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Sunday, 31 October 2010
self, back view in the Baltic, 2008' it's all in the skintone, peeps/tr>
Oi! Harriet! No! Being redheaded is genetic. So you do not mock it. That. Is. All. Wrong. And, er, it is in Scotland that you will find the highest concentration of redheads in the world. I declare an interest of course as a redhead myself. Similar colouring to Danny Alexander in fact. There are many varieties and shades of redhead, but what we all have in common is not our hair colour but our skin. Pale, freckled and we get sunburned if someone switches a light on. I am naturally a dark-ish auburn, green eyes, fair skin and freckles. This comes from my Scottish grandfather's side - his son, my father, was a bright redhead with blue eyes, which my sister inherited, my brother and I got the auburn as our mother is dark, though my brother's hair was carroty when he was a child and darkened as he grew up. My daughter has brown hair with reddish lights in it, but she is still a redhead as she has the skin. This is genetically compounded, as my son-in-law is a true redhead, so their daughter is of course a redhead too, with grey eyes like her mother. Genetic. Fruit flies and all that. And yes, there is serious prejudice against redheads. It is even said that Judas Iscariot was a redhead, though I don't see how he could have been, coming from the Middle East and all. You find redheads mostly in the Celtic fringe, there are a great many in north America, especially Canada because of the Scottish emigration there, but you also find them occasionally in parts of central Asia, and in the Caucasus and Afghanistan - green eyes and reddish lights in the hair are not that uncommon in Afghanistan, and women with that colouring are quite beautiful. The gene is very strong. Alexander the Great was a redhead - it is documented from contemporary sources that he had to cover up against the sun or his skin turned red, not something most Greeks and Macedonians have to worry about, then or now. I was once on holiday in the Basque country of France and was taken for Basque and spoken to in that language.
We can't get suntanned. So what? Is that a reason to exterminate us?