Thursday, March 24, 2016

Tam O Shanter

Tam o' Shanter is perhaps Robert Burns most famous poem. The name Tam is a Scottish shortened version of Tom (which in itself is a shortened version of Thomas). However, can you understand the rest of the poem?

When chapman billies leave the street, 
And drouthy neibors, neibors, meet; 
As market days are wearing late, 
And folk begin to tak the gate, 
While we sit bousing at the nappy, 
An' getting fou and unco happy, 
We think na on the lang Scots miles, 
The mosses, waters, slaps and stiles, 
That lie between us and our hame, 
Where sits our sulky, sullen dame, 
Gathering her brows like gathering storm, 
Nursing her wrath to keep it warm. 

This truth fand honest Tam o' Shanter, 
As he frae Ayr ae night did canter: 
(Auld Ayr, wham ne'er a town surpasses, 
For honest men and bonie lasses). 

O Tam! had'st thou but been sae wise, 
As taen thy ain wife Kate's advice! 
She tauld thee weel thou was a skellum, 
A blethering, blustering, drunken blellum; 
That frae November till October, 
Ae market-day thou was na sober; 
That ilka melder wi' the Miller, 
Thou sat as lang as thou had siller; 
That ev'ry naig was ca'd a shoe on 
The Smith and thee gat roarin' fou on; 
That at the Lord's house, ev'n on Sunday, 
Thou drank wi' Kirkton Jean till Monday, 
She prophesied that late or soon, 
Thou wad be found, deep drown'd in Doon, 
Or catch'd wi' warlocks in the mirk, 
By Alloway's auld, haunted kirk. 

Ah, gentle dames! it gars me greet, 
To think how mony counsels sweet, 
How mony lengthen'd, sage advices, 
The husband frae the wife despises! 

But to our tale: Ae market night, 
Tam had got planted unco right, 
Fast by an ingle, bleezing finely, 
Wi reaming sAats, that drank divinely; 
And at his elbow, Souter Johnie, 
His ancient, trusty, drougthy crony: 
Tam lo'ed him like a very brither; 
They had been fou for weeks thegither. 
The night drave on wi' sangs an' clatter; 
And aye the ale was growing better: 
The Landlady and Tam grew gracious, 
Wi' favours secret, sweet, and precious: 
The Souter tauld his queerest stories; 
The Landlord's laugh was ready chorus: 
The storm without might rair and rustle, 
Tam did na mind the storm a whistle. 

Care, mad to see a man sae happy, 
E'en drown'd himsel amang the nappy. 
As bees flee hame wi' lades o' treasure, 
The minutes wing'd their way wi' pleasure: 
Kings may be blest, but Tam was glorious, 
O'er a' the ills o' life victorious! 

But pleasures are like poppies spread, 
You seize the flow'r, its bloom is shed; 
Or like the snow falls in the river, 
A moment white-then melts for ever; 
Or like the Borealis race, 
That flit ere you can point their place; 
Or like the Rainbow's lovely form 
Evanishing amid the storm. - 
Nae man can tether Time nor Tide, 
The hour approaches Tam maun ride; 
That hour, o' night's black arch the key-stane, 
That dreary hour he mounts his beast in; 
And sic a night he taks the road in, 
As ne'er poor sinner was abroad in. 

The wind blew as 'twad blawn its last; 
The rattling showers rose on the blast; 
The speedy gleams the darkness swallow'd; 
Loud, deep, and lang, the thunder bellow'd: 
That night, a child might understand, 
The deil had business on his hand. 

Weel-mounted on his grey mare, Meg, 
A better never lifted leg, 
Tam skelpit on thro' dub and mire, 
Despising wind, and rain, and fire; 
Whiles holding fast his gude blue bonnet, 
Whiles crooning o'er some auld Scots sonnet, 
Whiles glow'rin round wi' prudent cares, 
Lest bogles catch him unawares; 
Kirk-Alloway was drawing nigh, 
Where ghaists and houlets nightly cry. 

