Recently I was longing for Ireland because of Visit Ireland adverts. Things are getting worse and worse: I noticed tonight a Visit Scotland advert. This one to be precise. It made an ever bigger effect on me than the Irish adverts, what with the stags, the castles in the mist, the magnificent nature, the magnificent architecture, the autumnal look, the alcohol, the everything. I am such a sucker. I visited Scotland nearly 25 years ago and this has been long overdue.
You see, I have maybe deeper affinities with Scotland that I have with Ireland, or indeed any other country that is not Québec. I have Scottish blood, after all, so this touches me even more: I might have had ancestors walking there and I probably have distant (very distant) relatives walking around. When I listen to this song, I often think of Scotland first (and fittingly enough it was written by a Scot). Still, no excuse to fall for this kind of emotional blackmail.
22 hours ago