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Re: A Word for the Day
« Reply #30 on: August 13, 2018, 12:18:46 AM »
Really, I've never heard a recording that does justice to hearing them in person. I've got a practice chanter, but that isn't nearly as impressive as an actual set of bagpipes. It's been a dream since childhood to have a set, but they're rather expensive.

I like bagpipes, the sound they make is...interesting. :grin: Do you know how to play them?
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Re: A Word for the Day
« Reply #31 on: August 13, 2018, 09:09:54 AM »
I can coax a tune out of a practice chanter, but that isn't the same as playing the pipes.
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Re: A Word for the Day
« Reply #32 on: August 13, 2018, 09:51:12 AM »
Really, I've never heard a recording that does justice to hearing them in person. I've got a practice chanter, but that isn't nearly as impressive as an actual set of bagpipes. It's been a dream since childhood to have a set, but they're rather expensive.

How much do they cost?
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Re: A Word for the Day
« Reply #33 on: August 13, 2018, 09:52:51 AM »
I paid the piper on Lindisfarne £20 to go and have lunch when I was there. Bloody racket!  >:(
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Re: A Word for the Day
« Reply #34 on: August 13, 2018, 02:48:47 PM »
How much do they cost?

An "inexpensive" set using plastic rather than wood for the pipes comes to a bit over £700. A proper set could run to between about £1200 to a couple thousand pounds. Of course if you shop around and get something made in Pakistan or whatever, it would be possible to undercut those prices.
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Re: A Word for the Day
« Reply #35 on: August 13, 2018, 02:58:02 PM »
How much do they cost?

An "inexpensive" set using plastic rather than wood for the pipes comes to a bit over £700 with VAT, excluding shipping. A proper set could run to a couple thousand pounds.

I trust the bag is no longer a bladder or stomach or anything else organic!

Hey, must be a market here for a kids' version using a balloon! Another way to drive adults mad!
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Re: A Word for the Day
« Reply #36 on: August 13, 2018, 04:24:03 PM »
How much do they cost?

An "inexpensive" set using plastic rather than wood for the pipes comes to a bit over £700. A proper set could run to between about £1200 to a couple thousand pounds. Of course if you shop around and get something made in Pakistan or whatever, it would be possible to undercut those prices.

I suppose it is hand made item with a limited market. But as you say not a trivial purchase.
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Re: A Word for the Day
« Reply #37 on: August 13, 2018, 06:15:39 PM »
How much do they cost?

An "inexpensive" set using plastic rather than wood for the pipes comes to a bit over £700. A proper set could run to between about £1200 to a couple thousand pounds. Of course if you shop around and get something made in Pakistan or whatever, it would be possible to undercut those prices.

I suppose it is hand made item with a limited market. But as you say not a trivial purchase.

There's a bagpiper who plays at one of the parks where we hike. He's very good. Still not a huge fan of the music...

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Re: A Word for the Day
« Reply #38 on: August 13, 2018, 06:28:10 PM »
I must admit that a full pipe and drum band can be moving - in the right place at the right time!
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Re: A Word for the Day
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Re: A Word for the Day
« Reply #40 on: August 15, 2018, 12:40:25 AM »
^ not a suitable cup for church groups or mixed company of the gentile variety.   :faints:

(I would like one of those cups, alas. )

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Re: A Word for the Day
« Reply #41 on: August 15, 2018, 02:08:37 AM »
That cup pretty well summarises most of the things people write that really bug me.
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Re: A Word for the Day
« Reply #42 on: September 06, 2018, 03:47:53 AM »
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Re: A Word for the Day
« Reply #43 on: September 06, 2018, 04:00:53 AM »


I've tried to find this translation. Where did you get it? I think it's funny as hell, but can't find the translation.

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Re: A Word for the Day
« Reply #44 on: September 06, 2018, 04:20:00 AM »
I've tried to find this translation. Where did you get it? I think it's funny as hell, but can't find the translation.

It showed up on my FB feed.

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The etymology of Cerberus' name is uncertain. Ogden[136] refers to attempts to establish an Indo-European etymology as "not yet successful". It has been claimed to be related to the Sanskrit word सर्वरा sarvarā, used as an epithet of one of the dogs of Yama, from a Proto-Indo-European word *k̑érberos, meaning "spotted".[137] Lincoln (1991),[138] among others, critiques this etymology. Lincoln notes a similarity between Cerberus and the Norse mythological dog Garmr, relating both names to a Proto-Indo-European root *ger- "to growl" (perhaps with the suffixes -*m/*b and -*r). However, as Ogden observes, this analysis actually requires Kerberos and Garmr to be derived from two different Indo-European roots (*ker- and *gher- respectively), and so does not actually establish a relationship between the two names.

Though probably not Greek, Greek etymologies for Cerberus have been offered. An etymology given by Servius (the late-fourth-century commentator on Virgil)—but rejected by Ogden—derives Cerberus from the Greek word creoboros meaning "flesh-devouring".[139] Another suggested etymology derives Cerberus from "Ker berethrou", meaning "evil of the pit".[140]

From: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cerberus

https://en.wiktionary.org/wiki/Cerberus

Apparently, the origin of Cerebrus' name is not at all certain. It would be funny as hell if it were 'Spot' or 'Spotted', though!
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