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Forum: Beer Tent 08-30-2019, 10:00 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 453
Posted By Helvetica
The latest in Italian/Scottish cuisine: Highlander Crisps, Crunchy and Brave!

A bizarre sighting at an Italian petrol station: Highland-themed crisps, complete with pictograms of kilted strongmen.

The flavours are:

Black Pepper Forever!
Tomato or Nothing!
Fight for...
Forum: Beer Tent 08-22-2017, 12:08 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 670
Posted By Helvetica
New definition of the word plaid?

Here in non-anglophoneland English words are routinely misappropriated. I quite enjoyed this one I spotted in a local department store over the weekend: here "plaid" apparently refers to any large...
Forum: Side / Snare 11-02-2016, 09:12 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 2,561
Posted By Helvetica
Re: Harness for a bad back

Our DS has bad sciatic problems and just loves this harness, it basically means he can parade with us again. I think it looks a lot more tidy as well, as frontal harnesses crush and hide the costume.
Forum: Soda Shoppe 08-15-2016, 09:01 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,229
Posted By Helvetica
Re: Waste of time?

This is an embarrassing thing to admit, but I go through long periods when I neglect my pipes horrendously and they still play really well afterwards. (For reference, MacLellan cocobolo with a...
Forum: Ladies' Room 08-15-2016, 08:50 AM
Replies: 38
Views: 9,093
Posted By Helvetica
Re: So. Totally. Done. With wearing a kilt.

Thanks for the kind words. :thumb:



A good thing to keep in mind. Thanks for the tip!



Or worse. It's a man in #1 dress with a nicotine-stained mustache sporting an array of military...
Forum: Uilleann, Northumbrian, Smallpipes + 08-15-2016, 07:17 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 1,600
Posted By Helvetica
Re: Starting a Small Pipe Session

Not directly SSP-related, but where I live the Irish music players have a dedicated "slow session" for enthusiastic but perhaps not overly experienced players. It's in a centrally located pub once a...
Forum: Ladies' Room 08-15-2016, 06:28 AM
Replies: 38
Views: 9,093
Posted By Helvetica
Re: So. Totally. Done. With wearing a kilt.

And if anyone wants to ague that standard piper's dress isn't a male thing it is. I've never in my life seen a woman voluntarily wear a kilt/waistcoat/jacket/tie/hose outfit outside of playing in a...
Forum: Ladies' Room 08-15-2016, 06:23 AM
Replies: 38
Views: 9,093
Posted By Helvetica
So. Totally. Done. With wearing a kilt.

I played at a wedding on Saturday, and since I live on the continent and it's August it meant it was about a gazillion degrees in the sun. I hate wearing a kilt outfit with a capital HATE even on the...
Forum: Beginners, Intermediate, + 07-28-2016, 07:51 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,511
Posted By Helvetica
Re: College of Piping - Summer Session

I agree that the new transport museum is fantastic for all ages, even bored teenagers. My better half and I both loved it, and we're 30/40 something with no children. The kids there looked as though...
Forum: Music 06-13-2016, 01:47 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 1,355
Posted By Helvetica
Re: Prophecy by Bruce MacPhee (ex Slainte Mhath)

I did a quick google search and couldn't find anyone definitely recognizable as Bruce, but I did turn up Ryan's website. http://ryanonthepiano.com/ Maybe you could try contacting him? He might be...
Forum: Music 04-16-2016, 05:48 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 3,884
Posted By Helvetica
Re: A Tune to go With Marie's Wedding

I think of the difference as being similar to describing someone as ginger versus red. Red is how we might describe the colour of someone's hair, but the person is either ginger or red-headed, not...
Forum: Beer Tent 04-08-2016, 02:43 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,964
Posted By Helvetica
Re: When you're not piping a funeral...

