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The most careful plans sometimes do not succeed. It was probably already a cliché by the time Robert Burns used the phrase in “To a Mouse” (1786): “The best-laid schemes o’ mice an’ men gang aft a-gley [go often astray].”
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They may recall the title quotes Burns' poem "To a Mouse" giving the common saying: "The best-laid schemes o'mice an' men / Gang aft agley (i.e.
IT'S AN UNCONTESTABLE FACT THAT THE BEST-LAID schemes of mice and men "gang aft agley," as Robert Burns would have it--or "often go awry," as it's generally translated into English.
Rangers striker Kenny Miller walked through the front door on Saturday night, checked the Barcelona result against Deportivo La Coruna and knew the best-laid schemes don't always go to plan.
Many more of us have read our Robbie Burns and know full well that "the best-laid schemes of mice and men gang aft agley".
mouse grounding a powerful jet aircraft brought to mind the wisdom of Robert Burns's poem To A Mouse: "The best-laid schemes o' mice and men gang aft agley, An' lea'e us nought but grief an' pain, for promis'd joy!"
The best-laid schemes of mice and men, as Robert Burns reminded us, often go awry.
Robbie Burns would have done well to have rewritten his famous line: "The best-laid schemes o' mice an 'men gang aft agley" replacing it with the best-laid plans of mice and pregnant women.
But Mousie, thou art no alane In proving foresight may be vain The best-laid schemes o' mice and men
'The best-laid schemes o' mice an' men, 'Gang aft agley, 'An' lea'e us nought but grief an' pain, 'For promis'd joy!...'
But if odds-on winners can end up last and long-time losers romp home first, perhaps the runaway favourite in the race to be SNP leader is worriedly reflecting that it's not just the best-laid schemes of horses and bookies that can 'gang aft agley'.
Yet, "The best-laid schemes o' mice and men/ Gang aft a-gley." In Ernest's eyes--their gaze directly on his own needs, his career--now she'd been untrue.
It's the time to celebrate the birth of Christ, not Robert Burns, but the best-laid schemes and all that.
THE item about a wee .mouse grounding a powerful jet aircraft brought to mind the wisdom of Robert Burns's poem To A Mouse: "The best-laid schemes o' mice and men gang aft agley, An' lea'e us nought but grief an' pain, for promis'd joy!" Bill Potter Washington Tyne & Wear If you'd like a mention for one of your friends or relatives, write to or email Readers' Birthdays at the address below.