I took the opportunity to take a trip to Gozón (between Aviles and Gijón). Whilst I was there I heard a local radio station playing Asturian bagpipe (gaita) music.
This made me think about bagpipes. Some people hate the sound, some people love it. I have visited the bagpipe museum next to IES El Piles. I found it very interesting. I discovered that bagpipes are very important to Asturian culture. It appears that when times are hard, people look to their local traditions for strength.
There are lots of cultures that have bagpipes. I thought I would share a little bit about what bagpipes mean to Scottish culture. One of the most interesting things I know about Scottish bagpipes, is that they have been played in very difficult and dangerous times.
During the first world war, Scottish soldiers 'went over the top' (they exited trenches [trincheras]) to the sound of bagpipes. Look at this movie clip:
Also, in the second world war, there was a very famous story of a Scottish bagpiper playing on the beaches of Normandy, whilst getting shot at! His name was Piper Bill Millin. Here is an interview with him. He is from Glasgow in Scotland. He has a very strong accent. I don't think you will be able to understand anything he says!