I have a confession to make – I have never eaten Haggis. No, not even the vegetarian kind (yes, there is one).
Today is Robert Burns’ birthday, and therefore will be Burns Night, where it is traditional to celebrate by eating Haggis, neeps (turnips) and tatties (potatoes) as a Burns Supper.
Not heard of Burns? Robert Burns (b 1759) is a Scottish poet, and you will have heard of ‘Auld Lang Syne’ one of his most famous works. Sadly for Rab, you will also see him on a lot of shortbread packets and tins as he also means a lot to the tourism industry!
So Happy Birthday Rab. Will I be eating Haggis? Unlikely as I haven’t bought one yet to cook, but you never know.
On the subject of anniversaries, the 30 January will see the anniversary of the execution of King Charles I. If you’re in London during this period, look out for his statue seated on a horse close to Trafalgar Square. Flowers are laid there every year in his memory.