Tuesday, 25 January 2011

Here's a Bottle


There's nane that's blest of human kind
But the cheerful and the gay, man.

Here's a bottle and an honest friend!
What wad ye wish for mair, man?
Wha kens, before his life may end,
What his share may be o' care, man?

Then catch the moments as they fly,
And use them as ye ought, man!
Believe me, Happiness is shy,
And comes not ay when sought, man!


It is always gratifying to see the bard recognised and today and this week he will be remembered in countless Burns Suppers, not only in his native Scotland, but throughout the world. This is as it should be and I'll be enjoying haggis tonight (but no whisky) and will raise a glass of Scottish beer to his memory and to mine for the countless hours at school learning a lot of his poetry.

I wonder what the randy sod would have made of this though? I guess as an internationalist he would have been pleased, but nonetheless it does make you wonder why a Kent brewer would bring out a Burns related beer. Is the Head Brewer a Scot? Of course Burns did have thoughts about drinking and very much liked an hour out. So do have a glass of beer to his memory, whether brewed by McSheps or someone else. Life is short.

Anyway, here's to the Immortal Memory. Happy Burns Day to all my readers!

7 comments:

Ed said...

The brewer that runs the pilot plant at Sheps is Scottish.

Cooking Lager said...

Can we have a video blog of you drinking this whilst giving a rendition of "Donald where's your troosers" ?

Tandleman said...

Ed - That may explain it.

Cooking - I don't think DWYT was one of Burns's finest poems, but I think Andy Stewart did his best with it. Me on the other hand? No.

Barm said...

Stewart Main is a Scot, formerly of Drybrough's, as you ought to remember from Al's interview with him: http://www.fuggled.net/2010/07/brewer-of-week.html

Tandleman said...

Barm- I am duly chastised! (-;

RedNev said...

For those disappointed by Tandleman's unaccustomed modesty, here's the original by Andy 'Elvis' Stewart.

Tyson said...

Sounds just like Tandleman-the Elvis bit, naturally:)