Burns Supper Duns
I thank the Berwickshire News for this dramatic image of a Burns Supper -the Haggis is being 'addressed' and then put out of its misery for another year. As a Brit Dip I spent many formative hours at Burns Suppers in Foreign Parts. I had to explain to certain senior African Foreign Ministry officials that the molesting of a Haggis was nothing to do with human sacrifice, symbolic or actual. In this particular country the Suppers were banned following a visiting piper getting over intoxicated and being found next morning, naked, and unconscious draped around the national war memorial. He had been overcome with an excess of whatever, possibly the local beer,crawled out for some fresh air and had been robbed of his regalia as he slept. His Pipes, however, were not stolen as the thieves presumably thought they had a modest resale value. I was subsequently told, in no uncertain terms by the officials in question that this was one of those of British cultural traditions they could do without.
NB The lady on the right looks a bit apprehensive. Did she not know what was coming? Or she did and that was what was worrying her. One of these nights the Haggis will fight back.
Me, I am with the Haggis