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The Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo Soldiers On
The Wall Street Journal "Speakeasy" ^ | August 24, 2011, 12:00 PM ET

Posted on 08/28/2011 12:06:43 PM PDT by ConorMacNessa

Nestled in historic Edinburgh is a new venue, a towering amphitheater rising up on the Castle Esplanade, that has caught the public’s imagination. Constructed in Aberdeen, this 820-ton steel structure sits crab-like in front of the drawbridge of Scotland’s most recognizable fortresses, Edinburgh Castle, a reminder of the country’s distinguished engineering tradition.

Providing more than 8,000 seats, the temporary structure is home to the Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo, now enjoying its 61st year. Over the course of August, around 217,000 spectators will attend the evening performances that first began as a production centered around traditional pipes and drums and Highland dancing – the army’s contribution to Edinburgh’s festivals.

(Excerpt) Read more at blogs.wsj.com ...


TOPICS: Culture/Society; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: pipesanddrums; scotland

1 posted on 08/28/2011 12:06:45 PM PDT by ConorMacNessa
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To: sionnsar; LibreOuMort; golux; marsh2; Sparky1776; ConorMacNessa; brushcop; ...

Pipes and Drums of Scotland Ping!



FReepmail me to get on or off the Pipes and Drums of Scotland Ping List





Lamh Foistenach Abu!
2 posted on 08/28/2011 12:08:10 PM PDT by ConorMacNessa (HM/2 USN, 3/5 Marines RVN 1969 - St. Michael the Archangel defend us in Battle!)
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To: ConorMacNessa

Was superb again this year.


3 posted on 08/28/2011 12:14:37 PM PDT by MadMitch (nemo me impune lacessit)
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To: MadMitch; redhead

I’ve missed so much!

(Hey, red! Wanna be a Scot, again? <3)


4 posted on 08/28/2011 12:17:07 PM PDT by Monkey Face ("...I believe in angels; something good in everything I see..." ABBA)
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To: ConorMacNessa

Ayr that it tis ...


5 posted on 08/28/2011 12:20:02 PM PDT by SandRat (Duty - Honor - Country! What else needs said?)
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To: ConorMacNessa

Aye that it tis ...


6 posted on 08/28/2011 12:20:41 PM PDT by SandRat (Duty - Honor - Country! What else needs said?)
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To: ConorMacNessa

Very cool! I am going to have to go back to Scotland to see this.

We went to Enumclaw, WA to the Highland Games. My sweetie took a video of the Massing of the Pipes. I meant to share it with FReepers but never got around to it...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W6k9lHInlac

By the way, hows that knee?


7 posted on 08/28/2011 12:20:47 PM PDT by Twotone (Marte Et Clypeo)
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To: ConorMacNessa
A lot of what we called 'popcorn', but very talented and well done .. enjoy (BAC '62 - '65)
8 posted on 08/28/2011 12:24:14 PM PDT by knarf (I say things that are true ... I have no proof ... but they're true)
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To: ConorMacNessa

You can’t have a thread with out this

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ENvSAxP5JOw


9 posted on 08/28/2011 12:27:30 PM PDT by Red_Devil 232 (VietVet - USMC All Ready On The Right? All Ready On The Left? All Ready On The Firing Line!)
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To: ConorMacNessa

Scotland´s become a little too antisemitic for me, thanks. No more Tattoos, and no more Walker´s Shortbread.


10 posted on 08/28/2011 12:29:50 PM PDT by onedoug (!)
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To: ConorMacNessa

BUAID NO BAS!


11 posted on 08/28/2011 12:34:14 PM PDT by SWAMPSNIPER (The Second Amendment, A Matter of Fact, Not a Matter of Opinion)
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To: knarf

Amazing! Wonderful and very talented!


12 posted on 08/28/2011 12:42:14 PM PDT by Red_Devil 232 (VietVet - USMC All Ready On The Right? All Ready On The Left? All Ready On The Firing Line!)
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To: Red_Devil 232

Drum Corps aficionados will appreciate


13 posted on 08/28/2011 12:50:50 PM PDT by knarf (I say things that are true ... I have no proof ... but they're true)
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To: SWAMPSNIPER
BUAID NO BAS!

What's this? Another MacDougall?

14 posted on 08/28/2011 1:00:59 PM PDT by Leroy S. Mort (Fiat justitia ruat caelum)
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To: ConorMacNessa

One of the most memorable nights of my life.


15 posted on 08/28/2011 1:02:50 PM PDT by Mears
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To: ConorMacNessa

Aye that it tis ...


16 posted on 08/28/2011 1:36:07 PM PDT by SandRat (Duty - Honor - Country! What else needs said?)
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To: Leroy S. Mort
Aye!

My maternal grandmother was Lola Blanche McDougal.

17 posted on 08/28/2011 2:27:59 PM PDT by SWAMPSNIPER (The Second Amendment, A Matter of Fact, Not a Matter of Opinion)
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To: SWAMPSNIPER

Make that paternal grandmother, I’m braindead this evening!


18 posted on 08/28/2011 2:32:22 PM PDT by SWAMPSNIPER (The Second Amendment, A Matter of Fact, Not a Matter of Opinion)
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To: ConorMacNessa

http://youtu.be/D0N0_Io5P3E


19 posted on 08/28/2011 2:41:58 PM PDT by MadMitch (nemo me impune lacessit)
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To: MadMitch
Outstanding, MadMitch! Thanks very much for posting this! 
 
Lamh Foistenach Abu!

Posting from my BlackBerry mobile HQ.
20 posted on 08/28/2011 3:41:28 PM PDT by ConorMacNessa (HM/2 USN, 3/5 Marines RVN 1969 - St. Michael the Archangel defend us in Battle!)
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To: Mears

I concur! I was there in the mid 1990’s and have remembered it as one of the most life-affirming moments I have experienced.

The towers, torches, mist in the air and of course the performances. WOW!


21 posted on 08/28/2011 4:27:45 PM PDT by Bartholomew Roberts
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To: Bartholomew Roberts

My family went last year. By the time it was over I was ready to sign up in the British Army and I am 57 and fat.


22 posted on 08/28/2011 5:39:34 PM PDT by Tom D. (Beer is proof that God loves us and wants us to be happy. - Benj. Franklin)
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To: Red_Devil 232
Long Beach State's Big Brown Music Machine made a visit in the early 1980s with a tribute to the American South. Best college marching band no longer in existence. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NAp4PLNKXfw
23 posted on 08/28/2011 11:01:56 PM PDT by chrisinoc
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