Donald MacDonald from the Isle of Skye (or maybe it was Neil
McNell from Barra, but anyway..) went to study at an English
university and was living in the hall of residence with all the
other students there. After he had been there a month, his
mother came to visit him (no doubt carrying reinforcements of
tatties, salt herring, oatmeal and whisky).
"And how do you find the English students, Donald?" she
"Mother," he replied, "they're such terrible, noisy people. The
one on that side keeps banging his head on the wall and won't
stop. The one on the other side screams and screams all
"Oh Donald! How do you manage to put up with these awful
noisy English neighbours?"
"Mother, I do nothing. I just ignore them. I just stay here
quietly, playing my bagpipes."