Sunday, 25 January 2009

Robert Burns at 250

Tonight is a very special Burns celebration. Sadly, I do not have the entrée to any Caledonian societies in this corner of South Wales, but I shall no doubt find the time to raise a glass to Britain's second-greatest cultural export (after Shakespeare).

As someone who railed against the strictures of kirk and government (though he did become a freemason and an exciseman), Burns ought to have produced many ringing words in praise of liberalism. The best I could find: "Freedom and whisky gang thegither!" It'll have to do.

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