Yesterday an acquaintance of mine firmly reminded me to 'do a wee post to mark Sean's birthday on that blog of yours' and I like to accommodate requests - though I admit this one was more of an order.
Today Sean Connery is 80 years old and wearing well. Love him or hate him he is a superb ambassador for Scotland. Many critics accuse him of hypocrisy because he doesn't live here and doesn't pay tax here. That's a spurious argument because there are plenty people who do live here and don't pay tax here or anywhere else. Should they too be denied the right to talk up Scotland?
His charity, the Scottish International Educational Trust, continues to help young Scots and Scottish institutions while his US based charity, Friends of Scotland, ensures that goodwill and understanding about the country of his birth is sustained worldwide.
In 1989, at almost 60 years of age, he was voted People Magazine's 'Sexiest Man Alive'. When advised of the award, he seemed to be unaffected as he replied, "Well there aren't many sexy dead men, are there?"
Happy Birthday Mr Connery.