Belfast Telegraph

Editor's Viewpoint: Torturous trumpets

Just when you thought there was no greater instrument of torture than the bagpipe, along comes the vuvuzela, the plastic trumpet which has produced the deafening backing soundtrack to the World Cup matches in South Africa.

While the tournament has been a triumphant and colourful success to date in every other way, the continuous cacophony of the vuvuzelas has ruined many people's enjoyment of matches. A Facebook group calling for a ban of the instrument has 100,000 supporters. The normal mindless chants of football supporters now seem like music from the gods compared to the devilish trumpets.

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