By John Smith •
Updated: 25 Jan 2024 • 13:37
A dedicated band of Haggis hunters were out in 2024
Credit: Haggis Wildlife Foundation Facebook
As you toast the Haggis and it is piped in on the evening of January 25, here are a few unusual facts to consider.
According to the world of the internet, the southernmost Burns Supper was held in 2013 at Port Lockroy, in Antarctica which also boasts the southernmost post office as well as being the birthplace of the British Antarctic Survey.
Conversely, the northernmost Burns Supper on record took place in January 2019, north of the Arctic Circle, at the University of Svalbard, Norway, where students celebrated the bard.
Other unusual sites for Burns Suppers include on top of Mount Kilimanjaro in Tanzania in 2011, in Vancouver where it combined with Lunar New Year and across much of the USA.
Although there hasn’t been a Burns Supper on the Space Station, it is reported that astronaut Nicholas Patrick carried a miniature book of the poet’s work into orbit with him in 2010, during a two-week space mission.
Two quite different fans were Abraham Lincoln and Michael Jackson and it is claimed that there is an unreleased album of Burns’ poems recorded by the King of Pop and David Gest.
There is no doubt that this Scottish Poet, whose original works are almost incomprehensible to most people outside of Scotland, made a huge impact worldwide and his special evening is well deserved and enjoyed by many.
If you haven’t got time for the ‘Full Monty’ then you can always go for a ‘Haggis Toastie’!
Many Scots are proud of their heritage, none more so than the late Sean Connery who proudly stated “I am not an Englishman, I was never an Englishman, and I don’t ever want to be one. I am a Scotsman! I was a Scotsman and I will always be one.”
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Married to Ophelia in Gibraltar in 1978, John has spent much of his life travelling on security print and minting business and visited every continent except Antarctica.
Having retired several years ago, the couple moved to their house in Estepona and John became a regular news writer for the EWN Media Group taking particular interest in Finance, Gibraltar and Costa del Sol Social Scene.
Currently he is acting as Editorial Consultant for the paper helping to shape its future development.
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