There arrived on Insider's desk a handsome greeting-card-type
invitation whose cover showed a band of Arabian pipers standing in
front of the 600-passenger Maxim Gorky at the port in Dubai.
"Listen to the Adventure," read the cover line, and when we opened
the card, we were momentarily startled by the strains of bagpipe
music issuing from a little doodad inside the card. The card is from the
Dubai Department of Tourism and Commerce Marketing, inviting us to
visit its booth at the Seatrade Cruise Shipping Convention in Miami
March 3 to 7. The bagpipe music goes on for about eight bars, and,
as if that weren't enough, a couple of bars along, a ship's horn
(the Maxim Gorky's, presumably) sounds a long, discordant blast.
Now, we hadn't known there was such a thing as Arabian pipe music,
but the tune sounded oddly familiar. After a couple of hearings, we
realized this was because it sounded suspiciously similar to "The
Wearin' o' the Green," which is, of course, to the bagpipe what
"Lady of Spain" is to the accordion.