And now, just…because:

Scots pronunciation guide
(as Scots speakers would sound)

Shid ald akwentans bee firgot,
an nivir brocht ti mynd?
Shid ald akwentans bee firgot,
an ald lang syn*?

CHORUS:Fir ald lang syn, ma jo,
fir ald lang syn,
wil tak a cup o kyndnes yet,
fir ald lang syn.

An sheerly yil bee yur pynt-staup!
an sheerly al bee myn!
An will tak a cup o kyndnes yet,
fir ald lang syn.


We twa hay rin aboot the braes,
an pood the gowans fyn;
Bit weev wandert monae a weery fet,
sin ald lang syn.


We twa hay pedilt in the burn,
fray mornin sun til dyn;
But seas between us bred hay roard
sin ald lang syn.


An thers a han, my trustee feer!
an gees a han o thyn!
And we’ll tak a richt‡ gude-willie-waucht‡,
fir ald lang syn.


Open Thread.

Just remember,

Friends don’t let friends blog drunk….

66 thoughts on “The LAST WATERING HOLE OF 2014

  1. Ah yes!
    Tis the season for rednecks to discharge firearms into the air in random directions at 12 midnight.
    I’ll be under the bed.

  2. Robert Burns, From “To a Louse”:

    “O wad some Power the giftie gie us
    To see oursels as ithers see us!
    It wad frae monie a blunder free us,
    an’ foolish notion
    What airs in dress an’ gait wad lea’e us,
    an’ ev’n devotion!

  3. In spite of being a partial Scot and the keeper of many hogs, I had never heard of Hogmanay. I thank all of you for all the interesting things you’ve shared here. I now have a new favorite holiday.
    Happy Hogmanay!

    • I have discovered one of the best kept secrets of the south.
      Hog Jowl Bacon.
      Hog Jowl Bacon.
      Half the price, twice as good and it’s bacon, only better.

  4. I walked around the corner to Peckerhead Pete’s to drop off some empty egg cartons for a friend of his who is raising chickens. While we sat on his front porch drinking coffee I casually asked how he was doing with his laptop computer. He said he hadn’t touched it in several weeks and that he would sell it for $200. I said I’d give him $50 a month for four months and he agreed!

    It just finished recharging the battery and the next step is to reset it to the factory settings to eliminate anything that Pete or anyone he let use it may have done. Then I’ll download the Windows 8.1 update.

  5. Apparently Israel can be wiped off the map. Literally. Harper-Collins map was produced specifically for distribution in the United Arab Emirates and neighboring countries:

  6. Any doubt what a scummy thug Putin really is? Yesterday, a Russian judge pulled a stunt straight out of Game of Thrones, handing prominent Kremlin critic Alexei Navalny a suspended sentence on politically motivated charges of fraud but sentencing his younger brother Oleg – a politically inactive postal worker – to three and a half years in a penal colony in Alexei’s stead.

    • US F&W is also apparently planning to permanently remove all wolves in the lower 48 from protection lists. As Defenders of Wildlife notes:

      For the first time in more than 40 years, nearly every gray wolf in the Lower 48 could be stripped of protection under the Endangered Species Act (ESA). The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service could announce its final decision to delist wolves any day now.

      If they do move forward with delisting, it will mean they’ve ignored the recommendations of their own scientific peer review panel – and leave wolves at the mercy of extreme anti-wolf state politicians, putting the recovery of wolves everywhere at grave risk.

      And the new fascist-majority Congress will surely OK any and all such nonsense.

  7. FB Trending News:
    “Arizona Republican Party: Sen. John McCain reportedly removing Tea Party opponents from party offices.”

    Or, actually, the exact opposite.

  8. Today ended a 375-day stretch in which high temperatures in downtown Los Angeles reached at least 60 degrees. Today’s high was 56.

    And people whine when it gets “cold” here. Lightweights.

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