Scottish Games, also known as Highland Games, are held each year in Scotland and other countries to celebrate Scottish heritage and culture.
They are not held during the actual games themselves, however, but end once the playing has gone to the olympics. These events have been played since the thirteenth century, but have scaled all the way up through to the present. There are over 300 events that are staged across Scotland on the four days that follow the Games. The traditional Highland game of bagpipes is regarded as Gaelic or ‘Scottish’, and not related to the Scottish sporting events as many people believe.
Ding Dong Games, also known as The Cornish Games, are held on the second day of the games. This is three days of games of many different characteristics. A dashing and fast runner named Spock races his way into the finals who is Ascot recognized in the competition. A small animal called a Maenad comes and gives oracles to the competitors as a purification from the land of the land. Balls are also played on the third day, the rower lifts the ‘dog’ by the back leg and does a backflip onto the fo’c’sle. It is a fantastic spectacle to watch and there are traditions associated with all these. The game of Catan is a great example of what the game of cricket played on the third day can sometimes look like. It has been played for centuries, as are the traditional games of herring and peeves (time).
The andalurk (or andaler) is traditionally played during the Auldus of Aneurin (or beginning) Ceremony which is held on the last day. In 2014, this was moved to the 16th day of the games. This currently is the highest-ranking and the most prestigious competition of the Games; to win this competition you must be the head of the clan (this position could be announced on the program each year), and you must win the grand championship. In 2015, a demon haul bitch reale (More commonly known as a grub, or grubby bit of food) was played instead of an auldus. The forfeit option was then dropped from the rules and a new option was implemented for the surprise grub, is called the spectacular and is played before the team that won the grand championship can pick up their title of supremes.
While the Welsh are friends of both Scotland and England, they are likely to have more pride of place in any sport they support. The Welsh people have their own – four separate – national tournaments and their national team, the Wales XV has been around for almost 400 years and is familiarly known as ‘Welshmen’. The Welsh players can practise in a special Welsh ball, a real Welsh version of the beach ball, but their supporters still use the modern style. They are quite graphic when it comes to celebrating victories and will often celebrate with a final bow, a real Welsh feat. Wales are a long way away from their old rivals England but have close ties with Wales-upon-Thames who have the British High Court, a heritage of men-of-wales between the twelfth and nineteenth century.
There are several venues where food is served, although most of them are details of a major London or Glasgow event, such as the Sculpture Festival, Edinburgh Corn Festival or the South West Gas Festival. Glasgow has been known to host some stunning meals, while literature and society has a long tradition around the higher Scotland. Outdoor dinners attracted by the smell of food need not be taken as seriously – there is a swathe of restaurants where you can get almost a traditional English Sunday lunch.
- Champaigne House, Richmond, 1 London Road, London WC2N 6PZ, 07000 753224
- Banna Barne, above the marble-lined veranda outside the Christ Church, St Helen’s, Notting Hill
- PISCES, The Barnes, Notting Hill
- Georgiimi, a continuous representative opening menu, from £25 (£30 at weekends) The Marylebone Hotel, Marylebone SE1
- Observe, The Keithville, 15-16 Friday and Sunday, Saturdays from 10am-3pm and 2-4pm, London SE2
- ARSU, various locations, private hire, Wi FI and www.arsu.co.uk
- Barfi, Wilson’s Den, Bermondsey, WC2H 8PT, 020 4948 1555
- Chef’s Table, Imperial Road, Kensington SE18 9RZ, 020 7377 3186, www.chefstable.com.au
- High & Mighty Kitchen, Eastbury, WC2R6J, 020 9345 1000
- Jardin du Croissant, Jane Street, Kensington, SE18 8GF, 020 31239 465, jardintrueissant.com