Event ian 1/15/2013

This year London celebrates Burns Night on Friday, 25th January (and a few days thereabouts depending on the mood and the venue).

Burns Night is the annual celebration of the 18th century Scottish poet Robert Burns. The event takes place on auld Robbie’s birthday, and is traditionally celebrated with poetry readings, song, broad Billy Connolly accents and a hearty Burns Supper, which may or may not include the piping in of a wee haggis!   Not for timorous beasties indeed…

This year is the 254th anniversary of the birth of Robbie, so we are promoting a dinner that is certain to be memorable.  Aye, it’s happening in our neck o’ the woods – to be precise on the tenth floor of the Royal Gardens Hotel, on Kensington High Street, in the Min Jiang Chinese Restaurant.  The deal for two is £30 and it includes whisky sour cocktails and a range of haggis dim sum (true!) – yes, wait for it, this celebration is for ‘Chinese Burns’!

Of course the Scottish bard is famous for many, many poems including A Red, Red, Rose – the first verse being:

O my Luve’s like a red, red, rose

That’s newly sprung in June

O my Luve’s like the melodie

That’s sweetly play’d in tune

Your humble blogger would like to take a crack at a slightly more contemporary version.  Ahem…

O my love’s like a red, red, rose

But mine is more fantastic

Aye, my red, red rose will last forever

Because mine is made of plastic

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