Today’s Google Doodle: Robert Burns Night

We at OSM enjoy reporting to you on the latest Google Doodles, we have seen quite a few in recent times such as Paul Cezanne’s 172nd birthday, Martin Luther King Day, John Lennon’s 70th birthday and of course, the Doodle 4 Google competition.

We have also seen one with Scottish relevance previously; this was the Doodle for St.Andrew’s day. Now we are seeing a Doodle for ‘Burns Night’, for those of you who are unaware, we wanted to bring you a bit of history on the night of Robert Burns. In Scotland he is also known as ‘The Bard’.

So onto the man himself, he lived from January 25 1759 – July 21 1796, he was born on the west coast in Ayrshire. He is known as a cultural icon, the poet of Scotland and is regarded as one of the greatest poets in the world. The majority of his work was written in a Scottish dialect but also in English.

For all of you that wish to sample his work and learn more about the great man, head over to the website that is devoted to him. There’s another good source that talks about ‘The Bard’ giving you what they call the complete guide. You can even join a Facebook page devoted to the Scottish legend. If you haven’t seen the Doodle then head on over to Google and have a look.

Have you missed any of Google’s doodles? If you have then head over and have a look at their archive and you can see them all going back to 1998. You can also read through the full history of the Google Doodle by clicking here.

What do you think of Burns night? Will you be eating Haggis tomorrow night? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below.

  • Rosemary Valentine

    Why does it say 'Like a ned ned' ? I think it is abusive and inappropriate.

    • Tim Ollason

      Thanks Rosemary, reaching out as far as my Scots slang will let me, i know that a Ned is like a young hooligan or in this day and age a chav. Perhaps this is in some way related to the fact that Rabbie wasnee a saint himself.

      The only other thing i can think of, is 'Neddy' which is a Donkey :-)

      Was that your understanding too?

      • Rosemary Valentine

        Hi Tim, just thought it was a tacky connection with Peter Mullan's film Neds – non-educated delinquents – and yet one more unecessary knock to the Scots.

        • Tim Ollason

          Ha, thanks Rosemary. I kind of think its amusing when people haven't got anything better to do than poke fun at us jocks! :)

          We will see if we can get an explaination from Google on the comment on the picture, if we get one then we will add an update to the article.

          Thanks for Reading!

  • Robert

    Celebrate with us!! We love Robbie!!
    http://beckermanbiteplate.blogspot.com/2011/01/ro