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Saturday, 22 January 2011


This weeks cartoon has a very tenuous link to events due to take place on the 25 January this year. Apart from the largest Fire Festival in Europe it also happens to be Burns Night, a celebration of the life and poetry of the Scots poet Robert Burns, born on the 25th January 1759.

The cartoon displayed below by Lancelot Speed (186o-1931) is set in Scotland during the deer stalking season, and there lies the tenuous link – Robert Burns's poem “My Heart’s in the Highlands” which includes the verse:

My heart's in the Highlands, my heart is not here;
My heart's in the Highlands a-chasing the deer;
A-chasing the wild-deer, and following the roe,
My heart's in the Highlands wherever I go.

It also made me laugh, which of course is the main reason for including it.

Transcript below:

NEW SPORTSMAN: (who imagines himself to be invisible to the quarry). "They can't see us, can they ?"
STALKER: "I'm thinkin' they'll be awa'. There's naethin scares them sae much as an ostrich."


  1. Very funny once again. I'd love to 'borrow' a copy of one of your marvelous cartoon posts and contrive it into a post on my own little 'Blogette' sometime - with full and obvious accreditation to you and yours here - of course. A kind of mini ' blog promo' if you will. The image I was thinking of was the 'July Weather' golfers post. Only because 'once I'd got it', it made me laugh so much!

    And still does.

    Happy new Year by the way...

  2. Hi Phil, yes feel free. Glad you enjoy them!


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