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Machine Gun Bagpipes
Of course 007 trivialises the device with his mockery, but the bagpipes that turn into a machine gun and even a flame thrower are a far better use of the instrument than as an instrument (apologies to anybody that likes the racket they make, no disrespect intended).
The Scottish Highlands HQ is a getaway location for Mi6 while the painters and decorators are sorting out their Vauxhall Bridge premises.
Unhappy to have to take all his work so far away, Q is understandably snippy as James visits him in his temporary Q Branch office.
History of Bagpipes
Shortly after the Scottish National Party leader Alex Salmond became Scotland's First Minister in 2011, he used his new power to steal a secret weapon called The Bagpipes. He then devised a plan to rid his country of English people with the noise of a million bagpipes. The then prime minister of the United Kingdom David Cameron, was said to be a man who would do a U-Turn on any political ideology and although he misread the threat and believed it to be just one bagpipe he still agreed to a referendum over whether to build a giant wall between England and Scotland, which no-one that spoke intelligible English was allowed to cross northwards.
Actually, they are my early notes for a Bond movie.
The real history of bagpipes is another one of those apocryphal tales that all sorts of nations claim historical ownership. To be fair, it is only the hard of hearing people of those nations that are claiming historical reference.
The Oxford History of Music claims that a sculpture of bagpipes has been found on a Hittite slab at Eyuk in the Middle East, dated to 1000 BC. It is also claimed that Roman Emperor Nero played a pipe, but he could have just smoked one.
An excerpt from the 1380 book, a Canterbury Tales reads: A baggepype wel coude he blowe and sowne, And ther-with-al he broghte us out of towne.
There are also reference throughout Europe, although there is no physical evidence of bagpipes until the 18th century.
The bag is an airtight reservoir for the containment of air. It is generally made out of Gore-Tex or other synthetic materials, but originally, inflated air bags made of the skin of animals such as goats, cows and even dogs.
The air enters the bag via a blowpipe or a bellows type of pipe inlet. A further pipe, with a Chanter Reed at the top, is called the Melody Pipe, which is generally played with two hands. There is a further pipe that is not usually played with the fingers but produces a constant note throughout play. It is called The Drone. Yes, The Drone.
you can buy a junior set of bagpipes for as little as £20. You can also pay up to a £1,000 for a quality set. The biggest producer of what is a worldwide instrument, is Pakistan, where the manufacture of bagpipes is worth more than £7m a year.