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    1. Brian Doonthetoon says:

      Hi TC.

      The organ he’s using in the Live In Finland video, is the same model as the one in this video:-

      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rW-XRlra_BA

      (There’s a 1.50 preamble before the music starts.)

      I know Keith Emerson played a Hammond B3 so I did a Google image search and proved myself correct.

      “Do It Again”. No idea what they mean but here are the lyrics onnyhoo.

      In the mornin’ you go gunnin’ for the man who stole your water
      And you fire ’til he is done in but they catch you at the border
      And the mourners are all singin’ as they drag you by your feet
      But the hangman isn’t hangin’ and they put you on the street
      You go back, Jack, do it again, wheel turnin’ ’round and ’round
      You go back, Jack, do it again
      When you know she’s no high climber then you find your only friend
      In a room with your two-timer, and you’re sure you’re near the end
      Then you love a little wild one and she brings you only sorrow
      All the time you know she’s smilin’ you’ll be on your knees tomorrow, yeah
      You go back, Jack, do it again, wheel turnin’ ’round and ’round
      You go back, Jack, do it again
      Now you swear and kick and beg us that you’re not a gamblin’ man
      Then you find you’re back in Vegas with a handle in your hand
      Your black cards can make you money so you hide them when you’re able
      In the land of milk and honey, you must put them on the table
      You go back, Jack, do it again, wheels turnin’ ’round and ’round
      You go back, Jack, do it again…

      Nane the wezzer…

    2. Tinto Chiel says:

      @BDTT: yes, you can only do Dirty Hammond on a Hammond, after all. Thanks for that, Sherlock 🙂 .

      I’m none the wezzer either but I suppose the track is the triumph of rhythmic atmosphere over meaning.

      Was at the Glasgow AUOB march a few weeks ago: sad and changed days indeed.

    3. Dan says:

      Ahh, I always wondered what Hammond was when mentioned in the Jazz Club clip with Desolate Shore.
      (1 min 30 sec)
      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MsQYzpOHpik

      Wildlife update: Have been away from home for a week or so and came home to find that I’ve missed my “pet” Elephant Hawk Moth caterpillar chrysalis hatching.

    4. Brian Doonthetoon says:

      Hi Dan.

      It looks like a B3.

    5. Marie Clark says:

      Hi Tinto, another walk down memory lane, as for the lyrics of the song, havnae a scooby. Never could figure them out,I put it down to something that they might have been smoking at the time.

      I was kinda like yourself thinking that this place was finally dead, but up pops BDTT to prove us all wrong. I always have a wee look in to see if anything is doing, and it’s great to see some of us still posting. Good works lads, are we still allowed to say lads, ah, feck it who cares, lads it is.

    6. Brian Doonthetoon says:

      Hi Sarah.

      Next time you post a comment here, before you hit the “Submit Comment” button, check the “Notify me of new posts by email” box, then whenever somebody post here, you’ll get an email informing you.

      A week or so ago, on Ken Bruce’s “Tracks of my years” feature, this track was played. The video is quite impressive. Check out the vanishing guitar at the end.

      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6SFNW5F8K9Y

    7. Brian Doonthetoon says:

      This song was performed on “Britain’s Got Talent” tonight. So I thought I would link to a relatively rare (radio play-wise) version of it.

      The Spectres recorded it as a single in 1966. The link is to a BBC live recording of the band. By late 1967, they had changed their name to Status Quo.

      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X4_gHllpHWc

    8. sarah says:

      OK Brian, I’ll try but I can’t say I have ever seen a box saying “notify me of new posts by email”! As you know, IT tech stuff is way beyond me.

      Dan – sorry to hear you missed your Elephant Hawk Moth emerging. But at least it shows it was alive. I saw a glorious and exotic caterpillar the other day and excitedly took photos to show my husband and identify it – it was very furry and bright orange below and a grey top. Wow I thought – this is so rare – never seen one in the nearly 70 years of my life. Well it was only a COMMON Tiger Moth, found throughout the British Isles in gardens. Talk about deflated!

    9. sarah says:

      @ Brian: Found it! Impressive, eh?

    10. Tinto Chiel says:

      @Marie: I’m now called Samantha but don’t let that stop you posting here 🙂 .

      @Sarah: don’t get too downhearted. Common gulls are not common, so if you see one, be happy.

    11. sarah says:

      @ Tinto: uncommon common gulls! Who chooses these names, for heavens sake? However I do feel better for hearing that!

      A white-tailed eagle came past our house today but I’m not boasting about that as my sister-in-law has one in the middle of their village in Sussex! It roosts on a pylon.

