Burns Night: Brexit hits Barcelona Scottish event as haggis unavailable


A SCOT who lives in Catalonia has written to haggis maker Macsween from Edinburgh complaining that Brexit has ruined his Burns Night because he can’t get one of their puddings.

Mike Thom, originally from Edinburgh, has lived in Barcelona, ​​the Catalan capital, with his wife, Kirsty, and their family for more than 20 years, and even founded a Burns Club there.

He is a supporter of Scottish and Catalan independence, and was pictured in The National voting while wearing a kilt in the 2017 independence referendum.

However, plans for the Barcelona Burns Club’s annual event next week have hit a snag due to Brexit and difficulties in acquiring a Macsween haggis.

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Thom decided to write to the company to highlight the issue, but he wrote his email in Scottish, to see if it would be understood at the company’s headquarters in Loanhead, outside Edinburgh.

He wrote to Dear Team Macsween: “Hola neebors. I’ve been bidding here in Barcelona since 1999 and founded the Barcelona Burns Club.

“We’ve had suppers that are brawny with excellent craftsmanship, transported majestically and seamlessly by the wonders of www.

“Alas, this is the second year that Bawbag has blocked me with a supply situation worse than the Red Cross parcel logistics sent to Colditz Castle for WWII prisoners.

“Watching the long truck queues in Dover and the increasing disappearance of disUnited K, I wondered if your (undoubtedly incredible) marketing SWAT team had considered establishing a production plant on the beautiful Emerald Isle in the independent Republic of Ireland.

“The braw neebors there continue to remain members of the club with the EU and that would facilitate my purchase of haggis for the consumption of it, as Lord Guid intended.”

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Frustrated with the limited options in Catalonia, Thom added: “Aw we can get here, it’s crappy boxed food called Grant’s @ €4.50 for 392g.

“January 25 is a Tuesday and even my 11-year-old said to me, ‘ah I don’t eat that shit!’

“I discovered that an Argentinian ceba morcilla [black pudding] makes a good replacement for sonsie’s honest face, but it’s not the same.

“Although the bairn can approach it in Spanish.

“Hoots, slainte i visca Catalunya…”

The National has contacted the Macsween team to follow up on Thom’s request, but they have yet to respond.


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