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The Tattoo [Aug. 26th, 2006|06:41 pm]
Douglas Spencer
[Current Music |Massed Pipes and Drums: "Highland Cathedral"]

Yes, I'm watching the Edinburgh Military Tattoo on BBC1 at the moment. It's been too long since I've been to see it in real life: there isn't really anything that beats sitting on a little hard steel bench, in the open air, under torrential rain, being blasted with a wall of sound from half a thousand pipers, barely forty feet away ... unless it's sitting on a little plastic chair, alongside the wheelchair users and other attendants, in the open air, under a stream of steady dribbles of rainwater from the stand above you, and being blasted with a wall of sound from half a thousand pipers, the nearest of whom is immediately in front of you, eighteen inches away.

I miss it. Looks like they have a dry night on the telly.

[User Picture]From: mahlia
2006-08-26 05:58 pm (UTC)
I had a ticket to see the Tattoo back on the 4th, but as I had to cancel my holiday, I couldn't go. I really, really wanted to see it for real instead of just on the telly. Oh well... Another year...
At least I have a job now which makes future holidays more possible!

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[User Picture]From: ang_grrr
2006-08-26 06:23 pm (UTC)
I only caught the end of it. I've never seen it live but, then, I've been the poor bugger formation marching in the rain before now.
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[User Picture]From: ang_grrr
2006-08-26 06:37 pm (UTC)
Um. Obviously not in Edinburgh.
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[User Picture]From: mahlia
2006-08-27 03:05 am (UTC)
Yeah. I have too. I am a Tuba player so the rain fills up the bell and makes it even heavier than it normally is! One christmas parade it absolutely poured and so it now forever known as the Grace Bros Christmas Swim! Never done anything like the Tattoo, but have done the ANZAC day parades in the city for many, many years. Also did marching displays at the Rugby League and the Easter Show.
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