Another installment from the “overheard” series now. You have to imagine the following spoken in broad Aberdonian, if you can:
“Every time I went to Doha [in Qatar], I used to buy about ten watches… Aye, they werenae dear back then…. Well, if I’m in the airport I just switch off, ken fit ah mean? If there’s a delay, people start ragin’ and I think, ‘At least you’re nae stuck in Saudi!’ Only time I was jealous – this guy in the queue had his laptop and he was bookin’ flights while we was waitin’. Wee jammy git!”
It is a fact that this city in the North of Scotland has always had commercial ties to places far away. As early as the 15th century, Aberdeen traded with the Baltic; since the 1970s the oil industry has meant that many local people are familiar with the Middle East and indeed with life on the oil rigs in all sorts of far-flung parts of the world.
* Wee jammy git: loosely translated, a wee lucky you-know-what.