By this time he was cross the ford, 
Where in the snaw the chapman smoor'd; 
And past the birks and meikle stane, 
Where drunken Charlie brak's neck-bane; 
And thro' the whins, and by the cairn, 
Where hunters fand the murder'd bairn; 
And near the thorn, aboon the well, 
Where Mungo's mither hang'd hersel'. 
Before him Doon pours all his floods, 
The doubling storm roars thro' the woods, 
The lightnings flash from pole to pole, 
Near and more near the thunders roll, 
When, glimmering thro' the groaning trees, 
Kirk-Alloway seem'd in a bleeze, 
Thro' ilka bore the beams were glancing, 
And loud resounded mirth and dancing. 

Inspiring bold John Barleycorn! 
What dangers thou canst make us scorn! 
Wi' tippenny, we fear nae evil; 
Wi' usquabae, we'll face the devil! 
The swats sae ream'd in Tammie's noddle, 
Fair play, he car'd na deils a boddle, 
But Maggie stood, right sair astonish'd, 
Till, by the heel and hand admonish'd, 
She ventur'd forward on the light; 
And, wow! Tam saw an unco sight! 

Warlocks and witches in a dance: 
Nae cotillon, brent new frae France, 
But hornpipes, jigs, strathspeys, and reels, 
Put life and mettle in their heels. 
winnock-bunker in the east, 
There sat auld Nick, in shape o' beast; 
A towzie tyke, black, grim, and large, 
To gie them music was his charge: 
He screw'd the pipes and gart them skirl, 
Till roof and rafters a' did dirl. - 
Coffins stood round, like open presses, 
That shaw'd the Dead in their last dresses; 
And (by some devilish cantraip sleight) 
Each in its cauld hand held a light. 
By which heroic Tam was able 
To note upon the haly table, 
A murderer's banes, in gibbet-airns; 
Twa span-lang, wee, unchristened bairns; 
A thief, new-cutted frae a rape, 
Wi' his last gasp his gabudid gape; 
Five tomahawks, wi' blude red-rusted: 
Five scimitars, wi' murder crusted; 
A garter which a babe had strangled: 
A knife, a father's throat had mangled. 
Whom his ain son of life bereft, 
The grey-hairs yet stack to the heft; 
Wi' mair of horrible and awfu', 
Which even to name wad be unlawfu'.
Three lawyers tongues, turned inside oot,
Wi' lies, seamed like a beggars clout,
Three priests hearts, rotten, black as muck,
Lay stinkin, vile in every neuk.

As Tammie glowr'd, amaz'd, and curious, 
The mirth and fun grew fast and furious; 
The Piper loud and louder blew, 
The dancers quick and quicker flew, 
The reel'd, they set, they cross'd, they cleekit, 
Till ilka carlin swat and reekit, 
And coost her duddies to the wark, 
And linkit at it in her sark! 

Now Tam, O Tam! had they been queans, 
A' plump and strapping in their teens! 
Their sarks, instead o' creeshie flainen, 
Been snaw-white seventeen hunder linen!- 
Thir breeks o' mine, my only pair, 
That ance were plush o' guid blue hair, 
I wad hae gien them off my hurdies, 
For ae blink o' the bonie burdies! 
But wither'd beldams, auld and droll, 
Rigwoodie hags wad spean a foal, 
Louping an' flinging on a crummock. 
I wonder did na turn thy stomach. 

But Tam kent what was what fu' brawlie: 
There was ae winsome wench and waulie 
That night enlisted in the core, 
Lang after ken'd on Carrick shore; 
(For mony a beast to dead she shot, 
And perish'd mony a bonie boat, 
And shook baith meikle corn and bear, 
And kept the country-side in fear); 
Her cutty sark, o' Paisley harn, 
That while a lassie she had worn, 
In longitude tho' sorely scanty, 
It was her best, and she was vauntie. 
Ah! little ken'd thy reverend grannie, 
That sark she coft for her wee Nannie, 
Wi twa pund Scots ('twas a' her riches), 
Wad ever grac'd a dance of witches! 

