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Piano Ceremony

Old 9th Dec 2019, 09:06
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Ish,

Memory is fading but one of those piccies seems to have been taken in the Kellar bar at Gutersloh.
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Old 9th Dec 2019, 09:56
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The second one is in the Keller bar and it might even be the same piano! As far as those reprobates are concerned, I deny any association
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Old 9th Dec 2019, 10:08
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Originally Posted by langleybaston View Post
Have Insurance actuaries worked out the Life Expectancy of a JoAnna in a Mess?
Death comes in many forms:
water [alcoholic]
Fire
Assault
Dropping from a great height
Launching

What is it about pianos that marks them for untimely death?
They don't live forever apparently so look upon it as euthanasia

https://www.bbc.com/news/magazine-19706812
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Old 9th Dec 2019, 10:21
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RAF Watton/Eastern Radar, early-mid 70s ... flaming pianos became quite common at major events. They were, however, specifically purchased from Noel Abel's Auctions, usually for about 5.

After a while, the tarmac driveway loop outside the Mess was a bit battered, and the surface studded with small blobs of molten lead.
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Old 9th Dec 2019, 10:39
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See yorkshiremushroom dot com for some happy memories
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Old 9th Dec 2019, 19:45
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Some years ago I was asked about piano burning by an American journalist. He had heard that the tradition had its basis in an edict issued in the 1920s or 30s that RAF officers should take piano lessons to improve their social skills, which had inspired such hatred that they eventually took their revenge on such instruments; was there any evidence for this? I could find none, and recalled that the early series of "It's a Knockout" had included races between two teams who each had to pass a piano through a hoop of (say) 2 ft diameter - clearly the quickest method involved sledgehammers... Might that have been an influence?
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Old 9th Dec 2019, 19:57
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I for one am absolutely outraged at this Burning Of Pianos - in some sort of RAF Ceremony dating back to God knows when.

But I also acknowledge that there are certain things in life that should not be explained or attempted to be explained. Like God...

This is one of them...

Good luck chaps....and thank you for your service.
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Old 9th Dec 2019, 20:27
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Eh? Burning pianos? Whatever next, books??
Behaviour like that will only confirm in normal peoples minds that the military are indeed a bunch of strange, moronic, self-entitled savages, that can only function in an artificial world of their own making.
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Old 9th Dec 2019, 20:30
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Eh? Burning pianos? Whatever next, books??
Behaviour like that will only confirm in normal peoples minds that the military are indeed a bunch of strange, moronic, self-entitled savages, that can only function in an artificial world of their own making.
Get on that Private Jet of yours and fly it up to a great height...and then open the doors - for further enlightenment...
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Old 9th Dec 2019, 20:53
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Do I vaguely remember (late '50's early '60's) the odd piano being "cat" launched from Eagle/Ark Royal - or is it just old age again?

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Old 9th Dec 2019, 21:36
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Originally Posted by Private jet View Post
Eh? Burning pianos? Whatever next, books??
Behaviour like that will only confirm in normal peoples minds that the military are indeed a bunch of strange, moronic, self-entitled savages, that can only function in an artificial world of their own making.
Serious error: the army have no tradition of piano euthanasia, not even the AAC.
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Old 9th Dec 2019, 21:42
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Originally Posted by langleybaston View Post
Serious error: the army have no tradition of piano euthanasia, not even the AAC.
My apologies. To be clear, the RAF.
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Old 10th Dec 2019, 09:13
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There was a much travelled (by helicopter) piano in Norway.

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Old 10th Dec 2019, 09:18
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Bill Macgillivray - not sure when the RN might have launched the first piano but there was an occurrence in the late 70's when 892 Squadron returned to Ark Royal with the Leuchars Officers Mess piano which was indeed launched! There was also this clip from an evening tv showhttps://l.facebook.com/l.php?u=https...mk_pASCIv0VEuA

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Old 10th Dec 2019, 10:22
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I would imagine the launch strop would have cost more than the piano.
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There used to be a piano dealer in Stamford who became very familiar with RAF 'traditions' (habits?) re pianos. A telephone enquiry would normally be answered thus:

"Good morning. We'd like to buy a piano"

"Certainly Sir. Are you RAF?"

"Why yes. Why do you ask?

"Do you need a 'player' or a 'burner' Sir"
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Old 10th Dec 2019, 12:07
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And then there was the party where a piano-shaped stack of pallets was set alight. This, together with shouts of "isn't that your piano" should have been enough. Oh yes, there was also the cleverly concealed forklift that would pick up the real piano, move it behind the cloth backdrop and out of sight. If only we could have had a real forklift driver who could have kept the piano on the forks during the turn....
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