of kilts and bagpipes

some of the pranks green day has pulled on other bands
  • kaiser chiefs: green day brings an entire jazz band onto the stage during their set.
  • prima donna: crashes their set with toilet paper, confetti, booze, and costumes. also filled their dressing with smoke and confetti.
  • franz ferdiand: gets a bunch of random guys to play bagpipes onstage to while wearing kilts. also toilet paper flies everywhere.
  • jet: green day goes onstage dressed up as animals with a bunch of male strippers. the male strippers start taking their clothes off onstage.
  • the bravery: popcorn, mascots, male strippers, and toilet paper everywhere. the bravery actually got revenge on green day by “recreating” woodstock 94 and having mud flying around during their set.
  • rise against: tre cool brings a foosball table onstage and starts playing it with the band members during their show.
  • billy talent: tre cool gets the sound people to create a loud bang during the song “rusted from the rain”. the entire band gets really scared but then laugh after realizing it was tre pranking them.
  • paramore: same thing as billy talent. tre cool creates an unexpected explosion. 
  • 30 seconds to mars: this was at a music festival so they weren’t even technically playing with green day but tre (obviously) decided to prank them anyways. he goes onstage dressed up as jared leto and starts banging cymbals while dancing around the stage.
  • afi: green day comes onstage in the middle of their set dressed in animal mascot costumes.
  • my chemical romance: had a huge garbage bag full of popcorn above the stage that opened during mcr’s set, covering everything with popcorn. every time gerard way tried to say something into his microphone, a loud explosion would interrupt him. green day then proceeds to come onstage, fighting each other with light sabers.
  • jimmy eat world: green day would randomly set off concussion light blasts in the middle of songs.
  • the interrupters: green day crashed their set while in costume and tried blindfolding all the band members and putting tape over their mouths while the interrupters were trying to sing. 

there are more but these are some of my favourite ones. this band is honestly out of control.

#4 with Chibs

@mayyoustay-foreveryoung as requested :D


You had known all of the Sons for quite a while socially, but this time you were here on business. Your car was in at TM, getting fixed, and you were just coming by to see whether the mechanics were done with it. It was evening, but Chibs had agreed to keep the garage open a little later than usual for you as a favour. While you got along with everybody, you’d always gotten along best with the Scotsman, so you were looking forward to seeing him one-on-one, a rare occurrence as usually he was surrounded by the other club members.

Still, nothing could have prepared you for what you found as you walked across the compound towards the garage. 

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True bravery

Not directly related to Outlander - but I was reminded recently of a true story of outstanding courage and bravery. It will give you chills.

A few years ago, a man named Bill Millin died. You don’t know his name - there’s no reason for you to - but he played a small role in perhaps *the* most crucial battle in the history of modern warfare.

You see, Bill Millin was a piper. A Scotsman, who - apart from one remarkable day - led a mostly quiet, normal life. But he landed with the British Army at Normandy, on D-Day, wearing his father’s kilt, armed with nothing but his bagpipes and sgian dhu. He played his bagpipes as the soldiers stormed the beach. He walked around on the beach, playing his pipes, as the British Army attacked the Germans. Just like his ancestors had played bagpipes on battlefields. He gave his countrymen strength. Gave them comfort, as they died. Gave them a reminder of home.

Take a second to think about how brave that is. How brave he was. And how amazing it is that he survived.

And what’s even more amazing about this - and this is the tiny tie-in to Outlander - is that he was commanded by Simon Fraser, Lord Lovat. Yes, *that* Fraser of Lovat.

Here is an excerpt from his obituary in the Washington Post. Read the whole thing, Google him even. There are some adorable interviews of older Bill on YouTube.

What a class act Mr. Millin was. An example of such bravery, amid something so terrible. True heroism.

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Dressed in the kilt his father wore in World War I and armed with only a ceremonial dagger, Mr. Millin was a 21-year-old soldier attached to the 1st Special Service Brigade led by Simon Fraser, better known by his Scottish clan title, Lord Lovat.

