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Alan Cumming, being Scottish again ;-)

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Apr. 5th, 2009 | 02:34 pm
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from The Scotsman, April 5, 2009
Cumming wows New York at head of Tartan Day Parade

photo by amycook68: Alan Cumming

Published Date: 05 April 2009
By Marc Horne
ALAN Cumming yesterday led a Caledonian invasion of New York, and spoke about what it meant to be a Scot abroad.
The movie and theatre star was the grand marshal of this year's Tartan Day Parade and relished performing in front of one of the biggest audiences of his career.

Large crowds lined the streets, with many waving Saltires and the Stars and Stripes as X-Men and Cabaret star Cumming was joined at the Scottish showcase by students from his former drama school, the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama (RSAMD).

The Glasgow-based institution used the occasion to confirm their appointment of Cumming as the president of their new American Foundation.

In that role the actor will work with the RSAMD to launch an appeal for a scholarship fund in the US.

Cumming said: "As an artist, so much of what defines you and makes you unique is where you are from and the environment in which you learned your craft. For me, being Scottish and training at the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama both define me and make me incredibly proud.

"I am honoured and delighted to be representing my country and spreading the message of the Academy at this year's Tartan Day Parade in New York City."

Culture Minister Mike Russell, who also took part in the parade, described Cumming as a "shining example of Scottish talent" and "a true success story of the RSAMD and a fitting president of their American Foundation".

He added: "The Tartan Day Parade is an impressive and touching sign of affinity from the City of New York for Scotland. I was honoured to be asked by the National New York Tartan Day Committee to represent the Scottish Government and lead the celebrations alongside the Presiding Officer and renowned actor and grand marshal Alan Cumming.

"The message today was one of Homecoming as we invited everyone here to visit Scotland and continue the celebrations through 2009. Working together through these difficult times is a real priority on both sides of the Atlantic."

As well as yesterday's parade in New York, events were held in a host of other cities, including Seattle, San Francisco, Houston, Chicago, Toronto and Vancouver.



Alan and Me photo exhibit at the Chashama gallery, my favorite one is the one involving a Alan in a swirling kilt!

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itstonedme

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from: itstonedme
date: Apr. 5th, 2009 10:01 pm (UTC)
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Omg, you should have had a warning on this post: Man in Kilt!!

Alan, you little vixen. :)

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Lotripper

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from: msilverstar
date: Apr. 6th, 2009 03:53 am (UTC)
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Hee! He's something, yeah!

PS I like your Ian & Dom at the Oscars icon way better than mine

Edited at 2009-04-06 03:55 am (UTC)

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itstonedme

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from: itstonedme
date: Apr. 6th, 2009 04:21 am (UTC)
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Thank you for the iconage kudo, but if I recall correctly (although not completely), you were the inspiration for this little item. :)

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Lotripper

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from: msilverstar
date: Apr. 6th, 2009 04:31 am (UTC)
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Oh COOL! I am embarrassed to say I don't remember, but that's really nifty :-D

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itstonedme

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from: itstonedme
date: Apr. 6th, 2009 04:34 am (UTC)
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I believe you wrote a fic, period piece posted not too long ago, in which someone said, "On dit." Which was the first time I've seen it used in fanfic so it called for a shout out. :-D

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Lotripper

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from: msilverstar
date: Apr. 6th, 2009 04:39 am (UTC)
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I stole that from Georgette Heyer or some other Regency Romance vocab. I'm pretty sure Jane Austen never used it except in the actual French.

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girl talk

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from: 22by7
date: Apr. 5th, 2009 10:13 pm (UTC)
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God, I love Alan Cumming. His sexy always comes wrapped up in this amazing playfulness. The kilt photo is terrific :]

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Lotripper

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from: msilverstar
date: Apr. 6th, 2009 03:57 am (UTC)
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YES! Someday he might get old, but never stodgy. I played him in an RPG, and it was complete joy. He's just FUN :-D

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eff_reality

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from: eff_reality
date: Apr. 5th, 2009 11:58 pm (UTC)
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That photo is so great! The best Marilyn-over-the-subway-grating homage I've ever seen. :)

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Lotripper

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from: msilverstar
date: Apr. 6th, 2009 03:58 am (UTC)
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Oh I so did not get that homage until you said, thank you! Va-voom!

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Alassenya

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from: alassenya
date: Apr. 6th, 2009 02:25 pm (UTC)
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Thanks for the pics and links - it looks like everyone was having a great time.

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Lotripper

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from: msilverstar
date: Apr. 9th, 2009 05:46 am (UTC)
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You are very welcome! And I hope you post sometime soon, I'm curious how life is for you.

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Alassenya

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from: alassenya
date: Apr. 10th, 2009 06:48 am (UTC)
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Life's pretty quiet for me at the moment. I've been trying to finish this year's instalment of my fic, but it's proved to be much more difficult than I had anticipated. It's most frustrating as I want to get it finished so that I can move onto the third story, which will be much more interesting.

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Lotripper

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from: msilverstar
date: Apr. 10th, 2009 08:16 pm (UTC)
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Sorry, I wasn't nudging you about fic, just wondering about your life. Fic is good too.

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Alassenya

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from: alassenya
date: Apr. 10th, 2009 10:32 pm (UTC)
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Hmm, life ... well, it's been a bit odd lately. I'm between jobs at the moment (I do have a new one starting soon) so I'm trying to do things I never had time for when I was working all the time, like visit family and friends. I made an attempt to declutter my flat but that failed dismally. I have at least a dozen projects to do (fics, sewing, scrapbooks, databases, family tree) but I always end up reading novels instead. I guess my brain has decided it needs a holiday at the moment.

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