Like the rest of the pipe band world (minus the marketing maestros leading the Royal Scottish Pipe Band Association) I was pretty shocked to read that the international judging team was kicked off Scotland’s judging panel.Â Â When the facts as we know them are laid out it’s impossible to understand the reason behind the decision.
I do hope bands come to their senses and give the world (small, squiggly, funny-looking “w” now) pipe band championshipsÂ a miss.Â It’s feeling like change is in the wind – a change outside the RSPBA.
I can’t imagine Alex Salmond, Scotland’s First Minister, being too thrilled with the alienating policies of the RSPBA.Â 2009’s “Homecoming”Â extravaganza is his baby.Â Â I’m aÂ reader of Scottish news sites and note the omnipresence ofÂ “Come Home”/HomecomingÂ banner ads.Â Â Well-made banner ads aside, Scotland is notÂ feeling all that welcoming today.Â
Glasgow’s City Council, too, will be a bit crabbit, I’d think, that RSPBA decision-making is sowing the seeds for a mass exodusÂ of potentiallyÂ thousands of holidaying pipe band people and their families from August world’s week — and the excellent Piping Live festival.Â EvenÂ QE2 wouldn’t be joyfully running with her corgi’sÂ knowing that Scotland’sÂ “Royal”-designated pipe band organization seems to be going out of their way to marginalize commonwealth countries.Â Â Â
Anyway,Â I’mÂ sure the RSPBA receives noÂ government support of any kind and,Â in turn,Â is free to direct policy as they see fit.
So, I wish them all the best.
I’m off tae Lorient!
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