Scotland: An Eejit's Guide
- Jay Richardson
- 9 December 2009
Less a reflection on its audience than a spoof of the sort of titles you’ll find in Waterstone’s clearance bins come January, Scotland: An Eejit’s Guide is a comedy homage to Caledonia from two of its most voluble amateur historians. Mixing grim accounts of pubic wigs and secret onanism societies from Susan Morrison’s Whores and Sores tours of Edinburgh with tales of the great and the drunk from Vladimir McTavish’s book The Top 50 Greatest Scots of All Time, Ever! (foreword by eminent social commentator Francis Patrick Boyle), it’s a welcome Hogmanay antidote to the excesses of twee tartan jingoism.
McTavish is currently developing extra material on whisky and promises to be an expert in his field by the close of the festive celebrations. Meanwhile, he’s ready to rip the curtain down on this year of Homecoming Scotland, perhaps the most ill-conceived, badly-executed national showcase since the Millennium Dome.
‘A bit of a fiasco really wasn’t it?’ he sighs. ‘It was all so shortbread tin, pipe band championship and Highland Games and, to be trite, that’s all the shit that people left Scotland for. The campaign was very much aimed at the North American market too, then halfway through they release the Lockerbie bomber. Hardly joined up thinking.’ If the show is a hit, McTavish foresees it turning into a monthly engagement at The Stand and even a potential tour around Scotland. That’s something all eejits should keep an eye out for in 2010.