It was Hogmanay at last, and Algy was trying to blow up balloons for his New Year’s Eve celebrations, but fluffy birds are perhaps not very well adapted to this particular task…

If you live in a part of the world where it is already 2015, Algy wishes you the fluffiest possible New Year xoxoxo

If you live nearer Algy’s own home or in the massive continents of the Americas, please join Algy at midnight GMT to celebrate the coming of the New Year :))

As the clock strikes midnight in the wild West HIghlands of Scotland, Algy and his friends are celebrating Hogmanay and singing Auld Lang Syne. They will “tak a cup o’ kindness” with you 🙂

          Should auld acquaintance be forgot,     
            And never brought to min’?     
          Should auld acquaintance be forgot,     
            And days o’ lang syne?     
 
          We twa hae rin about the braes,
            And pu’d the gowans fine;     
          But we’ve wander’d monie a weary fit     
            Sin’ auld lang syne.     
 
          We twa hae paidl’t i’ the burn,     
            Frae mornin’ sun till dine;
          But seas between us braid hae roar’d     
            Sin’ auld lang syne.     
 
          And here ’s a hand, my trusty fiere,     
            And gie’s a hand o’ thine;     
          And we’ll tak a right guid-willie waught
            For auld lang syne.     
 
          And surely ye’ll be your pint-stowp,     
            And surely I’ll be mine;     
          And we’ll tak a cup o’ kindness yet     
            For auld lang syne!

          For auld lang syne, my dear,     
            For auld lang syne,     
         We’ll tak a cup o’ kindness yet     
            For auld lang syne.

Algy and his friends wish you all a very, very Happy New Year xxx

[Algy is of course quoting the lyrics of Auld Lang Syne by Robert Burns, in its original Scots language version.]

A Very Happy New Year to You All!

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Algy is celebrating Hogmanay with some of his friends, here in the West Highlands of Scotland, and bringing to mind all his acquaintance around the world, both auld and new. He wishes you all a very, very Happy New Year! May every blessing be yours in 2013. Slàinte mhòr agus a h-uile beannachd duibh!

         Should auld acquaintance be forgot,
         And never brought to mind?
         Should auld acquaintance be forgot
         And auld lang syne?

         For auld lang syne, my dear,
         For auld lang syne,
         We’ll tak a cup o’ kindness yet
         For auld lang syne.