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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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by Anura Guruge

Deanna Replaced The Screen On Teischan’s Toshiba Satellite C855D-S5315 Laptop — Quite Easily.

chromebooklog666Anura Guruge, June 8, 2013.

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The replacement screen, from “East Coast LCDs”, that we got from Amazon. Click to access Amazon page.

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The OUTSTANDING, spot-on, YouTube tutorial video we used from ‘Screen Surgeons’. Excellent. Everything was as shown on the video. THANKS.

What the broken screen looked like. The crack is diagonal, left-to-right, from top-middle … You should be able to see the two lines. Click to ENLARGE.


Last Sunday, June 8, Deanna going down the stairs from our 4th floor office, tripped on Teischan’s Toshiba Satellite. Teischan had left it in the middle of the stairs — for me to take up and charge. She tends to do that. Leave her laptop or pad on the stairs for Dad to take up to charge. This time it didn’t work like that. Initially we thought that we had got away with no damage to the laptop. Alas, not so. The screen was broken. I was very upset.

I had got the Toshiba, last March (i.e., 2013), for Teischan’s 7th birthday — from TigerDirect, refurbished. It had been one heck of a deal. A quick check of TigerDirect and Amazon proved that I would not be able to get an equivalent laptop, refurbished or otherwise, for even close to what I had paid in 2013 for this laptop. Laptop prices rather than coming down due to the lack of demand precipitated by Pads is actually going up. I was very distressed. Late that night I went looking for screen replacement tutorials on YouTube and found the one shown above. It was excellent. Made me realize that we could try and do it. I then went to Amazon looking for a screen. Found the one shown above. Price was good PLUS it was from Amazon. So I knew that returning it, if we had issues, would not be a problem.

It came on Friday. That was excellent.

My PC guy, Shane Selling of Hexacopter fame, gave me some advice over e-mail: “make a diagram of the laptop and put all the screws, in the right place, on that diagram”. That was good. Thanks, Shane. Taking it to Shane, if we screwed up (with the screws) was always the contingency.

On Sunday we got ready for the ‘surgery’. I got Deanna to watch the video the night before. She, after watching it, was very confident that she could do it. That suited me fine. She is good at detailed, finicky work — and that would let me catch up on my writing. A couple of years ago, again following a YouTube video, Deanna had very successfully replaced a DVD drive in Devanee’s ASUS laptop. So I knew she could work on laptops.

Well I made sure she was all set with the tools. She had her ASUS laptop with the video running. Devanee stood by to help. We eventually sent Teischan away because she was getting in the way. I did some writing.

It was, per Deanna and Devanee, exactly as shown on the YouTube. Thank YOU. That was excellent. Maybe it took 20 minutes. We were not rushing. We lost 5 minutes because I lost the bezel. When Deanna took it off I put it in a safe place and then couldn’t find it. Old age.

Other than misplacing the bezel, which we eventually found, ‘right there’, all went fine.

Laptop looks like new. Works fine. I am delighted.

So just wanted to share that replacing a laptop screen isn’t that hard and can be done at home.


Robert Burns Supper, January 25, Getting You Acquainted With The “Address To A Haggis”.

Anura Guruge, June 8, 2013.

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by Anura Guruge


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>> ‘Auld Lang Syne’: Proper Way

>>Dec. 31, 2012.
>> Hogmanay — Dec. 29, 2012.
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Robert Burns Birthday Post

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Robert/Robbie Burns Supper in New Hampshire Post


As with ‘Hogmanay‘, the proper way to do ‘Auld Lang Syne‘ with crossed hands
and maybe even the wearing of Red Poppies for Remembrance Day
I kind of feel obliged, as a entrenched Brit, to make sure that you know the
proper way to celebrate the GREAT Robert Burns’ birthday
on January 25.

Hence these posts.

The “Address to the Haggis” is the centerpiece of any read Robert Burns Supper.

So let me help you out with these posts I found after some diligent Googling.


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Excellent introduction. Click to access.

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Check what the BBC has to say.

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YouTube is full of 'Address to the Haggis' videos, BUT this is probably one of the most impressive. This guy is a national treasure. I was impressed. Click to access YouTube video.

YouTube is full of ‘Address to the Haggis’ videos, BUT this is probably one of the most impressive. This guy is a national treasure. I was impressed. Click to access YouTube video.


I Get Devanee A Refurbished Acer Aspire C710-2457 Chromebook — My First Foray Into Chromebooks.

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I got Devanee an Asus Windows 7 laptop for Christmas 2011. She loves it but has abused it, beyond belief, since she has had it. Though she has PAID Avast Internet Security installed on it she has managed to get some real bad viruses on it multiple times. I had to buy the Install Disks for it, from Asus, and have reinstalled Windows 7 on it twice. She still has trouble with it. That she physically pounds on it with her fists or throws it on the ground when she gets mad definitely doesn’t help things.

Christmas 2011 and the Asus that lasted 2 years!

Christmas 2011 and the Asus that lasted 2 years!

I knew that I would have to get another computer ‘soon’. ‘Punishing’ her by not getting her a new one wasn’t going to work — though Deanna was adamant that I shouldn’t get her another because of the way she physically batters her Asus. But her not having access to a working PC bothers me. So, I had kind of decided a year ago that her next ‘PC’ was going to be a Chromebook. No Windows 7 for her to mess up. Not easy to get viruses. No hard disk that she can corrupt. Plus, the price was right. So, a year ago I got her to transition to ‘Google Drive’ — though I actually had a fully legit, paid-for Microsoft Office CD and license for her laptop. The 2nd time I reinstalled Windows 7 I didn’t install Office and told her to start using Google Docs. She did. Now a year later she is quite comfortable using Google Docs for ‘Word‘ and ‘PowerPoint‘.

