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]

18 mars 2017

Saint-Patrick in Bressuire: whiskey, a green townhall and a quiz

UPDATE: It is now customary for French people to celebrate Paddy’s Day. Strange when you come to think about it, but after all, any excuse is a good excuse for a party! Bressuire is no exception and at least has the excuse of being twinned with Leixlip, near Dublin. Whiskeypedia in Bressuire Whatever the celebration, Saint Patrick is never forgotten. Last Friday, Mary PINET, the president of the committee, organized a whiskey-tasting party.And the Master of Ceremony was Jean-Pierre FAGNON, a wine specialist and a former... [Lire la suite]
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17 mars 2017

Saint Patrick bressuirais: un numéro vert à la mairie

On aurait pu croire que l'espace d'une soirée le téléphone était devenu gratis pour l'Irlande . La preuve! Il y avait un numéro vert (photo Jacques Paquereau) à la mairie en ce soir de Saint-Patrick. Cependant, Bressuire-la-Celte avait commencé à célébrer la verte Erine dès la semaine dernière avec une dégustation de whiskeys irlandais. En verres et contre tout Grâce au jumelage franco-Irlandais de Mary PINET, la ville voyait, avec une semaine d'avance, la vie en vert. Elle voyait aussi et surtout la vie en verres (photo Julien... [Lire la suite]
11 mars 2017

Dégustations bressuiraises: après les whiskies, les whiskeys

Il n'y a pas que le jumelage franco-écossais qui a l'apanage des dégustations à l'aveugle souvent rapportées sur le blog (il suffit d'un clic sur WHISKY) mais il ne sont pas les seuls. Le comité franco-irlandais Bressuire-Leixlip mené de main de maître par Mary PINET n'est surtout pas en reste. Il vient de proposer sa dégustation de whiskeys -autre nation, autre orthographe- en anticipant de quelques jours la Saint Patrick. Bottoms-up!Une trentaine d'amateurs ont apprécié ce blind test dirigé par un maître de cérémonie de... [Lire la suite]
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18 mai 2016

Bal(l)ades irlandaises avec le jumelage Bressuire-Leixlip

Mary PINET, tout comme Christian Desbois (voir article précédent), ont table ouverte sur le blog des Highland Games.Normal: leur petite cuisine aux saveurs d'Irlande ou d'Allemagne est toujours appréciée.Après les Géants d'Olympie, place au centenaire de l'insurrection irlandaise avec un programme copieux pour les festivités annoncées! Très alléchant, le menu! Alors, tous à table sur le blog des Highland Games avec le Comité Irlande. 5, 4, 3, 2, 1 : Tout le monde dans les tartines-blogs! A toi, Mary! L'Irlande en film et en... [Lire la suite]
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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]

07 juin 2015

"Entertainment galore": A poem for the Games

A few years ago a meeting took place When San Francisco and Bressuire came face to face; Which of these cities would have the honour to host The World Championship of the Games that we cherish the most?   In spite of having such a formidable foe, Bressuire was chosen as you all know; 'Tis true the castle venue is a hard one to beat - Over past years it has witnessed many a feat. Hammer, stone and caber have been hurled, thrown and tossed, Some have garnered medals, others, alas, have lost; But... [Lire la suite]
18 mai 2015

Hammers and pipers in Bressuire: a giant ten pin bowling alley

You can't imagine Highland Games without pipers.Whether they take place in Bressuire, France or anywhere else in the world! But have you ever noticed that when the hammer throwers start throwing, the pipers are no longer piping? In fact, they are nowhere to be seen having run for cover up to the castle forecourt. How can we explain such behaviour on the part of those whose ancestors in days of yore used to boldly lead Scottish armies into battle against their English foe, bagpiping the Scots to victory as the English fled in... [Lire la suite]
17 avril 2015

1991-2015: From a twinning to an IHGF World Championship

UPDATE. Once upon a time, well, in 1991 to be precise, the towns of Bressuire and Fraserburgh decided to get hitched. So they tied the knot and vowed to stick together for better for worse, for richer for poorer, et cetera, et cetera. The partnership flourished and proved to be particularly fertile: indeed, in 2003 it gave birth to a bonny wee bairn: the Association of the Highland Games of France. Proud godparents Jean-Louis COPPET, the first chairman of the Bressuire Fraserburgh Twinning Committee, and Francis BREBNER from... [Lire la suite]
25 avril 2014

After Paddy's day: a Franco-Irish quiz... with the answers

It is now customary for French people to celebrate Paddy’s Day. Strange when you come to think about it, but after all, any excuse is a good excuse for a party! Bressuire is no exception and at least has the excuse of being twinned with Leixlip, near Dublin. And so it was that, albeit a few days before the Day itself, the village hall of Terves was bedecked with giant shamrocks and Irish flags, thus becoming the venue for a most enjoyable evening. A great atmosph'Eire A Franco-Irish quiz concocted by Maureen Hugo soon had the... [Lire la suite]
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