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Wha's like us?
A gentle reminder  of the Scots contributions to the World

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The Thistle, the Symbol of Scotland thanks to a Viking


The Saltire,
Scotland's Flag


The Average Englishman in the home he calls his castle slips into his national costume –
a shabby raincoat patented by chemist Charles MacIntosh from Glasgow, Scotland.

On his way to work he strides along the English lane, surfaced with asphalt
invented by John Macadam of Ayr, Scotland

He drives an English car fitted with tyres
invented by John Boyd Dunlop of Dreghorn, Scotland.

At the office he receives the mail bearing adhesive stamps
invented by John Chalmers of Dundee, Scotland.

During the day he uses the telephone invented by Alexander Graham Bell,
born in Edinburgh, Scotland.

At home in the evening his daughter pedals her bicycle
 invented by Kirkpatrick Macmillan, blacksmith of Dumfries Scotland

He watches the news on TV, an invention of John Logie Baird of Helensburgh, Scotland
 and hears an item about the US Navy, founded by John Paul Jones of Kirkbean, Scotland.

He has by now been reminded too much of Scotland and in desperation he picks up the Bible,
 only to find that the first man mentioned in the good book is a Scot –
King James VI - who authorised its translation.

Nowhere can an Englishman turn to escape the ingenuity of the Scots.
He could take to drink, but the Scots make the best in the world.
He could take a rifle and end it all, but the breech-loading rifle
was invented by Captain Patrick Ferguson of Pitfours, Scotland.

If he escaped death he could find himself on an operating table injected with penicillin,
discovered by Alexander Fleming of Darvel, Scotland and given an anaesthetic,
discovered by Sir James Young Simpson of Bathgate, Scotland.

Out of the anaesthetic he would find no comfort in learning that he was as safe as
the Bank of England, founded by William Paterson of Dumfries, Scotland.

Perhaps his only remaining hope would be to get a transfusion of guid Scottish blood
 which would entitle him to ask
"Wha's like us“


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So have a dram!  My vote for the "Sinclair Dram" is Caithness's own from Wick!