A-Z Challenge Day 14


n1‘Thank you’ I said as I unwrapped my birthday pressie. ’It’s just what I’ve always wanted!’

I hadn’t a clue what it was. It looked a bit like a recorder, those tooty-toot things you played at school.

‘Go on, give us a tune!’ said Garry.

I gingerly placed it between my lips and began to…

‘Stop!’ he laughed. ‘You don’t put it in your mouth idiot, you stick it up your doo-dah!’

I repositioned it.

‘NO, not there you plonker, poke it up your nose!’

(Incase you are wondering, I’d tried pushing into my ear)

I glanced at the calendar. April Fool’s Day was the day I started the A-Z Challenge, not today. Was this a joke?


Right, nose flute up one…’

‘Woah there buddy’ I interupted. ‘Nose flute? Are you being serious?’

‘Yes, now do as I say. Flute up one nose-hole and use your finger to block the other one’.

 I decided to humour him and did as he said.

‘Close your mouth tight and … ready, steady, BLOW!’

Well, if I’d known what was going to happen I’d have blown my nose into a tissue first. It wasn’t a pleasant sight, I can tell you!

I sorted things out and had another shot.



Believe it or not, I eventually got the hang of it. In fact, I quite like it now. 

Next week I’m due to perform the second movement of Mozart’s Nose-flute Concerto No. 2 in D Major at the Pig and Whistle pub’s open-mike night!

You’re more than welcome to come along!




67063692_2419831274729094_2403808485931220992_nIn case you are wondering, the nose flute really does exist! According to Wiky, the nose flute is a popular musical instrument played in Polynesia and the Pacific Rim countries. Other versions are found in Africa.




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31 thoughts on “A-Z Challenge Day 14

  1. Sadje Apr 16, 2021 / 00:45

    My my! Seriously is there such an instrument? Amazing

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  2. ahtdoucette Apr 16, 2021 / 10:37

    Makes me think of another n word: nope. Nope, I am not doing that! And don’t think I didn’t see what you did there wondering what other orifices things might go in. Fun story. And I don’t care if that instrument does exist in the ‘real world.” In my universe, nope!! There is never a good reason to … no. Just, no.

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  3. Denise Apr 16, 2021 / 10:50

    Well, my allergies are going full-steam this morning, so I do not need the flute to make noise. And how did you ever find this instrument???

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    • Keith's Ramblings Apr 16, 2021 / 13:54

      Sorry to hear that Denise! As usual, when seeking out the impossible, I turned to Google!


  4. Arti Jain Apr 16, 2021 / 14:55

    I was certainly left wondering at that point. Phew!
    You dove deep for this A to Z Keith. Very impressed:)

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    • Keith's Ramblings Apr 16, 2021 / 16:55

      I didn’t have much choice, there wasn’t much to choose from! Thanks, Arti.


  5. Deborah Weber Apr 16, 2021 / 17:03

    Nobody knows the wonders of a nose like a nose flute player. Fun tale. You sent me looking for examples of the music and I found someone playing Greensleeves and it was quite wonderful. No snorting here.

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  6. Gail M Baugniet Apr 17, 2021 / 01:55

    I needed a kleenex myself after reading this one, Keith. Definitely my laugh for the day. Thanks.

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  7. Frédérique Apr 18, 2021 / 18:01

    Oh yes I agree, this is a real instrument, and Polynesian actually play it. And beautifully!


  8. Frédérique Apr 18, 2021 / 18:55

    Yeah, it’s working! I mean comments, as I had trouble with WP blogs today.
    I agree with this instrument, polynesians still play it, and beautifully!


  9. jenne49 Apr 18, 2021 / 21:27

    Now that was fun! Made me snort! The mental picture I have is quite disturbing! i apologise to all nose whistle players for my lack of sensitivity to their art but – NO! Just NO! 😉

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  10. Frédérique Apr 19, 2021 / 11:31

    Oups, sorry about the multiple comments 😦
    Looks like it’s working well now 😉

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