On Tuesday, given that her Asus was lying on the dining room table, I went to use it. It was pretty sick. I knew the time had come. I ordered her this refurbished Acer from Walmart. Price was right, PayPal is giving me 6 months, on-interest to pay for it — and Devanee, using her birthday and Christmas money, is paying for 48% of it. At least by paying for some of it she might feel some sense of ownership and treat it better. I ordered it Wednesday morning and it arrived today, a Saturday, via FedEx Home. That is fast.

The Chromebook principle works — so far. It was up in seconds. No messing about. Chrome did need to be updated, but we are talking minutes rather than the hours to have all the updates installed for a new Windows 7 or Windows 8. Connected to Wi-Fi with no effort. Once she remembered her Gmail account and logged on, Bob really was her uncle. It was all there as was to be expected.

I am happy. It gives her all she needs: Browser, e-mail, YouTube, Google Docs. This Chromebook also happens to have 16GB of Solid State Storage. That is a bonus. I am going to get her a car charger and a GPS USB dongle. It will make one heck of a GPS with its 11.6″ screen. I will keep you posted how this experiment pans out. I think it will be fine. The ideal ‘PC’ for a 13 year old, especially if she had been using Google Drive for a year for her ‘Office’.


Devanee's refurbished, but totally unblemished, Acer Chromebook ... a few minutes after it arrived, on Saturday, via FedEx. Click to ENLARGE.

Devanee’s refurbished, but totally unblemished, Acer Chromebook … a few minutes after it arrived, on Saturday, via FedEx. Click to ENLARGE.


Robert Burns Supper In New Hampshire, On His Birthday, 2014, By The St. Andrews Society.

Anura Guruge, June 8, 2013.

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Anura Guruge


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>>Dec. 31, 2012.
>> Hogmanay — Dec. 29, 2012.
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Robert/Robbie Burns Supper in New Hampshire Post


Well, I hope that some of you must have kind of worked out given ALL of the ‘Auld Lang Syne
posts that I have done that I must have some reverence for its author the Scottish Robbie Burns.

Of course I do. Plus, I have associated enough with bona fide Burns experts to know that I am but a fan as opposed to a Burns scholar. C’est la vie.

Kind of surprised that this menu doesn’t have haggis. No, my fondness for Scottish cuisine does not extend to Haggis.

I will try to publicize all of the Burns related activities that might be taking place in N.H. over the next 10 days.

“And fare thee well, …”


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Click to access.

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The impressive venue for this dinner

Liberty Lane Offices

Liberty Lane Offices. Click to access.


25 Days Till Hogmanay (New Year’s). Haunting Rendition Of ‘Auld Lang Syne’ By The Incomparable Royal Scots Dragoon Guards.

Anura Guruge, June 8, 2013.

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Anura Guruge


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Click to access YouTube video.

Click to access YouTube video.

IF you are NOT sure whether you have ever heard a world class pipes and drums band,
try the Royal Scots Dragoons.


A (Robert/Robbie) Burns Supper In New Hampshire On The Day, His Birthday, January 25, 2013. Yeah!

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Anura Guruge


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I am so relieved that I managed to find (so far) at least one bona fide Supper, on the day, in NH
— though I am not that thrilled that it is at noon, which rather than being incongruous, borders on being blasphemous,
since the consumption of a wee dram or two (and maybe a few more)
is obligatory to honor the great man.

If you are aware of other Suppers, on the day
(those pushed back to a weekend don’t count),
in NH please let us know.

I thought there used to be one in Center Harbor, Moultonbotough
or was it North Conway?


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The restaurant
(which I am unfamiliar with, not having dined in Peterborough in 15 years).

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Hogmanay (New Year’s Eve Scottish Style) in New Hampshire.

Anura Guruge, laughing, picture November 16, 2011.

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>>Nov. 29, 2012.


I have talked about ‘Hogmanay‘ once or twice before on this blog, given that it is a holiday that I am very fond of. Yes, it is a New Year’s Eve bash, but it is one done with gusto, passion, lots of music, some bagpipes if you are lucky and of course, lots of booze, with single malts coming into play at some point. Yes, it definitely helps if you are dark haired, or even better have black hair and a dark complexion — now that chimney sweeps are hard to find. Yes, there is a lovely Scottish tradition that says that associating with dark people at hogmanay bring you luck for the coming year. It originated with chimney sweeps, but now it applies to all darkies (like me). I used to get invited up to Glasgow in Scotland for hogmanay. I had a friend, who died last year, who was a big wheel in every sense in Scotland, who booked an entire hotel for the night of December 31st so that his friends could celebrate hogmanay in style. At midnight women would line up to be kissed by the darkies …

I am surprised that there aren’t many, if any, hogmanay parties in NH given the crowds that attend the annual Scottish Highland Games at Loon. There are 2 to 3 hogmanay style Scottish dinners at the local hotels on Friday and Saturday night during the games. I would have thought that they would try and do a proper hogmanay party along similar lines. All you need is a couple of Scottish musicians and hopefully a few bagpipers.

I did find one event labelled as such in NH, but it is at a church and it finishes way before midnight.

Click to access.

Click to access.

Next year, when all have recovered from any and all hangovers from this year’s celebration I am going to start talking to various people about extending their event to include some elements of hogmanay.

Check the list of U.K. holidays I posted before Christmas. In Scotland both January 1 & 2 are holidays, the second day a must to recover from the first footing of New Year’s.

Happy New Year. May you be showered with all that is best in life in 2013.

Hogamany in Edinburgh. Click to access article in a Scottish newspaper.