Even worse, I am a member of the lycra-clad cycling crowd and once had the experience of meeting a cycling friend in a non bike-related context only to be told that they didn't recognize me with...
Forum: Uilleann, Northumbrian, Smallpipes + 04-08-2016, 02:08 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,895
Posted By Helvetica
Re: Help please!!! Must resurrect a dry border pipe chanter reed in 24 hours or less.

Hey all!

Thanks so much for your advice. In the end things went quite well. I initially tried el gaitero's suggestion of dunking the reed in clean water for short periods, but found that (a) the...
Forum: Uilleann, Northumbrian, Smallpipes + 04-01-2016, 11:37 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,895
Posted By Helvetica
Help please!!! Must resurrect a dry border pipe chanter reed in 24 hours or less....

So I am pretty much in panic mode right now, but I'm hoping the knowledge and good will of BDF members can get me through this.

I've had the honour of being asked to play my border pipes tomorrow...
Forum: Pipe Bands 02-04-2016, 12:56 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 3,860
Posted By Helvetica
Re: 4/4 marches

Erm.... has no one yet mentioned Scotland the Brave?

Anyway, that dude is full of shite. "The beat is wrong"? Give me a break: 4/4s are possibly the most marchable tunes we have in our repertoire....
Forum: Beer Tent 02-03-2016, 08:58 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 2,064
Posted By Helvetica
Re: Live in Glasgow Concert

That was indeed a highly enjoyable concert. One of my personal highlights was the Ian K. MacDonald solo, it was just superb. And of course the Clumsy Lover set was amazing, I listened to that track...
Forum: Beer Tent 01-25-2016, 10:32 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 2,562
Posted By Helvetica
Re: Attending a Burns Event, Canadian Style...

Considering I now live across the pond where eh isn't a part of the vocabulary (or even the language) and the chances of seeing someone on skates wearing a kilt are slim to none... been waiting a...
Forum: Beer Tent 01-25-2016, 03:26 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 2,562
Posted By Helvetica
Forum: Beginners, Intermediate, + 01-20-2016, 02:05 AM
Replies: 28
Views: 4,543
Posted By Helvetica
Re: The nerve of some people!

Erm, if the pipes were loud enough that he made the effort to come complain, you were the one being a nuisance, and he wasn't out of order, even if he came across as being rude. We all have our...
Forum: Music 01-07-2016, 06:19 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 2,210
Posted By Helvetica
Re: CommonTime vs 4/4

I'm used to reels being written as cut time (a C with a vertical line through it) which indicates that although there are four quarter notes per bar, there are only two beats (as opposed to a 4/4 or...
Forum: Soda Shoppe 01-06-2016, 05:27 AM
Replies: 50
Views: 8,994
Posted By Helvetica
Re: Piping pet-peeve words

My piping pet peeve word: Deborah.
Forum: Music 12-20-2015, 02:35 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 2,416
Posted By Helvetica
Re: Good strathspeys that are not overplayed

I'm a fan of Dalnahassie, just two parts but with lots of lift and good for country dancing. Also, it's not particularly difficult, as far as strathspeys go. You can (legally) listen to it played by...
Forum: Technique & Instrument 12-19-2015, 11:30 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,499
Posted By Helvetica
Re: Comparing Naill and Kyo chanters

Knowing bells can also make you look incredibly clever when someone is playing and you can identify their chanter straight away. Of course you can pretend to be able to recognize it based on the...
Forum: Technique & Instrument 12-19-2015, 03:37 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,499
Posted By Helvetica
Re: Comparing Naill and Kyo chanters

I never heard of this flour trick, I was taught to recognize chanters by the shape/design of the bell. I have a Boderiou, McCallum C2, MacLellan, Dunbar, Kyo, and a Shepherd orchestral in my regular...
Forum: Teacher's Lounge 11-30-2015, 12:38 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 3,358
Posted By Helvetica
Re: skype teachers

I can personally vouch for Neil's competency as a teacher. He's a great listener, explainer, and an all-around top-notch guy. :thumb:
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