Friday, 23 September 2011
Gonnae No Dae That
In New Zealand Rugby World Cup organisers have banned the playing of bagpipes, purportedly because of the deafening noise of vuvuzelas at the 2010 Fifa World Cup in South Africa. I ask the New Zealanders to gonnae no dae that.
Scotland play Argentina on Sunday and this ludicrous decision needs to be reversed by then. What New Zealanders don't appear to understand is that the skirl of the pipes is what motivates our handsome, exquisite thighed team and withdrawing bagpipes will be like withdrawing water.
There are many examples of the haunting bagpipe music around but this one, of the four tenors singing within the walls of the Coliseum, is a fine example of how other countries embrace the little piece of Scottish culture.
So Kiwis, waken up. So much of your heritage is due to Scots who decided to move half way round the world. If the ban goes ahead I've been informed thousands of Scotland supporters will wave homemade placards depicting bagpipes and an unlimited number of Kiwi pipe bands will surround the area on Sunday. Now that would be a sight to behold - for a Scot anyway.