Chinese Whisky is apparently now as good as Scotch Whisky ; China's Li Na and Scotland's Andrew Murray both came 2nd at the Australian Open; and this weekend falls smack in the middle of Burns's birthday (25th Jan) and the Chinese New Year (Feb 3rd) . And as if that isn't spooky enough for you: It's going to be the year of the RABBIT - which is how Chinese people pronounce ROBERT .
The link between all these ChinoScottish (dis)connects is clearly and unequivocally The Mustard Seed in Faringdon - but to explain HOW and WHY is beyond the bounds of this simple email. Douglas Adams puts it very simply : "When you try to take a cat apart to see how it works then what you get is a non-working cat" .
So: Sorry. There's not going to be a full-blown explanation of all the Holistic links in this email . We don't want non-working cats.
But - at LEAST we can list just a couple of the reasons why Rabbie Burns would have been a Frequent Shopper (with a Loyalty Card) at the Mustard Seed :
- - Rabbie's Birthday is the SECOND most celebrated birthday on the Planet (guess who's first! )
- - Rabbie - like most Scots - had an eye for a bargain. Then - at the age of 29, the Poacher turned into Gamekeeper and he became an Exciseman (preventer of smuggled & untaxed goods). Quoting from a letter to his uncle <make sure you read this out in broad Scots!>
Is this the earliest reference (1788) to "Fair Trade" that we can find ? (There's a challenge for you ! )
And Rabbie's BOGOF reference of "two for one" is also a wistful observation of his partner's propensity to give birth to twins.....
Burns's poetry (when it wasn't about women's breasts! ) was very radical; and strongly supported the underdog and the dispossessed.
He most certainly would have wanted to banish UNfair trade - and would have applauded our wholehearted support for the Mustard Seed :