Daily Archives: April 2, 2018

Gordon Webster, Once The Queen’s Piper, Of Late Of Concord (NH), Passed Away On March 29, 2018.

by Anura Guruge

Click to ENLARGE. From my 1999 ‘NH Highland Games’ program. I got to know him around this time.

Crop of HIS Facebook picture.

The Facebook message.

I happened, by chance, to hear the sad news on WMUR (Channel 9) news this morning. It was quite a shock. I had no idea that he had been that sick — or for that long. Though we were at best but nodding acquaintances I would have gone and seen him. He was quite the man.

I first met him at the ‘NH Highland Games‘, in Loon, probably around 1999 (given that he emigrated to NH in 1998). I would invariably say ‘hello’ and a few words. A few years later he started playing — or bringing some of his students — to the LaconiaMulticultural Day‘, which I attended, assiduously. I would chat to him there. The Laconia event was less hectic in those days. I, like now, was very homesick and wanted, desperately, to go back. He would tell me that I was crazy and that life was better in the U.S.!

I remember the role he — and for that matter, Denis Carr, of ‘The Brigadoons’ — played at the obviously memorable 2011 Highland Games, which took place on the weekend of 9/11. It was a very ‘charged’ game. I wrote this, in a post here, in 2012. You should read it. It talks about the 2001 Games as well as Gordon playing for the Queen in a sinking rowing boat!

Click to ENLARGE and read here. The link to the original post is in the text above.

I also wrote about Gordon here — when I did a post about his son’s bagpipes getting confiscated by U.S. customs because of the ivory parts on the 1936 bagpipes.

Click to ENLARGE and read here. The link to the original post is in the text above.

Great shame. A great loss.

I read some of his Facebook timeline. Wow. It had not been fun for him over the last couple of years.

I could not, for the world of me, find out how old Gordon was. Doing some extrapolations from comments associated with posted pictures I have a sinking feeling that he is much younger than I — which makes him quite young.

Gordon Webster, R.I.P.

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The Picture Of The Day (Google Pixel 2) + 6 Also-Rans — April 2, 2018.

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NO post-processing whatsoever.

Taken with my new Google Pixel 2 Phone.

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Attribution WILL be enforced.

a shelf New Hampshire Anura Guruge Google Pixel 2

The also rans:

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Why Would Trump Tweet About DACA On Easter — A Very Holy Day For Mexicans.

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Come on! It is a HOLIDAY — a very holy day for some.

Why bring this up when folks are celebrating a HOLIDAY.

And he then goes to church — after those two tweets — and people applaud. What a country.

This was very unbecoming even by his standards.

You have to show some respect and feelings.

I was utterly disgusted. This was Easter.

Oh, dear. What have we sunk too.

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“Sherlock Gnomes” Movie (2018) — Fiendishly Clever, Cute & Comic.

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Click image to access IMDb.com listing for movie.

Quite the yarn. Very entertaining. Very clever. Lot of fun. You will LAUGH and you will come out refreshed.

Went to see it, on Easter, in Portsmouth (NH) at Cinemagic, after going to the ‘ocean’ and before going for dinner. Third movie we have seen this year, all at the Cinemagic, and there is an obvious theme in that the other two were: “Paddington 2” & “Peter Rabbit“. Yes, we like cartoons, featuring make-believe entities set in Britain. In a way there are similarities between all three of these movies, “Paddington” and it both set in London — but it is all good.

Definitely helps IF you know your Arthur Conan Doyle in that there are references to things such as the Arthur Conan Doyle.

Curious, THOUGHT-provoking portrayal of Sherlock — though we also get to meet his ex-finance. Curious that Elton John was the Producer! Was that a coincidence.

We liked it. It might NOT be everybody’s cup of British tea. Helps if you are an Anglophile or as in my case, out-and-out British to the core.

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Easter 2018 Egg Hunt At The Guruge Household.

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She is now 12 and still insists that we do an egg hunt for her.
Devanee is too old.
She wanted it outside this year — in the snow. First time we have
done it outside in a number of years.
She enjoyed it so much she wanted to do it AGAIN;
12 eggs the first time (to match her age), and 6 the 2nd time.

This has been an annual tradition for the last 10,
if not 11 years. It is the highlight of her Easter

— though the chocolates are close behind.

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