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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

How Many TONS Of Illegal Ivory Was Lost In The Philippines Due To Typhoon Haiyan?

Anura Guruge, June 8, 2013.

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Something I am sure that many people around the World don’t realize, especially in the U.S., is that the Philippines, Cebu that was the bull’s eye for the super-typhoon being the epicenter, is the global capital for illegal, blood ivory!

Moreover, much of this blood ivory is used to carve baby Jesuses — so called Santo Niños. I, the professional cynic, find it ironic that a nation that is so Catholic and think that they have to show their devotion by buying illegal ivory baby Jesuses gets SLAMMED by the storm of the century — just a few weeks after a magnitude 7.x earthquake. I think Filipinos are some of the most beautiful people in the world (and yes, I have been to the Philippines) but many of them tend to be very superstitious and unworldly. Which explains why they feel the need to buy illegal ivory idols for their supposed protection. Well, if they were more astute they would realize that the ivory idols aren’t doing much to provide them with protection.

Anyway, a year ago, on my ‘Popes-and-Papacy’ blog, I ranted about the illegal, Catholic sponsored ivory trade in the Philippines. Here are some of the posts. So before you rush off to give them millions just factor in the crimes against elephants.


Click to access MY post at ‘Popes-and-Papacy’.


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Al Gore ‘The Future’ Book Signing In Concord, NH: What I Learned.


Anura Guruge

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>> Al Gore ‘The Future’ Book Signing Made Me Sad — Feb. 6, 2013.
Do NOT Buy Al Gore’s ‘The Future’ In Hardback — Feb. 6, 2013.
Is Al Gore Gay? — Feb. 6, 2013.
Al Gore In Concord, NH, February 6 — Feb. 5, 2013.

These were the main things I learned from yesterday’s ‘The Future‘ book signing in Concord. My overall sentiment was one of profound sadness: credibility compromised for commercialism.

Al Gore, though BAM was hoping he would only speak for 20 minutes, spoke for 30 minutes. BAM only permitted four questions from the audience, randomly (or they said) picked. I actually learned quite a bit from one of the questions. I will point that out.

So here, in very pithy form, are my takeaways, from yesterday, more or less in the order they registered in my brain. I did not take notes.

>> :: Privacy :: Dictionary.com places 243 cookies on your computer to track your Web surfing trends.
[Since I do use Dictionary.com, with increasing annoyance with their blatant intrusions, I checked this as soon as I got back. He was right. It might be 230 cookies, but they are using me as a cookie jar. I had it on my bookmark toolbar. I deleted it. I will not use it again. I replaced it with Wicktionary. Not the same, but will do. Plus, it will force me to do something that I have been remiss in doing for the last couple of years: reaching down and picking up my beloved ‘Oxford Concise Dictionary’. Thank You, Al Gore.]

>> :: Privacy :: The U.S. Government is currently spending billions developing a system that vacuums up ALL of our electronic transactions, including e-mails, Tweets and posts so that they can be electronically analyzed, if needed, to check what we have said and done in the past.
[I did not check this, but I know that this has been talked about. I have always assumed that all of this data was captured and stored. I have known, since the 1970s, that all phone calls to/from the U.S. were recorded and stored. So, to me this is nothing new. I always work under the assumption that Big Brother is watching me.]

>> :: Wealth Inequality :: 6 descendents of the two Walton brothers who created Walmart are worth more than the 100 million Americans at the very bottom of the wealth pyramid; so 6 = 100,000,000.
[I wasn’t shocked. I checked. It is on Wikipedia. Yes, these 6 are worth [albeit per the vagaries of the Walmart stock price], $102.7 BILLION (B).]

>> :: Genetic Engineering & Shift In World Power :: China is spending billions on genetic engineering, even working on ways to change the IQs of unborn babies. Al thinks that China or India will overtake the U.S. in the future as the #1 superpower. He thinks later than sooner.
[I am not surprised. I think the shift will occur sooner than what Al thinks. Just keep an eye on China’s space program.]

>> :: Global Warming :: We are now releasing the equivalent of 400,000 Hiroshima atomic bombs per day, 365 days per year, in terms of burnt hydrocarbon energy into the atmosphere each day.[I looked it up. But Gore is the ultimate hypocrite. That ‘The Future’ is in hardcover only proves that. I do NOT believe that global warming, if true, is due to humans! I also now know that the Earth is losing MASS. That is a much bigger issue and most, including Gore, don’t even know about it, let alone understand it. I will talk about it here, soon.]

>> :: Bloody China :: This was from the 1st Question asked yesterday:: China is spending $2xx million a year processing ivory!
[I checked. There appears to be a basis — same as the Philippines that I have railed about on my Pope blog. We can’t boycott China and I shudder because I do have some Chinese in me: my fraternal grandmother was 25% Chinese. Maybe after Chinese New Year I will stop eating Chinese, especially now that I have dramatically cut back on carbs.]

>> :: Global Warming :: Lakes Huron and Michigan are at their lowest known levels.

>> :: Robots Running The World :: Robots will soon be able to create new robotic capabilities.[Yes, and pigs will fly. I do know some about AI. I have dabbled in AI for 4 decades. No, we have yet to make that pivotal AI breakthrough to impart self-learning and creativity into machines.]