I am somewhat bewildered by the comments of the esteemed adjudicator David Read as reported on 4BR in relation to his and Major Parkes' approach to the adjudication of the entertainment section of the Championship section, which seems to be neatly summed up by the soundbite, "We have rewarded innovation". But what does that really mean and does that facet of the bands' performances fall within the remit of the approach to the adjucation of entertainment contests, particularly when the 'entertainment' value (whatever that means) is being judged separately by two other judges? It sounds as if the venerable judges have rewarded innovation over and above something else. Now I only heard one band on Sunday so I can't and wouldn't comment on the wisdom of the final placings. However, I would be very surprised if adjudicators of this calibre didn't award the top slots to the bands who actually played the best according to the usual criteria. Don't get me wrong, I welcome the sentiment that bands need to "move forward", play something "new and different" and not "hear the same music that has been played over and over again these last ten years, but something that was new and interesting, something that had been given thought and explored new styles." (Quotations from 4BR attributed to David Read) But this doesn't square with the actual result, given that certainly two and of the items played by the winning band appeared on a recording of theirs well over twenty years ago and a third appeared on a Hammonds' recording (How many years is it since they ceased recording activities?) Don't misundestand me, these are wonderful pieces of music and were no doubt played superbly by Desford. But I do find it confusing and somewhat worrying when such bold pronouncements are made which fly in the face of the evidence. Perhaps it's just me, but I would want to win a contest on the basis of that which should be and I'm sure was at the forefront of the adjudicator's mind - the musical merits of the performance - not some amorphous concept like 'innovation'.