Friday, 31 May 2013

Another Country / Tog Orm Mo Phìob

It never entered our little Scottish heads that prayers should be said in every Anglican parish the following Sunday, nor English clergy or lay-people be paraded on TV to say it wasn't in their name. There weren't 3 days of rolling news coverage and there wasn't a week of wall-to-wall press coverage.

We didn't go fire-bombing English village halls or Anglican churches, nor did every Scotsman with an IQ  under 90 change his Facebook profile picture to a Saltire and take to the streets.  There were no calls for either the First Minister or Prime Minister to return from their holidays nor for yet other folk to be sent 'home'. 


 No Morris Dancers or their wives were assaulted in the street in reprisal, no supermarkets were boycotted nor charities' names hijacked. 

No merchandise was marketed, nor did any tone-deaf, wannabe pop stars try to cash in. No War Memorials were plastered with tacky tributes nor YouTube tribute videos made.  Only one Facebook memorial page was created. At the time of writing, one has 114 results on Google News Search and the other 70,600.  Another similar murder on 29th April returns 504 results.

But then, we are another country. Rest in Peace Piper Craig HepburnDrummer Lee Rigby and Mr Mohammed Saleem.



Tog orm mo phìob is thèid mi dhachaigh
Is truagh leam fhìn mo lèir mar thachair;
Tog orm mo phìob 's mi air mo chràdh,
Mu Ruairidh Mòr, mu Ruairidh Mòr.

Tog orm mo phìob, tha mi sgìth
'S mar faigh mi i thèid mi dhachaigh;
Tog orm mo phìob, tha mi sgìth
'S mi air mo chràdh mu Ruairidh Mòr.

Tog orm mo phìob is thèid mi dhachaigh
Is truagh leam fhìn mo lèir mar thachair;
Clàrsach no pìob cha tog mo chridhe,
Cha bheò fear mo ghràidh-sa, Ruairidh Mòr.