October 31, 2010 on 5:24 pm by Michael Grey | In Random Thoughts | 3 Comments

As the night draws in and the knocks of expectant trick-or-treaters loom I pass along an odd and seriously old-fashioned bit of ephemera.
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Strafe Strafferson: What’s with the Crazy Piping Notes?

October 15, 2010 on 6:44 pm by Michael Grey | In Humour, Photographs, Random Thoughts, Solo Piping, Technique, Tips | 4 Comments

There’s a crazy phenomenon in the piping world [ok, yes, there’s more than one, but I’m only talking about one of them here]. This phenomenon has to do with what might be described as the crazed strafing of notes on a pipe chanter; the random rat-a-tat-tat of notes on the chanter. This sort of unhinged insanity sounds like this: “upanddownthescaleupanddownthescalerandomtoptobottomnotesrandomtoptobottomnotes”.
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This Day in History

October 3, 2010 on 6:37 pm by Michael Grey | In Photographs, Random Thoughts, Stories, Tips | 3 Comments

I don’t think many know that on this day, in 1927, Canadian Prime Minister, William Lyon Mackenzie King, made the first trans-Atlantic telephone call to the UK. He apparently chatted with British Prime Minister Stanley Baldwin. Maybe they chatted about King’s séances where he’d talk to his dead mum or maybe, they talked of that year’s Oban gold medal winner, John Wilson – or maybe not [you have to give me points for the segue to the bonus super piping trivia].
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