Friday, July 24, 2009

The Gathering of the Clans

With them arriving in Edinburgh from here, there, and everywhere, for the greatest gathering of clan chiefs in Scotland since Culloden, I sort of thought about Gregor Gysi who, while conceding that he was German, placed that particular "priority" about number fifty in a scale of priorities that went from one to fifty. When it comes to my own "priorities" the scale would have to be extended to a hundred to accommodate my Scottishness. Anyway, there they are today, from here, there, and everywhere, running around in their kilts, toasting their "blood" and generally participating in rituals that would make us shudder with fear if they were Englishmen or Germans; I was going to say Americans but almost half of them are from the land of 'Yankee Doodle Dandy'. Indeed, I am inclined to believe that there are not going to be too many "progressives" among the clansmen. After all how can you be "progressive" running around in garb that was actually invented by the English and Lowland Scots in the 19th century? No, there won't be too many progressives among these "ewig gestrige" and when many of them get back to the land of "Yankie Doodle Dandy" you can be quite sure that they will be supporting the wiping out of their modern day forerunners the clansman of the Hindukush, while forgetting all too easily what happened to their own forefathers. Of course, that is only half as absurd as it seems and the reality there is that half of their forefathers, in fact, fought for the Duke of Cumberland and "German Georgie" at the battle of culloden.
In the picture the guy in the middle belongs to the MacWindsors - Clan Chief is a lady in London whose first name is Barbara - . The MacWindors are a sort of Dutch, German, Greek clan

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