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Buchan Heritage Society Burns Night: John Sorrie, Bill Peet, Les Wheeler, Sheila Gerrie, Nicola Park, Duncan Simpson, Mintlaw, 19/01/1994

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NEFA 1994.002.01   Transcription
P: John Sorrie
T: Introduction

NEFA 1994.002.02   Transcription
P: Bill Peet
T: The Immortal Memory
S: Burns and North Easters like to take people down to size with their dry sense of humour. Tells anecdote about a lad going off to work getting a bigger and bigger piece each day.

NEFA 1994.002.03   Transcription
P: Bill Peet
T: The Immortal Memory, cont.
S: There are a lot of myths associated with Scots and with Burns evenings. One of these is that Scots read and understand Burns. Another myth: most Scots attend a Burns night dinner. Actually, around three percent do. Haggis is not the national dish; it is more likely to be a fish supper. What is wrong with broth and trifle.

NEFA 1994.002.04    Transcription
P: Bill Peet
T: The Immortal Memory, cont.
S: As for kilts and tartan; they are hardly worn and used. Toasts men in the kilt at the dinner. The majority of Scots would be happy to go to their graves without doing a traditional dance. Whisky is not the national drink that it was and many Scots have it with water or lemonade.

NEFA 1994.002.05    Transcription
P: Bill Peet
T: The Immortal Memory, cont.
S: Let us hold on to the good bits of Scotland. What would Burns make of all the myths? He would not appreciate all the speeches, boring and academic, that overanalyse the poetry in ways that Burns never intended. The supper should be a celebration and celebration should be in song.

NEFA 1994.002.06    Transcription
P: ????
T: A Man's a Man for a' That
FL: Is there for honest poverty
 [Temp. level drop @ 1:00]

NEFA 1994.002.07    Transcription
P: Bill Peet
T: The Immortal Memory, cont.
S: Audience participation is essential for a Burns night. Burns could socialise and be at ease at a formal occasion, but was putting on an act. So, there is no place for elitism at a Burns supper. He would approve of plenty of food, plenty of drink, and plenty of good-humoured fun. Burns did not take himself to seriously. [End of Side A.]

NEFA 1994.002.08    Transcription
P: Bill Peet
T: The Immortal Memory, cont.
S: The Address to a Haggis is a piece of fun, poking fun at the food and wine snobs of his day. Burns was not a religious man, though he would have respected those who truly were. He must be judged according to the morals and customs of his own time. He makes the Conservatives in Whitehall look whiter than white. We do not morally scrutinise Van Gogh, or Byron, so why should we with Burns? We must be consistent. Burns was a man of deep nationalist sentiment, but not romantic, but pragmatic. He had a great affection for his cultural roots. In lieu of any real celebration of St Andrew's Day, we must all do what we can to save Scotland's culture. The Buchan Heritage is engaged in just this effort. [They all toast Burns.]

NEFA 1994.002.09    Transcription
P: John Sorrie
T: Introduction
S: Introducing Les Wheeler

NEFA 1994.002.10    Transcription
P: Les Wheeler
T: A Toast tae the Lasses
S: This is the most dangerous thing to do. Women never quite understand what their men are saying. [Tells several jokes:] (1) Story about woman going to a nudist camp; (2) Women do not understand about physics; (3) Gravestone joke.

NEFA 1994.002.11    Transcription
P: Les Wheeler
T: A Toast tae the Lasses, verse
FL: When asked tae mak the lasses' toast
S: [Verse toast, Habbie Simpson style.]

NEFA 1994.002.12    Transcription
P: Sheila Gerrie
T: Reply tae the Toast
FL: ????
S: Verse reply. [Undermodulated at start.]

NEFA 1994.002.13    Transcription
P: John Sorrie
T: Vote of Thanks

S: Votes of Thanks for Charlie Kelman and Bill Peet.

NEFA 1994.002.14  
P: Nicola Park
T: The Dark Island/ ????/ ????
S: Bagpipes.

NEFA 1994.002.15    
P: Nicola Park
T: ????/ The Auld Rustic Bridge by the Mill
S: Bagpipe marches.

NEFA 1994.002.16    Transcription
P: John Sorrie
T: Introduction
S: Introducing Duncan Simpson.

NEFA 1994.002.17    Transcription
P: Duncan Simpson
T: Stories about the Royal Blind School
S: We should think of Ian and Jean Middleton. Story about lice combing in the Royal Blind School. Then they were washed with something akin to sheep dip. [End of Side B.]


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