    12. Tinto Chiel says:

      @Sarah: there is a theory they were called common gulls because they were often seen in flocks on commons but I haven’t seen this confirmed anywhere reliable.

      WTEs in Sussex? Soon there’ll be Bigfoot sightings in the Cairngorms.

      For all my times in Wester Ross and Skye, I was never lucky enough to see an otter. Then one day about three years ago down the bird reserve near Motherwell, I saw one several times at a bend in the Clyde.

      It’s a funny old game, Saint…….

    13. sarah says:

      @ Tinto: right, gulls on a common. The only place I’ve seen several at once was high up a glen below Ben Dearg, Lochbroom – husband said they breed in such places i.e. not by the shore. It is indeed a funny old game…

      The Sussex WTE had apparently popped over from the Isle of Wight breeding programme. Not far as the er WTE flies, I suppose.

      As for the otter in the Clyde – I wonder if they like it now there is less [I presume] ship fuel in the water. When I was a child a trip to the beach always involved getting tar on one’s person! Anyway, lovely to see otters – they live along the shore here but I don’t see them often so it is always a thrill.

    14. Tinto Chiel says:

      @Sarah: yes, gulls on common land. Perhaps, but who knows? They are handsome birds to me, beautiful large, dark eyes and a beak which is quite elegant for a gull, a look a bit like a kittiwake. Saw them up close while staying in a relative’s house on Arran.

      I’d forgotten about the IoW WTE programme: makes sense now.

      The Clyde at the Baron’s Haugh RSPB site is entirely rural, so no engine oil. You can see ospreys further up the river around Abington. It gets deeper and wider gradually once it picks up the Avon between M’well and Hamilton. In mediaeval times Rutherglen (“the Red Glen” in Gaelic) was regarded as the highest part of the Clyde which a ship could reach in them days. Clyde FC still has a three-masted ship on its badge.

      Loch Broom area: Mellon Udrigill, Loch na Beiste and Gruinard island. Ah, the memories!

    15. Brian Doonthetoon says:

      There are oystercatchers with chicks on the roof adjacent to the mailroom at Ninewells Hospital. Parents have to be on constant watch because of the number of gulls on the campus.

      Revisited this video for the first time in years. They had to get rarely given permission from the authorities to film on top of Brooklyn Bridge.

      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1GLraKSzmdE

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    17. sarah says:

      @ Tinto: those sandy beaches at Mellon and Gruinard are gorgeous, indeed. I sometimes wish Lochbroom shore was the same but as I stumble along our rocky shore I do realise that if it were sandy I would have a bit too much company!

      I too like the look of the smaller gulls e.g. black-headed – not that we see them in summer but sometimes in winter when they don’t have black heads, as you know, just a black [grey] splodge on the side of the head to aid identification.

      @ Brian: you are lucky to see the oystercatcher family. I see them flying by or feeding and know they must be nesting somewhere not too far but have never seen even the juveniles. And thank you for the tip about getting Wings emails – it is a pleasure to see them in my email!

      Off now to put some netting over my onion bed and raspberries to stop the stag eating more of them…

      That is an interesting snippet about Clyde FC’s badge. Thank you.

    18. Brian Doonthetoon says:

      Hi Sarah.

      The young oystercatchers are grey and white, where the adults are black and white.

      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1G4IN7Xhh5g

    19. Tinto Chiel says:

      @Sarah: the time we were there (early 80s) a dotty German woman owned the old school house by the shore. The silly sossage had tried to fence off the beach and the locals weren’t happy.

      Coincidentally, I saw two oystercatchers last Friday on a grassy roundabout near a busy retail park in the east end of Glasgow, probing the ground for worms, etc. They didn’t seem to know they are supposed to be birds of sunlit upland and beautiful shoreline.

      Their two-tone call is supposed to be “Be wise” in Gaelic (Bi glic) but these were obviously not very wise ones.

    20. sarah says:

      @ Brian: thanks for the lovely piece of film. I see they get their adult plumage very quickly – so many types of bird spend months or even years in immature plumage.

      @ Tinto: Wester Ross seems to draw dotty Germans. There is one near Achiltibuie who has caused some “difficulties” over the past 20 years or so.

      I do hope those urban roundabout oystercatchers survive. At least there won’t be many predators there!

    21. Tinto Chiel says:

      @Sarah: no sign of the oystercatchers today but don’t worry too much, although there are plenty of sparrowhawks and buzzards about who also don’t seem to know they shouldn’t be inhabiting a gritty urban environment either 🙂 .

