Volume XI Number 5 - May 2003


So the war is won; now all we have to do is win the peace...looks like Iraq, like Gaul, is to be divided into three parts - and NO POLISH JOKES!

Woodland was a disaster, but thanks to you who DID buy something from me, we stumble on.


gary Gifford, one of my students, has come up with an ingenious update of the Cannister, called the GIFFORD CARTRIDGE SYSTEM. It consists of three cylinders that attach directly to the drone stocks; each cartridge carries an absorbant 'charge' that is removable for drying. The cartridges are compact, no hoses, and your pipes will easily fit into a regular flight case without crushing. We've got them in stock at $59.95

Gary also has an ERGONOMIC MOUTHPIECE which slides over your regular blowstick and gives better purchase for those who suffer from mouth seal problems, only $14.95.

Not exactly new, but the PIPER'S PAL range of products is well-designed and will keep your reeds in tiptop shape, ready to play. I started using them last year and can't say enough about this great product line.

Last but not least, the BECKVALVE, from Robin Beck, a water trap/valve combination the pops into your blowstick stock. I've been playing one for a year now, and they're GREAT!

All these and more at our REEDS page!

Here's the Latest and Greatest hot off BMWGold. This tune was written in response to a nasty rumour going around, one that is COMPLETELY false:

Soundfile is at The Unjust Accusation tune page

Further details regarding this matter will be forthcoming in future issues.



Tick, Tock, Tick, Tock, WUSPBA'S reintroduced the clock.

The Chief Steward's big job it would seem.

Is to time all the bands and report to the "Queen".

Over, or under your allotment of time,

And you're disqualified and you won't get a dime.

Tick, Tock, Tick, Tock, WUSPBA and their ___ing clock!  

Tick, Tock, Tick, Tock, Time's also running on another clock.

Tick, Tock, Tick, Tock, Soon it'll be off with the "Queen's" head,

And yes the King's too.

Tick, Tock, Tick, Tock, Soon it'll be time

When Nonsense gets what's due,

Tick, Tock, Tick, Tock, Tick, Tock, Tick, Tock.

Black Part

Viva La Revolucion!  

No Prisoners!  No Prisoners!!


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