the famous pipe

The down side of coming off of nights is that the first day off is a bit of a waste.

I did a bit early evening getting out of the house and playing some Pokemon, while doing that I enjoyed a bowl of Carter Hall in my Bing.

It’s just gone midnight now and unwinding with another nice Partagas Cigar and some Famous Grouse.


Happy Birthday Barbara Dickson, born September 27th 1948 in Dunfermline

Barbara earned her initial reputation during the 60s as part of Scotland’s flourishing folk scene. An accomplished singer, she tackled traditional and contemporary material and enjoyed a fruitful partnership with Archie Fisher.
In the 70s she reached a wider audience and became more of a “mainstream” artist appearing in Willy Russell’s John, Paul, George, Ringo… And Bert, a successful London West End musical. 

She went on to have her first top 10 single in 1976 with ‘Answer Me’,  later releases, ‘Another Suitcase In Another Hall’and ‘January February’ also saw her chart appearing as a resident “guest” singer on the Two Ronnies. 

In 1983, the Dickson/Russell combination scored again when she won a Laurence Olivier Award for her portrayal of Mrs. Johnstone in his widely applauded musical Blood Brothers. Dickson maintained her popularity through assiduous television and concert appearances and in 1985 had a number 1 hit with ‘I Know Him So Well’, a duet with Elaine Paige from the London musical Chess. Its success confirmed Dickson as one of the countries top singers.
As well as singing Barbara has had success as an actress appearing in, amongst others Taggart and the gritty Band of Gold. Having spent a large portion of her career down south Barbara and her hubby, Oliver Cookson who works as an Assistant Director in television for the BBC recently returned to Scotland and live in Edinburgh. 

I’ve chosen the haunting McCrimmon’s Lament toshowcaseBarbara Dicksons voice, sung at the Albert Hall, unacompanied, not many singers would have the guts to do that!   

I thought my Outlander followers might like to know more about the song, MacCrimmon’s Lament (“Cumha mhic Criomein”) .It is a famous pipe tune composed by Donald Bàn MacCrimmon. It is said that it was written when the Clan MacLeod, led by their chief, rallied to cause of Bonnie Prince Charlie in the Jacobite Uprising of 1745/46. MacCrimmon supposedly had a premonition that he and many of the clan would not return from the fighting. That proved to be the case, as MacCrimmon was killed in a skirmish near Moyhall and many of the clan perished at Culloden.

It is believed that the words to the tune were written by Dr Norman Macleod. Certainly, they were first seen in print in a Gaelic article written by Dr Macleod in 1840 in “Fionn”, the Celtic Monthly.

Cause he’s not this but that!

La trahison des images (The Threachery of Images or The Treason of Images) is a painting by the Belgian surrealist painter René Magritte, created around 1928-1929. The description of the work is very “simple”: it can be seen the image of a pipe with the inscription “ceci n’est pas une pipe” (“this is not a pipe”).

The explanation of this contradiction is given by the same Magritte:

“The famous pipe. How people reproached me for it! And yet, could you stuff my pipe? No, it’s just a representation, is it not? So if I had written on my picture ‘This is a pipe’. I’d have been lying.” (From: Wikipedia)

Then the representation can’t be taken for the real thing. The painting and the reality are two things very different. This idea is a manifest against realism of XIX century. And this is not all. The initiation of the thesis can be traceable in the Allegory of the Cave by Plato and his theory of Forms or Ideas that holds the reality just can be represent by forms (ideas). It is the reason which Plato expelled the poets of his ideal republic. But past is not the only way that this can be found. The phrase of the philosopher and mathematician Alfred Korzybski (“The map is not the territory”) and the theory of simulation and hyperreality by French philosopher Jean Baudrillard are another example, in different areas of knowledge, of this position where A is not A, not matter how similar they are.

The reformulations of this singular and sometimes confused theory are very varied. Just an example more (the most fun that I found). One special person in April’s Fool 2017 illustrated and take further the “ceci n’est pas une pipe” of Magritte. Shinhwa member Jun Jin published in his official Twitter the photos with inscriptions very similar and different at the same time with those of the Belgian painter.

[April’s Fool Notif] This person is not an actual person. It’s CG.

[April’s Fool Notif] This person is not an actual person. It’s a doll.

