Funny things draws. Some of us believe that it's best, if you want to impress the judges, to have a "not so good" band before and after you. Others of us believe that if you want to be seen(!) or heard as quality you have to be heard amongst quality and so it's best to be drawn next to a top band. Igg's posting in the ALL ENGLAND MASTERS 2003 thread suggests that he's in the first group whilst I'm definitely in the second. Will a band that's been drawn in group C for instance, whilst all the other "top" bands (being VERY general there) are in group A or B, have an advantage. I don't think so. To score 199 points after the adjudicator has just heard a 180 point performance is very, very difficult. However, to score that after a 198 is, I think, more likely if you really were better. 3 performances very close together should be easy to sort out. However when another performance say 6 bands later stands out and is deserving of a place how much more difficult is that to sort out?? Was it better or wasn't it?? Yes, I know that's what we pay adjudicators to do but how many of us are confident that at the end of a long day they will be able to tell? My thoughts, what are yours? Phil.