Tag: Grey’s Notes

Michael Grey’s Notes: the collateral damage of nice

Michael Grey’s Notes: the collateral damage of nice

GREY’S NOTES by Michael Grey. Piping Today #86 • 2017. To be clear and direct in communicating – getting across what you really feel to your fellow person – must surely be one of the rarest of human traits. In my experience, it’s the norm for people to often do […]

Michael Grey’s Notes: the Abilene Paradox

Michael Grey’s Notes: the Abilene Paradox

GREY’S NOTES by Michael Grey. November 2023. Going along to get along. You may know that I have landed unexpectedly and feet first in the land of pipe bands. Where, say, this past summer I was on the periphery – a listener, a judge, a toe-tapping outsider – this autumn […]

Michael Grey appointed Pipe Major of 78th Fraser Highlanders

Michael Grey appointed Pipe Major of 78th Fraser Highlanders

The 78th Fraser Highlanders Pipe Band have announced Michael Grey as their new Pipe Major. Mike is a well known figure throughout every facet of the piping world, whether it be solo piping, pipe bands, piping albums and recordings, pipe tune compositions and tune books, piping adjudication, piping tuition, or […]

Michael Grey’s Notes: the struggle for originality

Michael Grey’s Notes: the struggle for originality

GREY’S NOTES by Michael Grey. Piping Today #77, 2015. Yonge Street is one of the City of Toronto’s most important thoroughfares. It dissects the whole of the metropolitan area along north-south lines. From Lake Ontario north over 50 kilometers, Yonge covers a lot of diverse, sometimes gritty ground and on […]

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Michael Grey’s Notes: PC gone mad!

GREY’S NOTES by Michael Grey. Piping Today #76, 2015. A short note to people who don’t have a lot of height: taller adults snag jobs of higher status and, on average, earn more than other people. Yes. It’s true. Are you offended — you with the 26 inch inside leg? […]

Teachers & Students: Blackley of Hillsdale

Teachers & Students: Blackley of Hillsdale

GREY’S NOTES by Michael Grey. June, 2022. The writer, Ami McKay, has a great string of words about life in a small town, and that is, “no matter what you do, someone always knew you would.” Cue the local curtain rustler’s chat with the TV reporter, “oh, they was ruthless […]

Michael Grey’s Notes: Bagpipe 999

Michael Grey’s Notes: Bagpipe 999

GREY’S NOTES by Michael Grey. Piping Today #75, 2015. There’s around 2.5 million apps currently available for Android system users and almost the same number for those with iPhones. You don’t need me to tell you that there’s an app for pretty much any need or task a person might […]

Michael Grey’s Notes: Dear Old Glasgow Town

Michael Grey’s Notes: Dear Old Glasgow Town

GREY’S NOTES by Michael Grey. Piping Today #71, 2014. You know you’re a seriously regular visitor to Glasgow when someone stops you on the street, asks for directions  and you can help – and with mostly reliable info. It’s the last Friday of the Commonwealth Games and thanks to years […]