I was reading the Big Issue in the loo today and came across an article entitled What is the Ultimate Scottish Icon? What makes a national icon? Is it a flag, a person, a place or an idea? And what elevates it to iconic status?
Miss Scotland chose Bannockburn because she visited it and ‘had great fun trying out the weapons and learning about the history of Scotland’. Hmm.
Dougie Payne (?) of Travis chose Teenage Fanclub (?) (I really should get out more!)
Edwin Moore (Historian) chose Patrick Ferguson, that well known figure from the Enlightenment.
Vicky Lee, from STV’s Five Thirty Show, chose Billy Connolly because he makes her cry with laughter.
Jon Lawler (The Fratellis?) chose A Roll and pie (that’s a Scotch pie, presumably deep fried, on a roll. Tasty.
Irvine Welsh chose Sean Connery (be still my beating heart!)
Lorraine Kelly chose Irn Bru (preferably with a roll and sliced sausage for a hangover)
Boyd Tunnock (you can guess) chose Baxter’s Beetroot because no one else gives you that amount of vegetable at that quality. Quite.
So what or who is yours?
The Saltire? The ‘See You Jimmy’ hat? Nothing religious in the list so maybe we need something of a Scottish God in there.