Being savaged by Street Kelpies in Perth, Scotland

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  1. Ermintrude

    Ermintrude Existential pixelfixer

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    Some impressive sights seen last night, at Perth's Norrie-Miller Walk Week (the Rabbie Burns themed launch event).

    The street-theatre costumed Kelpies on stilts were great.... 15403615_1225138644247159_6782086165179338903_o.jpg
    (not my pictures
    , because it was too dark)
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    And, also: not my video, it's the same venue a few weeks back, because the weather yesternight was too wet....but, it helps give a feel for the surreal context within which the Norrie walk was held. Just imagine this, but being much-busier, filled with numerous semi-traumatised children, more searchlight beams, small battallions of bagpipers, and girls breathing fire whilst dancing with hand-fans made from flaming arrows.

    An untypical (but not impossible) late January night in Scotland...

     
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    skinny ____Dál gCais___

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    Just wanted to say I love this thread title.


    Reading into it, there's Gaelic script on offer and I'm delving for that. Are you a Scot, Erms?
     
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    Yes, the Intruder, is a Scot. My knowledge of Lallans Scots language is much better than my Gaelic, but whilst I live, I shall learn.
     
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    A link to Ariel Killick's Celtic amazing street-theatre website 'Tàt Neo-Eisimeiliach Sona'
    http://www.independentstateofhappiness.com/index.php/en/

    She is keeper of the Street Kelpies.

    Note that there are a number of language view-options for her website, Irish Gaeilgh, Scots Gàedhlig and English.
     
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    Iris Great Old One

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    When I saw the title I was thinking it was Australian cattle dog kelpies, lol
     
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    Coal Gone full 'folk festival'

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    'It was a warm wind and high tide..."
     
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    As kelpies are water horses I figured street kelpies were just horses.
     
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    Ermintrude Existential pixelfixer

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    Yes, well, human/horse stage hybrids...they were about 8ft tall, due to their pneumatic/sprung stilt-legs, and the horse-eyes were dim LEDs. The overall 'flesh' colour was blue-black.

    Remarkably-unsettling, even when you were tall enough (unlike the kids) to see the human operator:artistes within/behind them.

    Much-more edgy than an 'armless olde English 'Obby 'Oss.

    Typically Scottish: different/familiar/strange and visciously-honest.
     
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    I love you! :kiss:
     
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    How wonderful- thanks so much for sharing :)
     
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    Ah, right .....Jethro! Now I see what you meant. I couldn't place it, but it looked familar. From 'Stormwatch'...

    There was a warm wind with the high tide
    On the south side of the hill,
    When a young girl went a-walking
    And I followed with a will
    Good day to you, my fine young lady
    With your lips so sweetly full
    May I help you comb your long hair
    Sweep it from that brow so cool?

    Up, ride with the kelpie
    I'll steal your soul to the deep
    If you don't ride with me while the devil's free,
    I'll ride with somebody else

    Well I'm a man when I'm feeling
    The urge to step ashore
    So I may charm you, not alarm you,
    Tell you all fine things, and more

    Up, ride with the kelpie
    I'll steal your soul to the deep
    If you don't ride with me while the devil's free
    I'll ride with somebody else

    Say goodbye to all your dear kin,
    For they hate to see you go
    In your young prime, to this place of mine
    In the still loch far below

    Up, ride with the kelpie
    I'll steal your soul to the deep
    If you don't ride with me while the devil's free,
    I'll ride with somebody else

    Jethro Tull
     

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