Why can't its people be
> left in peace to keep their preferred way of life? We just can't accept the
> notion of anyone wanting to live a different existence than ours (which may
> be why the Amish have such a hard time. that and the fact they called one of
> their towns Intercourse)
I'm amazed that someone in Scotland has even heard of the Amish.
How do you know about Intercourse? (The town, that is!) Do you also know
about Bird-in-Hand, Blue Ball and Paradise? How about Virginville?
These towns are all just a few miles from my house.
Actually, none of these towns are Amish as the Amish all live on
farms. The towns were built and named by the so-called "gay Dutch"
(obviously a word relic from a more innocent time). The Amish live
pretty much unmolested. For the most part, their biggest problem is
trying to dodge tourists who want to take a photograph. They keep to
themselves and are rarely victims of crime and the few crimes committed
against them tend to come from bad apples and expatriots of the Amish
community itself. While they endure some teasing from children in the
mainstream community, adults tend to take a live-and-let-live attitude.
The Amish rarely take part in any recreation that mainstream
folks also pursue and so you rarely get to see them up close. They do
like to go to the zoo, however. A few years ago at the Philadelphia
Zoo, I walked into the lion house and saw about two dozen Amish men and
boys with their black pants, purple and blue shirts, and black
broad-brimmed hats sitting on the benches waiting for feeding time.
Other zoo-goers hardly knew which way to look to see the most exotic
> On a slightly tangenital note, and I'm afraid to say, introducing yet more of
> my obscure historical facts gleaned from discussions in pubs, the Stone of
> Destiny was returned to Scotland yesterday as a cheap political trick which
> will undoubtedly misfire.
It's actually just in Scotland on a loan isn't it? I think I
read that the fine print states the Stone is to be returned to England
for the next coronation.
Is it true they brought it across the border on a jeep? What
grand pomp and circumstance.