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    Robbie Burns Dinner

    2011 - 01.25

    So we’ve got a Robbie Burns Dinner coming up this Saturday evening.  It’s a fundraiser for the Dowco Triumph Street Pipe Band which Karin’s brother is a member of.  This will be my third year in attendance, so I have a good idea what to expect.  Should be a good time, with good food and bagpipes.

    Interestingly there are currently two private members bills in the senate which are somewhat related.  Bill S-226 which would establish the Maple Leaf tartan as Canada’s national tartan (currently there is no national tartan).  Bill s-222 which would establish April 6 as Tartan Day in Canada (have no idea why they picked April 6).

    According to the article there are approximately 4.7 million Canadians of Scottish decent which translates to roughly 14% of the population, which is pretty impressive (1 in 7ish).  Who knew?  Scotland itself currently has a population of roughly 5.2 million.  So they only have 10% on us…  Undoubtedly there are countries out there where the native population is dramatically exceeded by the expat population, but it’s still surprising to see a figure like that.

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