“The dark thought, the shame, the malice,/meet them at the door laughing,/and invite them in.”*

*from: “The Guest House”, by Jalaluddin Rumi. (Scottish Poetry Library) “This poem is included in the anthology “Tools of the Trade: Poems for new doctors” (Scottish Poetry Library, 2014). The anthology was edited by Dr Lesley Morrison, GP; Dr John Gillies, GP and Chair, Royal College of GPs in Scotland, Rev Ali Newell, and Lilias Fraser. A copy was given to all graduating doctors in Scotland in 2014.”

From: Rosebery – Statesman in Turmoil (2005), by Leo McKinstry:

“His social sensitivity could be both graceful and endearing. During a crowded reception at 38 Berkeley Square a gauche Scottish farmer invited by Rosebery proceeded to devour all before him until he came to the ice cream, something he had never previously tasted. After one anguished mouthful he went up to Rosebery and said, ‘I don’t suppose you know, my Lord, but there’s been a mistake somewhere. The pudding’s froze.’ Rosebery took a spoonful himself, then replied, ‘So it is. That’s strange. I’ll find out what the problem is.’ He disappeared into the kitchens, then returned to the farmer: ‘It’s all right. Apparently this is a new kind of Italian pudding. They freeze it on purpose.’ “.

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