According to Roy Newsome, writing in the Brass Herald this quarter, John Foster, the founder of the Black Dyke Mills Band, was 'a wool manufacturer'. This means that Dyke are almost certainly the only band in the world to have been brought into existence by a sheep. Unless of course Foster was a manufacturer of something else, but happened to be made of wool....... My other favourite was from Brass Band World last year. A report on the NYBB's course in East Anglia told us that there had been a number of masterclasses, one of which, apparently, was a masterclass on brass band administration, given by Snape Maltings. I don't know what I find more appalling - the sheer laziness of the reporter to question who this hitherto unheard-of figure in the brass band world was, exactly; or the failure of both a reporter and an editor/sub-editor, working in the field of music journalism, to recognise the name of one of the country's leading concert halls. And to realise, of course, that they had been had!