Vagabond Tim

In the 18th and 19th century wealthy Scotsmen decided that the English had a point years ago when they said that the problem with Scotland was that it was filled with Scottish people. The result was something called the Highland Clearances where they did everything in their power to remove families from their homesteads and replace them with sheep.

The resulting mass emigration of poor and largely illiterate farmers led to the spread of the Highland games to places as far away as western Canada and New Zealand. So thanks to the wealthy Scottish land barons and their love of sheep we can now watch grown men hurl enormous chunks of lumber while staggering about in skirts.

So many unfortunate people, guilty of the crime of poverty, came to Cape Breton that despite being originally founded by the French, it was home to more than a hundred thousand Gaelic speakers at the beginning of the 20th century. Realizing eventually that Canada was in fact Geographically even crappier than the rocky hellscape they had left behind, a group of 160 or so ‘Normanites’ led by the notably cantankerous bastard Norman McLoed set sail for Adelaide, Australia. Upon arrival there they discovered a land brimming with opportunity and economic boon, this in some way reminded Norman of biblical end times prophesy and caused them to set sail for somewhere his authority would not be challenged.

By the mid 1850’s over 800 Scottish Immigrants called Waipu, New Zealand home. The small hamlet has at last count less than 1500 residents who remember Norman fondly for his bold decisions and perseverance while his fairly obvious zealotry seems to be somewhat downplayed. The local museum doesn’t really have any information on how many of the 1500 today are descended of the original 800 sadly, but the city itself is decidedly proud of its Scottish heritage regardless.

A fairly informative movie about the history of Waipu, seemingly available only at the local Museum

A fairly informative movie about the history of Waipu, seemingly available only at the local Museum

New Zealand may not have many citizens but that does not stop their sports teams from kicking international ass, or throwing giant sticks apparently

New Zealand may not have many citizens but that does not stop their sports teams from kicking international ass, or throwing giant sticks apparently

The distance traveled is amazing, more impressive still is that Norman was able to keep convincing people to get back on the boat

The distance traveled is amazing; more impressive still is that Norman was able to keep convincing people to get back on the boat

Mural prominently displayed on the side of a large building along the towns main, and only, road

Mural prominently displayed on the side of a large building along the town’s main, and only, road

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