January 1st, 2021

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Will you be first-footing?

It’s a tradition in Scotland, and also in Yorkshire where I grew up, for someone to bring in the New Year. One person would leave the house by the back door before midnight, carrying a lump of coal (for warmth), a silver coin (for prosperity), a piece of bread or shortbread (food), a dram of whisky (drink), and even a pinch of salt (for flavour). They would wait until the chimes of midnight had passed and then knock on the front door to be let in, bringing all those good things with them for the coming year.

According to tradition, the first-footer should be a tall, dark-haired man. (Where is Napoleon when you need him?) Blond strangers are considered a bad omen (not here, they’re not!), a superstition which probably dates from the Viking invasions, when the arrival of a blond stranger would mean you were in for a spot of raping and pillaging.
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On the bonnie banks of Loch Lomond

DMcC spent the worst years of WWII as an evacuee with his mother and brother in Scotland, and some of that time was spent in a little village called Gartocharn near Loch Lomond.



He talks about it in this lovely interview. It’s worth listening to all of it, but if you skip to 14.00, you will hear him reminiscing about playing with his brother on the banks of the loch. And scattering his brother’s ashes in the same spot. 😢



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Who said that?

This is a 15-part quiz of quotes about DMcC. All you have to do is guess who said the quote. First correct answer gets 10 points, the second gets 9 points, and so on. So the winner will be the one who has the closest to 150 points by the end of the quiz. Some quotes are easy, some a bit more difficult (I hope). Try not to rely on Google for the answers!

Here’s a nice easy one to start you off:

“Well I think that’s the reason why David decided to do the role. He’s been waiting 18 years to beat me up, drug me, spin me round on a chair, punch me in the face, hit me in the head, poke me in the eye, everything.”

I may have to give in to sleep soon, but I’ll continue posting as soon as I wake up!
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Who said that? Quote 3

Back in action again (but with a lot of catching up to do). This one’s easy:

“You know, he’s a very attractive looking man, and with his looks, he could have gone for being effective and charming and all that. But he hasn’t. He’s gone for playing *** as angry and intense, and determined to get on with it. That’s interesting, and really very good.”
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This is an ‘undiscovered?’ gem

This is a clip from the BBC2 music show The Old Grey Whistle Test, December 1971, which features, I believe (unless someone can prove me wrong), DMcC’s father on first violin. He sadly passed away in March 1972 so this could have been one of his last performances.



And a little more of his music:

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Who said that? Quote 5

Shades of Illya in this one:

"I was playing in 'Journey's End' and for the final shell explosion David had made a special mixture of his own to give the effect of flying mud and debris. This was supposed to shower all over us when a rope was pulled backstage. Unfortunately...the audience caught it too. Since one of his ingredients was black scene paint the theatre had to face quite a big bill for free dry-cleaning."
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Who said that? Quote 15

"I'm not surprised that he's become a teenage idol. I'm only surprised that it happened in America. He seemed too shy and retiring ever to make it in brash Hollywood."

That’s it! I’ll post all the answers and the winner as soon as I have a final result.