Thursday, 21 September 2017

Freedom! And Irn-Bru! @irnbru #Smithfield

Adam writes…


Had to have a chuckle on Tuesday night as I passed the William Wallace memorial at Smithfield on my Ghosts of the old City walk…





There are often floral tributes to be found at the spot, but on Tuesday the bouquet had an added extra bit of oomph. A bottle of Scotland's other national drink, Irn-Bru*…





Nice touch.

On close inspection, I noticed that the bottle had been opened and a small amount had been taken from the contents, and I wondered… did the Scottish patriot who left the tribute sprinkle the drink at the site like holy water in some ritual attempt to conjure up Wallace in 21st century Smithfield?

Perhaps they had taken the old "Coke Adds Life" advertising slogan a step further: "Irn-Bru Brings Wallace Back From The Dead". 



* For those of you reading this blog outside the UK who may not have sampled the ample delights of Irn-Bru, here's a short description from Wikipedia…


Irn-Bru (/ˌaɪərnˈbruː/ "iron brew") is a Scottish carbonated soft drink, often described as "Scotland's other national drink" (after whisky).It is produced in Westfield, Cumbernauld, North Lanarkshire, by A.G. Barr of Glasgow…

In addition to being sold throughout the United Kingdom, Barr's Irn-Bru is available throughout the world and can usually be purchased where there is a significant community of people from Scotland. Innovative and sometimes controversial marketing campaigns have kept it as the number one selling soft drink in Scotland, where it competes directly with global brands such as Coca-Cola and Pepsi.





Here's a trailer for my Ghosts of the Old City walk (we visit Wallace along the way) on Tuesdays & Saturdays…




A London Walk costs £10 – £8 concession. To join a London Walk, simply meet your guide at the designated tube station at the appointed time. Details of all London Walks can be found at www.walks.com.



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