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‘The Nest’, (BBC), Set In Glasgow, On ‘Acorn’ TV — Amazing, Absolutely Amazing STORY!

by Anura Guruge


Click image to access the ‘Acorn’ homepage for this BBC series.



Wow. Wow. WOW! What a story. There is no indication that some, if not all, of this ‘twisted’ story is based on real facts. I am torn on that. The implication that it is fictional — & WHAT a story it is. I am AWE as to how somebody could weave all of this in such a manner.

Gripping is an understatement.

I really haven’t given surrogacy much thought — over my life. So, I really can’t relate to the moral & ethical aspects of it. To I it seems like a fairly reasonable ‘deal’.

Trust me on this. This is QUITE the story. I even opted to finish watching Episode 4 rather than cricket. That happens very rarely. SMILE.


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“Battle Of The Somme” #WeAreHere Tributes Across The U.K. By Uniformed Reenactment Volunteers.

by Anura Guruge


Bloodiest known battle
in all of human history.

794,238 Allied troops from the
U.K., Australia, Bermuda, Canada, India, Newfoundland,
New Zealand, South Africa, Southern Rhodesia & France
lost their life in this battle
that lasted from July 1 to November 18, 1916.

[The U.S. did NOT participate in WW I until April 6, 1917.]

This #WeAreHere reenactment by 1,500 uniformed volunteers
was to remind people of all those that were lost.
It appears that each volunteer carried business cards
showing the name one that died in the battle.

Very neat. Very British. Very touching.
Very sobering.


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Old Orchard Beach, Maine, “Scottish Festival” (June 4, 2016) — 31 Images.

by Anura Guruge


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All taken with my new Fuji X-E2s.

Attribution WILL be enforced.

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Mr. Albannach. SMILE. My ‘buddy’ from Glasgow.

A piper.

Mr. Charlie Zahm, underestimated and underappreciated for TOO long. One heck of a performer (from PA).

Fuji X-E2s image Anura Guruge
Fuji X-E2s image Anura Guruge


12 out of 10 for ‘Old Orchard Beach‘ for effort. Bravo.

A micro “Highland Games at Loon” in a small park, by the ocean with the fog rolling over. Cute.

It was not bad, not bad at all. They even had some ‘Games‘ — caber tossing etc!

A tad light on the music. And not the greatest of locations. Too small. But I wish them ALL the very best. Great notion. Step in the right direction.

We didn’t stay long. Drove 90 minutes each way and stayed for 60 minutes. Didn’t even stay to hear ‘Albannach’ (who performed at 2pm & 4pm). I should have gone on my OWN! That was a mistake. Will not repeat that next year or in September.

P.S., Parking wasn’t bad. But the fog was rolling in and it was ‘cold’. If it had been warmer the beach may have been busier.


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John Carmichael: Happy Birthday To The Scottish Musical Marvel.

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Happy Birthday to John Carmichael
on the World’s biggest piano accordion.

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Click to access YouTube ‘Happy Birthday’ video.


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John Carmichael: ‘Highland Games’, Loon, 2015 — Closeup.

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Sunday, September 20, 2015, 11:45 am performance at the Governor’s Lodge.

John Carmichael, from Giffnock, Glasgow (Scotland), by any measure is indeed the ‘Real McCoy’. He is the epitome of a Scot — a traditional one at that. His authentic Scottish tunes and songs, not to mention his delightful stories, transports you back, magically, to the Banks of Lock Lomond in Scotland. With John you can feel the mist rising from the Loch. It is John Carmichael and ‘The Brigadoons‘ that make sure that the NH Scottish Highland Games lives up to its name.

I have always relished listening to and watching John. He has so much talent and personality. A really, really nice guy too (but, in my experience, that is true with most people from Glasgow). Such a delight and what an entertainer. Devanee and I sat and savored his entire set on Sunday morning and we are so glad we did so. He is magic.

I am so glad that I managed to get these pictures so that YOU can get a feel of this exceptional gentleman. Enjoy.


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Thank YOU John Carmichael.
You delighted us.

All the still pictures taken with my new Sony a77 Mk II
and displayed here UNTOUCHED just as they came out as JPEGs.


‘Red Hot Chilli Pipers’, Highland Games, Loon, 2015: Up Close — Part I.

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Sunday, September 20, 2015, NH Highland Games at Loon.

