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By Ragne Hopkins, Jan 27 2019

.... or the SNS has got Talent!

The New Year started on a cheerful note with a musical evening as has been our tradition for many years. With Adam now taking a back seat, other members surprised us with some excellent performances.

Our Vice President Tommy Thompson organised the programme and with his guitar entertained us with some well known Glasgow songs like "I'm Sam the Skull, a Glasgow Cat" and along with George Ferguson introduced us to one of Glasgow's most infamous women, Hairy Mary - the floor o' the Gorbals with "Cod Liver Oil and the Orange Juice" by Hamish Imlach.

January means Burns and Tommy brought Weaver Willie Wastle and his terrible wife to life in the poem. George, an accomplished singer, also with his guitar, sang the beautiful Burns song "Ae fond kiss". He further brought some culture into the proceedings with the lovely Gaelic song "Chì mi na mòrbheanna" or "The Mist Covered Mountains of Home" by Ian Rob . Katherine and Ragne on their ukuleles added volume to the two guitar players and the band played and sang some jolly songs, "The Barras", "Johnny Lad" and the "Rattlin' Bog" made popular by the Corries and Alistair McDonald, and "Hompetitten" by Alf Prøysen for a touch of Norwegian.

The audience joined in singing the choruses and, along with the performers, seemed to enjoy this lively evening. Bring out more hidden talent to join the band!

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Weekend 26th to 28th April: CoScan AGM & our ‘SNS Ventures Forth’

Our annual Ventures Forth event this year take place in conjunction with CoScan’s AGM. The Scottish Norwegian Society (Glasgow) is delighted to be hosting this. This was a good opportunity for our members to also get involved during the weekend… as well as participating in our ever-popular activity - SNS Ventures Forth.

The itinerary for the weekend was as follows:

Friday 26th April: Early evening…

A reception at The Stirling Highland Hotel, Spittal Street, Stirling FK8 1DU. The SNS welcoming committee met and greeted the other UK and Scandinavian CoScan members. So far, we have around 30 CoScan delegates and we were delighted that other SNS members joined us during the weekend to meet our visitors.

Saturday 27th April: Day time…

Venture Forth: An 11 am a tour of Stirling Castle.

CoScan arranged a visit to the historic Stirling Old Town Jail at 3 pm.

Saturday 27th April: CoScan Dinner 7pm

The CoScan dinner was at Hermanns Restaurant, 58 Broad Street,Stirling FK81EF.

Sunday 28th April: CoScan AGM, 10 am

CoScan held its Annual General Meeting at The Stirling Highland Hotel.

Photographs from the event can be seen here...


by Astrid Stenholt

Our March meeting on 13th March we had Astrid Stenholt who delighted us with her personal tales from Aberdeen and throughout Scotland.. She manages the Norwegian Seaman’s Church and visits Norwegian ships that dock in Scotland… where-ever! they are docked

Last year the Seaman’s Church hosted over 1000 ships that docked in Scotland - mostly in Aberdeen, Peterhead and Montrose. Fortunately, they’ve also had ships docking on the west coast as well.

These ships mainly do supply, mainly in the oil and fish industries. Most ships hold many Norwegians with a few foreign nationals to a few Norwegians to many foreign nationals usually European or Philippines. Of course, there is also an “on-shore” Norwegian/Scottish community made up of all ages from small kids, students, families, adults and elderly, who also enjoy the Norwegian Seaman's Church.


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