      Those dotty Germans can’t hold a candle to Dane Anders Povlsen, who owns a colossal 221,000 acres of Scotland in his own right. Ironically, a non-Dane can’t own even a single acre of Denmark but that’s Scotland’s impotent status when controlled by another country.

      Makes you fair proud, innit?

    22. Brian Doonthetoon says:

      Hi Sarah.

      The attraction, for oystercatchers, of Ninewells Hospital, is that many of the flat roofs are covered with pebbles, simulating their preferred nesting locations.

      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YIhQKj7nE3U

      This is a QI documentary…

      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S72C7FYgxm8

    23. Dan says:

      I’ll see your common gull and oystercatcher pair, and raise you with airborne heron wrestling an eel, and an osprey with a pike both spotted flying over my village in the last month.

    24. Brian Doonthetoon says:

      See, I think the Whitney Houston version of the song took it right out of context, to those of us who had seen the original fuhllum – and bought the record.
      And I found Whitney’s jaw/lip quivering off-putting.

      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0KjO3YwlhEE

    25. sarah says:

      @ Tinto re Anders Polvsen and others like him. No not proud – absolutely raging. I can’t say how angry I am in general at the lying, criminal, wicked, feeble, incompetent SNP parliamentary groups and HQ staff. Also The National whose editor and staff know the truth but won’t print it. How dare they all stand in the way of our country’s freedom?

      To calm down I will turn to bird matters! We think pied wagtails are nesting in a drystone wall near the house – they are there every year but we have never been able to prove it as the exact spot is round a corner and inside the entrance to a boathouse. The adults are very active recently – flying to and fro non-stop. Our dog tells us where the nest entrance is!

      @ Brian: we enjoyed that QI film about oystercatchers. What an amazing thing – to be able to grow a different shape of bill when needed. We never would have thought they do that. So the ones feeding on our rocky shore with no mud are not the same birds as at the head of the loch where there are mudflats.

      @ Dan: alright. You win.

    26. Tinto Chiel says:

      @Sarah: hardly surprising the SNP ducks the land question when Benny Higgins, the man who runs the Buccleuch Estates for His Grace, is one of Wee Blinky’s advisers.

      @Dan:an osprey wrestling a pike in mid-air? Some sight: reminds me of the arms of Mexico.

      @BDTT: re the quivers, seconded. Simply gwoosome, my dear. Give me Tiny Tim and his tulips any day.

    27. sarah says:

      @ Tinto: and Charlotte Street Partners and Murray “the Vow” Foote as advisors. You couldn’t make it up. What a bunch of ("Tractor" - Ed)s – no wonder we are further from independence than we were.

      Main thread btl is going to pot again, sad to say.

    28. Tinto Chiel says:

      Yes, Sarah, the Foote appointment was a sign which even the WGD loyalists should have seen as proof Nicky had sold the jerseys. Ever since January 2020 I have imagined “The Union: safe in my hands” scrolling along below NS’s wee lectern when I have them misfortune to see her speak.

      Re the M/T situation: it could be solved quite easily if our host applied his own rules on trolling behaviour.

    29. sarah says:

      I can’t bear seeing or hearing NS now, nor those who do nothing to oust her e.g. Ian Blackford.

      Having thought hitherto that we needed to get rid of NS I am now thinking that it would be easier to target her little helpers – SAS, Emma Roddick, Alyn Smith, Anne Mclaughlin, Stewart Macdonald etc etc etc. They are “littler” people and won’t get the protection of the media or the HQ staff to the same degree. And once all the little people are gone the leader will lose influence. “I have a dream…”.

      Honestly there is no hiding from the Rev, is there? It never occurred to me that I couldn’t say tractors in Off Topic!

    30. Tinto Chiel says:

      No, the All-Seeing Eye is everywhere, Sarah. It’s easier to say Massey Ferguson in any case :).

      Saw a pipistrelle bat flying around in daylight again yesterday. Hope it’s not one of those Julius Caesar/End of Days things.

    31. sarah says:

      Well at this time of year it is mostly daylight, Tinto! A bat gotta eat, you know…

    32. Tinto Chiel says:

      Yes but this was about elevenses time 🙂 . We normally see them at twilight flitting around the rooftops but mid-morning flight is strange. The time is out of joint and I don’t mean weed 😉 . Must be time for a hooky SNP independence plan.

      A guy down the road investigated noises in his wall with one of those bendy wee camera things (technical term) and discovered a large bat colony in the wall space. Of course, he could not intervene with extreme prejudice because they are protected. Once all means of ingress had been blocked, a one-way bat-flap (out only) solved the problem (at least for him).

