Francie and Josie vids / Flying the flag ...

I have loaded this video of comedians Rikki Fulton and Jack Milroy doing what they did best on stage in Glasgow. There are subtitles shown so folk not 'au fait' with the Scottish patter 'might' be able to understand, (the anti-English comments should be taken with a pinch of salt).

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Well, winter has well and truly arrived in the land of the tartan and even to some of the rest of G.B. with a vengeance and from all the weather forecasting sources it looks like we will be stuck with the cold wintry scenes for some time. Oh what a thought......

This cold weather in Scotland really annoys the hell out of me - it's not so much that the snow is annoying - it's more that in 'this' country it stops everything after a couple of days . As I have already said I spent a year in Norway and also visited several times during the previous year where they get 'REAL' snow for months at a time... the snowploughs don't just clear the roads once a day - on one short visit over there my ex-husband lived halfway up a mountain and the snowploughs were out three or four times a day ...

This snow here has been on for 3 days for heaven's sake and you would think that all civilisation had come to an end ... There are schools closing, shops running out of milk and bread ('cos the deliveries can't take place) businesses are going bust and for the main part everyone is blaming the weather (you think I'm kidding ?? I'm not) .

The roads are falling apart - they were before but the road pothills are now covered by snow and drivers can't see them so they are falling into them and ruining their suspensions .... I'ts flippen unbelievable! A Lot of folk can't drive in the snow, so they don't go to work ...... because the roads are icy !!! Why in God's name they don't just bring in studded tyres during winter - heaven only knows - arrrghh! Oh, I give up !!!

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Oh to hang - let's cheer up with a funnie......

A typical Englishman finishes his breakfast of toast and marmalade invented by Mrs Keiller of Dundee, Scotland, and slips into his raincoat, patented by Charles Mackintosh from Glasgow, Scotland. He then walks to his office along an English - tarmac surfaced - lane, invented by John Loudon MacAdam of Ayr, Scotland. Or he arrives in his car, which is fitted with pneumatic tyres patented by John Boyd Dunlop, of Dreghorn, Scotland.

Before he had a car he used to travel by train, which was powered by a steam engine, invented by James Watt of Greenock, Scotland. In his office he deals with the mail bearing adhesice stamps invented by John Chalmers of Dundee, Scotland, and makes frequent use of the telephone, invented by Alexander Graham Bell, born in Edinburgh, Scotland. At home in the evening, he dines on his favourite Roast beef from Aberdeen Angus, raised in Aberdeenshire, Scotland.

He then watches some televisionan invention of Scotsman John Logie Baird, of Helensbourgh, Scotland - about John Paul Jones, father of the United States navy, born in Kirkbean, Scotland. The Englishman's son prefers to read Treasure Island, written by famous Scottish author, Robert Louis Stevenson, from Edinburgh, Scotland. Whilst his daughter prefers to play in the garden with her bicycle, invented by Kirkpatrick Macmillan, of Thornhill, Scotland.

It is impossible for an Englishman to escape the ingenuity of the Scots! In desperation he turns to the bible only to find that the first person mentioned is a Scotsman king James V1, who authorized the translation. He could - of course - turn to drink, but Scotland makes the finest whisky in the world.

At the end of his tether he uplifts a rifle to end it all, but Captain Patrick Feguson, of Pitfours, Scotland invented the Breech-loading-rifle! If the Englishman escapes death by the rifle, he would find himself being injected with penicillin discovered by Scottish Bacteriologist, Sir Alexander Fleming, of Darvel, Scotland - or he might be given Chloroform, am anaesthetic first used by Sir James Young Simpson, of Bathgate, Scotland. Out of the anaesthetic, the Englishman's mood would not be improved if the doctor told him that his condition was as safe as the bank of England, which was founded by William Paterson, of Dumfries, Scotland.

Perhaps in order to get some peace, he could request a transfusion o' guid Scottish blood !!

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A doctor was addressing a large audience in Oxford ......

"The material we put into our stomachs should have killed most of us sitting here, years ago. Red meat is full of steroids and dye. Soft drinks corrode your stomach lining. Chinese food is loaded with MSG. High transfat diets can be disastrous and none of us realizes the long-term harm caused by the germs in our drinking water. But, there is one thing that is the most dangerous of all and most of us have, or will eat it. Can anyone here tell me what food it is that causes the most grief and suffering for years after eating it?"

After several seconds of silence, a 70-year-old man in the front row raised his hand, and said softly, "Wedding Cake."

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Cheers from the land of the Tartan, Love, Kate xxx.

p.s. It is just after 8 PM on Wednesday and a snowball has just hit the window and a wee voice shouting out 'Nana' look out and see what I'm doing ... I then looked out and when I opened the window I was nearly hit by a cold and wet white object which goes by the name of a snowball !! Louis and his Dad were passing up the road after buying some sweetie goodies at the garage shop ! Blimey, I forgot how magical the snow and snowballs were to kids! He and his Dad are now blethering and laughing while heading up the hill towards their own house - and Lou's giggles are echoing into the distance ......

Cheers from the land of 'snow-covered' tartan, Kate xxx.