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Scots troops finds Afghans love sounds of bagpipes
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Posted on 12/02/2010 2:20:53 AM PST by MadMitch

http://thescotsman.scotsman.com/scotland/Scots-troops-find-Afghans-love.6647111.jp


TOPICS: Foreign Affairs; Miscellaneous; News/Current Events; United Kingdom
KEYWORDS: afghan; afghanistan; bagpipes; scotland; scotlandyet; scots
Scottish soldiers serving in Afghanistan have discovered a surprising taste among local people - a love of the bagpipes. Troops from the Royal Highland Fusiliers, 2nd Battalion The Royal Regiment of Scotland, received "enthusiastic acclaim" from Afghans when they played the pipes at a meeting to discuss security along a key road in Helmand Province
1 posted on 12/02/2010 2:20:59 AM PST by MadMitch
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To: MadMitch

thescotsman.scotsman.com/scotland/Scots-troops-find-Afghans-love.6647111.jp


2 posted on 12/02/2010 2:23:05 AM PST by MadMitch
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To: MadMitch

yeah, ‘cause the sound of bagpipes tells the Afghans where the Scots are. ;-)


3 posted on 12/02/2010 2:32:09 AM PST by Recovering_Democrat
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To: MadMitch

Perhaps because it sounds quite a bit like the snake-charmers flute.


4 posted on 12/02/2010 2:43:43 AM PST by David Isaac
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To: David Isaac

I was thinking that they replicate the sound a goat makes when...


5 posted on 12/02/2010 2:52:01 AM PST by BigCinBigD (Northern flags in South winds flutter...)
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To: MadMitch
Its in their legends. They've heard the 'pipes before.
Her Majesty's Troops, as well as Soldiers from Johns Company (The East India Company), were in the Afghan about 180 or so years ago.


With quite terrible results.
6 posted on 12/02/2010 3:08:08 AM PST by Tainan (Cogito, ergo conservatus - Domari Nolo)
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To: MadMitch
There once was a young Scotsman who moved off to Australia. His mother worrierd about him, so he wrote her every day to reassure her that he was doing well in his new apartment in Sydney.

But, after four weeks, he could take it no more, and he wrote her with the truth:

"Oh Mama! Sydney is a terrible place! My apartment building is horrible. The woman across the hall yells at me every day, the couple on the left fights all the time, and the man upstairs just threw himself out the window... But I am doing like you said and working hard, staying out of the bars, and practicing my pipes three hours each day..."

7 posted on 12/02/2010 3:21:26 AM PST by Haiku Guy (What we have here... is failure to communicate.)
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To: Haiku Guy

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8 posted on 12/02/2010 3:24:04 AM PST by Calusa (The pump won't prime 'cause the vandals took the handle. Quoth Bob Dylan.)
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To: Haiku Guy

;>)


9 posted on 12/02/2010 3:31:07 AM PST by Americanexpat
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To: MadMitch

Just shows how screwed up things really are out there...


10 posted on 12/02/2010 3:38:01 AM PST by Vanders9
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To: sionnsar

Ping.


11 posted on 12/02/2010 4:01:35 AM PST by DuncanWaring (The Lord uses the good ones; the bad ones use the Lord.)
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To: MadMitch

Who doesn’t love the sound of bagpipes?


12 posted on 12/02/2010 4:36:36 AM PST by luvbach1 (Stop Barry now. He can't help himself.)
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To: luvbach1

Who dat say dey don’t like those bagpipes, who dat?


13 posted on 12/02/2010 4:48:43 AM PST by Enterprise (TSA - The Silly Agency)
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To: MadMitch
I'd like to see this played more often for the Taliban.
14 posted on 12/02/2010 4:56:36 AM PST by SC DOC
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To: MadMitch

I personally love the sound of bagpipes (maybe it’s in my Celtic blood or something). They have a haunting sound to me if played outside.


15 posted on 12/02/2010 4:58:12 AM PST by momtothree
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To: MadMitch

The bagpipe has come home at last...........................


16 posted on 12/02/2010 5:43:35 AM PST by Red Badger (The House finally fell on Nancy Pelosi..........)
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To: MadMitch

They’d be changing their tune if they’d ever heard Mexican bagpipes.


17 posted on 12/02/2010 5:46:52 AM PST by Rebelbase
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To: MadMitch

Maybe it’s not bagpipes. Maybe it’s Fran Drescher.


