“Fit hiv yi deen tull yir airims?” - I love being Scottish. I spent the afternoon with some really rare auld Doric mannies. The man playing bones used to be a blacksmith. A mannie said he played spoons and I asked if I could see and he went out to his car to get them so he could teach us while the judges deliberated the harmonica competition at The Strichen Festival. That first guy, Sandy, is maybe the kindest person I’ve ever met.
This morning I met John, an 86 year old retired trawlerman in Torry. Asked him about his tattoos - he got them age 18 in Picaddily Circus when doing his Royal Naval Reserve training. The ones on his inner arm were “practice”, the outer arms were “real professionals”. A rare mannie #oldtattoos