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The pipes, the pipes are calling

Pipe down! Brussels slaps a noise order on heart of Scotland - Times Online

....bagpipes are to be quietened by an edict from Brussels.

From this month, pipers must adhere to strict volume limits or risk breaking European Union health and safety laws. Bands have been ordered to tone down or wear earplugs to limit noise exposure to 85 decibels.

Typically, a pipe band played at full volume peaks at 122 decibels outdoors, noisier than the sound of either a nightclub or a chainsaw, which rises to 116 decibels....

Pipe majors claim it is virtually impossible to play quietly or to tune a band when the musicians are wearing earplugs, raising the prospect of a cacophony at showcase events such as the Edinburgh military tattoo.

And the difference will be what exactly?


And we used to strike fear into the hearts of our enemies (mostly the English) with the skirl o' the pipes.

I think it's time we used them on the EU in anger.

On St. Patrick’s Day there is a parade in downtown Charleston, SC featuring the usually suspects; old cars, pretty girls, bead throwers, marching bands and lots of green. The parade ends at the Hibernia Society on Meeting Street. It’s here that the bagpipe marching band plays a tune that is in keeping with their Celtic tradition. When they finished we all clapped –drunks with stupid green hats seemed to be the most enthusiastic clappers.
On reflection, I wonder if we were clapping for a well done ditty or because the band had STOPPED PLAYING? I mean how much bagpiping can the average person take? I’m betting most people will start going for their guns in less than 5 minutes! Later on, I mentioned this theory to women who reminded me of a bag lady dressed in green and she allowed how she just LOVED bagpipe music….. hmmmm. Maybe I was wrong? My observation was bought back to life when I offered her a CD featuring all the old bagpipe favorites for only two bucks and she declined the deal.

The pipes have put the shits up them for years and for years they have never been able to silence them. The real problem is when you have a brain the size and desity of a Brussel sprout any noise must be painful.
Veevala Sprout

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