18 posted on 12/02/2010 6:04:25 AM PST by Blogatron (Brought to you by The American Frog Council; 'Frog - The other green meat')
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To: momtothree
I personally love the sound of bagpipes

Yep, me too but it wouldn't sadden me a bit if every accordion in the world suddenly came up missing.

19 posted on 12/02/2010 6:13:40 AM PST by Graybeard58
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To: Graybeard58

I love the sound of bagpipes. I also love the french accordion.


20 posted on 12/02/2010 10:21:50 AM PST by Mountain Bike Vomit Carnage (Tattoos are for identifying corpses and criminals.)
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To: BigCinBigD

Thats baaaaad.


21 posted on 12/02/2010 11:01:08 AM PST by David Isaac
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To: MadMitch

Q. Why do bagppipers walk around when they are playing bagpipes?

A. They’re trying to get away from the noise.


22 posted on 12/02/2010 11:35:43 AM PST by LucyT
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To: Graybeard58
Yep, me too but it wouldn't sadden me a bit if every accordion in the world suddenly came up missing.

But, but, we'd never hear, "Lady of Spain" again!!

23 posted on 12/02/2010 11:40:30 AM PST by Cuttnhorse
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To: MadMitch

There’s only one cool song with bagpipes and that’s AC/DC’s “It’s a Long Way to the Top (If You Wanna Rock and Roll)”


24 posted on 12/02/2010 11:44:31 AM PST by dfwgator (Congratulations to Josh Hamilton - AL MVP)
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To: Graybeard58

Mix the pipes and the accordian and you have party.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zcM3eA9kE30


25 posted on 12/02/2010 12:40:16 PM PST by MadMitch
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To: Cuttnhorse

But, but, we’d never hear, “Lady of Spain” again!!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YgstiIdgcxg


26 posted on 12/02/2010 12:42:49 PM PST by dfwgator (Congratulations to Josh Hamilton - AL MVP)
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To: dfwgator

LOL!


27 posted on 12/02/2010 2:18:26 PM PST by Cuttnhorse
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To: ConorMacNessa; brushcop; DeoVindiceSicSemperTyrannis; Old Sarge; rdl6989; waterhill; P8riot; ...
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28 posted on 12/04/2010 4:22:09 PM PST by sionnsar (IranAzadi|5yst3m 0wn3d-it's N0t Y0ur5:SONY|Why are TSA exempt from their own searches?)
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To: MadMitch

When I started on the pipes I was told there are more Highland pipers in Pakistan than in Scotland, and that when the Pakistani National Anthem was commissioned, one requirement was that it be playable on the Highland pipes. So this is no surprise.


29 posted on 12/04/2010 4:24:18 PM PST by sionnsar (IranAzadi|5yst3m 0wn3d-it's N0t Y0ur5:SONY|Why are TSA exempt from their own searches?)
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To: sionnsar; All


Lamh Foistenach Abu!
30 posted on 12/04/2010 4:26:32 PM PST by ConorMacNessa (HM/2 USN, 3/5 Marines, RVN '69 - St. Michael the Archangel, defend us in battle!)
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To: ConorMacNessa
Is that cool or what? Tyanks!

Not sure the fellow on the right (in photo) is fingering in the proper fashion, but the fellow on the left seems to be.

31 posted on 12/04/2010 4:30:13 PM PST by sionnsar (IranAzadi|5yst3m 0wn3d-it's N0t Y0ur5:SONY|Why are TSA exempt from their own searches?)
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To: Rebelbase; LibreOuMort
They’d be changing their tune if they’d ever heard Mexican bagpipes.

LOL - the Spanish word for piper is "gaitiero" (plays the "gaita"), and connotes "a wild and crazy person."

Not sure how this is any different from "piper."

BTW, it's a gaitiero who's the reason I took up Highland pipers.

32 posted on 12/04/2010 4:35:08 PM PST by sionnsar (IranAzadi|5yst3m 0wn3d-it's N0t Y0ur5:SONY|Why are TSA exempt from their own searches?)
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To: Graybeard58
Yep, me too but it wouldn't sadden me a bit if every accordion in the world suddenly came up missing.

Somewhere in Unix systems is the quote of the day: "Accordion: a bagpipe with pleats."

33 posted on 12/04/2010 4:36:32 PM PST by sionnsar (IranAzadi|5yst3m 0wn3d-it's N0t Y0ur5:SONY|Why are TSA exempt from their own searches?)
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To: Mountain Bike Vomit Carnage; LibreOuMort
I love the sound of bagpipes. I also love the french accordion

The French have some great bagpipes too; five different types as I recall (perhaps if you include adopted celtic pipes).

