A Man, A Kilt And A Mastiff–‘Nuff Said

Jun 25, 2014 by

THE KILTED HOTTIE OF THE DAY

 

Roderick Klimek’s blog,  My Thoughts and My World, has much more than just photos of him in a kilt, though that may be enough for kilt inspectors.

He has compiled some wonderful, romantic,  funny and sassy quotes and pictures–enjoy!

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Rob Roy Versus Jamie Fraser: Who Wears the Kilt Best?

Jun 8, 2014 by

I thought I’d give my Facebook followers a little fun by positing this simple question: Who wears the look best–Rob Roy in a kilt or Jamie Fraser in a kilt? The comparison was between the two pictures below–Rob (Liam Neeson) first, and Jamie (Sam Heughan) in the second picture.

Well, hoo whee, did that stir up the hens!  Click HERE to read some of the comments.

 

Liam Neeson as Rob Roy MacGregor

Liam Neeson as Rob Roy MacGregor

 

Sam Heughan as Jamie Fraser

Sam Heughan as Jamie Fraser

For those of you who have never heard of Jamie Fraser,  some background is required.  James Alexander Malcolm MacKenzie Fraser, a  Highland warrior,  is the lead character in Diana Gabaldon’s novel Outlander, an historical romance set in Scotland in 1745 and right after World War II–yes, there is time travel involved, with ancient standing stones (not a blue police booth) as the portal.  Diana added  several subsequent novels to the series, which is extremely well written and chock full of historical facts and allusions.

 

You can buy any or all of Diana’s novels (in all formats) on my Amazon list of  her novels by clicking here.    It will be a good investment of both your time and money because the premium cable channel Starz is premiering  the first season of Outlander, the TV adaptation of the novels ( filmed on location in beautiful Scotland)  at 9PM on August 9, 2014.  Starz has been given approval for a second season  of Outlander, as well.

 

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Think Game of Thrones, with a Scottish setting, and you’ll be close to visualizing the  upcoming series that has fans shivering with antici…pation.   Sam Heughan, a  Scottish actor, has been chosen to play the critical role of Jamie Fraser, earning him thousands of devoted–and I do mean DEVOTED–fans throughout the  social media universe.

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Fans Reaction to Sam Heughan Tweeting the Word “Sassenach”

 

To be fair, Sam Heughan does look a bit more scruffy in his photo, but Starz has been dribbling out official photos of Jamie/Sam, releasing only a few of him in a kilt.  Here’s one that was tweeted by a Starz employee–a cut out of Jamie in a kilt, looking like he just finished a battle:

 

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The fans are VERY clear , however, on what they want from Starz and Ron D. Moore, who’s adapting the series for TV (his wife is a die-hard Outlander fan):

 

 

Liam Neeson, from Northern Ireland, is a well-known actor, and is highly regarded for his portrayal of the famous Scottish figure,  Rob Roy MacGregor.  Liam also has a serious fan base and it’s easy (on the eyes) to see why:

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Liam in the 1995 Film Rob Roy

But, clearly, there’s a new Scot in town, with dashing good looks, red hair and a kilt–in whatever shape– set on winning over more Sassenach wenches to the Fraser clan.

And in this instance, I’m thinking fans don’t want Jamie/Sam to take his time about it, aye?

 

Jamie Fraser; image source

Jamie Fraser; image source ©SRusso

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We Are HAPPY In The Celtic Realm!

Apr 13, 2014 by

 

Clap along if you’ve heard American singer Pharrell Williams‘ tune Happy, from the Despicable Me 2 soundtrack album, a pop song that has become a huge success here in the US and internationally.   The song is written, produced and performed by Williams and has spawned more than 1000 covers on YouTube from cities around the globe, where happy locals dance along to the extremely catchy song.   There’s a multitude of happy people in the Celtic realm, and they’ve posted their own videos to prove it.  In fact, Oprah Winfrey will feature a Happy Donegal video in an upcoming special show ( Sunday night, 04/13/2014) with Pharrell Williams, a  decision sure to please the Donegal tourism board.

So, get your dancing shoes on and clap along–I guarantee you won’t be able to sit still–with the happy Celts in these fun videos.

Sebastian, from the travel site OffthePath.com, dons his kilt and dances through the streets of one of my favorite cities, Edinburgh, Scotland.  He’s also the very first video Kilted Hottie of the Day on the WESC Facebook page.

 

 

How about clapping along with a few happy Dubliners?

 

 

Dancing kilts in Glasgow makes me HAPPY!

 

 

Beautiful Celtic Brittany is so happy in Lorient!

 

 

Here’s the Donegal video Oprah will feature on her show.  *Trivia: can you identify the guitar player statue seen in this video?

 

Still need to dance?  Click HERE to find other cities who want to share their happiness with you, including Cork and Galway.  I didn’t find a Welsh city, but I’m sure they’re happy, too.

 

* The life-sized bronze statue is of Rory Gallagher, a famous blues-rock musician born in Ballyshannon, Donegal.  The statue is in the town square;  Ballyshannon holds an annual Blues Festival in Rory’s honor.

 

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Welsh Humor

Feb 23, 2014 by

 Welsh humor pokes fun at  its own customs and sayings. Whether the target is rugby, the Welsh language and people, or Wales’ English neighbors, it’s all in good fun.

So, go on, then–be Welsh and laugh now in a minute!

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In Wales, rugby is the national pastime, and no opponent is more vilified than the English national rugby team. There’s NO Welsh humor when it comes to beating the English.

 

Need a cwtch, dear?

Need a cwtch, dear?

Cwtch is a wonderful Welsh word that means a hug, a cuddle, and a warm, safe place, all rolled up into one.  It’s roughly pronounced coot-ch; rhymes with gooch or hooch. 

Even the language seems to have a sense of Welsh humor.

Here’s a short video with Welsh comedian Rhod Gilbert  on stage, poking fun at his own homeland.

The national symbol of Wales is the red dragon, Y Ddraig Goch, a mighty beast that is not overly fond of yielding to cars. 

He’s not overly fond of Welsh humor, either.

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If you carefully [ pronunciation hint] search the internet, you’ll find that Caerphilly refers to a town in Wales, a medieval Welsh castle, and a hard, white Welsh cheese

  Caerphilly also makes for a tasty bit of Welsh humor.

Welsh Humor from Scribbler

Welsh Humor from Scribbler

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Scottish Ginger Jokes: I Hae Tae Scud Ye, Ken?

Feb 19, 2014 by

Red hair is a common trait among Celtic people, especially those of Scottish and Irish heritage, and most, rightly so, are quite proud of their flaming tresses. 

It is unwise, therefore, to make jokes about redheaded Celts, human or feline.

Ruadh gu Brath!

 

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I hae tae scud ye, ken?**

**I, the beautiful Scottish cat with a sleek red coat, am so offended by your odious comment that I must give you a hard slap with my paw, claws extended.  You understand, don’t you?

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The Celt and the Whisky Glass

Jan 20, 2014 by

Is the whisky glass half full or half empty? From the Celtic perspective, you are not asking the right question.

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