As Lovat’s personal piper, Mr. Millin played rousing renditions of “Highland Laddie” and “Road to the Isles,” energizing the advancing troops and comforting the men whose last moments were spent on foreign soil.

“I shall never forget the skirl of Bill Millin’s pipes,” one Normandy survivor, Tom Duncan, later told the London Daily Telegraph. “It reminded us of home and why we were fighting for our lives and those of our loved ones.”

Despite the racket going on around him, Mr. Millin’s music was heard up and down the coastline. It was so loud, in fact, that one soldier told him to knock it off unless he wanted all the Germans in France to hear of the invasion.

Mr. Millin was the only bagpiper to take part in Overlord, because British high command had banned pipers from the front to reduce casualties.

“Ah, but that’s the English war office,” Lovat told Mr. Millin. “You and I are both Scottish, and that doesn’t apply.”

Marching along the crater-pocked sand was oddly a “relief,” Mr. Millin later said, compared with the boat ride to the shore, which had made him seasick.

Despite his brigade’s heavy casualties – nearly half of the 1,400 commandos were killed – Mr. Millin survived without a scratch. (His pipes, however, were wounded by shrapnel after a mortar round landed beside him. Luckily, it was a superficial injury, and Mr. Millin patched his pipes up and carried on.)

Mr. Millin’s unit eventually captured two German snipers whose pinpoint fire had wiped out many in the Allies’ advance. When asked through an interpreter why the snipers hadn’t aimed for Mr. Millin, whose blaring bagpipes would have made him an easy target, the prisoners had a simple answer.

The German snipers didn’t bother, they said, because the man making all that noise seemed to be on a suicide mission and was clearly mad. 

Catatan dari Edinburgh

Saat singgah di kota yang menjadi latar tempat novel Ayat-Ayat Cinta 2 ini, saya tinggal di rumah adik kelas saya. Niatnya untuk kembali merajut tali silaturahmi yang mulai kendur lantaran sudah lama tak bersua, bonusnya adalah menghemat biaya perjalanan. Hati-hati, jangan dibalik ya niatnya. :D

Adik kelas saya ini kini sudah menikah, dikaruniai seorang putri jelita. Karakternya masih sama seperti empat tahun lalu saat saya terakhir berjumpa dengannya: keibuan, pembawaannya tenang, dan kebiasaannya yang suka berkreasi.

Saat di kampus dulu, saya mengenal ia sebagai pribadi yang sangat aktif. Rapat organisasi ini, ketemuan sama pengurus itu, ngerjain program kerja ini, dll. Kini, saat menyandang gelar sebagai istri dan ibu, bukan berarti ia membungkam semua potensinya lantas berleha-leha di dalam rumah. Meski secara tampak luar ia hanya “membuntuti” suami yang sedang S3, tapi ternyata ia sendiri tak berhenti belajar. Demi menambah pengetahuan agama, ia mengikuti Islamic lectures online, semacam kuliah online yang ada ujiannya juga. Anak balitanya pun sudah ia biasakan dekat dengan sumber ilmu sejak kecil. Katanya, kalau si kecil sudah mulai agak bosan dan pengen jalan-jalan, ia biasanya mengajak buah hatinya itu jalan-jalan ke museum! Masya Allah, two thumbs up! (y) (y)

Saya belajar bahwa ketika seorang perempuan menjelma menjadi seorang istri dan ibu, tidak berarti bahwa ia bebas untuk berhenti belajar. Justru semangat belajarnya harus meningkat, karena ia menyandang peran strategis nan mulia yaitu istri dan ibu peradaban.

