27 mars 2017

"Heure d'été": Of clocks and cabers in Bressuire-the-Scot

Do you know why last Saturday night was a special one in France? Time was ripe for "l'heure d'été", summer-time. So, we had to hurry up and move our clocks an hour forward. And suddenly right in the middle of the night, it's not 2 o'clock but 3 o'clock!And Mary PINET who regularly contributes to the blog is going to have more about this. It's called "Of clocks and cabers"But don't worry, it doesn't make any change for caber-tossers.Whether it is" l'heure d'hiver", winter-time or "l'heure d'été", summer-time, everybody knows that... [Lire la suite]

17 mars 2017

The answers to the Franco-Irish quiz

1       De Gaulle 2       Le munster.   3       Stephan Roche 4       Hennessy Cognac. 5       Green White and Gold or Orange. Green for the catholics,Gold or Orange for the protestants and white for peace   between the 2 communities 6       Beckett, O Wilde, J Joyce, Singe, and Yeats 7      ... [Lire la suite]
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21 février 2017

French pipers, Celtic dancers and European throwers:what else?

For the IHGF European Professionnal Championships in Bressuire on June 10 and 11, the famous castle will host the best throwers, of course, but also the crème de la crème of French pipers and  young dancers from Ireland and Scotland. The spectators will also have the opportunity to listen to celtic rock music with the Booze Brothers and discover a sport from Southern France called Force basque Definitely, the venue at the castle will be exceptionnal and diversified and if you enjoy Highland Games Bressuire will be on June 10... [Lire la suite]
12 février 2017

Pipebands: Rugby in Paris, Highland Games in Bressuire

The Paris & District Pipe Band (photo) will form a mass band with 51st Highland Division Memorial to play the Scottish anthem before the international rugby match between France and Scotland in le stade de France. But after the Grand Stade in Saint-Denis this Sunday for the 6 nations, the two pipebands are also programmed for the IHGF Highland Games European Pro Championships in Bressuire. Jacques Dransard, the French drum major and bagpipe-player in charge of pipebands in Bressuire and Laurent BATTUT, the president of Paris and... [Lire la suite]
08 février 2017

Francis Brebner and IronMind praise Bressuire Games

Francis BREBNER, the IHGF chairman, has just used his Facebook page to quote an IronMind's article by Randall J. Strossen about the next IHGF European Championships in Bressuire, France. The French city is to host the Games on June 10 and 11 And he also used this opportunity to praise our town, the AJEF organisers and the castle on his Facebook page. His article is illustrated by a bill featuring one of Bressuire's favourite sons, Scott Rider. Unfortunately, there will be no Scott in the 2017 line-up (see below) Here's... [Lire la suite]
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01 février 2017

IHGF European Championship in Bressuire : what a line-up!

Two years after the IHGF Worlds, the fantastic castle (photo: Jean-Patrick JOLLY) will host the IHGF European Championships and celebrate the 21st anniversary of the Highland Games in Bressuire, France. And we are proud to be the first to give you the line-up for this show that will take place on June 10 and 11. Six European flags Francis BREBNER, the president of the international federation, has just revealed the names of the Heavies who will compete in Bressuire-the-Scot. For the moment, they are ten coming from six different... [Lire la suite]

03 décembre 2016

Bressuire-the-Scot: whisky-tasting and Highland Games

Bressuire is certainly one of the most Scottish cities in France.And not only because they are twinned with Fraserburg in Scotland... If the French city is nicknamed Bressuire-the-Scot, it's because they celebrate haggis in January, host the Highland Games in June ond organise a whisky-tasting party in November. And as you can see, the line-up is as impressive for whisky-tasting as for caber-tossing Last year, Bressuire hosted the IHGF World Championship with one of the best line-ups ever. And, of course, everybody remembers the... [Lire la suite]
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30 janvier 2016

Bressuire-the-Scot celebrates haggis and Robert Burns

Everybody knows that Bressuire-the-Scot hosted the IHGF Worlds last June. But in this French town, they also use every opportunity to celebrate Scotland. After a whisky-tasting party a few weeks ago, the Bressuire-Fraserburg twinning Committee organized a Burns Supper last Saturday. And the 125 guests enjoyed the traditionnal haggis after Gavin Anderson, the Bressuire piper, made his show for the "Ode to the haggis". Thanks, Robert Burns! Haggis, bagpipe, whisky: this is the way we like to be so Scottish in Bressuire, France ... [Lire la suite]
10 décembre 2015

Cead Mile Failte: 100.000 welcomes for the 100.000th visitor

In the Celtic World, they say: "Cead Mile Failte" It just means one hundred thousand welcomes. Cead Mile Failte! What else can the blogger say when your www.highlandgames.canalblog.com welcomes its 100.000th visitor? It's just unexpected for a sport very few people in France knew about, fifteen years ago.. So, thanks everybody: the Heavies, of course, the organisers, the Frenchies, the volunteers, the spectators Thanks Francis, Jono and Sinclair for your friendly message! Special thanks to the blog's photographers and... [Lire la suite]
28 novembre 2015

November in Bressuire: whisky-tasting and Peter McNamee

No change in Bressuire...The traditionnal November whisky-tasting party organised by the Bressuire-Fraserburg twinning committee takes place at the end of November....as usual.And, of course, we can try seven different whiskies and listen to good music thanks to Gavin ANDERSON or Jack DRANSARD. Guitar, bagpipe and a drum-majorBut, this year, there was a special guest Drum-major Peter McNAMEE had come specially to Bressuire to celebrate with us. And you may be sure he is as clever with a glass of whisky as he is with a baton.. And... [Lire la suite]