Denis Lawson returns to his childhood in rural Perthshire and remembers the week in October when everyone took part in the potato harvest. He reflects that this October week remains a school holiday but few youngsters spend it picking up 'houking tatties' from the ground.
Can be used as a starting point for autobiographical writing. Students could discuss possible meanings for the phrases 'chanty wrasler' and 'tattie howking' then watch the clip. The class could explore how language and word choice is the trigger for childhood memories then choose and write about or give a short presentation on two examples of language that were significant to them when they were younger.