    33. sarah says:

      Yeah, Tinto, I did realise that it must have been in real daylight hours for you to have mentioned the oddity – just my little joke. 🙂

      Howsomever, I don’t like NS’s latest joke speech. Jeezus. And I am very worried – am sure the spooks are going to make certain Scotland doesn’t escape soon, if at all. And are certain keen Yessers watching out for their personal security? I wouldn’t put it past the spooks bosses especially with these new laws allowing ministers to have people killed.

    34. Tinto Chiel says:

      @Sarah: sorry. Tone, irony and humour often don’t travel well on the imterwebthingy. I’m a bit sluggish, today, I think.

      I don’t believe anything so spookishly dramatic will be necessary. I can’t think of any highly charismatic Yes leaders anyway. Even if it came to a referendum, the SG is unprepared and has no clear positions on the topics they would be hounded on by the MSM: eight years of no planning or strategising is a criminal position to be in (but thank God Nicola “hearts” books, eh?). We know in any case any campaign would have neither the heart nor the head to win, even before the inevitable pochling by WM.

      Then The Leaderene would say, “Well, I tried!” before toddling off to some non- but very lucrative post in the UN/WEF/WHO and leaving us deeper in doodoo than ever before.

    35. Brian Doonthetoon says:

      Fot those readers who don’t get TC’s reference to “Tiny Tim and his tulips”, I offer these two links for your edumacation.

      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Xud6rEJWq_A

      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zcSlcNfThUA

    36. Tinto Chiel says:

      @BDTT: yes, he was always one of Greenwich Village’s strangest blooms, innit? Seemed a gentle soul, though.

      Talking of strange blooms: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3Fn36l_z3WY

    37. Brian Doonthetoon says:

      AH! Following on from that, I’m sure I linked to this a fair while ago in ‘off-topic’.

      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=reemeYrAjus

      And another of my videos, featuring a flying creature.

      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GfFxI8JDFoo

    38. Brian Doonthetoon says:

      Just realised the pigeon connection…

    39. Tinto Chiel says:

      @BDTT: never heard that before on here.

      The pigeon connection?

      Scene: Honeymoon Couple at bed time.

      (Husband disrobes)

      Bride: I didn’t realise you were so pigeon-chested.

      Groom: That’s why I love you like a doo.

      *I’ll get my coat*

    40. sarah says:

      Well there is something about “they’re coming to take me away..” that disturbs my dog! She is now lying under the table…

      Have to agree with your analysis of the state of the independence cause, Tinto. Why and how has the entire [with a handful, if as many, exceptions] SNP parliamentary group and party administration fallen into line with this useless person? The result is a wreck.

      Charismatic Yessers? I can think of only one, really.

    41. Tinto Chiel says:

      Is it you or is it me?

      🙂

    42. Brian Doonthetoon says:

      Lieutenant Pigeon did “Mouldy Old Dough”.

      The second video was the pigeon deterrent.

    43. sarah says:

      Tinto, it must be you. I’m not even charismatic to our dog – she gets hugely excited by a cheap squeaky yellow ball. I don’t register compared with that!

      I found a clip of Margot MacDonald recently – my goodness what a powerhouse she was. Wouldn’t she turn Holyrood into a magnificent forum and get a fighting campaign going? I have been wondering if clips of her could be shown on buildings and display vans, as Lead by Donkeys does so well.

      That exit-only bat flap is just what we need for the church building that our community bought from the Church of Scotland to save it falling into alien hands. There’s repairs needed [of course] and any time the repairs are near the roof we have to pay hundreds of pounds for bat surveys, bat licence, and bat aids. I agree with looking after wildlife but its not as if there aren’t plenty of other suitable places for these creatures.

    44. Tinto Chiel says:

      Margo MacDonald? Without question she had it all, Sarah: great intelligence, compassion, a genuine commitment to fight for people’s rights (especially those of wives and mothers in difficult circumstances) and a fierce courage to win our freedom to put Wee Blinky to shame.

      She and her family were well-known in the Hamilton and East Kilbride area and even my old-fashioned non-SNP parents had huge respect for her. Not just her: her(half-?) sister went to my school in the 60s and created a sensation when, as captain, she won a national debating competition at Glasgow University, beating many private school (and predominantly male) rivals.

      You may remember some years ago that Margo warned that the SNP had been infiltrated by the security services. At the time, being somewhat naive, I thought this a bit paranoid (this was before my experience of the 2014 ref. campaign) but everything I have witnessed since then has vindicated her opinion.

