I wonder if I can move to Scotland?


It seems to be one English-speaking* place that still has some sense.

*More or less, but that’s OK, because Scottish accents are a marvel.

Comments

  1. chiel says

    Wonderful, makes me proud to live in Aberdeen, only 6 miles or so from the abomination that is the Mennie course, multiple sites of special scientific interest were bulldozed at the behest of that man after the planning permission was rushed through by the local council eyeing up the prospect of the promised 6000 jobs.

    The best revenge however on the Pumpkin faced cock womble is the wind-farm sitting a couple of miles offshore generating lots of clean energy ,

    Oh and for thoe of you puzzled by the farmers accent , its Doric, NE Rural Scots , my mother tongue , a wonderful dialect , and on a bad day completely incomprehensible to all by a native speaker!

  2. cartomancer says

    You wouldn’t like it. Despite morphological similarities, it turns out that bagpipes are not related to the octopus at all.

  3. willj says

    Best video I’ve seen in a while. But pissing him off isn’t enough. You have to vote.

  4. Dunc says

    I’m Scottish and even I have trouble with the Doric. Your man there is not especially broad (or is making an effort to be comprehensible to outsiders).

    We’ve been hating Trump since before it was cool. However, there is enough blame to go around for the decision which allowed him to wreck a unique mobile dune ecosystem in order to build his golf course… Both the local council and the Scottish government deserve a share too.

  5. What a Maroon, living up to the 'nym says

    Scots is generally considered another language (and it’s not the same thing as English with a Scottish accent).

    We just got back from two wonderful weeks in New Zealand, and all our son could say was that Scotland was better.

  6. KG says

    Ha – I’ve not just met, but had extended conversations, with two of those heroes. Patrick Harvie (“I’m the Evidence” tweeter) is co-convenor of the Scottish Greens (my party), but Stan (“Ginger Jesus”) is just a neighbour I’ve met at a couple of local community events.

  7. davidc1 says

    There is a lot to admire about Scotland and Scottish people ,Mr Forbes must be a hero to everyone the snatch snatcher has ever cheated ,but i think not many people have heard of him .
    Talking of accents ,i am on holiday in Norfolk in our caravan.The site owner has a Norfolk accents you could cut with a knife.

  8. davem says

    My own accent is as English as it gets, but my family comes from around there. I recognise all the surnames. I cannot communicate with my second cousins whatsoever. Not a single word. Mr Forbes, by comparison, speaks very clear English.

  9. unclefrogy says

    pissing him off is a very good stratagem all forms of resistance will do that to go along with voting which will really piss him off the most.
    Out here there is another of his golf courses and he managed to piss off the neighbors of it in a very reliable republican precinct so that they voted against him in the election, even had to post visible guards in very market cars for the first year of his term in office.
    remember he too will pass and there will be a lot of work to do repairing the damages he is causing.
    nothing is permanent except death
    uncle frogy

  10. unclefrogy says

    that was supposed to be marked not market?

    to get my meaning let me ask this guy to say it for me

    uncle frogy

  11. jrkrideau says

    on a bad day completely incomprehensible to all by a native speaker
    Hey, I’m from Canada and I had no trouble with the language the farmer used.

    It’s the Glaswegians that I cannot understand.

  12. magistramarla says

    My maternal grandmother emigrated from Scotland as a child. I still have the teapot that she clutched on the way because her mother entrusted her with caring for it. The McWilliams family came to the US long before the orange shitgibbon’s mother arrived. While they didn’t become fabulously wealthy, they did become a moderately successful farm family and seemed to be decent people.
    Lately I’ve been wishing that I could go back to the country of my grandmother’s birth!

  13. tacitus says

    It’s the Glaswegians that I cannot understand.

    I’m English, but I grew up in Glasgow from the age of 7, and I still couldn’t understand kids from the East End of Glasgow nine years later. It’s one of the strongest accents in the UK.

  14. rietpluim says

    Boy, that video gave me the best laugh in days.

    People here may be interested, if you don’t already know it, in the “You’ve Been Trumped” documentary about that golf course in Aberdeenshire.

    The great Scottish singer/songwriter Karine Polwart wrote a song about the golf course: “Cover Your Eyes”. She also wrote “I Burn But I Am Not Consumed” about Trump and his Scottish ancestry.

    There was a lovely video of the Karine Polwart Trio en the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra performing both songs, but apparently it was removed from YouTube.

    Here’s “Cover Your Eyes”:

    .

  15. richardemmanuel says

    Well…who sold it to him? Who sold him the next one? Was this one not previously the next one? Why did pigsty man have no trouble seeing through him? It’s not like absent-mindedly opening an email virus, or clicking like on something you haven’t really read or whatever whatever. Who’s the idiot here?

  16. MikeMa says

    Scotland seemed like a good option for me as well and then I found the Starship Sofa podcast. Great stories but the moderator is so difficult to get, especially while driving, that I despair.

  17. slithey tove (twas brillig (stevem)) says

    American here, thank you for listening (err: reading)
    I think it;s cool how the “two finger salute” insult, in UK, is the “peace sign” reversed. IE palm toward receiver means “peace”, toward sender means “F.U ”
    I’m writing this to be corrected any misunderstanding of the gestures.
    ?

  18. davidc1 says

    @18 One of the saddest moments in my life was when i found out that the English /British Archers at Agincourt didn’t flick the V to the French .
    Some myths should not be exposed .

  19. Rob Grigjanis says

    slithey tove @18: The two-finger salute should be done with an upward motion (at least once), otherwise it looks like you’re asking for two of something. The middle-finger salute requires no such motion, of course.

  20. Nemo says

    I recently learned* that Irish citizenship should be mine for the asking (and without giving up U.S. citizenship), as long as I can prove that my grandparent was born there. I’m seriously considering it… not that I plan to leave, but it’s nice to have the option.

    After the abortion referendum, I kept hearing that people had come from other countries to vote, which made me wonder…

  21. blf says

    Yes, anyone whose has a parent or grandparent who is an Irish citizen is eligible for Irish citizenship (exact details and the process can be obtained from any(?) Irish consulate / embassy, as far as I can recall). However, this has essentially nothing to do with people coming from other countries to vote in the referendums (e.g., the recent abortion one, and the earlier SSM one).

    What’s going on there is two things: First, the Irish constitution can only be changed by referendum. Second, only citizens(?) physically present in Ireland can vote on a referendum. Hence, people have to travel to Ireland to cast their vote. In both of the aforementioned referendums, the pro- (good) side, at least, made significant efforts to encourage Irish citizens aboard to visit so they could vote. (I think, at the end of day, this didn’t matter in either case, the majority in Ireland was quite sufficient.)