In a few days we (most of the civilised world that is) will be commemorating the birth of that best known of all Scots, he of The Immortal Memory, Rabbie Burns. Burns' appeal was universal, but more universal than many imagine. Burns loved the Lasses, there is no doubt of that, and considered all men his friend ( there is no suggestion of course that he was anything but "straight"). For those who really wish to know how much he enjoyed his "Houghmagandie" I recommend his "Merry Muses of Caledonia". You may Google it - there are 40 pages of "interesting" poetry. Be aware that it is not for prudes and hypocrites. And for those (Sassenachs?) who do not understand the Lowland Scots dialect, I would, with the utmost respect, ask that you please, please learn what the song "Auld lang Syne" actually means. If you enjoy the "Merry Muses" let us know. Happy Burns Night (I plan to get "blathered" - just as Burns did on many occasions).