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The governments of the United Kingdom and Scotland agree on a framework for the latter to vote on independence. Other reporting in the Telegraph, Guardian and the Scottish Sun. The referendum, for this nation of 5.25 million people and a unicorn as its national animal, will be held before the end of 2014. [more inside]
posted by Wordshore on Oct 15, 2012 - 109 comments

Happy Gung Haggis Fat Choy!

What does the dancing Chinese lion eat at Gung Haggis Fat Choy? Not lettuce.. but haggis of course [SLYT with bagpipes, be warned] (The lion breaks out into a bit of highland fling for extra fun). [more inside]
posted by chapps on Jan 22, 2012 - 13 comments

With four and twenty black-and-white birds, here's the history of the pie

NPR's food blog gets wordy: for the origins of "pie," look to the humble magpie. Though the etymology of pie doesn't present one clear path, the possibilities are fascinating. English surnames point to pie and pye as a baked good in the 1300s, with a Peter Piebakere in 1320 and Adam le Piemakere in 1332. Chaucer referred to "pye" as both a baked good and a magpie (Google books). Or perhaps the fillings were like a magpie's collection of bits and bobs, similar to haggis. You know, like the French "agace," or magpie (Gb), and similar to chewets, those baked goods, or another name for jackdaws (Gb), relative of the magpie. [more inside]
posted by filthy light thief on Nov 22, 2011 - 21 comments

WARNING: contains bacon. also possibly hipsters.

Ever wonder what breakfast in Pakistan looks like? How about Uganda? According to some hostellers, breakfast in Pakistan typically involves Aloo Paratha, perhaps with a side of salty buttered tea to dip it in. In Uganda, it's katogo, this particular example being green (non-sweet) cooking bananas, mixed with cow organs. [more inside]
posted by lonefrontranger on Oct 12, 2011 - 91 comments

"Tastes as good as it sounds"

Americans, rejoice! Haggis is coming to our fair land. [more inside]
posted by backseatpilot on Jan 25, 2010 - 48 comments

Auld Scotland wants nae skinking ware that jaups in luggies: But, if Ye wish her gratefu prayer, Gie her a Haggis!

Just nae call i' English! Food historian Catherine Brown has announced that Haggis, the traditional Scottish dish, was invented in England rather than Scotland. Scottish butchers have dismissed the daft claim. But just in case she turns out to be right, there's always... curry? [more inside]
posted by zarq on Aug 4, 2009 - 54 comments

Some hae meat and canna eat, and some wad eat that want it, but we hae meat and we can eat, and sae the Lord be thankit.

Today is the 250th anniversary of Robert Burns, time to toast the haggis (youtube), or even make your own!
posted by Lanark on Jan 25, 2009 - 27 comments

Ach! A Wee Haggis!

Haggis Hunt 2004/2005. Well, now, lads and lassies! 'Tis time to seek out that "Great Chieftan o the Puddin-race!"
Look for them. Learn about them. Or just smack them silly.
posted by grabbingsand on Dec 1, 2004 - 3 comments

Hunt the Haggis!

Now that they've found Saddam, it's time to hunt the haggis!
posted by moonbird on Dec 14, 2003 - 5 comments

The beguiling haggis

The adorable haggis. Think nothing of the myth of sheep and oatmeal.
posted by the fire you left me on Dec 6, 2003 - 10 comments

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