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  • I have been told that I am organising a Burns night celebration in Switzerland next week because I am English and it is traditional. Now being English, not Scottish I have no idea what is expected on Burns night.

    So far I have found a bar with a friendly bar man and lots of Whiskey/Whisky. I reckon a couple of haggis should be added to the mix.

    Can you travel through airport security with 2 live haggis in your luggage?


    You may needs a vets certificate and a tranquiliser


    Probably not allowed to import them – check Swiss customs on importation of food.

    And a lot of practice at reciting the addresas. I was going to do it once but realised that there was no way I could make any attempt at the address in my accent. A translation might be handy

    Address to a Haggis

    Fair fa' your honest, sonsie face,
    Great chieftain o' the pudding-race!
    Aboon them a' ye tak your place,
    Painch, tripe, or thairm :
    Weel are ye wordy o'a grace
    As lang's my arm.

    The groaning trencher there ye fill,
    Your hurdies like a distant hill,
    Your pin wad help to mend a mill
    In time o'need,
    While thro' your pores the dews distil
    Like amber bead.

    His knife see rustic Labour dight,
    An' cut you up wi' ready sleight,
    Trenching your gushing entrails bright,
    Like ony ditch;
    And then, O what a glorious sight,
    Warm-reekin', rich!

    Then, horn for horn, they stretch an' strive:
    Deil tak the hindmost! on they drive,
    Till a' their weel-swall'd kytes belyve
    Are bent like drums;
    Then auld Guidman, maist like to rive,
    Bethankit! hums.

    Is there that owre his French ragout
    Or olio that wad staw a sow,
    Or fricassee wad make her spew
    Wi' perfect sconner,
    Looks down wi' sneering, scornfu' view
    On sic a dinner?

    Poor devil! see him owre his trash,
    As feckless as wither'd rash,
    His spindle shank, a guid whip-lash;
    His nieve a nit;
    Thro' bloody flood or field to dash,
    O how unfit!

    But mark the Rustic, haggis-fed,
    The trembling earth resounds his tread.
    Clap in his walie nieve a blade,
    He'll mak it whissle;
    An' legs an' arms, an' heads will sned,
    Like taps o' thrissle.

    Ye Pow'rs, wha mak mankind your care,
    And dish them out their bill o' fare,
    Auld Scotland wants nae skinking ware
    That jaups in luggies;
    But, if ye wish her gratefu' prayer
    Gie her a haggis!


    I'm nearly scottish. Roughly translated thats kill it, cook it, eat it, lets get ****! 🙂

    Anywhere I can get the definitive answer on Swiss import rules?

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    Just wear it under your kilt when you go through the airport scanners.

    They'll just assume you're another well-endowed Scotsman. 🙂

    BTW is the purpose of the new see through scanners to check if gentlemen have had certain bits removed, thus making them likely to belong to the exploding persons category?


    It's illegal. You may have to smuggle it through up your Heidi Klum (is she swiss?)
    The good news is that you can buy the turnips and potatoes there


    I think you'll need to prove that they have been neutered and had all their jabs.

    They aren't native to Switzerland, but they are mountain beasties and could mess up the local ecology if they escape and start breeding.


    B) Meat and edible by-products obtained by slaughtering animals in group A, salted (preserved), dried or smoked;

    Meat and edible by-products obtained by slaughtering all types of domestic poultry;

    Sausages and similar products made from meat, edible by-products obtained by slaughtering or from blood;

    Prepared meat products3) and tinned meat products from animals in group A and domestic poultry.

    maximum 3.5 kg2)



    WCA, you should also prepare several toasts…at each one all guests knock back a shot of whiskey

    a toast to the haggis
    a toast to the ladies ( who will never be present on a Burns night )
    a toast to Scotland
    a toast to the Rabbie Burns.


    Oh what a sleekit horrible beastie
    Lurks in yer belly efter the feastie
    Just as ye sit doon among yer kin
    There sterts to stir an enormous wind.

    The neeps and tatties and mushy peas
    Stert workin like a gentle breeze
    But soon the puddin wi the sauncie face
    Will have ye blawin’ all ower the place.

    Nae matter whit the hell ye dae
    A’bodys gonnae have tae pay
    Even if ye try to stifle,
    It’s like a bullet oot a rifle.

    Hawd yer bum tight tae the chair
    Tae try and stop the leakin air
    Shift yersel frae cheek tae cheek
    Prae tae God it doesnae reek.

    But aw yer efforts go assunder
    Oot it comes like a clap a thunder
    Ricochets aroon the room
    Michty me, a sonic boom!

    God almighty it fairly reeks;
    Hope I huvnae shit ma breeks
    Tae the bog I better scurry
    Aw whit the hell, its no ma worry.

    A’body roon aboot me chokin,
    Wan or two are nearly bokin
    I’ll feel better for a while
    Cannae help but raise a smile.

    Wis him! I shout with accusin glower,
    Alas too late, he’s just keeled ower
    Ye dirty bugger they shout and stare
    I dinnae feel welcome any mair.

    Where ere ye go let yer wind gan free
    Sounds like just the job fur me
    Whit a fuss at Rabbie's perty
    Ower the sake o won wee ferty.

    Premier Icon Drac

    Celebrate a Scottish poet by drinking a drink and food not invented in Scotland. Ace!

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    As a Scot living in Schweiz, we rely on friends and family to bring essential stuff in for us: haggis, irn bru, sausages, Aulds mince pies (oooh fooking nora I miss aulds mince pies. hhhmmmmmm cheap, spicy, fatty mutton… ggrugle) 😆

    no problems bringing it in. Although we were not sure initially, so my brother in law put a huge haggis in his checked back, but in a rush of blood to the head he wrapped it in massess of tinfoil and 3 dish towels. **** knows what that must've looked like coming through the scanner. 😀

    If you are struggling for something, and are in either Basel or Luzern, give me a bell and we can either give you sommat from the freezer or put you in touch with a great butcher in Luzern who makes Haggis. The best I have ever had BTW. Made in Luzern, by a Malaysian butcher, who once worked in Inverness. Aparently it was all down to meticulous husbandry and herd management of the native Haggi. It is little known that there are very efficiently managed colonies of Haagi in the Jura mountains and also rarely in the Valais.

    have a great night!


    You've got to love this place.

    I'm in a similar predicament, I need to get a haggis to Sussex this weekend for the groom's breakfast and was wondering if I can take it in hand luggage. Faced with this puzzle I duly fired up and google and entered "haggis through airport security" and result NUMBER ONE lead me back home to STW!! stunning.

    So now, I need to know – did the haggis clear outbound security?

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