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Back o’ nine

“Back o’nine,” we’re told.  “Be ready. I wouldn’t be late.”  I believed him.  Our tour guide, Paul, hadn’t been late yet and I didn’t expect he would start now. “Back o’ nine,” a Scot’s way of saying quarter after nine, was the starting time each morning since we’d arrived in Scotland to tour the Highlands.   [...]

The World Pipe Band Championships 2019

Glasgow Green Fridayu 16th August: Grade 1 competition. Saturday 17th: All grades. Two days of competition showcases the extraordinary ability of over 8,000 pipers and drummers taking part (don’t forget the Pipe Majors!). Defending champions Field Marshal Montgomery (Northern Ireland) will face bands from around the world as they try to hang on to their [...]