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Pigs Legs

It was early morning when I trundled down the mountain to Gallicano to catch the 8.41 train to Lucca. We had been enjoying some lovely warm spring like days in Barga but the forecast for the day was for northern winds with snow. Everyone was wrapped up well in the lovely wee station and there was tension in the […]

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Barga – Sailing up the Clyde: The Scottish Connection

Barga Scottish connections are renowned and legendary but I have to say – it's true. (Just before I get into this I have relate a story visa a vie last weeks rant about supermarkets. It was last Wednesday – forgot it was half day in Barga so took a turn into the wee, local and […]

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Porti e Finestri – Aperta.

The fourth article from Hamish Moore – the premier small pipes bagpipe maker in Scotland now working in Barga as artist in residence 2008  – I am now beginning to wonder when the door will slam – you know that old feeling:Its almost a barometer of how well things seem to be going and it […]

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Building Blocks

The third article from Hamish Moore – acknowledged as the premier small pipes bagpipe maker in Scotland now working in Barga as artist in residence 2008  – Twas on the Monday morning and I had put in a good three hour shift at the lathe and was just thinking about stopping for some lunch when […]

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Carpaccio

The second article from Hamish Moore – acknowledged as the premier small pipes bagpipe maker in Scotland now working in Barga as artist in residence 2008 I suppose the first week felt a bit raw.The initial stages of settling were mostly concerned with the practicalities of moving my personal belongings into my flat, and then the […]

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The Journey

The first part of a series of articles from Hamish Moore – acknowledged as the premier small pipes bagpipe maker in Scotland now working in Barga. Not just a physical journey but a metaphor for the continuing journey of life, of healing and of moving on to the next stage, what ever that may be. […]

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Hamish Moore – bagpipes studio in Piazza Angelio

There is a wooden sign in Aristo's bar in Barga Vecchia which reads "from wine what sudden friendships spring" a quote from the English poet John Gay who in 1708 published 'Wine', a poem to celebrate the Act of Union between England and Scotland. That sign has been invested with added meaning by the arrival […]

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Joe Pieri publishes new book

Joe Pieri got a surprise when he answered the door bell to his apartment in Bishopbriggs, Scotland this weekend – standing at the door was the Mayor of Barga, Umberto Sereni. He was in Scotland for the Garibaldi celebration but took time off to help the official launch of Joe’s latest book which has just […]

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Garibaldi in Scotland

  Nell’ambito delle iniziative per il Bicentenario della nascita di Garibaldi mercoledì scorso a Glasgow si è tenuto un concerto come quello già tenuto nel 1860 voluto allora per sostenere l’impresa dell’eroe in Italia. Il contributo della Scozia alla nascita di una nazione. A Glasgow era presente il sindaco di Barga, Umberto Sereni, in Scozia […]

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Paolo Gas gets his name in the newspapers

Paolo Gas makes it into a national newspaper in the UK, namely, the Scottish Daily Express, thanks to an article marked "exclusive" by the journalist Derek Watson. He wrote that friends of Scottish Italian pop star Paolo Nutini faced a last-minute sweat on the Hampton trip after a delay in sending out their tickets for […]

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Johnny Moscardini Stadium

Excitement mounts in what has been billed by some commentators as the most important football match in the last 20 years in Scotland – tomorrow’s UEFA Euro qualifying match to be played at Hampden Park in Glasgow, between the Scottish and the Italian football teams.  Media interest has increased about the only Scottish born male […]

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UEFA Euro, Scotland – Italy Match

The postman was eagerly awaited in Barga this morning by some Barga residents who have been anxiously listening for his knock on the door.  They have all ordered tickets via Internet, for the football match this Saturday in Scotland. – the UEFA Euro qualifying match Scotland versus Italy will be played in Hampden Park in […]