Hope for a New Premier Grade Event

September 27, 2008 on 4:02 pm by Michael Grey | In News, Pipe Bands, Stories | 15 Comments

There was a time I was heavily involved in the administration of the Pipers’ & Pipe Band Society of Ontario.  Bigtime involved.  Vice-President of the Toronto Branch when I was 18, President at 19.  Can you imagine!  What a presumptuous little brat I must’ve been (or am, depending on who you ask). 
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Practice Chanters: Size Matters (Thanks Ben Johnson)

September 21, 2008 on 6:59 pm by Michael Grey | In Solo Piping, Stories, Tips | 2 Comments

With competitions and general busyness most Saturdays I’ve come to be a chronic Sunday reader of Canada’s Saturday Globe & Mail - a favourite newspaper.  Out on the back deck this afternoon, as the setting sun of the last day of summer sort of warmed  (a 19 degree day today), I came across an article of interest: one that made me immediately think of a bagpiping parallel (not an entirely uncommon thing to happen – I’m slightly embarrassed to admit).
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Scott MacAulay

September 10, 2008 on 2:48 pm by Michael Grey | In Photographs, Stories | 6 Comments

What sad news that the dynamic force of nature known as Scott MacAulay has died.  I’ve known him for pretty much as long as I have been piping, and, I guess, because of that, I’d expected him to be around for, at least, as long as I was.  I hadn’t spent much time with Scott over the last number of years; like so many people we know, especially friends, we take them for granted: “I’ll call tomorrow”, “We’ll get together soon”.
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Trans-Atlantic Travel: 10 Years Ago Tonight

September 4, 2008 on 9:28 pm by Michael Grey | In Stories, Tips | Comments Off

Ten years ago this evening I had the worst flying experience of my life.  I’m reminded of this because this week marks the tenth anniversary of the awful Swissair flight 111 tragedy and this sad fact has been in the news.
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Benbecula

September 1, 2008 on 6:00 pm by Michael Grey | In Photographs, Stories | 9 Comments

Labour Day marks the official end of summer for most people in this part of the world.  School starts back tomorrow and there’s no more holidays in sight until mid-October and Thanksgiving.
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