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That which is haggis. Source: Wikipedia
That which is haggis. Source: Wikipedia

Scots celebrate a poet's life with food and music

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Robert Burns was born in Scotland in 1759, and is widely celebrated as that country's greatest poet. Countless Burns Suppers are held around the globe, on or near his birthday on January 25. There's extra enthusiasm this year, which marks the 250th anniversary of his birth. The evenings typically feature bagpipes, songs and poems by Scotland's bard, and good scotch whiskey--along with something called haggis: sheep liver and lungs mixed with oatmeal, onions and spices, steamed together in a sheep's stomach. Lucy Martin sampled all but the whiskey at a senior's "Burns Lunch" in North Gower last week.

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Pat Hamilton checks the haggis.  (Pan-baked haggis works well for large groups events.  Hamilton reports the traditional steamed sheep stomach has a tendency to burst, "Which makes a huge mess".)

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