Red Rose Day
Red Rose Day
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No, nothing to do with comedy: It’s National Poetry Day, held ever year on the first Thursday of October. And no doubt everyone will be celebrating today by reciting their favourite poems by heart, whether that be from Robert Burns, John Betjeman, Walt Whitman, William Blake via a lot of Shakespeare.


My contribution is today’s photo of the statue in Glasgow’s George Square of Robert Burns, where he has an ongoing battle for respect from the seagulls. Burns, regarded as the ‘heaven-taught ploughman’, is Scotland’s most famous poet, her undisputed national bard. He may have been born in rural poverty in Alloway, the son of a tenant farmer; but he was also a true son of the Scottish Enlightenment – intelligent, articulate, well read and educated.


Everyone will have heard or sung his most universally known New Year anthem, Auld lang syne. But it’s no wonder he had a reputation as a ladies man (and several of them, at that), with his most famous verses being his love songs, such as Ae fond kiss and O my luve is like a red red rose. And there’s none better reciting his work today than Glaswegian chanteuse Eddi Reader – and here she is singing My Love is Like a Red Red Rose.


Leica M3 & 1.4/50mm Summilux V2
Sekonic L-308S
Ilford FP4+ (@100)
HC-110 (Dil. B – 6:30 min)
Plustek 7600i & Vuescan


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