Apparently the U.S. Government has confiscated the bagpipes of two 17-year-olds who came to compete at the Maxville Highland Games, even though they had all the required documentation to transport their antique ivory-embellished pipes back into the U.S. afterward. These were sentimentally valuable pipes that had been handed down in their families and are irreplaceable. I think all the pipers in Ontario should gather around the U.S. Consulate on University Avenue in Toronto and play until the pipes are returned to their owners. There are thousands of us...we could spell each other off a few hundred at a time.
And a few minutes later...it looks like the boys are getting their pipes back eventually, just in time -- hopefully -- for the world championship. Lots of protest from the piping community, 3,000 names on a petition, and offers from other musicians to lend them their pipes in case they didn't get them back in time for the competition.
Man, you don't fiddle with a fellow's bagpipes!