Stuart George

Burns Night at Lord’s

In Cricket on January 27, 2011 at 6:56 pm


I’m not Scottish (even if the name Stuart Donald George suggests Celtic blood) but I’m always looking for an excuse to go to Lord’s to eat and drink and talk cricket.

On Tuesday night – Burns Night! – the MCC held its first ever Burns Supper. There were 70 or so people for a haggis dinner in the Long Room, where we were watched by the narrow, steely gaze of Douglas Jardine’s portrait. Jardine was the notorious captain of England’s great “Bodyline” team. Although born in India, his parents were Scottish.

I cannot remember eating haggis before. I feared the worst. But it wasn’t too bad… It was like a rather vulgar looking and tasting faggot! Once a year is more than enough, though.

My guest was Jo Miller, the delightful librarian at The Oval. She grinned with utter delight as we all joined hands and sang, “For auld lang syne, my jo…”

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