Wednesday, 6 January 2016

Kilts in the Castle!

It's coming up to Burns Night, and Clyro School are having another fund raising evening of dancing and whisky to celebrate. It's on Friday 22nd January, starting at 8pm. Tickets are limited to 100, and they are £15 each. There will also be hot food.
Tickets are available from Bartrums and Clyro Petrol Station.
They're still looking for someone who can recite Robert Burns' poetry as the haggis is piped in....

So this is also a reminder that the haggis hunting season has started. This shy little creature is mostly found in Scotland, of course, but some farmed ones have escaped in Wales and are rumoured to have been breeding in the wild. Traps baited with whisky are the most humane way of catching them....


Ian said...

Whisky is always welcome and humane of course but I have always understood from my Scottish forebears that since the legs on their left side are shorter than those on the right to facilitate walking on those steep but bonny braes they are confounded if chased on the heathery hillsides in a clockwise direction. They simply fall over and are thus easily picked up.

Anonymous said...

Didn't Blair ban haggis hunting? Better be on the lookout for Haggis Hunt Saboteurs!

Anonymous said...

St dwynwyms day in Wales, why go Scottish?

Eigon said...

Can St Dwynwym offer whisky and men in kilts, though?

Anonymous said...

St Dwynwen's Day
St Dwynwen's Day is celebrated in Wales on 25 January and commemorates
the patron saint of friendship and love.
Dwynwen lived during the 5th century and was, by all accounts, one of the
prettiest of Brychan Brycheiniog's 24 daughters. The story goes that
Dwynwen fell in love with one aelon Dafodrill, but unfortunately her father
had already arranged that she should wed another. aelon was so outraged
that he raped Dwynwen and left her.
In her grief Dwynwen fled to the woods, where she begged God to make her
forget aelon. After falling asleep, Dwynwen was visited by an angel, who
appeared carrying a sweet potion designed to erase all memory of aelon
and turn him into a block of ice.
God then gave three wishes to Dwynwen. First she wished that aelon be
thawed; second that God meet the hopes and dreams of true lovers; and
third, that she should never marry. All three were fulfilled, and as a mark of
her thanks, Dwynwen devoted herself to God's service for the rest of her life.
Remains of Dwynwen's church can be seen today on the island of
Llanddwyn, off the coast of Anglesey. During the 14th century, upon visiting
the island, the poet Dafydd ap Gwilym witnessed a golden image of Dwynwen
inside the church, and was bold enough to request her help as a messenger
between himself and orfudd, the girl he hoped to win; and this despite the
fact that orfudd was already married!
Also situated on the island is Dwynwen's well, wherein allegedly swims a
sacred fish, whose movements predict the future fortunes and relationships of
various couples. Visitors to the well believe that if the water boils while they
are present, then love and good luck will surely follow.
The popularity and celebration of St Dwynwen's day has increased
considerably in recent years, with special events, such as concerts and
parties, often held, and Welsh cards printed. Although still not as popular as
Valentine's Day in February, St Dwynwen is certainly becoming better-known
amongst today's population