As much as this episode can be read as a "subversive carnivalesque mocking of masculinity," (12) it seems equally critical of the kind of nationalistic pageantry that had earlier been associated with the Berlin Games of 1936 and was thought to have been absent from the supposedly more "restrained" Munich Games, despite the fact that the latter's opening ceremony was announced by a blast of alpenhorns
and brought to a close with a Bollerschutzen ("a traditional Bavarian gun salute of three rounds from 20 guns").
(We tend to favour guitars over Alpenhorns
and Mongolian nose flutes.) And none of us really gives a monkey's.
On board, the people were handed glasses of white wine and entertained by music from accordians and alpenhorns
. The boats were headed for Rutli, which lies at the northern end of Lake Uri, the eastern extension of Lake Lucerne.
There are gardens at one end and, as we arrived, the sound of two alpenhorns
playing in duo came across.