Daily Archives: November 11, 2014

West Point Pipes and Drums Perform in NYC Veterans Day Parade

On November 11, 2014, the NYC Veterans Day Parade featured a moving tribute by West Point Pipes and Drums.

The parade, which marched up the iconic Fifth Avenue from Madison Square Park to 52nd street, honored the bicentennial of the national anthem this year. Organizers reported that there were an estimated 20,000 participants, including many veterans going back to World War II. About 600,000 people were estimated to watch the parade.

During the parade’s opening ceremony, Grand Marshal and former NYPD Commissioner Raymond Kelly said, “As a young Marine, I deployed to Vietnam. I can tell you, for me, it was a life-changing experience, a life-shaping experience, that has stayed with me my entire life.”

The World Peace Tartan Poppy carries a message of peace and nonviolence for Remembrance Day.

For more information on the parade at the performance by West Point Pipes and Drums, visit the parade homepage here.

Bona Lighthouse Transformed into Breathtaking Holiday Getaway

After years of disuse, the future of Bona Lighthouse has been secured by Scottish Canals and Historic Scotland, who have brought it back into use as a breathtaking holiday destination.

The lighthouse is one of Loch Ness’s most historic structures. Designed in 1815, it was once used to guide ships into the canal and was the smallest manned inland lighthouse in Britain.

As part of a £500,000 project to secure the building’s future, Bona Lighthouse has now been transformed into a visitor attraction and holiday homes. With its picturesque views of Loch Ness, the two bedroom property created in the octagonal lighthouse and one bedroom property created at the other end of the building is an ideal place to spend a holiday and take in one of Scotland’s most iconic sites.

Mark Smith, Estates Manager at Scottish Canals, said of the restoration project: “We hope that creating holiday homes in this iconic location will provide a boost to the tourism of the Highlands, offering visitors some breathtaking views of Loch Ness and providing a sustainable future for a building steeped in history.”

A spokeswoman for Historic Scotland said: “A beautiful building in a spectacular setting, we were delighted to award a grant of £146,789 towards the restoration of this important landmark, helping to safeguard it for future generations.”

To view more photos of the gorgeous property and interior, visit the Bona Lighthouse page here.


U2, Nicki Minaj, Ed Sheeran, Ariana Grande, Alicia Keys Perform at 20th Annual MTV EMA Awards in Glasgow

On Sunday night, thousands of audience members and millions of viewers were dazzled by the star-studded lineup of the 20th annual MTV EMA Awards.

Ariana Grande flying above the crowdAriana Grande performed at the MTV EMAs in Glasgow on November 9

Hosted at the SSE Hydro Arena in Glasgow by artist Nicki Minaj on November 9, 2014, the awards featured performances by Ariana Grande, U2, Ed Sheeran, Enrique IglesiasAlicia Keys, Brighton duo Royal Blood, Canadian artist Kiesza, and Minaj herself.

The band One Direction won the largest number of awards, recieving five titles, including Best Pop, Best Live, and Biggest Fans.

Nicki Manaj with her MTV EMA awardHost Nicki Minaj won the award for “Best Hip Hop”

Other individuals winning multiple awards included Ariana Grande, Australian band 5 Seconds of Summer and Katy Perry.

Throughout the evening, performers paid homage to Glasgow and Scotland in various ways. Bagpipe band The Red Hot Chilli Pipers were featured in a video with Ed Sheeran for a duet, and later appeared onstage with David Hasselhoff, who sported a kilt and Braveheart war-paint for the evening. Host Nicki Minaj even wrote the audience a special “Scottish rap.”

The awards show is estimated to have brought a £10m boost to the city’s economy, with thousands of hotel bookings from visitors around the world.

North American Premiere of National Theatre of Scotland’s “Let The Right One In”

The National Theatre of Scotland is delighted to announce that St. Ann’s Warehouse in Brooklyn will present the American premiere of its critically acclaimed, South Bank Sky Arts Award winning production, Let the Right One In, from January 20th until February 15th, 2015.

Let the Right One In, starring Rebecca Benson and Martin Quinn, at the Apollo Theatre in London

Let the Right One In is a brutal and tender vampire myth told through the turbulence of a coming-of-age romance. 

The production, which had its world premiere at Dundee Rep Theatre in 2013, will reunite Tony and Olivier award-winning Director, John Tiffany, with the National Theatre of Scotland for whom he was Associate Director until 2012.

The Guardian called the production “Exquisitely beautiful….so painfully tender that, as you watch the show, it feels as if layers of your skin are gradually being flayed from your body.”

Tickets are available immediately for members of St. Ann’s Warehouse and will go on sale November 12, 2014 to the general public. To purchase, visit their website here.