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European Instrument Comments Competition

In a pleasing trend towards metaphor (obfuscation?) the Charlemagne building appears to have rebranded itself the “European Instrument for Democracy and Human Rights”, if this latest banner is to be believed.


  1. Bagpipes: a sack of wind inclined to make unpleasant screeching sounds

  2. Harp: almost transparent, but on closer inspection has many strings attached

  3. Fiddle: enough said

  4. Organ: vastly complex, impenetrable, various buttons and pedals and bits and pieces, but which effectively just blows hot air from left to right

  5. Double bass: large, unwieldy and yet barely audible

  6. A saxophone: blown by big black men (that’s enough, Ed.)

And it’s over to you – leave your suggestions in the comments … best one wins Iceland.

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