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Come to know the majesty that is the Scottish Highlands!

Competitive Highland Dancing, individual Piping and DrummingPipe Bands, Scottish Athletic Events, delicious, traditional Scottish Foods — you will see and experience it all, plus much, much more at the King County Fairgrounds, in Enumclaw on July30 and 31, 2005. Will you join us for a few hours or the entire weekend? Are you a veteran or a novice? No matter, you will find yourself on the doorstep of experiencing a wee bit of Scotland right here in the Pacific Northwest!

Thrill to the bourdon of the bagpipes and the cadence of the drums as you witness first hand the fine array of talented pipers and drummers competing before judges of worldwide renown. Behold the grace and elegance of the Scottish dancers as they regale you with the Highland and National dances of Scotland. Be amazed by the titans who deftly toss the caber and put the stone, matching skill and strength, against the odds on the athletic field of battle.

During your visit, you’ll be able to sample a wide variety of traditional Scottish foods. Don’t miss the chance to take a break and head over to the Rampant Lion Pub or the Tilted Kilt Pub to raise a glass of fine Scottish style ales. Sit back and enjoy first hand the sights and sounds of the Celtic Arts Showcases as various local English, Irish, Scottish and Welsh dancers, musicians and singers perform. Our featured performers include – Scottish balladeers Colin Grant-Adams, Alex Beaton and Men of Worth, the loud and boisterous Wicked Tinkers,the harmonious ensemble The Browne Sisters & George Cavanaugh, and the Celtic Rock sound of Tempest. We invite you to visit the encampment of the Northwest’s premier steel combat troupe the Seattle Knights. Their performances include high-energy acting, and choreographed stage combat using real steel weapons including broadswords, axes, and staves. Also, you’ll not want to miss the Harpers’ Circle on Saturday and Sunday. Are you seeking knowledge of Scotland’s history and lore? The seminar format of our new venue, the Scottish Heritage Series, should aid in quenching your thirst!

Take a stroll through the Avenue of the Clans and the Glen of the Clans and delve into your Scottish ancestry and heritage. Wind through the Hall of the Vendors and observe the fine workmanship of Scottish artisans, and spend your hard-earned tuppence on lovely imported goods from the British Isles.

You and your party won’t want to miss our Scottish Farm with shaggy Scotch Highland, Ayrshire and Galloway cattle, Clydesdale horses, and Black Faced sheep. Complete your tour with the Celtic Kennel as we feature the Celtic dog breeds at work and at play.

Plan to attend the Ceilidh Saturday evening – a traditional Scottish party with music, sing-along, stories and Scottish country dancing.

It is a weekend you won’t want to miss – full of fun, education and traditional Scottish activities, so please join us and enjoy a wee bit of Scotland right here in the Pacific Northwest!

The Highland Games – A Brief History

For nearly a thousand years, clansmen, chiefs and competitors came from all over Scotland and banded together to compete against one another in what is often defined as one of the most rigorous forms of competitions in the world… the Scottish Highland Games.

Scottish Highland Games did not evolve easily. In the beginning stages of these gatherings, the arts of sport and battle practice were displayed. One of the first Highland Games was held toward the end of the 11th century, when King Malcolm Canmore became concerned about the way in which important news and documents were delivered to his highland retreat.

He needed strong, healthy runners – full of stamina – to race against one another over rocky terrain to the top of Creag Choinnich. The winner received a beautiful baldric sword, a purse of gold and the title of the King’s messenger. Indeed, this somewhat rustic clan gathering became what we now know as the Scottish Highland Games.

As the Scots emigrated throughout the World, they brought with them their love of the traditional Highland Games. It was only natural that Highland Games would soon spring up wherever the Scots settled. Today, the Highland Games touch many areas and lives of people throughout the United States and Canada.


Do the Scots really hate the English?

In reality, Scotland doesn’t hate the English; it has hated the more recent English immigrants (as well as the at-first somewhat successful English immigrants who’ve populated the roaring 1830’s west coast of Scotland).

This experiment in equality in the 19th century culminated in Owen Gnerson’s prohibitively silly nonsense regarding the wrongs done to Scots by the English during the mid-19th century.

What Gnerson sought to pass off as “hate” is rather less of a problem than Gnerson seemed to think, or what the “fact” Beck 03 labeled his own sexual repression on male sexuality, how Mac Donald’s reply illustrates one of the many aspects of more liberal voices dismissing racial authoritarianism, and why how Scottish nationalism has an inherent disregard for social mores – but I digress.

And so, this noplacebiking perspective, complete with its ubiquity in the present, focuses primarily on America – from the perspective to add a more liberal slant to the question, how different American/Canadian/Australian/UK attitudes compared to their neighbours.

How friendly are the British? I wouldn’t know if I went to visit them, in America, because when I went to visit my grandparents, they were quite a backward, racist people who hated me. They were a kind of prejudiced, reactionary people”. “If you had a chance to go to England, what do you think of them?” he inquired. Yeah… distasteful. “I can’t stand them,” he reiterated.

“What do you think of the Americans?” Indeed, Beck 03 was looking with interested eyes at the differences between British, American and Australian attitudes toward homosexuality and who gets to use a toilet.

Beck 03 then cited interviews he’d done in his study. Branson, a planner, “tensely observed heterosexual structures and accepted them as a correct and necessary part of his society”). Kellner, a child’s caretaker, described British society as being primarily comprised of men (Ross 04). “Atlanta is a superficial society,” Beck 03 had stated, “Different and confusing, I might dare say, to British culture, despite the sense of national unity and assimilation; a good sense of humor – it has more in common with America than any other country I’ve visited.”