We are HUGE fans of the ‘Chillis’. We have seen them, in prior years at Loon, and at the fabulous (free) concert they did in Concord, NH, in February 2014. Great group. Very personable. Makes me ultra-proud that they are British and, moreover, from Glasgow. Glasgow is special to me. I use to go up to Greenock to celebrate Hogmanay. My friend Ian W.F. Williams was a pillar of Glasgow society and I have spoken, a number of times, at the ‘National Conference Centre’ in Glasgow — once doing a keynote presentation in front of 870 people.

The ‘Chillis’, as ever, did GREAT at the Games. Love their dynamic energy. So reminiscent of the ‘Seven Nations‘ — and I am no longer sure as to who will be more proud of that comparison, since the ‘Chillis’ are now quite famous in their own right — as is but right.

Just a few closeups to get us started. I have close to 100 pictures of THEM from Loon. So I will do a few batches. Enjoy.


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Thank YOU “The Red Hot Chilli Pipers”. You Were Great.

I plan to do at least 2 more photo sets of the ‘Chillis’.

Two things, please. Your sound engineer, on Sunday, BUTCHERED your sound! The sound was distorted and clipped. Not good. You guys were good enough to get away with it. But ditch this ‘engineer’ and get another one or use ‘Boston Sound Works’. How can I say this delicately. The ‘local’ (NY) vocal ‘talent’ wasn’t much of a catch on the stage. I am SURE she is very good, but not as a vocalist for YOU. So …. You guys can do better than that ON STAGE! SMILE. Grin. Come on. I remember the talent in Glasgow, if not Scotland. Keep it Scotish. 

All the pictures taken with my new Sony a77 Mk II.


22 Days Till Hogmanay (New Year’s): Hogmanay In Edinburgh, From 2013, With Some Great Music.

Anura Guruge, June 8, 2013.

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Yesterday we did Glasgow so it is only fair that we do Edinburgh today.

Click to access delightful YouTube video.

Click to access delightful YouTube video.


23 Days Till Hogmanay (New Year’s): Hogmanay In Glasgow (Cultural Capital of Scotland) In 1957.

Anura Guruge, June 8, 2013.

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All of my hogmanay celebrations, in Scotland, were in ‘Glasgow’
actually in Greenock.

So naturally I am partial to Hogmanay in Glasgow.

In a different phase of my life I used to get asked, at least once a year,
to come and do presentations at the ‘National Exhibition & Conference Center’
when they were hosting various large IT expositions.
One year I was the Keynote Speaker for the entire show
and addressed a crowd close to 800.
Largest crowd I have yet addressed.
It was a tad intimidating, even for me, with my years of experience,
to stand there and see an ocean of faces.
But, when I got started, and they started laughing
(given that I am noted for my humor when presenting),
I LOVED it and didn’t want to stop.

Click for a nostalgic view of Hogmanay, in Glasgow, 56 years ago. WOW.

Click for a nostalgic view of Hogmanay, in Glasgow, 56 years ago. WOW.

 


27 Days Till Hogmanay. ‘Auld Lang Syne’ In French, Very Soothing And Non-Raucous.

Anura Guruge, June 8, 2013.

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Click to access YouTube video. Audio is a bit rough. Sorry,

Click to access YouTube video. Audio is a bit rough. Sorry,


The French, like the Scots, celebrate the New Year and New Year’s Eve with gusto — with lots of champagne and kissing.

Before I started going up to Glasgow for Hogmanay — since they, at that time, had an acute shortage of the ‘dark men‘ very necessary for the merriment, I used to spend quite a few New Years in Paris.

The folks who had adopted me lived in central Paris for 17 years. So I always had free accommodation — quite luxuries at that. So that worked out.

So I have spent a few New Year’s Eves on the Champs-Élysées — which in those was well within my jogging range.

But we used to take the car. It had diplomatic plates which helped.

A New Year I remember well is me playing traffic cop on the Champs-Élysées.

Once the revelries had died down and folks started to go home, the Champs-Élysées was 6 lanes of hardly moving, bumper-to-bumper cars. We had parked on a access road that ran parallel. But, there was no way we could cut in. So I jumped out strode into the middle of the traffic and started stopping cars. It worked. I had fun. I even stayed on and directed traffic after our car pulled in. I knew I could catch up with it in that traffic. I was very fit in those days — given that I used to run 7 miles, six days a week.

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

Anura Guruge, laughing, picture November 16, 2011.

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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.