kick-off of the 2001/02 Scottish Football Season is a reminder of just
how important sport is to the Scottish Nation. Both football and golf
are synonomous with Scotland, however, a splendid, recently published
book "Sports, Scotland and the Scots" - edited by Grant
Jarvie and John Burnett ( Tuckwell Press £16.99 ) reminds us that
both sports were once banned by the Scottish
Parliament! In 1457, The Three Estates, declared "it is ordanyt
and decretyt... at ye futbawe and ye golf be uterly cryt done and not
usyt." James II's decree of 1457 is significant as the earliest
known reference to golf in Scotland. It was found necessary to repeat
the Acts in Scotland in 1471 and 1491, when golf was decried as an
"unprofitable sport". Tell that to Tiger Woods! The Scottish
Parliament at the time was far more concerned that Scots practise
archery for obvious reasons of defense.
The book, the first comprehensive social history of present-day
sporting life in Scotland, covering curling, bowls, cricket, hockey,
horse-racing, quoiting, rugby, shinty and swimming, as well as
football and golf, and of course, Highland Games. "Sport,
Scotland and the Scots" fully demonstrates that sport has always
been a part of Scottish popular culture and shows the way in which
sport both reflects and shapes that culture.
Sporting winners always have good reason to celebrate and are free to
decipher the Celebration Cake recipe which concludes "The
Anniversary Cook-Book of the Dumfriesshire Federation SWRI"
referred to last week.
Ingredients : 1 cup butter; 4 large eggs; 1 teasp. baking powder; 1
teasp. salt; 1 cup brown sugar; 1 or 2 quarts Whisky; 1 cup flour; 1
cup dried fruit; 1 teasp. baking soda; lemon juice; nuts
Before you start, sample the whisky to check for quality. Select a
large mixing bowl, measuring cup etc. check the whisky again, as it
must be just right. To be sure the whisky is of the highest quality,
pour one level cup into a glass and drink it as fast as you can -
repeat. With an electric mixer, beat one cup of butter in a large
fluffy bowl. Add one teaspoon of thugar and beat again.
Meanwhile, make sure the whisky is of the quietest hality. Cry another
tup. Add two arge legges, two cups of fried druit and beat 'til high.
If druit gets stuck in beaters, just fry it loose with a drewscriver.
Sample the whisky again, checking for tonscisticity. Next, sift three
cups of salt or something. Sample the whisky. Sift half a pint of
jemon luice. Fold in chopped butter and strained nuts. Add one
babblespoon of brown sugar, or whatever colour you can find and wix
mell. Grease the oven and turn cake tin to 360 gredees. Now pour the
whole mess into the the coven and ake. Check the whisky again and bo