Oor Wullie
Oor Wullie
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Jings, crivvens, help mah boab’…you can take the boy out of Scotland, but you can’t take Scotland out of the boy. Those word were my first reaction on seeing the guy in today’s photo sitting on an upturned bucket at Pike’s Place Market in downtown Seattle. Now, while I may have already lost all the Americans on the mailing list, who are probably all collectively wondering what the significance of these obscure words and someone sitting on an upturned bucket is, back home, the Scots will know exactly what I’m referring to: The Sunday Post’s legendary high-jinxter-in-chief, Oor Wullie


Last week, the Sunday Post (published by D.C. Thomson newspapers) celebrated its centenary. But, like me, one of the two reasons for only reading this paper as a kid was for Oor Wullie and his ‘next door neighbours,’ The Broons (the occupants of 10 Glebe Street who put the ‘fun’ back into dysfunctional family). Both were created by the wonderful artist Dudley D. Watkins, who also illustrated for comics such as The Beano, The Dandy, The Beezer and Topper. And through his original cartoons in the Post, ‘jings, crivvens, help mah boab’ went on to become part of the Scottish language, part of the dialect.


Oor Wullie and the Broons made their debut in the first fun section in March 1936, and have been there ever since. Every Scot was aware of Oor Wullie, through the Post, through his biennial Christmas annuals. He was the universal favourite (along with the other Auchenshoogle regulars like Wee Eck, Fat Boab, Soapy Souter and PC Murdoch), famous for his dungarees and tackety boots, love of mince ‘n’ tatties (minced beef and mashed potatoes) and sitting on an upturned bucket. Braw!


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