      I can imagine how Margo would have instantly shredded any Woke arguments as to what constitutes a woman. To mangle old William Wordsmith: “Margo! You should be living at this hour.”

    45. sarah says:

      Oh, Tinto, what an image you have presented of Margo making all the GRA wokists shrivel and fall silent, whilst rousing the rest of us to energetic enthusiasm. Even the best of the current activists aren’t in that league. Ah well, we just have to manage with what we’ve got.

      Is her [half] sister available to help? She sounds to have the ability.

      And I am sure she was right about the security services. After all, look at Willie MacRae and that was years and years before the independence-supporting vote was significant. That’s the kind of thing I was referring to the other day.

    46. Tinto Chiel says:

      I’ve no idea what her relative did after her school days but she was certainly in the Margo mould. We were bussed to the event to hear her and she was a passionate and articulate speaker.

      Looked at the situation logically, the SSs wouldn’t have been doing their job not to have their little helpers installed in the party but I had innocently thought this would be difficult to achieve. They didn’t even bother making a good job of Willie’s death, since they knew it could be easily covered up in our sham democracy and the ” investigative journalists” of our glorious Free Press wouldn’t look very closely.

      Onnyhoo…….

      Spiritually uplifting nature note: saw a magnificent, mature hornbeam yesterday in an old public park in Glasgow. Quite an unusual sight and much too big to hug properly.

    47. Tinto Chiel says:

      It shoulda been “looking” in para 2.

    48. sarah says:

      You and me both, Tinto. I now realise how naive I am. I was always emailing Ian Blackford with helpful suggestions, trusting that he was entirely on board with trying to regain independence asap. I even emailed him when Alex Salmond was charged, saying how terrible and what a stitch-up by evil forces – Ian replied saying it was indeed a sad day for the SNP family!!!!!!!! He was party to the stitch-up, I now understand.

      That hornbeam sounds superb. I could never be a forester because I can’t bear to fell trees even when they are endangering my garden walls – I have to steal myself to pull up seedlings even. We have a magnificent lime tree which thrills us every year when the flowers open and for several days the air is full of the buzz from thousands of honey bees.

      Something else to cheer you up in case you haven’t seen my post btl on M/T – have a look at that clip of Billy Connolly that Broadcasting Scotland have on their site today. We were in fits of laughter.

    49. Tinto Chiel says:

      @Sarah: Yes, every time I heard The Blowhard say we would not be taken out of the EU against our will, I believed him, and that Nicky had a cunning plan under her smart wee red coat and with one bound we would be free. What a sap I was!

      I’ve always thought Connolly was one of the most naturally funny guys anywhere, but he’s been lukewarm at best over independence and I found his love affair with royalty at Highland Games, etc frankly embarrassing for such an apparently proud proletarian. I wish I were successful enough at something so I could tell them where they could stick their royal gong.

      I’ve been having trouble finding the venison clip but will persevere: I could do with a laugh. His banjo playing on Cripple Creek was very good. Was it you or Daisy Walker who posted it a while back? He’s an impressive plucker. Yes, that’s what’s wot I sed.

      @BDTT: ever since I got my MacBook I’ve been unable to click on the blue links under Previous Posts and the other list of links like Zany Comedy Relief, meaning I have to use the search button each time to access them. Any ideas how I could rectify the situation?

    50. sarah says:

      Tinto – go to Broadcasting Scotland’s site. Scroll down until a box with their tweets shows – scroll down to 16th June and look for a retweet of James Withers – he gives the Connolly clip. Or perhaps just go to James’ twitter! Sorry I can’t do links – Robert Peffers told me how in 2016 but I never got round to following his instructions!

      Agree with you re Connolly’s feeble support for Scotland’s independent existence – very strange.

      Reverting to Blackford – I could not believe that anyone would assert so many times that “Scotland will not be dragged out of Europe” if they didn’t have an action plan ready. If I had said such a thing I would have had to hide away in shame at not delivering. Yet there he still is. Unbelievable.

    51. Tinto Chiel says:

      Fanx, Sarah. Most amusing (I have a similar problem grasping the concept of “Leftover Wine”).

