“Try our new improved haggis”

Growing up in Scotland, I consumed the “great chieftain o’ the puddin’ race” — otherwise known as haggis — at least once a year on Burns Night and, honestly, it’s great mashed up with potatoes and turnips. Strangely though, not everyone agrees with me, and it can be tough to sell haggis sceptics on the delights of assorted sheeps’ innards boiled in the same animal’s bladder.

Anstruther Fish Bar — Scotland’s best fish and chip shop (and Tom Hanks’s favourite no less) — makes a valient effort, however. Last time I was there, I noticed this sign…

Ignoring any questionable ingredients, they go straight for the suitably vague “new improved” approach.

Got me thinking how else you can sell haggis…

“Just eat it! (And forget about what’s in it.)” (With apologies to Nike)

“Scotland’s caviar. Now with chips.”

“Not exactly healthy… but not bad for you either.”

“The original boil-in-a-bag meal.”

(It’s been a long day.)

By the way, the best haggis comes from Macsween of Edinburgh.

The most useful websites on the Internet

The Guardian has published a list of their most useful websites of 2006 — The new 100 most useful sites.

It’s interesting to compare this list to their previous one in 2004 — Cream of the crop: 100 most useful websites.

They rightly point out (taking the UK-view, as a British newspaper):

“In 2004, the internet was a different place: there was, for example, no YouTube, and most Britons online didn’t have broadband. That’s changed dramatically: now, more than 75% of users have broadband, and the arrival of Web 2.0 has brought sites where the interaction is as fast as if it were on your machine.”