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Research giving you January Blues? Blow them away!

Research giving you January Blues? Blow them away! Postgrad researchers and friends are invited to a Grad School Burns Supper, Thurs 29 January in the Rainy Hall.

Burns Supper for PG Students and Friends

THE GRADUATE SCHOOL OF SOCIAL AND POLITICAL SCIENCE is having a BURNS SUPPER AND CEILIDH for Postgrad Researchers and friends

THURSDAY 29 JANUARY 2009

From 7.00pm - 11.00pm

THE RAINY HALL, NEW COLLEGE, THE MOUND PLACE, EDINBURGH EH1 2LX

MARK THE 250th ANNIVERSARY OF THE BIRTH OF SCOTTISH POET ROBERT BURNS WITH MUSIC, POETRY and DANCING

Tickets cost £10.00 per person, and are available from the Graduate School Office, Room 1.21, Chrystal Macmillan Building. (Enquiries 0131 651 1560 or 0131 651 3865.) Please tell us whether you want vegetarian or meat haggis!

If you have never heard of Burns, or read his poems, or sung Auld Lang Syne to the original tune, then this is a chance to find out what the fuss is all about... AND if you have, then well need you to help with the entertainment!

On Thursday 29 January, we will gather at 7.00pm at the Universitys Rainy Hall, New College (a beautiful setting - see

http://www.div.ed.ac.uk/visualtour_3.html)

David McCrone, Professor of Sociology and Director of the Institute of Governance, will Chair the proceedings and welcome the guests.

Scotch broth will be served at 7.15pm.

The company is then asked to stand to receive the haggis, which will be piped in by acclaimed musician Gary West.

David McCrone will recites Burns' famous poem To A Haggis, with great enthusiasm. When he reaches the line "an cut you up wi' ready slight", he will cut open the haggis with his knife. It is customary for the company to applaud the speaker then stand and toast the haggis with a glass of whisky (or your preferred alternative).

The company will then dine on Haggis, Tatties and Neeps, followed by Cranachan.

After dinner, David will give a short speech, The Immortal Memory, designed to show the greatness of Burns poetry and its relevance today.

This is usually followed by the Toast To The Lassies. Originally this was a thank you by the men to the women for preparing the food and a time to toast the 'lasses' in Burns' life. We will reverse tradition for Janette Webb, Director of the Graduate School, to give a Toast To The Laddies, with one of the male guests making the Response.

Music and Ceilidh Dancing

The evening continues with music and dancing from Shingis McKingis, ceilidh band extraordinaire, and concludes with the company linking hands and singing Auld Lang Syne.

January 2009 sees the 250th anniversary of the birthday of Robert Burns, Scotland's national poet and icon. It is traditional to mark the event with a Burns Supper. Burns Day has a claim to be Scotland's national day, and the Supper is a unique event at which you learn much more about Scotland and its culture.

OUR PIPER Gary brings "fluency and firepower to Highland pipes and Scottish small pipes" www.musicinscotland.com. He hosts the BBC Scotland Radio Show Pipeline http://www.bbc.co.uk/radioscotland/presenters/gary_west/

And is Senior Lecturer in Scottish Ethnology at the University.

Ticket costs are to cover part of the cost of Dinner, hire of the Rainy Hall and Ceilidh Band. The Event is subsidised by the Graduate School.

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