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But I like bagpipes. Must mean I’m not a rat.

Tour bosses have come up with a way of frightening off rats on their trips round the historic drains of the Austrian capital Vienna – bagpipes.The Third Man tours – which walk the sewers made famous in Orson Welles’ cult film – were closed down after health and safety chiefs said the risk of rat bites was too great.Now they’re back on after organisers proved how the squeal of Scottish bagpipes from a kilted piper send the rats scurrying for cover.

via Quirky News | Orange UK.

May 27, 2010 Posted by | animals | , | Comments Off on But I like bagpipes. Must mean I’m not a rat.

NOISE?! Laddie, that’s PIPES! The music of Heaven!

Times Online

Their high-pitched skirl has put fear into the hearts of Scotland’s enemies and sent sensitive tourists reaching for the cotton wool.

Now, however, the bagpipes are to be quietened by an edict from Brussels.

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Beginning in April, bagpipes played in Belgium have to confine their volume to not more than 85 decibels. Could be a problem because a full bore pipe band can crank out more sound, 122 decibels, than a chain saw, 116 decibels. So the bands have been ordered to quiet down or wear ear plugs.

Who says? The European Union health and safety laws. What we would do without government agencies to look out for us and protect us from these big problems. Now those pipe bands that continually march up and down in front of all the houses in Belgium will no longer be a hearing threat to Belgians. (That’s cynicism, in case you missed it.)

Don’t these European Union health and safety guys have anything to do?

April 20, 2008 Posted by | Dumb Bureaucrats | , | Comments Off on NOISE?! Laddie, that’s PIPES! The music of Heaven!