Ode to ma wee sleekit iPhone…

 The Scottish Government has launched a free iPhone app which contains the complete works of the Bard in a searchable database – over 550 poems and songs in total.

It also features a glossary to help those unfamiliar with the Scots terms used, a guide to the traditional haggis supper and biographical information about the 18th century poet’s short but eventful life.

Culture Minister, Fiona Hyslop said: “This app uses the very latest technology to bring Burns firmly into the 21st century, with his enduring messages of human equality and international brotherhood now available to iPhone users the world over.”  Promoting Burns is a key part of the SNP Government’s marketing strategy, with the new £21million Birthplace Museum in Ayrshire set to open to the public this week.