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Days gone by – 1997

We turn the clock back to 1997 this week and the primary one class at Ballachulish Primary School. Teacher Janice Cameron was pictured with her new charges.

MacPhail

ANGUS MACPHAIL

angusmacphail@yahoo.co.uk

ROBERT Burns has become arguably the most significant cultural icon Scotland has ever produced and today – January 25 – many are preparing for the annual celebration of his life by way of countless Burns suppers held throughout the world.

His outlook on humanity, the world and the ways of life, coupled with lyrical genius to deliver his message, are undoubtedly the main ingredients that have led to his immense, widespread, enduring and ever-growing popularity. Some of his lines are the most frequently quoted to have come from the pen of any writer.

However, I believe there is more to the man’s powerful legacy than only his philosophy and linguistic brilliance.

Burns was undoubtedly a character, a man of energy, and he lived life with vigour and passion. He was a man of extremes and complexities that are representative of the unfathomable mysteries and contradictions of life that he himself wrote of with such incredible clarity.

Even during his life, far less by today’s very different context, his behaviour attracted much criticism and surrounded him with much controversy.

As with so many historical and contemporary examples of artists, musicians and creators of genius, the flaws and virtues contained in his character were inextricable from the whole and combined, for good and ill, they created the living entity so many will celebrate on the anniversary of his birthday.

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