The petit biniou is the highest pitched and played alone sounds like a mosquito you really, really want to swat. Now! But balance it with the deeper-voiced bombarde and you have a suite duo. Very enjoyable music.

34 posted on 12/04/2010 4:41:12 PM PST by sionnsar (IranAzadi|5yst3m 0wn3d-it's N0t Y0ur5:SONY|Why are TSA exempt from their own searches?)
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To: sionnsar
Mexican bagpipes:


35 posted on 12/04/2010 7:51:01 PM PST by Rebelbase
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To: MadMitch; sionnsar
Scottish soldiers serving in Afghanistan have discovered a surprising taste among local people - a love of the bagpipes.

Me too. Brings tears to my eyes it does.

36 posted on 12/05/2010 7:25:55 AM PST by sauropod (The truth shall make you free but first it will make you miserable.)
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To: Rebelbase

LOL


37 posted on 12/05/2010 7:36:00 AM PST by sionnsar (IranAzadi|5yst3m 0wn3d-it's N0t Y0ur5:SONY|Why are TSA exempt from their own searches?)
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To: Rebelbase

I know I shouldn’t laugh at that one but I just can’t help it!


38 posted on 12/05/2010 7:40:23 AM PST by Nik Naym (It's not my fault... I have compulsive smartass disorder.)
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To: sauropod; MadMitch
Scottish soldiers serving in Afghanistan have discovered a surprising taste among local people - a love of the bagpipes.

No so surprising. I remember someone from Laos hearing music from the CD Flight of the Green Linnet and saying, "They're playing my country's music!" Similar scales. But I've also seen refugees from Liberia love this same music. Some of their favorites were: The Parish of Dunkeld, Lucy Cassidy/The Bletherskate/The Smith of Chilliechassie, and Jack Haggerty.
39 posted on 12/05/2010 7:41:59 AM PST by aruanan
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To: MadMitch

Is there a Barney Frank joke in here somewhere?


40 posted on 12/05/2010 7:52:31 AM PST by Conservative Tsunami
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To: sionnsar; blam

Well of course — they have the same ancestors, and the love of the pipes is in the blood! :’)


41 posted on 12/05/2010 4:46:00 PM PST by SunkenCiv (The 2nd Amendment follows right behind the 1st because some people are hard of hearing.)
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To: aruanan
The Parish of Dunkeld LOL!!!

Oh, what a parish, a terrible parish; 
Oh, what a parish is that o' Dunkeld. 
They hangit their minister, droon'd their precentor, 
Dang doun the steeple and fuddled the bell. 

The steeple was doun but the kirk was still staunin', 
They biggit a lum  whaur the bell used to hang. 
A stell-pat they gat and they brewed Hielan' whisky; 
On Sundays they drank it and ranted and sang. 

O, had you but seen how graceful it lookit, 
To see the crammed pews sae socially joined. 
MacDonald the piper stood up in the poopit, 
He made the pipes skirl out the music divine. 

Wi' whiskey and beer they'd curse and they'd swear; 
They'd argue and fecht what ye daurna weel tell. 
Bout Geordie and Charlie they bothered fu' rarely 
Wi' whisky they're worse than the devil himsel'. 

When the hairt-cheerin' spirit had mounted their garret, 
Tae a ball on the green they a' did adjourn. 
The maids wi' coats kilted, they skippit and liltit, 
When tired they shook hands and then hame did return. 

If the kirks a' owre Scotland held like social meetin's 
Nae warnin' ye'd need from a far-tinklin' bell, 
For true love and friends wad draw ye thegither 
Far better than roarin' the horrors o' hell. 

42 posted on 12/05/2010 6:35:36 PM PST by sionnsar (IranAzadi|5yst3m 0wn3d-it's N0t Y0ur5:SONY|Why are TSA exempt from their own searches?)
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To: MadMitch
Hardly surprising as the pipes originated in the Middle East.
43 posted on 12/05/2010 6:40:40 PM PST by Churchillspirit (9/11/01...NEVER FORGET.)
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To: sionnsar

That’s the very song. And the rendition of it that they liked so much is an a cappella version.


44 posted on 12/06/2010 6:38:30 AM PST by aruanan
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To: aruanan

Andy Stewart? My favorite — heard it first, oh, 25+ years ago but it still makes me laugh.


45 posted on 12/06/2010 5:39:26 PM PST by sionnsar (IranAzadi|5yst3m 0wn3d-it's N0t Y0ur5:SONY|Why are TSA exempt from their own searches?)
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