Latest EU directive for bashing musicians

Latest EU directive for bashing musicians

The latest crackpot directive from Brussels is to ban cow-gut (beef-gut) strings for violins etc. This is the Daily Mail’s take on it: (there are equivalent articles in the Daily Telegraph and elsewhere)
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2066989/Bach-ing-mad-EU-ban-orchestras-using-cow-gut-strings.html

Note that, as is not uncommon with the DM, the article soon fails to distinguish between beef-gut and the much more common sheep-gut strings, so that may muddy the issue for some readers.

The banning of the fairly recently developed cow-gut strings is unlikely to affect folk musicians, because cow-gut is for a very specialist niche in classical music, but the situation will become much more serious if the besuited buffoons in Brussels start applying such directives to sheep-gut strings. Sheep-gut core strings are used by many musicians in all types of music, including folk, and the covered Eudoxa brand has been a bench mark for as long as most of us can remember.

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I’m sorry, but I’m finding this really funny. For a start, it does look like the Italian government slipped up as regards the Italian dispensation.
Anyway, like you say, Trevor, sheep gut is by far the most commonly used.

The amusing thing is the way the right wing anti-EU press report these things - even more how the right wing gutter press differs from the less insane right wing press -

Daily Mail:

"Campaigners say that to catch mad cow disease, or Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease, from strings from an infected animal, you would need to swallow several yards of them."

The Telegraph:

"The craft is covered by the same strict controls on raw materials from cows, even though campaigners say that to catch Creutzfeldt – Jakob disease, (CJD) – the human form of bovine spongiform encephalopathy – from violin or cello strings from an infected animal you would need to eat several metres of them. "

No way the Daily Mail would stoop so low as to use metric measurements!


It will all come out in the wash.

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They haven’t even started on what you might catch from animal hide glue. A fiddle is a highly dangerous item and obviously should be banned forthwith (not so dangerous as imported drum skins though - people actually have died from anthrax spores)

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Also it seems beef gut is in production - for tennis racket strings. So something about this story doesn’t smell right.

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Bullocks.

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Yet another reason to ban the bodhran.

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Couldn’t we ask Fidkid to stock up in his Shoppe and sell us, strings made out of Quorn?

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I would ask the EU how many musicians or others have been recorded as catching these diseases from these kinds of string.

But any figures they produce wouldn’t be trustworthy. If there *were* any, they would probably be brought about by EU agents scurrying round great heaps and piles of snoring slumped musicians at festivals in the small hours and injecting them by the dozen with mad cow disease.

The result would be a wave of mad foaming accordionists. Strings players are smarter and would perk up and flee.

Time to get shot of them. I mean the EU, not the accordionists or strings players.

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Ha! EU bureauprats don’t worry me.

My strings are made of unicorn gut.

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Skreech, I do hope it’s not a white unicorn.

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wonder how the guts of EU directors would work?

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EU Directors don’t work. They just make work for everyone else.

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"Time to get shot of them. I mean the EU, not the accordionists or strings players."

It’s amazing that people talk about the EU as "them" - some remote bureaucracy, of which Britain is just an unfortunate victim, tagged on by the misdeeds of past government.
I wonder how many people with this picture in their heads have any idea how many British civil servants work for the EU….


"Ha! EU bureauprats don’t worry me.

My strings are made of unicorn gut."

Have there not been fairly recent EU moves to restrict equine products?

I reckon some of those unicorns are fed with steroids.

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So the actual story boils down to this:

Ten years ago the EU tried to prevent animal products containing a potentially lethal disease from entering the food chain, by controlling processing of them. Inadvertently, this regulation was allowed to apply to products that were not intended for consumption. National governments could modify the rules to avoid the problem, but they haven’t all done it. Individual companies could apply for this modification, but they haven’t all done it.

Those mad bastards in Brussels are just drunk with power!!!

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This affects harp strings, too. All of my historical harps use natural gut. They’re too expensive to eat.

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One can only be grateful for the right-wing anti-EU press protecting musicians from this vicious attack. And thanks Trevor for bringing this ‘crackpot directive’ to our attention.

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And an extra special thank you from Händel and Bach for informing the people about these composers’ threatened works.

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They won’t do it. They haven’t got the guts.

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"They haven’t got the guts."

What are you in-sinew-ating?

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It’s alimentary my dear Watson.

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It might entrail further investigation.

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Wait until they roll out other instruments they have in testin.

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Alles ist gut.

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Like the name - "Mark English". Typical name for one of those European foreign bureaucrats.

Indeed - Alles ist gut.

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Innocent Bystander - I would be surprised. It is much more fun to stir cow droppings than to apologise, and I read somewhere (was it Daily Mail?) that correcting one’s mistakes is against journalist code of ethics.

What’s with the EU’s plan to abolish Britain?

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On an Irish Trad site you’re asking this? I wouldn’t weep, especially if they abolished the Daily Fail with it. You could always rewrite "The Sea, The Sea" to say "Long may it roll between the E.U. and me…"

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"Couldn’t we ask Fidkid to stock up in his Shoppe and sell us, strings made out of Quorn?"

It’s only a small website. I’m not sure there’s that mushroom.

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I know I know. I’m a fun guy.