I sent a message to Billy the Pik on monday but it seems to have disappeared into a black void. I used Facebook where I have created my own area of mis-rule which may explain things.

I was merely enquiring about your daughter’s wedding last saturday and hoping everything went well for her and also for both Jo and you.

I also mentioned in a quiet kinda way that I had girded my loins and was preparing to attack the audio thingie after a little break to enjoy the rare sunshine in these parts.

I have had an idea (Oh shite, he’s had an idea) and thought it would be a good thing to have some suitable background music during the introduction to the audiobook.

I realise that you have a varied musical background and I was wondering if you included playing the bagpipes on your list of achievements with musical instruments.

I realise your nationality does not really fit, however, I am prepared to overlook that for old times sake. You could play a stirring march tune on the pipes that would inspire the wild mountain men to dig their claymores from their hidden places in the thatch and march southwards over the hills and preferably, far away.

Bear in mind that the story is about a young Scottish soldier (being recorded by an old Scottish soldier) leaving home, bound for foreign parts to serve on active service in a Scottish Infantry Regiment for The Queen of England. Stirring stuff eh?

Does this sound like something you could rise to? (pause for laughs).

Have a wee think and I will see you later.


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