“ All things Scottish”
“ Och Ya wee sook”
Former Scotland international turned BBC commentator Ian Robertson proved that alcohol affects your short-term and long-term memory.
While covering the Calcutta Cup he invited journalists to join him for a drink at a bar he vaguely remembered from his playing days. On arrival, he was immediately confronted by the landlord…demanding 1s/6d (about 8p) for a malt whisky he had failed to pay for 30 years ago.
It’s not just football players who have made twits out of themselves on social networking sites. Scotland international Rory Lamont was forced to apologize to US president Barrack Obama following comments made on Twitter.
Lamont sided with Republican Party presidential nomination Ron Paul, voicing his support by saying; “He doesn’t work for Wall Street like that whore Obama”
The thistle is the national flower, and also the symbol of the Scotland national rugby union team. According to legend the “guardian thistle” has played its part in the defense of Scotland against a night attack by Norwegian Vikings, one of whom let out a yell of pain when he stepped barefoot on a thistle, alerting the Scottish defenders.
Four former Scotland players have been inducted into the International Rugby Hall of Fame:
Gavin Hastings, captain of the British Lions, full back
Andy Irvine, full back, Scottish captain and British Lion
McGeechan and Bill Maclaren are members of the IRB Hall of Fame.
Scotland won the last Five Nations but have struggled since the tournament has been expanded to six.
The Scots have failed to finish better than fourth in the last four years – and haven’t won a game in the last two.
Scottish BBC commentator Bill McLaren, fondly known as the voice of rugby, coined a number of collectable quotes before passing away aged 86. Here are a few classics:
“I’m no hod carrier but I would be laying bricks if he [Jonah Lomu] was running at me.”
“He kicked that ball like it were three pounds o’ haggis.”
Player nick names
Stroker – Alisdair Strokosch, also known as The Big Stroker
Monty – Sean Lamont, although this could be quantified by calling Rory Lamont “Monty Lamont” or “Monty II” or something.
Blade – Mike Blair. There is a reason fighter pilots don’t get to choose their own call signs but hopefully someone else gave him this one. Perhaps it is related to his love of table tennis, wielding his Ping-Pong bat like a scalpel? Doubtful.
Chops – Matt Mustchin. Either a love of sideburns or pork, one would imagine.
A wee bit of Scottish slang
Ah ya bastart- Ouch that hurt
A wiz nae- I was not
Aff- Off your head
Boggin- smelly & dirty
Boot- ugly woman
Gantin- Really wanting something
Gonnae no dae that- Please don’t do that
Oan yer trolley- Go away
Bumpin yer gums- Talking too much
The official animal of Scotland is the Unicorn
Scotland has approximately 790 islands, 130 of which are inhabited.
The shortest scheduled flight in the world is one-and-a-half miles long from Westray to Papa Westray in the Orkney Islands of Scotland. The journey takes 1 minute 14 seconds to complete.
Edinburgh was the first city in the world, which had its own fire brigade.
St Andrews Links is considered the “home of golf”; the sport has been played there since the 15th century.
Home of the Loch Ness monster
Invented the telephone, penicillin and the TV.
One of Scotland’s most famous products, whisky, was actually invented in China. It was first distilled by monks in Ireland in the early 15th century, before reaching Scotland 100 years later.
Scotland has the highest proportion of red heads in the world.