When I was looking for a picture of Manet's "dejeuner sur l'herbe" to add pearls to for my mosquito post, I discovered that the model, Victorine Meurent, was the same one in loads of Manet's pictures. I've always liked Manet, but I'd never noticed that it was the same woman all over the place. I suppose I wouldn't make much of an art critic.
At the weekend I went round a museum here and saw two of Manet's pastels for real. One of them was "The Beer Drinkers".
The great thing about Scotland is that this is where they make whisky, so it's impossible to find a bar without a selection of malts. The bad thing is that the weather's not so good. As I type this it's rather wet and miserable. Which I suppose is why they like their whisky so much.
Another thing I'm not keen on is the bagpipes, which someone had wailing in the shopping centre. I'm sure that when the natives were all guerilla warriors fighting the English, they had to improvise with things like musical instruments, but there's not really any excuse in this day and age...
Brewed From Girders
Scotland is the home of "Irn Bru", in the same way that America is the home of "Coca Cola". You won't find much Irn Bru in the US, since it's banned. Apparently one of the ingredients causes cancer in Americans.
It says on the bottles "Bru'd in Scotland to a secret recipe for over 100 years". Which is true, since it first came out in 1901. They used to claim that it was "Bru'd from Girders" - I'm not sure if that's true, since I've just drunk loads of the stuff but haven't suddenly become superhero strong. Oh well...