      I know there’s no-one here but us and BDTT but I’ll leave this for some stray cyber-wanderer:

      https://twitter.com/scotfoodjames/status/1537152905496694785?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw%7Ctwcamp%5Eembeddedtimeline%7Ctwterm%5Eprofile%3Abroadcastscot%7Ctwgr%5EeyJ0ZndfZXhwZXJpbWVudHNfY29va2llX2V4cGlyYXRpb24iOnsiYnVja2V0IjoxMjA5NjAwLCJ2ZXJzaW9uIjpudWxsfSwidGZ3X3JlZnNyY19zZXNzaW9uIjp7ImJ1Y2tldCI6Im9mZiIsInZlcnNpb24iOm51bGx9LCJ0Zndfc2Vuc2l0aXZlX21lZGlhX2ludGVyc3RpdGlhbF8xMzk2MyI6eyJidWNrZXQiOiJpbnRlcnN0aXRpYWwiLCJ2ZXJzaW9uIjpudWxsfSwidGZ3X3R3ZWV0X3Jlc3VsdF9taWdyYXRpb25fMTM5NzkiOnsiYnVja2V0IjoidHdlZXRfcmVzdWx0IiwidmVyc2lvbiI6bnVsbH19&ref_url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.broadcastingscotland.scot%2F

      I can’t be bothered tinyurling it.

      To copy and paste I highlight the url of the clip which is in the wee bar at the top of the webpage, hold down the command key and press C. This saves it. When you want to post it on here press command plus V and it should appear. If it is a YouTube clip, you have to delete everything to the left of the www part of the url or it will disappear into The Rev’s Black Hole of Oblivion, never to return, like any comment which has a banned word.

      R. Peffers? A blast from the past. I hope he is well. I can only imagine how he reacted to Stu’s The Great Betrayer post. Spontaneous human combustion, possibly.

    52. Brian Doonthetoon says:

      Hi TC.

      Haven’t come across your MacBook problem. I have had similar within the Finder on my MacPro, where the mouse will move the cursor around but the three clicks do nothing. Unplugging the mouse for a few seconds then plugging it back in usually does the job.

      Onnyhoo…
      Last night, I took my sister, Moira, who lives at Straloch, just outside Pitlochry, to see David Colvin’s play “Thunderstruck” at Dundee Rep. It’s about legendary piper Gordon Duncan. The reason I took her was because she and her family knew Gordon. His son, young Gordon, was best pals with my nephew Silas. They did some musical collaborations together.

      The play was excellent! Full of sweary words, eg an explanation of how, in Fife, the ‘c-word’ is used instead of ‘chap’ or ‘guy’, and does not refer to a ladypart.

      There was a standing ovation at the end.

      On our way down the Nethergate after the show, Moira phoned young Gordon because she had told him about going to see the play. Turned out he was in Dundee visiting friends and was across the road in the DCA. So we did an ABT and met Gordon outside the DCA. Had a pleasant hour or so with him and his friends. Four of us had all gone to Kirkton High School and one of them, Gordon Mathieson, had been in my class!

      Be warned though! A pint of Tennents and a large Chardonay in Wetherspoons = £5.75. The same in the DCA = £12.40!

      Here’s an example of Gordon’s music, performed by his brother and nephew.

      Alex plays The Sleeping Tune in a tribute to his uncle, Gordon Duncan, who wrote the tune. His father, Ian Duncan, joins in, followed by the Lothian & Borders Police Pipe Band. It is the band’s last concert, performed at the Royal Concert Hall, Glasgow, Scotland on January 12, 2012.

      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gnxKcv9LTqw

      Incidentally, at my niece’s wedding a couple of weeks ago, one of the Red Hot Chilli Pipers was supposed to play but pulled out at the last minute. Ian Duncan stepped in and did the business.

      The play is well worth seeing. This link is a good read. If you click the first ‘Thunderstruck’ graphic giving the tour dates, you will be taken to the play’s FB page, where the graphic is more legible.

      https://bagpipe.news/2022/04/18/thunderstruck-the-play-scottish-tour-2022/

      I guess finishing off with this is appropriate. AC/DC was his favourite band.

      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_EwDlUHoDFo

    53. sarah says:

      @ Tinto: many thanks for the tutorial. I am clearly bottom of the class as I struggle to identify an url . However when I can give it my full attention I am sure it will become clear though I might have to come back for some further clarification…

    54. Brian Doonthetoon says:

      Hi Sarah.

      Whenever you’re on a web page, there is a long box at the top of your window, which contains text that starts with “https” or “http”.

      What you do is select all the text in that box then (Control and c – Windows) or (Command and c – Mac) to copy all that text to your built-in clipboard.

      Then, when you want to share that address in a comment, You press control and v (windows) or command and v (Mac) to paste the url in your comment, at the cursor position.

      Always check the preview below the ‘submit’ box, to make sure your comment is legible. Remember, you must not include the “https://” or “http://” in a YouTube url.

      Like this…

      Here’s a link you may enjoy.

