After washing the dishes, vacuuming, painting various rooms and general garden duties you have the rest of the day to yourself, what do you do? Learn a language, take up watercolour painting, snack, landscape the garden or humiliate yourself in a video. I chose the later.

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Perpetual Sunday

This virtual pipe band is a strange thing, Skype lessons and Zoom practices, many higher grade bands have been trying this for years but it rarely wins prizes. My propensity to not practice has been brushed aside as I sit for hours working on anything but the competition tunes.

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Reflections on 2019

2019 began with bagpipes, dancing and camaraderie and looks set to depart in a similar manner. There have been huge changes to the social fabric of the band with new characters arriving and some well loved friends departing. I’m told this is the way in the world of Pipe Bands, it’s transitory and people move between bands looking for something fresh.

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Where Worlds Collide

Friday of Worlds week used to be the Grade 1 qualifiers when bands from the Antipodes played twice then went home but this year there have been changes and all the bands will play four times over two days and all the results get tallied up. This means a lot of hard work for the Pipeys as they try to hone their sound and keep it. I, however, am in the house waiting for a furniture delivery and looking at the rain glad to not be out in it.

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