Thursday’s quiz

1. Who said: We look to Scotland for all our ideas of civilisation.?

2. What is the common name for Calluna vulgaris?

3. It’s l’avoine in French, avena in Italian and Spanish and ōti in Maori, what is it in English?

4.What’s a tatty bogler?

5. Alfred Hitchcok said – “I understand the inventor of the bagpipes was inspired when he saw a man carrying an indignant, asthmatic pig under his arm. Unfortunately, the man-made object never equalled the purity of the sound achieved by the pig.” Was he right?

5 Responses to Thursday’s quiz

  1. Alwyn says:

    1. That was Voltaire. Silly old twit.
    2. Common Heather
    3. Oats in French
    4. My mind bogles. I have no idea.
    5. Even though I am of Scottish descent, and actually learned piping (although not very well) when I was at school I would have to agree with Hitchcock.

  2. Alwyn says:

    After putting my entry in I started reading the Kirkcaldie & Stains (Kirks to Wellingtonians) Christmas catalogue and discovered an entry for Tatty Bogler wines. It is apparently one of the wine labels used by Forrest Estate who are based in Bannockburn.
    I’m sure it is not what you had in mind but it’s a try and it’s as good as I can manage.

  3. Alwyn says:

    A third bite at the cherry. Looking more closely at the wine ad in the K&S catalogue I see that the label has a picture of a scarecrow on it.
    Is a tatty bogler a scarecrow?

  4. 1. Alwyn says Voltaire, which would tie to the Scottish Enlightenment, the only time that the statement could be true, and better than what I came up with- King James VI and I.
    2. A broom plant of some sort- once again Alwyn’s answer makes sense, but it wasn’t mine.
    3. Oats
    4. A scarecrow.
    5. No. Frequently the bagpipes surpass the pig.

  5. Andrei says:

    (1) Is that a real quote?

    (2) Heather

    (3) Oats

    (4) Potato thief?

    (5) More to the point do bagpipes sound better or worse when played in Minsk?

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