Discuss: (or Discus? :/) There`s only 12 months left before we see the full splendour of the Opening and Closing ceremonies. [I was once part of a team of arrangers and copyists (during Ronnie Hazlehurst`s tenure) who were engaged just a couple of weeks before a Royal Command variety show at the Palladium. The increasing number of younger producers, had, in their wisdom, (in the eyes of the BBC or ITV - can`t remember which) had forgotten all about music for the show. The rehearsal pianists, two weeks prior, and the arr and copyists, one week prior, all earned a fortune]. I e-mailed the London Olympic enquiries address a week ago, and asked if the authoritive commitee had any intentions of using `English` brass bands in the Opening and Closing ceremonies. At risk of being insensitive, I asked for `English` in the light of how Scotland recently expressed wishes to proceed with full independence. This is a little beside the point, but I received a polite reply which, not asking me to be more diplomatic, but to explain what I meant by brass bands. I believe that the Brass band movement have pre-discussed this already with London 2012 - have they? - it would be nice to know. I was mite surprised with London`s reply, and forwarded another e-mail briefly explaining that Brass Bands have a heritage spanning hundreds of years in these lands, and that I believe it was important to use this longer form of historical `pageantry` as opposed to more recent types of `imported` music. It`s now June, 12 months from `D day` and the second reply was nothing has been planned yet re the Opening and Closing ceremonies. Ouch! me thinks another approach - pile on a few pounds and pretend to be Herr Blatter should sort it don`t you think?