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Tuesday, 13 June 2017


In Scotland when the chips are down we have a colloquial catch all word that we shout out when we need our friends and family to rally around.
The word is 'hawners'. Shortened from having to scream out 'will someone, anyone, step in here and lend a hand to help me out.
Lend a hand, lend a hawn, gie us hawners.

More often than not it was shouted out in the playground when a square go, a mano a mano fistfight, was interrupted by your opponents mate joining in with a punch or a kick to advance his own friends chances of victory.
Your shout was the signal for your own mate, or mates, to jump in and lend their hawns to the task at hand.

In later life it turns to a less violent meaning.
You open the door laden down with shopping and gulp out an exhausted 'hawners' as the signal for the kids to relieve you of the strain.

So now that you know what 'hawners is here's some people that literally do need the hawners, as many hawners make light work.

Together we can all help save the much loved London International Ska festival.
It's not difficult and doesn't even require a huge sacrifice.
A couple of quid as a donation. a little more and you get something in return to.

Let's be honest here, we live in hard times, and for many they are getting harder.
And with that being the case it is a fact that entertainment literally does offer us respite from the trials and tribulations of the daily grind.
So with that in mind offering hawners in this case is probably a bigger deal than we really consider.

So go on. Do it. It's not that hard to do, and once I get paid I'm definitely going to go for it too.

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