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Now This Is How ALL “Highland Games” Should Start.

by Anura Guruge



That is pretty awesome. Wow. Would love to see something like this. I love pipes and drums.


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THIS IS SERIOUS: The Queen’s Is Without A Piper — Ye Gods!

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From the U.K. Daily Mail.

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This is SERIOUS stuff. The Queen without a piper. That is near sacrilegious.

How is that possible. There has to be more to this than they are telling us. No deputy or standby piper.

It isn’t as if OUR GLORIOUS forces are short of a piper or two. I know we have hundreds, if not thousands, within the ranks. Why hasn’t somebody else been drafted in? Very curious.

I am NOT happy. The Queen MUST have a piper. That is so much a part of OUR proud tradition.

Yes, I am fond of Pipers to the Queen. I have been lucky enough to meet TWO.

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

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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!

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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.

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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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Piping the Apples At “Appleview Orchard”, Pittsfield, New Hampshire.

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Taken with a  Nikon P900.

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Albannach’s Star Piper, Donnie ‘Bullfrog’ MacNeil Gets His Own Personal Dressing Room At NH Highland Games In Loon.

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Click to ENLARGE to get a better view of Donnie’s star-plate on the door.


Picture supplied online, on Facebook, by a member of ANOTHER band playing in Loon — who obviously was quite put out that he, much senior (in terms of age), does not get his own private dressing room. I won’t say who he is to save him the blushes.


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‘Finding Dory’ (3D) — Splendid, Touching Kid’s Movie.

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Click to access “IMdb.com” page for the movie.


Disney • PIXAR know the formula and were unlikely to get it wrong. A splendid kid’s animation. Just as it is meant to be. Well crafted story with neat twists and turns and a lovable cast of characters, especially ‘Hank‘ the octopus (or septapus, given he lost a tentacle). Cute, touching and heartwarming. Just when you think you have the ending worked out they throw in a neat, ingenious twist. Slightly educational too — kids are unlikely to forget that octopi have 3 hearts. Lots of positive messaging for kids about aspirations, goals, coping with limitations etc.

The 3D was muted. Nothing dramatic for the sake of showcasing the 3D. But the 3D adds to the presence and texture of the characters. The bulging of Dory’s eyes would not be the same outside of 3D.

Not sure whether it was as good as “Finding Nemo” — but “Nemo”, 13 year ago, was groundbreaking on so many fronts. In the intervening years we have become attuned to the technological and storytelling magic. That it is essentially a sequel to “Nemo” is neat.


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Click to access “IMdb.com” page for “Piper” the PIXAR short.

Piper” the de rigueur 6 minute PIXAR ‘technology preview’ short that accompanies “Dory” is also incredibly cute. As always stunningly showcases PIXAR’s technological mastery.

Full Disclosure: I am a Disney shareholder and owned PIXAR for a very long time before it was acquired by Disney.

P.S., We saw it at the Concord, N.H. “Regal Cinema“, 7:10pm show. Other than us there were just 5 others in the theatre. 


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

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All taken with my new Fuji X-E2s.

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Fuji X-E2s image Anura Guruge

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
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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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It’s A Girl, All of 316 Pounds — Another Ringling Brothers Circus Elephant


Anura Guruge, laughing, picture November 16, 2011.

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A happy coincidence (not serendipity). As I am trying to keep folks updated about the Elephant Parade in Manchester, NH, I get this e-mail from the circus.

Yes, I am on their mailing list.

Wow. I have checked out their ‘Elephant Center‘.

Though I have never visited it (my last visit to Sri Lanka having been in 1992, for 72 hours, for my mother’s funeral, having accompanied her body from Paris), but I am very conversant with the deservedly famous Elephant Orphanage in Sri Lanka.

I know that Ringling Bros. have taken a lot of ‘stick’ of late about elephant cruelty. Yes, I have watched, with discomfort, some of the videos. I am torn. I have seen elephants trained in both Sri Lanka and Thailand. Yes, there is sometimes a degree of roughness.

One thing I do know: most civilized folks cannot be mean towards an elephant. They are way, way, way cuter than puppies! Baby elephants are a riot. You can play with them. They will roll over on their backs for you so that you can scratch their belly. Just like puppies they love it. Their ‘little’ legs will waggle in the air. As they get big, say 3 months, they will expect you to wrestle them to the ground — in play. They will follow you around — the house! No, alas, we never owned any elephants. It is kind of an expensive pastime and you need the space. We were not rich. But, we had friends who owned elephants. Sri Lankan houses have polished (often colored) cement floors; which is like marble, but without any seams. So cleaning up after a baby elephant, where the droppings are in the main very fibrous, isn’t too hard or bad — and if you own elephants you will also have a large cadre of servants.

So, this was a nice tie-in with the circus coming to town.