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Steyn's Song of the Week

Loch Lomond

Continuing our post-referendum Scottish theme this weekend, here's a song whose best-known lines figured in a lot of glib commentary in recent weeks - "Will Scotland take the high road, etc?" This essay is adapted from Mark's book A Song For The Season, personally autographed copies of which are exclusively available from the Steyn store: O you'll tak' the high road and I'll tak' the low road And I'll be in Scotland afore ye... The best known Scottish song of all time is the one about ...

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Mark at the Movies

Mrs Brown

The reborn Kingdom of Scotland may be on hold for a year or two, but here at SteynOnline we're having a Scottish-themed weekend. For our Saturday date movie, here's a highland fling of a most unusual character: The girl is Scotland's Queen; the boy is her loyal servant. Mrs Brown, the story of Queen Victoria and John Brown, was made in 1997, and by a quirk of timing was released a week after the death of Diana, Princess of Wales. But, even without a helping hand from fate, it seems designed to ...

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Ave atque vale

Beam Him Up!

The improbably coiffed James Traficant, former congressman and jailbird, died at the weekend. He rated a mention from me in the course of my disquisition on "Beam me up, Scotty!" in Mark Steyn's Passing Parade: Some great men are born great, some achieve greatness, and some have great catchphrases said to them. James Doohan is an honorary member of that last category. He was the guy who spent four decades on the receiving end of the request to "Beam me up, Scotty" – if not on TV, where no ...

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Steyn on Culture

New Balls

I was sorry to see my compatriot Eugénie Bouchard lose in the Wimbledon ladies' final. A Montrealer, she's named after the Queen's granddaughter, Princess Eugenie, yet bears the illustrious francophone surname of the former future président de la république himself...

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On the Town

Long Runs with Longhairs

Our Saturday showbiz feature this week celebrates the centenary of Robert Wright, born one hundred years ago, on September 25th 1914, in Daytona Beach, Florida. Bob who? Well, Wright and his writing partner George "Chet" Forrest were never exactly household names in the music biz, but they certainly worked with a lot of household names, including Rachmaninov, Tchaikovsky and Rimsky-Korsakov. The songs they wrought from classical tunes were old-fashioned even at the time, but Sinatra recorded no ...

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