[April’s Fool Notif] This person is not a celebrity. He’s a Vapp staff.

[April’s Fool Notif] This person is not a celebrity nor a Vapp staff either. He’s a billiard player.

The result of this series is really funny, strange and broke rules. More cause the star is always [April’s Fool Notif], an obvious wink of the joke that he plays with SHCJ, but one can’s stop of thinking that is “not” and “is” is the expression of possibilities that each person can have in the life. Fortunately, Jun Jin “is” a celebrity, a beautiful person and not only, he’s too the smile and dream of a lot of people around the world.

And a last joke.

This person is not Jun Jin is Park Choong Jae.

(All translations in english of the tweets of JunJin account belong to hearts-shinhwa. Creds. of photos in the photos itself, if is not there and you know how is the owner, tell me for giving the credit. If you notes that there are some errors, please make me knows. Thank you) 


Tati’s ‘Mr Hulot’ and Chaplin’s 'Charlot’ are two of a different kind.

Closely observed, Hulot seems to be an inside-out Charlot from every possible angle…

- pipe vs cigarette
- short pants vs way too big pants
- never centered, nor in the frame, nor storywise vs the center of all things going wrongfully
- umbrella vs cane stick
- leaning forward vs leaning backwards
- tall, mannered vs short, trampy

In an interview, Tati himself talked about how he had an inside out Chaplin in mind when creating Hulot.

Michel Chion:
“Hulot is the guy you recognize because he was in the same barracks as you, even though he never became a close friend. He gives you the illusion of familiarity, which really doesn’t exist. He develops into a real person only when you bump into him by accident one night… By creating Hulot, Tati aims to re-establish a distance. From the start, Hulot is someone who exists only in the eyes and mouths of the beholder. He is someone who awakens suspicion or amused attention… Hulot is a blurred man, a passer-by, a Hulotus errans.”


MYTHOLOGY MEME:  Pan, Greek Mythology. 

In Greek religion and mythology, Pan (/ˈpæn/; Ancient Greek: Πάν, Pan) is the god of the wild, shepherds and flocks, nature of mountain wilds, hunting and rustic music, and companion of the nymphs. His name originates within the Ancient Greek language, from the word paein (πάειν), meaning “to pasture.” He has the hindquarters, legs, and horns of a goat, in the same manner as a faun or satyr. With his homeland in rustic Arcadia, he is also recognized as the god of fields, groves, and wooded glens; because of this, Pan is connected to fertility and the season of spring. The ancient Greeks also considered Pan to be the god of theatrical criticism.

He is an excellent musician and plays the pipes. He is merry and playful frequently seen dancing with woodland nymphs. He is at home in any wild place but, is favorite is Arcadia, where he was born.

The god was a lover of nymphs, who commonly fled from his advances. Syrinx ran and was transformed into a clump of reeds, out of which the god crafted his famous pan-pipes.

Magritte- La Trahison des Images
Text reads: “This is not a pipe.”
René Magritte comments on it “The famous pipe. How people reproached me for it! And yet, could you stuff my pipe? No, it’s just a representation, is it not? So if I had written on my picture "This is a pipe”, I’d have been lying!“


This is a page from a lavishly illustrated copy of Meriadoc Brandybuck’s book Herblore of the Shire that was long held in the library at Brandy Hall. It illustrates the famous Pipe-weed in watercolor, with additional details of the flower, seed, dried leaves, pipe-weed pouch, and pipe in ink.

As I was painting this, I realized that this is the first Tolkien fan art I’ve done in about 20 years! I’ve re-read the books many times, but somehow never felt moved to art about them since my teen-fan years. The inspiration now comes from this Tolkien readalong, and “concerning Pipe-weed” is a prompt for the Prologue to FotR. I looked at some botanical illustrations and photos of Nicotiana Tabacum for reference, since Tolkien says pipe-weed is probably some species of Nicotiana.

(P.S. I’m new to watercolors and to photographing my watercolors, so I have a lot to learn about both!)


Behind the Scenes: Kermit the Frog Visits the Muppet Pipes

Can’t wait to have Kermit on the show tonight! In the meantime, watch him tour the famous Muppet Pipes backstage at Studio 6B in 30 Rock.