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Old 3rd August 2000, 20:20
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Gotta love a man with a great sense of humour about himself.

"Rantin' Rovin' Robin'"
(sung to the tune of Daintie Davie)

There was a lad was born in Kyle,
But whatna day o' whatna style,
I doubt it's hardly worth the while
To be sae nice wi' Robin.

Chor. - Robin was a rovin' boy,
Rantin', rovin', rantin', rovin',
Robin was a rovin' boy,
Rantin', rovin', Robin!

Our monarch's hindmost year but ane
Was five-and-twenty days begun,
'Twas then a blast o' Janwar' win'
Blew hansel in on Robin.
Robin was, &c.

The gossip keekit in his loof,
Quo' scho, "Wha lives will see the proof,
This waly boy will be nae coof:
I think we'll ca' him Robin."
Robin was, &c.

"He'll hae misfortunes great an' sma',
But aye a heart aboon them a',
He'll be a credit till us a'-
We'll a' be proud o' Robin."
Robin was, &c.

"But sure as three times three mak nine,
I see by ilka score and line,
This chap will dearly like our kin',
So leeze me on thee! Robin."
Robin was, &c.

"Guid faith," quo', scho, "I doubt you gar
The bonie lasses lie aspar;
But twenty fauts ye may hae waur
So blessins on thee! Robin."
Robin was, &c.

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Old 7th August 2000, 22:30
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Thanks for the Burns post, Sonsie. :-) I don't suppose you think I should post the words to his "Nine Inch Will Please a Lady"? ;-> ;-> ;->

I do have something PG rated to share, though:

Tony Blair is doing the photo-op rounds of a hospital. Towards the end of his
visit, he is shown into a ward with a number of people with no obvious signs of injury. He goes to greet the first patient and the chap
replies:

"Fair fa' your honest sonsie face,
Great chieftain e' the puddin'.race!
Aboon them a' ye tak your place,
Painch, tripe, or thairm:
Weel are ye wordy o' a grace
As lang 's my arm."

Tony, being somewhat confused grins, and moves on to the next patient and
greets him. He replies:

"Some hae meat, and canna eat,
And some wad eat that want it,
But we hae meat and we can eat,
And sae the Lord be thankit."

The third starts rattling off as follows:

"Wee sleekit, cow'rin, tim'rous beastie,
O, what a panic's in thy breastie!
Thou need na start awa sae hasty,
Wi bickering brattle!
I wad be laith to rin an chase thee,
Wi murdering pattle!"

Tony turns to the doctor accompanying
him and asks "What is this --the mental ward?

"No," replies the doctor, "It's the Burns unit."

heheheh
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Old 9th August 2000, 01:12
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Brilliant Rhiannon! Here I thought the joke was working up to some commentary on Smiling Tony.

I've recently started digging beyond the sanitized versions of Robert Burns life. Definitely much more interesting than the Reader's Digest Condensed version.

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Old 9th August 2000, 05:03
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I've found that people cant seem to get past the idea of him being a lover of women but there was so much more to the man.
He was able to put into words what most of us can only 'feel' or wish we could find the words for.
Ah've got a sortof "balmoral" feel about the following.....ah mean, we all know the words
"wee sleekit cowrin tim'rous beastie"
and some of us even know he wrote them after disturbing a mouse's nest while ploughin
but how many of us actually pay attention to what he is actually saying when he compares the ruin of the mouse's plans, after carefully setting up her house for the winter, and his own.
"But, Mousie, thou art no thy lane,
in proving foresight may be vain:
the best laid schemes o'mice and men
gang aft agley,
an' lae'e us nought but grief and pain
For promised joy!"

To me, that's what the Balmoralism that you talk about in previous threads is all about...Froth! skimming over the top...seein the bits one wants to see NOT the reality that lies below
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Old 9th August 2000, 15:56
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Hi Jarmine. (What does the indicator "native" mean? That you live IN Scotland? That youre FROM Scotland even if you live in the states?)

You wrote:
<<I've found that people cant seem to get past the idea of him being a lover of women but there was so much more to the man.>>

oh, fer sure. But I have to wonder what he'd prefer to be remembered for. :-) Perhaps loving not wisely but too too well would suit him?

<<He was able to put into words what most of us can only 'feel' or wish we could find the words for.>>

oh, god yes, I run into this all the time: searching for the right words to communicate, and coming up often with blathr that means "words just can't wrap around this concept/emotion/wonderment." I keep trying though. Good exercise for the little gray cells. :-)

<<To me, that's what the Balmoralism that you talk about in previous threads is all about...Froth! skimming over the top...seein the bits one wants to see NOT the reality that lies below>>

I hear you. I don't know though that I think the froth at the top isn't as real as what lies below. It's not the whole story, but surely a part of it as much as any other, I think. But hey, I'm just quibbling here. Nothing really to disagree about. :-)

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Old 10th August 2000, 01:08
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yer nearly a native, yersel, Rhiannon. Some folk do it wae a big fanfare from the other members others just slip into native mode quietly
Naw, ah think the real man that was Rabbir Burns would appreciate being remembered for his love and understanding of humanity
Yes, he did enjoy his fling, as his wife said at one point "oor Robin should have had twa wives"
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Old 10th August 2000, 09:23
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I've found that people cant seem to get past the idea of him being a lover of women but there was so much more to the man.
Absoposilutely Jarmine! Maya Angelou is is a big Burns fan partially because he wrote a poem from the perspective of someone in slavery.

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To me, that's what the Balmoralism that you talk about in previous threads is all about...Froth! skimming over the top...seein the bits one wants to see NOT the reality that lies below
Couldn't agree more.

"When cheese is processed, richness of flavour and tang of texture disappear. What is left is a smooth, tasteless substance, which may be easily spread and which could not possi8bly offend the dullest palate. The object of most of Burns's nineteenth-century editors and commentators was to turn the rich Dunlop of his life and work into a processed product acceptable to Church and State, and sufficiently characterless and colourless to enable him to occupy with absolute decorum the niche of National Bard prepared for him."

...MAURICE LINDSAY from the "Robert Burns Encyclopedia"



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