But here my Muse her wing maun cour, 
Sic flights are far beyond her power; 
To sing how Nannie lap and flang, 
(A souple jade she was and strang), 
And how Tam stood, like ane bewithc'd, 
And thought his very een enrich'd: 
Even Satan glowr'd, and fidg'd fu' fain, 
And hotch'd and blew wi' might and main: 
Till first ae caper, syne anither, 
Tam tint his reason a thegither, 
And roars out, "Weel done, Cutty-sark!" 
And in an instant all was dark: 
And scarcely had he Maggie rallied. 
When out the hellish legion sallied. 

As bees bizz out wi' angry fyke, 
When plundering herds assail their byke; 
As open pussie's mortal foes, 
When, pop! she starts before their nose; 
As eager runs the market-crowd, 
When "Catch the thief!" resounds aloud; 
So Maggie runs, the witches follow, 
Wi' mony an eldritch skreich and hollow. 

Ah, Tam! Ah, Tam! thou'll get thy fairin! 
In hell, they'll roast thee like a herrin! 
In vain thy Kate awaits thy comin! 
Kate soon will be a woefu' woman! 
Now, do thy speedy-utmost, Meg, 
And win the key-stone o' the brig;^1 
There, at them thou thy tail may toss, 
A running stream they dare na cross. 
But ere the keystane she could make, 
The fient a tail she had to shake! 
For Nannie, far before the rest, 
Hard upon noble Maggie prest, 
And flew at Tam wi' furious ettle; 
But little wist she Maggie's mettle! 
Ae spring brought off her master hale, 
But left behind her ain grey tail: 
The carlin claught her by the rump, 
And left poor Maggie scarce a stump. 

Now, wha this tale o' truth shall read, 
Ilk man and mother's son, take heed: 
Whene'er to Drink you are inclin'd, 
Or Cutty-sarks rin in your mind, 
Think ye may buy the joys o'er dear; 
Remember Tam o' Shanter's mare.

Sunday, January 24, 2016

Infant's World

Infant's World – What it look like?

Looking for definition on how it will be inside a baby's world? Well, the answer is anything and everything. Yes your heard it right. An infant's imagination is pulled along in all directions with manifold creativity. To put it simply, there are absolutely no definitions on how the imagination can go on.  He will be amused by the world around. Every minute detail which we may have failed to notice all these years can turn out to be a great object of interest.

Toys – the perfect entertainer
Although the new environment fascinates your baby, giving him a multitude of toys according to his age will add a bounty of happiness to the little one's day. In today's modern world, you can select toys from a plethora of options available in market. As the toys become a part of their exploration journey, even the simple feature appear fantabulous to them. Once they grow up a little, keeping your toddler occupied all through the day can be a herculean task. Toys come in as a savior here. They help you to engage your kids and keep them upbeat.

Learn as you play – Developmental toys
It is the aspiration of every parent out there to provide their kiddo with ample toys. Today, toys have become indispensible part every home with a kid. Apart from providing fun and entertainment, toys also aid in a child's developmental aspect. Categorized according to baby's age, the toys are designed to enhance the cognitive, motor and other skills essential for the growing curve.

Selecting the right toy can help your baby grow up with a flavor of knowledge and fun. Though open ended discovery can provide you the same result, the developmental toys does it in a more stream lined methodology. These toys give babies a new perspective of the world.
Scale your toys as you grow

In his exciting mission of discovery, the right toys will always pave the way. The little master acquires various skills as he grows rapidly. As a parent, it is one of your important responsibilities to tune your toy selection accordingly. One has to pick the right toy, one that is interesting enough so that it doesn't bore your little hero. But at the same time it shouldn't be so advanced that it aggravates him. With so many choices, shopping appropriately can be a huge task. Here we are to help you out! 

