Tag Archives: bagpipes

HISTORIC CHARACTER, MODERN CONTROVERSY

Know a kid who got a golliwog for Christmas? Probably not. Since the late nineteen-sixties the once beloved cuddly toy has gradually been phased out, due to what many perceive as racist associations. (See article below.) http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-1136016/How-golliwog-went-innocent-childrens-hero-symbol-bitter-controversy.html My son got the one pictured in this blog well after they became persona non grata. But he […]

HISTORY SHARE: HISTORY OF BAGPIPES

Today is Robbie Burns Day, a time to think of all things Scottish. Like bagpipes. Even though they didn’t actually originate in Scotland, they’re definitely associated with it. Bagpipes were supposedly even played in ancient Egypt, and I certainly heard them in modern Egypt. (Well, relatively modern. I was there in 1979.) Descending some stairs […]

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