Edinburgh Southern Orienteering Club


The Night Before Burns Night Social

Sunday 24 January

Janet Clark writes:

It's amazing how much fun a Virtual Social can be.  Yes we missed Peter's real-life Address to the Haggis, and joining hands for Auld Lang Syne; but we'd never have achieved a full-length rendition of Tam o' Shanter in real life, or managed to design an ESOC tartan!

During the build-up to Burns Night, people attempted, with varying success, to draw Strava traces of related items.  Martin Caldwell's picture of Tam on the tail-less Meg crossing the Brig o' Doon was the clear winner, and Katherine Kirk drew a most realistic tooth to illustrate the Address to the Toothache. David Robertson's perspective drawing of Burns' Cottage in Alloway also deserves a mention.  There was a haggis, a saltire, a louse, some roses and various mice, too!

The "tartan-designing workshops" involved new technology for some of us; Break-out rooms and drawing tools; and much hilarity for all.  Sharon wore a very fetching tartan top to set the scene.  There was also a quick test of knowledge of the meaning of some of the Scots words used by Burns; and the aforementioned recital of Tam o 'Shanter, reading verse about as the words appeared on the screen. 

We finished up with an all-purpose toast: to the Bard, to the Social Conveners,  to ESOC, and to our hopes and plans for 2021 in all its uncertainty.   Virtual socialising at its best!


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