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    23 Reasons Growing Up In Scotland Ruins You For Life

    Singing kettles, seaside trips, and Scottish Plain toast = heaven.

    1. Because you could stay out really late in summer.

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    If you were lucky, anyway. If you weren't, your mum would call you in at 8pm and you'd have to go to bed while it was still light and your friends were playing. ๐Ÿ˜ญ

    2. Because this was the best dinner ever, especially if you'd been out playing kerby all day.

    3. And this was the best breakfast:

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    Porridge is nice, but Scottish Plain toast with loads and loads of butter is even better: just the thing for those cold winter mornings.

    4. Because you spent your school holidays hanging out in gorgeous places like this:

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    As long as it wasn't raining, all you needed to have fun was a tree, an old tyre, and some rope. Oh, and a friend to push you, of course.

    5. If it was sunny, you'd probably go to the seaside...

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    6. ...even if it was baltic.

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    Growing up in Scotland teaches you vital survival skills. For example, this young girl has made slippers out of some freezing sand.

    7. Because there was absolutely nothing more fun than sticking this to your friends.

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    And seeing how long it took them to notice they'd been "sticky willied".

    8. Apart from picking brambles, of course.

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    If you were lucky you might find wild raspberries too, or even strawberries. Bear Grylls might think he's a born scavenger, but he's got nothing on Scottish kids.

    9. Because it snowed almost every winter.

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    Which means that one of your earliest memories is probably making a snow angel, and getting your wellies full of bits of ice.

    10. And sometimes, it snowed a lot.

    11. Which meant you knew how to rock a snowsuit.

    12. Because The Singing Kettle were some of the best children's entertainers on Earth...

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    13. ...and so was Mr Boom.

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    Only in Scotland would teachers invite a one-man-band with a lampshade on his head into schools. And thank goodness they did. Mr Boom was the best.

    14. Because these were the best "chocolates" around.

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    They might have been "white chocolate flavour candy" rather than actual white chocolate, but they still tasted amazing.

    15. And could you imagine growing up without Highland Toffee? Naw.

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    Not to mention its cheekier, more orange cousin: the Irn-Bru bar.

    16. Because Oor Wullie was way better than Tintin.

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    Or any other comic book for that matter. Look, he's on a boat!

    17. And because you could happily spend hours on the Isle of Struay with Katie Morag.

    18. Because you got to take boats everywhere.

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    They were the only way to get from A to B if you lived on an island, or wanted to take a shortcut across a loch. If you were lucky, you'd see seals or dolphins along the way.

    19. Because this place was miles better than Alton Towers.

    And you'd happily travel for miles to get to the Irn-Bru Carnival. Hell, you'd make your parents take a ferry if you had to.

    20. Because these were actual currency...

    21. ...which you could use to buy an Irn-Bru float.

    22. Because you'd be dragged out of the house for scenic walks at every given opportunity.

    23. I mean, can you imagine spending your childhood anywhere other than this?

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    It really doesn't bear thinking about.

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