A dear old friend of mine has
come back into my life! This friend has been missing for more years than I
care to remember and, I must confess, I have greatly missed this particular
companion. I liked the replacements that took his place and, while these new
friends were more colorful and were published on a quarterly basis, they
could never replace that special relationship I had developed with my old
friend. Lord knows, they tried hard to replace him with something better
and one would think it would be an easy task, but to me, something was
always missing. When I heard he was soon to reappear in my life again, I
rejoiced and have welcomed him back with great joy and gratitude with the
hope they never send him away again. I am not saying it was a mistake, it
could have simply been trial by error, but the phrase that comes to mind is
if it aint broke, dont fix it.
I am talking about the Robert
Burns World Federations decision to return to one single volume a year of
the Burns Chronicle instead of four magazines a year! When quarterly
magazines labeled as Burns Chronicles flashed across my desk I could
truthfully say they were prettier in most regards, with shorter articles,
but my old friend was still being missed. You may be better than me when it
comes to keeping up with things, but I am short several copies of the
quarterly publications that have either been lost or loaned and never
returned. Yet, amazingly, Ive never lost an annual Burns Chronicle.
All of this changed some few weeks ago when I received the 2014 Burns
Chronicle with the front cover bearing a very fine picture of Robert Burns.
The back cover made me smile and feel at home among the single issues as it
carried an advertisement for milk chocolate tea cakes from Tunnocks,
boasting it was still a family business.
The Burns Chronicle now has the support of an Editorial Advisory Board
consisting of Dr. Corey Andrews, Professor Liam McIlvanney and Professor
Murray Pittock, and Bill Dawson remains Editor. Interestingly, works by each
of these men have appeared in the pages of Robert Burns Lives! It has been
12 years since a single yearly Burns Chronicle appeared at our doorsteps
even though, to me, it seems much longer. But its wonderful to welcome my
old friend back home. You were greatly missed and could not be replaced!
In the contents of the new issue we find Professor Gerard Carruthers writing
about his old friend, Professor G. Ross Roy. Before his untimely death in
2013, Ross had written about his grandfather, W. Ormiston Roy, and this
remembrance is shared as well. We also have various articles by Professor
Patrick Scott, Bill Dawson, Professor Craig Sharp, Ronnie Crichton, Cameron
Goodall, Jim Thomson, James Davidson, Norman Paton, and the late Professor
Kenneth Simpson, who will live on in our hearts, and that of his son David,
for years to come. This is a book I am happy to receive and place on the
self with copies of other chronicles dating back to 1892, the year the first
I must ask, are you a member of the Robert Burns World Federation? If not,
you might want to consider joining. The annual chronicle, which lists for
£30, is sent to all members and is a valuable part of your membership.
Please email firstname.lastname@example.org for information about joining the federation
and receiving the annual Burns Chronicle. (FRS: 2.20.14)
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