Here's your little second-hand chuckle for the day. Ah, I feel sorry for those who can't get CBC Radio One. As I type this I'm listening to a "Madly Off in All Directions*" concert the Saskatchewan comedian John Elliott is giving in Pictou (pick-toe, not pick-too), Nova Scotia, heart of bagpipe country (during tourist season a real piper pipes you across the NB-NS border). He's been doing imitations (like a British cop car turning corners. You have to be there). But he says when he flew out to Halifax, the closest major airport, he was going through security and another Nova Scotian was ahead of him and got stopped because he had a fish hook in his carry-on baggage, and yet they let him on with his pipes. "Which is capable of inflicting more pain, I ask you?"
The highlight was an attempt to get the audience to do the guitar part (with "da da da" singing) and he did the banjo part of "Duelling Banjos" from "Deliverance." Absolutely hilarious (and he's pretty good on the pipes, too). He said he realized it was unusual for a prairie boy to play the pipes, but his Dad made him learn. Brett had wanted to learn the electric guitar and play in a rock band but his Dad nixed the idea. "Too noisy," he said. ;-) Pipers were a necessary part of highland regiments during the war. They drew fire away from the guys with rifles. Anything to shut them up.... Now he's doing whale calls on the bagpipes with the sound going through a reverb. Actually very, very good, and funny, too. I wish I was there actually watching. ...and now "the Bagpipe Blues." I can't take it anymore. Ay hae to goo poot on me Amazin' Grrrace Marching Bands Rrrregatta ('alifax '87) CD... *taken from a famous humourous story by Stephen Leacock, the Canadian counterpart to Mark Twain/Will Rogers, who was actually an academic in his day job as a prof teaching economics and poli sci. -- Marc A. Schindler Spruce Grove, Alberta, Canada -- Gateway to the Boreal Parkland “We do not think that there is an incompatibility between words and deeds; the worst thing is to rush into action before the consequences have been properly debated…To think of the future and wait was merely another way of saying one was a coward; any idea of moderation was just an attempt to disguise one’s unmanly character; ability to understand a question from all sides meant that one was totally unfitted for action.” – Pericles about his fellow-Athenians, as quoted by Thucydides in “The Peloponessian Wars” Note: This communication represents the informal personal views of the author solely; its contents do not necessarily reflect those of the author’s employer, nor those of any organization with which the author may be associated. ///////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////// /// ZION LIST CHARTER: Please read it at /// /// http://www.zionsbest.com/charter.html /// ///////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////// ==^^=============================================================== This email was sent to: email@example.com EASY UNSUBSCRIBE click here: http://topica.com/u/?aaP9AU.bWix1n.YXJjaGl2 Or send an email to: [EMAIL PROTECTED] T O P I C A -- Register now to manage your mail! http://www.topica.com/partner/tag02/register ==^^===============================================================