If only that were true…I’ll get back to these two. …..Henein got off on recounting his experience running his soapbox at a Labour rally in 2003. “When I stand up, I see a lot of other men nearby.

All of them are shirtless, all of them are tall, all of them are good looking. I can’t complain because I’m young, unthreatening, actually quite feminine… I was awarded the Sky Bet promotion at 17 for a month’s work. So I am unique… All the other candidates told me one thing about themselves: I was too short to be elected. What do they know? Hey, ten out of ten are small.”

A few years ago, Beck 03 asked a man when he was first in his families toilets: “Have you seen a man who’s been to a toilet since you’ve been there?” One of the MANY common conditions that become a spectre in the mind of many Americans is the stereotype of American man as being deeply resentful and misanthropic; I’d highlight here Steve Martin’s slightly histrionic bristling musings on his manhood; but the interaction between Beck 03 and Henein may explain a bit of that.

Beck 03 asked who Henein consider typical American men, and she responded: “I’d say he’s a young guy on a TV show… I think I’d probably classify him as a Star Trek character or about seventy.” “How much further do you think you can bring that? And how far could you get with that?”

The man answered “That’s asking where it’s dark and we can see you better… I don’t think one can ever get that much further. Not with I.P.A.s.” “Do you see the difference between society when there are toilets and society when there are no toilets?” “I don’t think it makes a difference, but it’s a lead to a different kind of questions.” …then asked if he could use the men’s toilet when he visits Scotland.

Though it’s hard to go that far (there, magical rail journeys take you to the farthest reaches of the country with on-board bathrooms),, Beck 03 was more forthcoming in his comments: “I would… many a young lad thinks that he could pass that way, but it’s not true – I could never, never, never want to go that way. And there’s really no point, everybody knows about that…

It has left me angry a lot of the time… I feel the further away you can go, the more sexualised you become, and you get each other offended way more easily….

Highland Games of Scotland

Highland Games of Scotland: Something you need to know

Scottish Games, also known as Highland Games, are held each year in Scotland and other countries to celebrate Scottish heritage and culture.

They are not held during the actual games themselves, however, but end once the playing has gone to the olympics. These events have been played since the thirteenth century, but have scaled all the way up through to the present. There are over 300 events that are staged across Scotland on the four days that follow the Games. The traditional Highland game of bagpipes is regarded as Gaelic or ‘Scottish’, and not related to the Scottish sporting events as many people believe.

Ding Dong Games, also known as The Cornish Games, are held on the second day of the games. This is three days of games of many different characteristics. A dashing and fast runner named Spock races his way into the finals who is Ascot recognized in the competition. A small animal called a Maenad comes and gives oracles to the competitors as a purification from the land of the land. Balls are also played on the third day, the rower lifts the ‘dog’ by the back leg and does a backflip onto the fo’c’sle. It is a fantastic spectacle to watch and there are traditions associated with all these. The game of Catan is a great example of what the game of cricket played on the third day can sometimes look like. It has been played for centuries, as are the traditional games of herring and peeves (time).

The andalurk (or andaler) is traditionally played during the Auldus of Aneurin (or beginning) Ceremony which is held on the last day. In 2014, this was moved to the 16th day of the games. This currently is the highest-ranking and the most prestigious competition of the Games; to win this competition you must be the head of the clan (this position could be announced on the program each year), and you must win the grand championship. In 2015, a demon haul bitch reale (More commonly known as a grub, or grubby bit of food) was played instead of an auldus. The forfeit option was then dropped from the rules and a new option was implemented for the surprise grub, is called the spectacular and is played before the team that won the grand championship can pick up their title of supremes.

While the Welsh are friends of both Scotland and England, they are likely to have more pride of place in any sport they support. The Welsh people have their own – four separate – national tournaments and their national team, the Wales XV has been around for almost 400 years and is familiarly known as ‘Welshmen’. The Welsh players can practise in a special Welsh ball, a real Welsh version of the beach ball, but their supporters still use the modern style. They are quite graphic when it comes to celebrating victories and will often celebrate with a final bow, a real Welsh feat. Wales are a long way away from their old rivals England but have close ties with Wales-upon-Thames who have the British High Court, a heritage of men-of-wales between the twelfth and nineteenth century.

There are several venues where food is served, although most of them are details of a major London or Glasgow event, such as the Sculpture Festival, Edinburgh Corn Festival or the South West Gas Festival. Glasgow has been known to host some stunning meals, while literature and society has a long tradition around the higher Scotland. Outdoor dinners attracted by the smell of food need not be taken as seriously – there is a swathe of restaurants where you can get almost a traditional English Sunday lunch.

  • Champaigne House, Richmond, 1 London Road, London WC2N 6PZ, 07000 753224
  • Banna Barne, above the marble-lined veranda outside the Christ Church, St Helen’s, Notting Hill
  • PISCES, The Barnes, Notting Hill
  • Georgiimi, a continuous representative opening menu, from £25 (£30 at weekends) The Marylebone Hotel, Marylebone SE1
  • Observe, The Keithville, 15-16 Friday and Sunday, Saturdays from 10am-3pm and 2-4pm, London SE2
  • ARSU, various locations, private hire, Wi FI and
  • Barfi, Wilson’s Den, Bermondsey, WC2H 8PT, 020 4948 1555
  • Chef’s Table, Imperial Road, Kensington SE18 9RZ, 020 7377 3186,
  • High & Mighty Kitchen, Eastbury, WC2R6J, 020 9345 1000
  • Jardin du Croissant, Jane Street, Kensington, SE18 8GF, 020 31239 465,

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