Scotland – The Scottish Referendum: Should THEY go – or stay? – Tola Adenle

September 13, 2014


This is for a dear friend, Katharine, a real Scot, big of heart, has all the best one could ask for in a friend.

I send this gift on this landmark occasion but wait a minute, she gave the same gift to me several years ago to let me, perhaps, know where her heart will always be though she is a real citizen of the world. As if I did not know, even if we’d never talked of Scotland THAT way. I am not really returning the gift, though.

I had misplaced it for many years because of a number of moves since she gave it but I found the little piece of cloth by serendipity two months ago. It is a beautiful jute-like linen poster. It was dust-laden and I felt awful at the possibility of “Wha’s Like Us” never regaining its old beauty.

Like a person possessed, I went straight up to the laundry, threw it in the washing machine, turned on the tap, added a whole cup of ultra-light bleach and turned the speed on ‘gentle’. After cycle wash, I let out the mud-color water and ran the tap for one more wash with dish soap, emboldened to wash it on ‘regular’ cycle. It came out almost like new.

Here’s why most Scots hold firmly to “no one attacks me with impunity” – nemo me impune lacessit!

Check out below:  “Wha’s Like Us”


[The Poster]
The average Englishman in the home he calls his castle slips into his national costume – a shabby raincoat – patented by chemist, Charles Mactintosh from Glasgow, Scotland.

Enroute to his office he strides along the English lane, surfaced by John Macadam of Ayr, Scotland.

He drives an English car fitted with tyres invented by John Boyd Dunlop of Dreghorn, Scotland.

At the office he receives the mail bearing adhesive stamps invented by James Chalmers of Dundee, Scotland.

During the day he uses the telephone invented by Alexander Graham Bell, born in Edinburgh, Scotland.

At home in the evening his daughter pedals her bicycle invented by Kirkpatrick Macmillan, blacksmith of Dumfries, Scotland.

He watches the news on T.V., an invention of John Logie Baird of Helensburgh, Scotland and hears an item about the U.S.Navy, founded by John Paul Jones of Kirkbean Scotland.

He has by now been reminded too much of Scotland and in desperation he picks up the Bible only to find that the first man mentioned in the good book is a Scot-King James VI – who authorized its translation.
Nowhere can an Englishman turn to escape the ingenuity of the Scots.

He could take to drink but the Scots make the best in the world.

He could take to drink but the Scots make the best ingenuity of the Scots.

He could take to drink but the Scots make the best in the world.

He could take a rifle and end it all but the breech-loading rifle was invented by Captain Patrick Ferguson of Pitfours, Scotland.

If he escaped death, he could find himself on an operating table injected with penicillin, discovered by Alexander Fleming of Darvel, Scotland and given an anaesthetic, discovered by Sir James Young Simpson of Bathgate, Scotland.

Out of the anaesthetic he would find no comfort in learning that he was as safe as the Bank of England, founded by William Paterson of Dumfries, Scotland.

Perhaps his only remaining hope would be to get a transfusion of guid Scottish blood which would entitle him to ask –


SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 13, 2014.  6:50 p.m. [GMT]

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2 Comments on “Scotland – The Scottish Referendum: Should THEY go – or stay? – Tola Adenle”

  1. Falade A.G. Says:

    Scottish are great,
    What’s the result of the referendum?



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