Glasgow, Aug 2 IANS | 2 months ago

The Ibrox Stadium reverberated with a thunderous 'yes' as 32-year-old rugby fan James Collette popped the question to girlfriend Lucy Sargison in front of thousands watching the Rugby Sevens.


Planning the proposal in advance, Collette had the blessings of the Glasgow 2014 Games chiefs who halfway through the game, handed him a microphone to make his surprise proposal - with his girlfriend immediately replying "yes" as the crowd too joined her.

Sargison is in the army and recently completed an eight-month tour to Afghanistan.

The London Olympics stadium too had witnessed a similar scene when charity mascot Wendell Raphael was shown on the big screen proposing marriage to his girlfriend Bindi Bhambra.

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Scot national dish 'haggis' sales up

Riding on the frenzy surrounding the Commonwealth games- the demand for Haggis - the national dish of Scotland has been souring.

The savoury pudding made of sheep offal, oatmeal and a unique blend of seasoning and spices, is the centrepiece of Burns night celebrated Jan 25. But swept up by the spirit of the Games, consumers have been buying the delicacy in large numbers.

The Haggis was immortalised by the poet Robert Burns in his 'Address to the Haggis' and celebrated in Scotland and throughout the world on Burns Night in memory of the Scottish poet.

It is eaten with Tatties (mashed potatoes) and Neeps (turnip or Swede) alongside other Scottish favourites Cock-a-Leekie (vegetable) Soup and Crannachan, a dessert made from raspberry, toasted oatmeal and cream.

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Scotland Can Make It!

The Glasgow Games are as much a celebration of Scottish cultural heritage as a sporting extravaganza and offering a lasting material legacy of it is 'Scotland Can Make It'- a collection of six limited edition souvenirs, designed and manufactured entirely in Scotland.

Inspired by the London 2012 Olympic Games and the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games, the souvenirs have been created by leading Scottish designers and artists in close collaboration with producers, fabricators and developers across Scotland.

The collection includes a pair of geometric scarves, an Art Deco inspired jelly mould, tea towels and a trio of Tunnocks Teacakes repackaged in bronze, silver and gold foil.

The souvenirs reflecting Scotland's "rich, dynamic and imaginative cultural landscape", were selected following a national competition.

(Posted on 02-08-2014)

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