19 novembre 2015

De la Salle Scout Pipe-Band in Bressuire: Playing in the rain

The video is a flashback to the Highland Games World Championship held in Bressuire in June of this year. After piping in the sun on Satuday.... ... the De La Salle Scout pipeband from Waterford City in Ireland played throughout Sunday's atrocious weather conditions until they could no longer run the risk of waterlogging their instruments. Sunday: playing in the pouring rain To pay tribute to their stoicism, here is  a short ditty to be sung to the tune of Gene Kelly's famous Singin' in the Rain. Doo-dloo-doo-doo-doo,... [Lire la suite]

17 octobre 2015

Bressuire: The year of the Worlds, the year of the Light

Michel SEMENIAKO is a photographer. And he is the one Bressuire has chosen to illustrate "The year of the light" And, of course, it's a real pleasure for the blogger to offer you different views of the Church, the Townhall and the Castle in Bressuire-the-Scot. Ready for the visit? Just follow the guide... For the Highland Games, the city-center looked like that with pipe-bands parading in front of the church. That's quite different from what you can see in Michel SEMENIAKO's exhibition in la Chapelle Saint-Cyprien, Bressuire's... [Lire la suite]
01 octobre 2015

Luzarches, France: And the winner is... from Scotland

The Scots have a long history of Highland Games.No wonder they have won so many competitions in Scotland and all over the world! And that was the case last week-end again in Luzarches, France. The winner, Greg WALKER, comes from Scotland.Once more! A family business And he proves that Highland Games can be a family business, too. Last year, the winner was Bruce AITKEN And you what what? Bruce is Greg's uncle In Luzarches, Greg WALKER won the  A competition with 16,5 points ahead of Steve SNAUWART from Belgium, 22 points and... [Lire la suite]
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15 septembre 2015

Bressuire, France and Pleasanton, USA: Dan McKIM superstar

There is no doubt about it:  Dan McKIM is definitely the thrower of the year.Everybody remembers he became the 2015 IHGF World champion in Bressuire after the final event, weight for height, and a winner at 5.10m under the pouring rain. His title ha been the conclusion of a splendid competition with Matt VINCENT and a last-minute victory after the final event. After winning in Bressuire, Dan also prevailed at the World Heavy Event in Pleasanton, California a few days ago.And the Top 4 of this competition is ni real... [Lire la suite]
10 septembre 2015

12 great champions, 12 grinning faces

Throwing weights, stones or heavy corks isn't particularly easy...And, thanks to our photographers, you can see that on the twelve champions' faces Craig SINCLAIR and Dan Mc KIM throwing weights for distance Seb WENTA et Matt VINCENT throwing the Bressuire cork Sinclair PATIENCE and Jono Mc FARLANE throwing the weight for distance Matt DOHERTY throwing the stone LuKasz WENTA, Pieter-Karst BOUMA and Robert FAZEKAS throwing the weight for distance Jimmy WAN DE WALLE finishing his hammer-throw and  Scott RIDER ready... [Lire la suite]
04 septembre 2015

An unbelievable 52 cms: A bigger arm than Seb Wenta’s

Hey Seb, you have lost one of your records! I’m sure you remember the blog celebrated your right arm in one of its posts a few weeks ago ? It was entitled: Who's the biggest arm in this exceptionnal line-up? 50 cms : That was great, that was exceptionnal ! But sorry to disappoint you : The blogger has found another athlete with a bigger arm than yours ! Yours  is 50 cms (photo)… but  now you are 2 cms short. The new record-holder  isn’t a thrower but he is a world champion in another... [Lire la suite]
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31 août 2015

Just a few things you can do with a caber...

There are different ways to use a caber : just have a look at these photos! Either you carry it or you toss it. It just depends where you come from.  But this is just the same in Bressuire : There are the people who carry it and we call them the Bockers… And there are the people who are going to toss it : they are the professionnal throwers But there are other categories : The people just like Jean-Louis COPPET who carefully look after them... And also those like Franck POUHET who just saw them... [Lire la suite]
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18 août 2015

So French! A new video about the Bressuire Games

Pipers, dancers, the Top 12 of professionnal throwers (photo by Marie-Claire GIRAUD) and 10.000 enthusiastic spectators in Bressuire, France.Here we are in the castle for the 2015 IHGF Highland Games World Championships. Enjoy this special atmosphere thanks to Bernard Cornet's film edited by the French blogger! Have fun! Bressuire Highland Games  
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12 août 2015

Jean-Louis COPPET: "Unforgettable emotions in a magic setting"

An interview with Jean-Louis COPPET, the man in charge of the IHGF Worlds in Bressuire: "Loads of memories cross the mind two months later. And it is not an easy job to sort things out. What with the time-consuming and busy preparation work, the events and performances in the world competition and the festival , the intense emotions at the dawn of the week-end and the mustering of the 240 volunteers for the week-end. Thanks and Congratulations It was after reading the numerous words of thanks and congratulations to our committee,... [Lire la suite]
08 août 2015

Who's the biggest arm in this exceptional line-up?

In France, we like competitions. All kinds of competitions.. So, during the presentation of the throwers to the sponsors the day before the IHGF Worlds in Bressuire, they all laughed when the speaker-blogger decided to check who had the biggest arm... Of course, there wouldn't be another opportunity  like that in Bressuire, France with such a line-up between 104 and 155 kilos. Just have a look! And the speaker-blogger started his job with the first candidate: Seb WENTA from Poland. Sebastian WENTA, 19.68 inches And the... [Lire la suite]