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 s√©ances 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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