Duns Dulls A' ?
Huttonian gave one of his now fairly infrequent talks to a localish Borders Institution-no names no pack drill-about living and working overseas, illustrated with rather elderly and scratchy acetates. I may have slightly over egged the more exciting and glamorous aspects of the la vie diplomatique
as in the question and answer period after my talk I was asked by a lady 'from the hills' as they say in these parts about people who live at a higher altitude than Duns down Lammermuirs way ' How on earth can you live in place** like Duns after being in so many exotic places?' I said all the nice things about this little town as you might expect from a seasoned envoy* but I don't think she was convinced:
'What I always say about Duns. Dull but dependable' was her verdict
Well, you could have worse descriptions-and it might make a more appropriate town motto than 'Duns Dings A'. I am inviting Hutton Think Tank to run an one of its targeted competition to find similar pithy three word labels for other Borders' settlements. First prize: an all expenses paid week in the town of your choice. Second prize
* A diplomat is an honest man sent abroad to lie for his country?
** Didn't actually say 'place'
Labels: Duns, Hutton Think Tank