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Proud to be Scottish!

Postby poohcarrot » Fri Oct 30, 2009 3:03 pm

I'm not Scottish, but the following heartwarming story in my paper today is the reason I bought a bottle of Scotch today.

William Burton was Scottish and came to Japan in the 19th century, where he married a Japanese woman, had a child, and settled here.

He redesigned Japan's crumbling water supply system, thus saving the lives of thousands of Japanese people from dying of cholera.

He was born in Edinburgh in 1856, headhunted by the Japanese Government, appointed professor of sanitary engineering at a Tokyo university and advised the Government on its water supply system.

He died of fever in 1899 at the age of 43.

Burton devotees still go to his tomb in Japan every year to lay flowers and sing Scottish folk songs.

A bench has just been unveiled at Edinburgh's Napier university to commemorate him.

So here's a toast to an unsung Scottish hero.

かんぱい!
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Postby Who's Wee Dug » Fri Oct 30, 2009 5:11 pm

I will drink a wee hauf to that pooh, when I'm next up home in just over a month I will have look :) and take a photo of it.
He willnae tak' a drink! I think he's deid! , on the other hand though A Midgie in yir hand is worth twa up yir kilt.
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Postby Batty » Fri Oct 30, 2009 5:14 pm

Do they all sing 'Oh! Water Beautiful Morning'? :oops:
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Postby chris.ph » Fri Oct 30, 2009 5:22 pm

and you should be embaressed as well :lol: :lol:

is it a single malt pooh as a quarter of all malts seem to end up in japan :)
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Postby poohcarrot » Fri Oct 30, 2009 10:26 pm

No, it's a blend. :(

Looking forward to the photo WWD :D
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