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Taught/practised on: 2012 November 25 th
THE PIPER & THE PENGUIN  (R88)  Sq.Set Roy Goldring  Scotia Suite  1- 8 Ladies dance RSh round their corners & dance RH across ending in centre  9-16 Ladies dance LSh round their partners, dance LH across & back to places 17-24 Men dance RSh round their partners & dance RH across ending in centre 25-32 Men dance LSh round corners, dance LH across & back to places 33-40 1s & 3s turn partners RH 1¼ times, Men followed by partners dance out between side couples & back to places (1M thru 4s & 3M thru 2s) 41-48 1s+3s dance R&L 49-64 2s+4s repeat bars 33-48 65-72 Ladies dance in, right about turning dance out & cast clockwise to opposite Lady's place 73-80 Men dance in, left about turning to dance out & cast anticlockwise to opposite places 81-88 All turn partners RH 1¼ times into prom hold & Promenade anticlockwise ½ way round to original places
The Scotia Suite of Scottish Country Dances, by Roy Goldring with music by Muriel Johnstone, was published by the Royal Scottish Geographical Society in 2002 to honour the achievements of William Spiers Bruce and commemorate the Voyage of the Scotia, the Research Vessel of the Scottish National Antarctic Expedition, 1902-1904. During the expedition's second oceanographic cruise in the Weddell Sea, new land was discovered in the south. At their most southerly point, a northeasterly blizzard drove Scotia into an embayment in the ice shelf. In the event of them having to winter, a few of the numerous emperor penguins were captured for the pot. The winter breeding habits of the emperor penguins were then unknown. Whilst awaiting their destiny and to test the effects of music on them, piper Gordon Kerr played to one and thus one of the more famous photos captured by the expedition was taken. It was reported that "neither rousing marches, lively reels, nor melancholy laments seemed to have any effect on these lethargic, phlegmatic birds: there was no excitement, no signs of appreciation or disapproval, only sleepy indifference".  The fact that the bird had to be tethered by a cord to the piper's foot does, however, suggest that escape might have been a priority on the penguin's mind.  Whether to escape its human captors or just the sounds they were making has never been satisfactorily established! The vessel was able to resumed its voyage after only a week, and all but two of the penguins were released but sadly the two emperor penguins who were destined to be brought home, died as the ship reached warmer latitudes.