Are bagpipes annoying?

Szabo GaborStarred Page By Szabo Gabor, 13th Nov 2010 | Follow this author | RSS Feed
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I read some interesting articles and heard strange opinions about bagpipes. Lots of them say this is a very annoying sound. Here is an interesting story.

Pro and contra

Fergus Maclean, a professional piper, has packed his bags. Not only has he decided to move house, but he is emigrating to America after his neighbours in Dundee made several complaints about noise pollution. Never has he known anything like it. What Mr Maclean feels upset about is the fact that people call his music "noise pollution'. 'It's this that really gets to me,' fumes Mr Maclean 'I mean, the pipes are our national instrument, aren't they? It's not surprising that a lot of our best pipers go to live abroad.' Seldom have bagpipes caused such conflict. Mr Maclean's neighbours claimed that they were literally being driven mad by the noise. Had they known that their neighbour was a piper, one couple said, they wouldn t have moved into the street ".Ail we want to do is forget the sound of bagpipes!' they said.

No sooner had they moved in than the noise began to drive them mad. Mr Maclean practised for five hours a day and rarely did they get a chance to have a lie-in in the morning Neither could they read a book at home without wearing earplugs! In the end. the local council took action. It was only after careful consideration that we gave Mr Maclean a warning; a council spokesman said "What counts as noise pollution is not clearly defined - there is no difference between someone playing the bagpipes and loud rock music."


Annoying, Argument, Arguments, Bagpipe, Moving, Music, Neighbours, Opinions, Scotland, Twittley

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I like reading, writing and sharing interesting articles. My favourite topics: environment, animals, plants, science, technology, useful tips and mysteries. Now I’m learning natural science at the university.

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author avatar Denise O
16th Nov 2010 (#)

Funny as it might seem, I actually like the sound of the bagpipes. Good article.
Congrats on the star page, it is well deserved.
Thank you for sharing.:)

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author avatar James R. Coffey
29th Dec 2010 (#)

I love bagpipes. I heard Glen Campbell play them once and it brought tears.

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