The Pipes, the Pipes Are Calling

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. Image 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.

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