      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aJ1OHRF8RwM

      I posted that link starting with “www.”, not “https://” but the WordPress system adds the “https://” to the published comment in the background.

    55. Saffron Robe says:

      Just popped by and noticed you’ve been talking about Billy Connolly so I thought I’d share my anecdote! Many years ago I went with a friend to see John Renbourn (of Pentangle) and Robin Williamson (of The Incredible String Band) at the Castlemilk Folk Festival as they were doing a tour together. The place was stowed and my friend and I were sitting on chairs which had been arranged along one of the side walls. I looked around the room and saw someone that looked like Billy Connolly sitting at the back. I nudged my friend and said, “Do you not think that man over there looks just like Billy Connolly?”, and my friend replied, “Yes, he does, because it is Billy Connolly!”. I didn’t realise at the time that he was a banjo player (having started out in a band) and also a big fan of The Incredible String Band. He was invited up on stage at one point and joined in with John and Robin on his banjo! As you say, Tinto, he was actually very good.

    56. Tinto Chiel says:

      BDTT: thanks anyway, Brian. It’s a strange problem. I may have to consult one of the Apple “geniuses” in their Glesca shop.

      Lovely tune and performance in that tribute and the Thunderstruck performance on the bagpipes was astonishing: amazing technique.

      Re the C-word, we met a quite refined lady while on holiday in France who used the French version con/conne a couple of times while referring to a neighbour. This surprised us a bit but it seemed to equate roughly to “silly bitch” rather than the full strength version.

      @Saffron Robe: this is the clip I think Daisy Walker posted here a while ago.

      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mHaLItu2Hf0

      Last time I saw BC (or his double) was on the big march to The Meadows from Holyrood (remember when we had those?). He was sitting at the side of the road, watching the marchers go past rather wistfully, it seemed to me. Perhaps he was was experiencing a Damascene conversion or summat.

    57. Brian Doonthetoon says:

      Hi TC.

      I only found one video of Gordon performing “Thunderstruck” live but it didn’t include the start.

      Here it is onnyhoo, so you can checkout the fingerwork.

      BTW: it is said that he reintroduced ‘notebending’ to the bagpipes and increased the 9 note limitation.

      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Phy-_ko0zWU

    58. Dan says:

      Blackbirds to be added to the list of birds of prey after chomping on my strawberries before I could get the plants netted…
      Fortunately it looks like a bumper crop this year so losing just a few early ripe fruits ain’t too bad.
      Think I managed to squish so many sawfly caterpillars before they stripped the bushes bare that I’ll still get a good crop of black and gooseberries.

      @ BDtt
      My old man made bagpipes and he helped develop and then made keyed chanters (think like keys on a clarinet) so extra note holes could be drilled in the chanter that previously the fingers could not reach to cover.
      Not the best sound quality in this vid of Niteworks at Barrowlands but he made the chanter / pipes being played in this clip. 😉

      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UcYPIjp5Bpc

    59. sarah says:

      Off topic has become very lively while I’ve been otherwise occupied!

      Brian, thank you for the guidance on what an url is. I will report back idc. And I did enjoy that clip, by the way.

      Musing on Billy Connolly after watching how he got such a funny act out of a phrase in a recipe book, I remembered a joke that always makes me giggle. He would be asking members of the audience where they were from and say something amusing. The bit that cracks me up is when he asks “Is there anyone here from Fife?”. Audience member “Aye”. BC “Your bananas are terrible.” Oh dear, giggling again..

      @ Tinto, was that the October 2019 march that you saw BC watching? I was in that march as well. Happy days.

    60. Tinto Chiel says:

      Not sure the exact date but it was the one which went up a bit of the Royal Mile and ended up in The Meadows. Bumped into Big Ronnie, BDTT and Krew near the Parliament building.

      Last one I was on about six weeks ago in Glasgow barely filled Gibson Street, which isn’t a long one. Nicky’s great as a balloon burster, innit? I

    61. sarah says:

      Yup definitely the October 2019 one. I preferred the route the year before from Johnson’s [Terrace?] below the castle down the whole way to Holyrood and the park beyond. Jampacked, and loads of people on Arthur’s Seat with saltires. Lovely weather too!

      And yes Nicola has been a complete disaster for Scotland – toothless except against our own. Criminal. Incompetent. I could go on but you know it all.

    62. Tinto Chiel says:

      I remember JGedd and I on here a while back discussing our independent face-to-face encounters with her. We both experienced her Death Stare and her iceberg behind a force field demeanour, with no small talk/social skills. I thought it was because, as a white middle-aged male, I would be regarded as of no consequence and a vile agent of the patriarchy but JGedd is a womb-bearer and got the same impression of her, IIRC.

