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    I don't expect there will be any American kilted fans for the gold medal curling against the Swiss. It's a shame (on one hand that the Canadians won't compete for they have fans that may be kilted) for those attending but maybe those of us at home can kilt up Saturday and take in the event at a local pub. One can hope for the best.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Profane James View Post
    Wow the guy on the left appears to be wearing an Atholl Highlanders sporran.

    Proud Mountaineer from the Highlands of West Virginia; son of the Revolution and Civil War; first white settlers on the Guyandotte

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    Quote Originally Posted by OC Richard View Post
    Wow the guy on the left appears to be wearing an Atholl Highlanders sporran.
    Not surprising, really - Blair Atholl is where the Muirheads' family farm is located.

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    Quote Originally Posted by neloon View Post
    Also note that the girls' skip (Eve Muirhead) is an excellent piper. Alan
    Aye, a bonnie multi-talented lass, she also holds the golf course record at her local Pitlochry Club and plays or used to play off a handicap of 2. I guess she's a wee bit competitive.

    If you are going to do it, do it in a kilt!

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    Yes, she featured in a curling calendar a few years back - some shots rather risqué. I think she would prefer this picture. Muirhead tartan, I believe. Sorry about the white socks and ghillies!
    https://i.eurosport.com/equinoxe/2015/05/05/1477568.jpg

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    Quote Originally Posted by neloon View Post
    Remember that, in reality, "Team GB" is Team Scotland - all the players (male and female) are Scots so there are a number of Scots supporters.. The men were knocked out by the Swiss but the ladies are now in the semifinals. Also note that the girls' skip (Eve Muirhead) is an excellent piper.
    Alan
    Indeed but even the "Team GB" is a misnomer, because competitors from Northern Ireland are eligible to compete and that country is part of the UK, not Great Britain. So it should be "Team UK".

    Te Scots, though, do have a superior talent for this fascinating and strategic game, far greater than the rest of the UK.
    Regards, Sav.

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    Quote Originally Posted by tpa View Post
    Aye, a bonnie multi-talented lass, she also holds the golf course record at her local Pitlochry Club and plays or used to play off a handicap of 2. I guess she's a wee bit competitive.
    Very interesting! She sounds like a modern-day John MacColl.

    He began competing (on the Highland pipes) and was so successful that he gave up his job (as piper to MacDonald of Dunach) and for the next 25 years was able to support himself and his family on his earnings from competitions and teaching.

    He competed in the dancing and athletics as well as the piping and it was said that he could make 40 pounds a day at the Games which was as much as some people earned in a year.
    (This is the 1880s and 1890s.)

    He won the Gold Medal for singing at the Mod, played shinty for Scotland, football for a district team, and was a champion golfer.

    He bought a yacht with his prize money, entered for the races, and of course won.


    from Highland Bagpipe Makers by Jeannie Campbell

    BTW her pipes there are probably worth, what, 4 or 5 thousand pounds, if they are what they appear to be.
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