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  • Ah, but how much on the respective "hogmanay" bashes ?

    What more can I say?

  • Farther on, Gib Dempster's dame, Kate, is at her door, with the bottle in her hand, to give another menyie of maskers their "hogmanay," in the form of a dram; and Gib is at her back, eyeing her with a squint, to count how many interlusive applications of the cordial she will make to her own throat before she renounce her _opportunity_.

    Wilson's Tales of the Borders and of Scotland Volume 17

  • He is no sooner at the door than Geordie Jamieson accosts him in the usual style, and says he has come for his "hogmanay;" but John, knowing the state of the bottle, begins a loud cough, in the midst of the smoke, and cries, as he runs away from his house and visitor, (whom he pretends not to see for the smoke.) "It's a deevil o 'a hardship to be smeeked oot o' ane's ain hoose."

    Wilson's Tales of the Borders and of Scotland Volume 17

  • I wish you could have seen about a hundred children, being almost entirely supported by their fathers 'or brothers' labor, come down yesterday to dance to the pipes, and get a piece of cake and bannock, and pence apiece (no very deadly largess) in honor of hogmanay.

    On the Old Road, Vol. 2 (of 2) A Collection of Miscellaneous Essays and Articles on Art and Literature

  • Send us in your XVs of 2009 over the next two weeks and we'll collate the votes, find the pictures and present you the benchmark performers you voted for just before hogmanay (GMT).

    Planet Rugby | Rugby Union News

  • Perth Concert Hall, tomorrow, 10pm (0845 612 6320), tickets are £12-£15, www.


  • Stirling Castle Esplanade, tomorrow, 10pm (01786 274 000), £25, www. stirling hogmanay. com


  • Mr. Brown would do well to loosen his necktie and raise a dram to the future of the British economy over hogmanay rather than beating his chest.

  • If you REALLY want to see hogmanay, head north and go to a small town or into the country.

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  • If you’d like to extend your stay, there’s an additional five-minute version of the Scottish boating chorus, an annual tradition called “hogmanay.”

    Disquiet » Aural Vacation MP3s


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  • literally new year's gift

    September 20, 2009

  • Hogmanay, Inverness

    years march toward the gunfire

    falling soldier-like into their graves

    I survive, for now

    bless me with mist and an emerald castle

    a Flora MacDonald as stout in clutching night as she is by daylight

    and there's piddling little of that

    cathedral bells howl louder than dogs

    both midnight curs and

    terrified of wanton starbursts

    cars grow frosticles

    windows flutter open for happy new year street-perving

    2008 is born in Scotland as anywhere

    swift-flowing Ness falters not

    for wavering drunks on bridge

    for tide, for fate, for me

    when silence dawns I'll be gone

    when silence reigns I'll be dust or mud on mallard-feet

    when piper calls my tune I will return

    aye bonnie Scotland

    craig and ben, cairn and seagull-tipped skerry

    cries again, and I hear

    January 1, 2008