By way of wrapping up the World's fever, one last, and very satisfying post. To put it in a nutshell:
Simon Fraser University Pipe Band won.
The online BBC video stream was a truly staggering treat. Not only could you hear the music as it was being played, but you got close-up views of flying fingers, and drumsticks, and the very muddy brogues of pipe majors pounding small craters in the lawn. It was. . .real, and very, very exciting. Triumph Street, sounding mighty fine, made it through to the finals. St. Laurence O'Toole broke into the top 3 in the prize list at long last. . .I would dearly love to haver on about it, but it was so much like being at Glasgow Green in person, that I plead jetlag, and leave you with the video clips here.