. Ach, have a good yin yersel! Wish I was going out for Burns night, I could go a right good haggis. Must organise a babysitter for next year!

  3. Cheers Ladies. We sang our wee hearts out! xx


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