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When the snows are lying deep,
When the field has gone to sleep,
When the blackthorn turns to white,
And frosty stars bejewel the night,
When summer streams are turned to ice,
A Snow Ball warms the heart of mice

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Cherbourg and I would like to wish you all a Happy Burns Night! Note: Cherbourg is my familiar and travelling companion, in the form of an orange octopus, if you don’t already know him.

Cherbourg practicing his "Ode to the Haggis", Burns Night January 2015 (My photo).

Cherbourg practicing his “Ode to the Haggis”, Burns Night January 2015 (My photo).

My favourite Robert Burns poem is unquestionably Tam O’Shanter, an epic ghost story (with entertaining social commentary) taking place one night in the drinking establishments and on the streets of Ayr. The language is striking, funny, rich, and just generally wonderful. You can watch an animation here, with Brian Cox (actor, not physicist!) reading the poem. It was created by Spiral Productions for the Robert Burns Birthplace Museum, in Alloway, near Ayr.

I’ve never made a haggis from scratch myself, and am not sure how easy it would be these days to get all the necessary ingredients, but there is a recipe in the Glasgow Cookery Book which sounds wonderful, with a vivid language and poetry (possibly the Poetry of Ew, to the more squeamish) in itself. You can read it in the photo below.

How to make haggis from scratch, the Glasgow Cookery Book, p.126 (1962 edition; my photo).

How to make haggis from scratch, the Glasgow Cookery Book, p.126 (1962 edition; my photo).

Once made, you mix it with neeps and tatties, and tuck in:

Cherbourg enjoying his haggis, neeps, and tattoos (my photo).

Cherbourg enjoying his haggis, neeps, and tatties (my photo).

It’s quite common to give the haggis its own wee dram of whisky, and to have one yourself. Sometimes you can go too far, however, with both whisky and haggis:

Cherbourg overdid both the haggis and the whisky (my photo).

Cherbourg overdid both the haggis and the whisky (my photo).

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