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Made in Scotland : my grand adventures in a wee country

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All roads lead home. `After my knighthood was announced, a woman from the BBC came to Glasgow to interview me.

We sat down in a lovely hotel in a nice part of town, and she hit me with her first question: "This must mean a lot to you, with you coming from nothing?" I looked at her, and I laughed. "I did'nae come from nothing," I told her. "I come from something." I grew up in the tenements of post-war Glasgow.

I am very proud to be working class, and especially a working-class Glaswegian who has worked in the shipyards.

I come from the working class. And, most of all, I come from Scotland. Scotland is a unique and wonderful place. Its national motto says a lot about it: Nemo me impune lacessit.

A decent translation might be: `By all means punch me in the nose but prepare yourself for a kick in the arse.' I did'nae come from nothing: I come from Scotland. And this book is about why I will always be happy and proud that I do.'

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BBC Books
1785943707 / 9781785943706
United Kingdom
282 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations (black and white, and colour)
24 cm
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TV tie-in.