Culture killer

10th July 1998 at 01:00
With the news of the "suppressed" curriculum report on Scottish culture ringing in our lugs, it should come as no surprise that visitors often know more than we do.

Take the Robert Burns Tour operating out of John Knox House in Edinburgh's Royal Mile. Standing by David Rizzio's grave in the Canongate Kirkyard, Burns (aka actor Derek Elsby) waxes lyrical about the "mixter-maxter of the political, the personal and the religious" motives of those who murdered the ill-fated scribe to Mary Queen of Scots.

At which point there came the interruption: "It was Darnley was the ringleader." A Scottish voice? Of course not. Yugoslavian.

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