      Don’t know quite was psychological classification to place her in but I’m working on it.

    63. Brian Doonthetoon says:

      Hi Sarah.

      Here are three more from ‘Derek and Clive Live’.

      The first is a gentle love song. Sung by Dudley Moore as Derek.

      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mVdctus20c8

      The second is a tragedy ballad, again sung by Derek.

      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_ZEEgIti8sM

      Lastly, ‘famous coloured singer’, Bo Duddley, explains the meaning of the lyrics of his song.

      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Vj3U1DQurew

    64. sarah says:

      Socrates MacSporran has said several times that he worked with her uncle and she is just like him but I can’t remember what it was specifically that was “off” about the uncle. Others have said that things had to be done her way and that she didn’t hesitate to tell people with far more experience that they were wrong.

      Narcissist and sociopath seem to fit.

    65. Brian Doonthetoon says:

      Hi Sarah.

      You typed,
      “Others have said that things had to be done her way and that she didn’t hesitate to tell people with far more experience that they were wrong.”

      We have a guy like that at work just now. So disruptive. He thinks because he was a “manager”, that gives him the right to nitpick the work of others, who have been in the job a lot longer than he.

      I’ve been a manager but I wouldn’t presume to be more correct than my current line manager in my thinking.

      I think “narcissist” is nearest the mark.

    66. Tinto Chiel says:

      @Sarah: probably my own diagnosis (Tinto Chiel , M.D. Third Class, Univy. of Rockall, 1972). Personality By-Pass may be a contributory factor in her condition.

      Sadly Socrates has given up since The Rev put the site into cold storage, like many other entertaining contributors.

      May The Force be with you.

    67. Tinto Chiel says:

      @BDTT: just caught up with your Derek and Clive cavalcade of utter filth. Their “back-catalogue” on YouTube does indeed cause a sharp intake of breath at times, but Free Speech is always much better than No Speech, which is where we are all headed with the Online Harms legislation (and other Tory attacks on freedom).

      D&C outrage the mim-moued, pearl-clutching, offence-junky creeps (and governments who wish to increase their authoritarian control over us) who hypocritically on the sly wish to censor anyone who defends free speech and challenges their Woke Lunacy and other Holy Cows.

    68. Tinto Chiel says:

      MTS: Elvis C warned us over forty years ago.

      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ilN9SpD6Y_Q

    69. sarah says:

      @ Tinto: I am as well-qualified as you, medically, but am in a good run at the moment. I diagnosed my husband via googling his symptoms as having fibro-myalgia this week – he told the GP that this is my view and she replied “oh, fibro-myalgia is rather difficult to diagnose”!! She very kindly didn’t ask Peter what medical qualifications I had. The University of Google might not have impressed her.

      @ BDTT: all in the best possible taste, of course. But are there any satirist comics around now to match Dud and Pete, or John Bird and Fortune?

    70. Brian Doonthetoon says:

      Hi Sarah.

      You typed,
      ” But are there any satirist comics around now to match Dud and Pete, or John Bird and Fortune?”

      I think Ricky Gervais came close recently.

      He cleverly repeated the Trans-activists mantras, without comment. Result? Trans-activists going doo-lally at his “anti-trans” stance (in their eyes). Watch these two short videos.

      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yI6qvQtrTU8

      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1g583LTGUc0

    71. sarah says:

      Hi Brian,

      Yes Ricky Gervais is good, and that trans activists piece spot-on. But what a life – fancy having to defend yourself for a comedy routine that used his critics own words.

    72. Brian Doonthetoon says:

      Hi Sarah.

      Typing about contemporary comedians…
      Apart from being an excellent musician, Bill Bailey has a sharp mind when it comes to comedy.

      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dwaxWoJPUC0

      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GcaPABgew_k

      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zcKT0-m8Oe0

    73. Brian Doonthetoon says:

      I’m juss gonna type…

      If Lidl and Aldi capitulate like Tesco did (removed their own brand of “Iron Brew”) I will go back to Whisky and Lemonade.

      If Lidl can produce “Iron Brew” for 49p for 2 litres, Barr’s are profiteering, costing around £1.50.

      There…. typed.

    74. Brian Doonthetoon says:

      I have Gogglebox on E4 as my background video bubblegum.

      Here’s an idea for STV: do a remake of “Baywatch”, located at Wemyss Bay Beach. A sort of “Take the sea road”.

      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oeGPpwFpIAA



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