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Now, everyone knows that I am not one to gloat when I am right – partly because it happens so rarely – but I was about the Wellington Sevens last weekend. In recent McMalty blogs I had repeatedly touted the power of the current Scottish Sevens rugby squad, and pointed out their august place above New Zealand in the rankings – partly because that situation is even rarer than me being right.

Next Wednesday (25 January 2017) is Robbie Burns Day, a hugely important day on the Scottish calendar as right-thinking Celtic people around the world celebrate the epic poetry of Mr Robert Burns with whisky, haggis, poems and beer. [1] Malthouse will be marking this august date appropriately with a massive Scottish craft beer tap showcase, some Lorne sausage, deep fried Mars bars and haggis. [2]

The Year in Beer: 2016 – Reviewed Through the Bottom of a Pint Glass

2016 has been a decidedly mixed year. If I was a trained historian – and it seems that I am and have a legitimate piece of paper to prove it – I would academically describe this year as “WTF.”

Epic 11th Birthday: “My secret dream is to write an epic poem. That's probably the most pretentious thing I've said.”

 

This blog has for many years been built on three literary devices – tangents, disclaimers and footnotes. For once, it is time to move straight to the disclaimer before one and a half pages of finely written tangential prose about cricket (not so good right now), Star Wars (looking kind of marvellous right now) and soon to be former Prime Minister John Key. [1]

Over the years there have been many songs written about rainbows.

To err is human, to arrrrgh is stone cold pirate... for life

There have been many famous pirates throughout the ages including Dionysius the Phocaean, Kim Dotcom, Black Bart, Captain Jack Sparrow, Blackbeard, Paul Burchill and Lucy Lawless. [1] They were buccaneers, freelancers, privateers, outlaws, heroes and villains.