Roslin- Cultures Collide in a `Fearsum Hoolie`

A new and very unique form of `Martial Art` was created, completely by accident, this week in our village. As usual I took the sproglets to their weekly Scottish Country Dancing class in the village hall- a very traditional affair with the customary matronly lady dressed in tweeds bellowing out instructions and counting time to a gaggle of distracted 3-6 year olds who are more interested in how loud they can stomp on the dance floor and when snacktime is..
Sheila (the Matronly-Tweed-Lady) does a wonderful job with the wee darlings and commands the class with military precision (she uses a combination of fear and the promise of choccy biscuits).
This week the class ran slightly late and at 7 o`clock the doors burst open and the Roslin & District Under 10`s Karate class decended upon us! All hell broke loose- it was Karate Kids in Kilts..
The junior Scottish country Dancing Class and Junior Karate had overlapped and merged to form a seething mass of crazed, uncontrollable Evil Pixie Monsters.
It was at this point that the new form of martial art was born, combining the steps and formations of such Scottish Celidh classics as `The Dashing White Sergeant` with the defensive moves of
`The Fighting Serpents` and `The Death Kick`. I can not describe the fearsome, pant-wetting sight of sugar-deprived kiddies charging at you, fists flailing, kilts swirling, yelling `HeyAHH! The Noo!`
It was some fearsum hoolie...Cultures collided, knees were grazed and Sheila needed a medicinal sherry..

Village Character of the Week:
The Wallaces Cave Man.
In a rock face in the towering sandstone cliffs of Roslin Glen is a well known cave known as Wallaces cave - so called because William Wallace and his men are supposed to have hidden in it to evade capture.
There are a few folk brave enough to clamber down the steep and dangerous rock face to explore the cave
but recently we have had a resident Cave Man who has been living in the cave for a week or so at a time. Those who have visited him in the cave say he`s a rather scruffy, bearded man of the `confused-but-happy` variety who seems quite sober, doesn`t say alot and has a large collection of milk bottles.
Probably an eccentric millionaire who needs to escape the rat-race now & again and goes to the cave to `find his happy place`.

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kennc's picture
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Rua

Thank-you! I learned a little more about Scottish Culture! I read the Scotsman in one of my e_mail boxes every day and receive their Cultural Heritage mailing. That helps also!

kennc

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Sproglets can be unpredictable -- best bring a spare pair of breeches/trousers next time.

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Hi Rua,
I can just see all those kids laying into each other.What fun!
Tell me though, do the Scots really say "The Noo" and what does it mean?
Sheila sounds wonderful, just like all the Scottish matrons I have known.
Keep it up, you are such a delight to read after Oscar.

shadows

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Shadows

But, Rua ia an especially delightful read!

kennc

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"The noo" is the way "now" is pronounced, e.g. "I'll do it the noo" is "I'll do it now". So yes it's said.

Slainte!

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Having a little bit of Scots in my ancestory I like to have these things straight.
I worked with a Scottish woman once and I couldn't understand a word she said, but it seemed that every second word was "feck" whatever that was.
She was a nice woman but blunt.
My god, was she blunt.
I still have the lumps.

shadows

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That`ll be a rudey swear word Shadow.. `Scunner` is a good one- a term meaning an unpleasant or distasteful person or thing which you would rather avoid.
Next week, by the way, the Little Darlings will be re-enacting The Battle of Roslin in the style of Riverdance..

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Now I understand, thank you Rua.
I knew what "feck" was when Irish people said it but with Aggie, she would end all her sentences with it,so I had no idea what she was saying.
I looove Scunner.
I can j ust imagine the little darlings with their shoes on all stepping on each other's insteps.
It sounds like a good place to avoid.

shadows

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Dear Shadow & Rua.

Chances are that by this time nobody is keeping up with this blog, but I add the following anyway:

After you'd have given a Scunner a good Skelping, chances are you'd be Fair Puggled! And the next day you'd still be feeling a wee bit Peelie Wallie (a short "a" pronunciation, if I've even got the spelling right). If the Scunner could still stand on his ain twa feet, he'd still be a wee bit Shooglie on them!

Best!

Jeff