Grouse shooting season – Telegraph

12 08 2012

It’s my dear departed mother-in-law’s birthday today. At least I think it is. The date is definite – August 12th. I’m just not sure if you still get birthdays once you shuffle off this mortal coil. With or without your Norwegian Blue parrot.

We used to playfully poke her about being born on “The Glorious 12th” – the start of the grouse shooting season. Since Victorian times this has marked the day when “the haves” pay (not a lot to) “the have nots” to be beaters, and encourage the grouse to rise from the heather and offer themselves up to be shot. Unlike pheasant, they are apparently fast, low-flying and hard to hit. A bit like the RAF. I recall a Scottish friend from years ago recalling how Famous Grouse whiskey was often ordered in bars as “a low flyer”.

Grouse shooting season – Telegraph.

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14 08 2012
misfits' miscellany

I like that Famous Grouse, me.

19 09 2012
Quieter Elephant

I’m surprised you can remember… 😉

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