National Museum of Scotland, Edinburgh

Di samping itu, saya juga mengamati keluarga kecil ini benar-benar mempertimbangkan lokasi tempat tinggalnya. Sudah menjadi rahasia umum bahwa harga rumah di negeri Ratu Elizabeth ini menjulang tinggi, terlebih yang lokasinya dekat dengan pusat kota. Rumah keluarga kecil ini pun bisa dikategorikan yang dekat dengan pusat kota. Usut punya usut, alasan mereka memilih rumah di lokasi ini adalah agar dekat dengan masjid. Masya Allah! Selama saya tinggal di sana, sang suami memang tidak pernah absen berangkat ke masjid yang berjarak lima menit jalan kaki dari rumahnya. Tentu saja ada konsekuensi harga yang harus dibayar lebih, tapi rasanya keberkahan bertempat tinggal dekat dengan rumah Allah telah membayar semuanya.

Edinburgh Central Mosque

Saya menyadari bahwa tidak setiap kota di benua biru ini bisa didapati masjid dengan mudah seperti di Indonesia. Tapi jangan berkecil hati, dulu di zaman Nabi ada sahabat yang justru tidak mau memiliki rumah dekat dengan masjid. Loh, kenapa?

Ubay bin Ka'ab radhiyallahu ‘anhu bercerita : “Ada seseorang dari golongan sahabat Anshar yang saya tidak mengetahui seseorang pun yang letak rumahnya lebih jauh dari rumah orang itu dari masjid, tetapi ia tidak pernah terlambat shalat fardhu, ia pasti shalat berjamaah. 

Kepadanya dikatakan:  "Alangkah baiknya jikalau engkau membeli seekor keledai yang dapat engkau naiki di waktu malam gelap gulita serta di waktu teriknya panas matahari.” la menjawab: “Saya tidak senang kalau rumahku itu ada di dekat masjid, sesungguhnya saya ingin kalau jalanku sewaktu pergi ke masjid dan sewaktu pulang dari masjid untuk kembali ke tempat keluargaku itu dicatat pahalanya untukku.”

Masya Allah, ternyata ia ingin mendapat pahala yang lebih banyak dengan memanjangkan jarak jalannya dari rumah ke masjid karena sejatinya setiap bekas langkah kaki menuju ke masjid akan menuai kebaikan. Jadi sekarang tinggal perkara niat saja, memilih rumah dekat dengan masjid agar bisa berjamaah dengan mudah terutama di waktu-waktu yang ekstrim di musim panas (subuh pukul 03.30 dan isya pukul 23.30), atau memilih yang jauh untuk mendulang lebih banyak pahala berjalan menuju masjid.

“Seandainya mereka mengetahui keutamaan yang ada pada shala Isya’ dan shalat Shubuh, tentu mereka akan mendatanginya sambil merangkak.” (HR. Bukhari no. 615 dan Muslim no. 437)

Dari ibu kota Skotlandia ini, saya belajar dari keluarga kecil ini. Semoga Allah karuniakan keistiqomahan bagi mereka dan Allah mampukan kita untuk meneladani dan mencontoh kebaikan-kebaikan mereka. Tentang kotanya sendiri, rasa-rasanya tidak jauh berbeda dari kota di UK pada umumnya. Malah menurut saya kecantikan kota Cambridge belum terkalahkan oleh kota ini *gabisamoveondaricambridge*. Saya jadi berandai-andai, kalau saja Habiburrahman El Shirazy menjadikan Cambridge sebagai latar tempat novelnya, mungkin kita akan mendapati kombinasi cerita Ayat-Ayat Cinta 2 dan Harry Potter. Wkwkw.

Edinburgh’s features: a man with kilt and bagpipes, Calton Hill, Edinburgh Castle, Scott Monument in Princess Street

Scottish!Drake

This happened when after playing through the Scotland level in Uncharted 4, me and my friend decided that one of the cheat outfits for Drake definitely should be him in a kilt, with a glorious beard and carrying bagpipes. If he stands still too long he starts doing a Highland dance and he’ll say things like “my balls are frozen!” IDK just thought it was funny. I was going to draw his legs but ran out of space and do not even ask what is going on with the bagpipes I don’t even now where to begin xD.