Shaken, not Stirred
What a surprise it was to come upon a bust of Sir Sean Connery in the quiet yard outside our restaurant in Tallinn, Estonia.
Here's the story:
By Leah Hyslop5:10PM GMT 10 Feb 2011
The bronze bust, which was was unveiled by Peter Carter, the British Ambassor to Estonia, was commissioned by the Scottish Club or Šoti Klubi of Tallinn.
"Sir Sean Connery is, without a doubt, an icon," Mr Carter told guests at the sculpture's unveiling ceremony. "He is variously known as James Bond or the sexiest man of the century. He's a great British actor, a great Scot actor and a great symbol for Scotland."
The club commissioned the £9,000 bust from Tiiu Kirsipuu, a famous Estonian sculptor whose best known work is a pair of statues of Oscar Wilde and his contemporary, Estonian writer Eduard Wide, in the city of Tartu.
Iain Lawson, Estonia's honorary consul to Scotland, said that the bust was part of a long-term project to fill the club with sculptures of famous Scots. “The club already has a bust of Robert Burns, and felt that the next step was to have a bust of a living Scot. Sean Connery seemed to be the perfect choice.”
According to Mr Lawson, the Šoti Klubi, which dates back to Soviet times, is an exclusive society which counts many of Estonia's most powerful politicians and businessmen among its members. Although it has a public restaurant in its building in Tallinn's Old Town, membership of the club is usually by invitation only.