Happy Hogmanay!

Hogmanay is the Scottish word for the last day of the year which is today and it also happens to be Elizabeth’s birthday. This year we went to the Pantomime. I’ve never been before but I’d heard good things about it.  It was superb and exceeded all my expectations.

We saw Dick McWhittington,  the Scottish version of Dick Whittington. There was singing and dancing, lots of slap-stick comedy, plenty of politically incorrect references, toilet humour and Benny Hill-type jokes. The kids loved it so much as did we. There was even a segment about Donald Trump which, I’m sure you can guess, was not complimentary. It’s a British tradition to go to the Pantomime with the family in December and I think we’ll make it our tradition too. I love living here so much and I especially love living in Scotland.

Here’s the theatre in Aberdeen. It’s lovely inside.



Elizabeth got a new bike for her birthday.


She also got a neat game you can hook up to an iPad where users control the character in the game with coding blocks. It’s an introduction to programming for kids which is a bit like Scratch except that the coding blocks are tangible things you can move around with your hands. It was a big hit and she played with it for almost an hour this morning.


She got several other cool things too and had a very enjoyable birthday, I think.

Did you know that Auld Lang Syne is a Scottish poem written by Robert Burns? Scotland has a lot of distinctly Scottish things – a distinct culture I guess you’d say – like tartan, whisky, kilts, golf (invented here), bagpipes, hogmanay, haggis, shortbread, Gaelic, and lots of other things I’ve likely forgotten.

Happy birthday Elizabeth and Happy Hogmanay everyone else. May 2017 bring peace, health, and happiness.

12 responses to “Happy Hogmanay!”

  1. have a good new year, Rachel and look forward to the day you’re in the front of the bike and Elizabeth is behind! Pantos are brilliant; I’m sure they are where I learnt to love live theatre which has enriched my life since. And yes the Scots are geniuses, they’re attitudes in the 17th century being one of the main reasons the Enlightenment took hold in the Uk!! Seriously where would we be as a nation without capitalism as first expounded by Adam Smith in the Wealth of Nations?!!! I don’t think Smith or Hume or any of the originators foresaw the Trumps of this world though. And the Scots have had a disproportionate (in terms of per capita head of population) influence on the UK and the world in terms of Nobel prizes and scientific advances. Is it any surprise that all right thinking English citizens won’t let you guys go without a struggle!!

    • Happy New Year to you too, Geoff. I’m preparing the kids for my eventual retirement when I’m expecting to be ferried around to medical appointments in a cargo bike. And hopefully they’ll take me to the annual Pantomime as well 🙂

  2. Happy New Year dear Rachel! It’s a pleasure to work with you and the rest of Water and JPOP every day! 🙂 What game is it? The tangible code blocks are a great idea!

  3. Wish that coding thing had been around when my kids were young. I’ve always struggled with finding good presents for them, as they are not very materialistic. Happy New Year!

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