The following pointers can guide you through the journey of shopping perfect toys as per baby's age:
0-3 months:  As the baby slowly starts setting eyes on things around her, anything and everything that hangs from above can fascinate. Bright colors will be captivative for your little angel. Select toys that slowly move around and are filled with vibrant colors. Go for wind chimes, hand held toys, decorative hanging patterns, baby play gym etc.
3-6 months: As your baby enters his third month, he is more fascinated by his own hands. They seem to be clenched together for day long merrily. The kiddo also starts getting hold of objects passed to him for a little while. An incessant urge to taste each object within his reach will be his new activity. Engage him with activity racks, Rattles, soft stuffed animals and books with huge colorful images.
6-9 months:  Your infant's tantrums have grown manifold! As her brain is beginning to master motor skills, her movements are becoming precise. Playing peek-a-boo can be more exciting to the pretty doll. Your baby starts going mobile and it's time to child proof your home for her safety.  Choose good story books with lot of illustrations. Reading together can be fun and informative. As her grasps are stronger, stuffed dolls will keep her engaged. Choose moving toys that produce music and clinging sounds so that it urges your baby to crawl.
9 months-1year: At this stage, your baby's brain is buzzing with development. He is more interested in interactive games. He also has already started to make a move around your lobby in some fashion. With more mobility comes more curiousness. Best toys for this age group would be toy telephones, colorful balls, building blocks, color rings and toy musical instruments 
Traditional toys – the long lost trend
With more and more newbie parents flocking to toy shop for advanced toys, the traditional toys with which we all have played are slowly diminishing. But remember, it was not always soft toys and play stations. Our generation was lucky enough to be occupied with a variety of traditional toys. This in no way has hindered our development and of course we all are standing examples for that fact!
According to Almon "A good toy is 10 % toy and 90% child". Traditional toys encourage for open ended development that provide more room for a child's imagination. For such a tender creature, it is most important to set limits of the amount of electronic exposure they should be subjected to. On the lines of safety, traditional toys, made out of natural materials and wood make your child's play more secured. Traditional choices like wooden trains, aluminum cooking sets, spinning tops, skipping ropes, wooden blocks, and steel cars are known for their simplicity. Classic toys have a tinge of versatility attached to them. This makes kid's imagination more flexible and creative. 
Baby's toy management 
 Satisfied that you have shopped the best toys in town for your baby? Wait! Picture doesn't stop but begins here. Tipping around the house without stepping or falling down by toys in floor is an art that many parents imbibe the very moment their kiddo starts playing. De-cluttering the heap of toys on the floor has to be done every day to at least make way for walking around. Here are few strategies for managing them well:
Sort what you really need. Clearing out unwanted or unused toys can help lessen the mess
If your baby is grown up a little , try to communicate the value of cleanliness to him
Use baskets to confine all toys within a well maintained specific place. You can also classify the toys into various baskets and offer your kid one at a time
Choosing the best bet
With choices comes confusion. Good toys are the one's which actively engage the kids and at the same time aid in their brain development. Here is your checklist for making a sensible decision:
Make sure the toy is made of child safe materials. Few makes could be choking for the little one
Avoid products made of PVC as they can be harmful when chewed
Fluffy toys made of too much fur can irritate your baby's tender nostrils
Make sure the toy does not have sharp edges or uneven finishing
Color toys made of harmful paints are a strict No
Avoid the usage of electronic toys without proper parental supervision

Growing with toys are always a better way to nurture your baby's childhood. Both traditional and modern day toys have their own set of highs and lows. One has to be careful enough to choose neutrally between the available categories to provide a holistic entertainment.

Sunday, January 10, 2016

The Best Way To Choose The Best Name Regarding The Little One

Not certain just what exactly child names to select from regarding the little baby? Thanks for visiting the particular club. Mothers and fathers happen to be doing their utmost to be able to choose the best name regarding their child and it's not astonishing that a lot of them are depending on search engine listings to be able to find the best suggestion. 

The actual name associated with the actual infant keeps the actual meaning for the child and the household - it isn't merely a group regarding letters. Thus, you must choose between lots of traditional along with unique names.

Fashion is something which comes and disappears. And it has a tendency to return eventually. And it is something that relates to baby names too. The actual child names gain popularity and then grow to be uncommon once more simply to become discovered over the years. New ones often get chucked into the combination due to affect of movies and television programs. 

You can find brand new names that occur nevertheless a number of popular ones remain for lots of yrs. Plenty of individuals happen to be choosing to present the actual name regarding the actual child that's the same as the particular one of the actual grandpa or granny. 

In case you're looking for a choice that's at all times common, biblical names happen to be proposed.