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    Bad manners to quote yourself I know, but it also...

    Bad manners to quote yourself I know, but it also occurs to me that if we are looking for a pastime where white British and Asian British demographics mix (and also non-Muslim and Muslim), a better...
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    Di's been humphing about this for months. It's...

    Di's been humphing about this for months. It's gerrymandering, pure and simple, and most of the justifications she's been presented with have been offensive - variations on "these people [EU economic...
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    Football would seem the obvious one.

    Football would seem the obvious one.
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    Whoops, brainfart there, thanks for pointing out....

    Whoops, brainfart there, thanks for pointing out. Doesn't change the point I was making.
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    And 4BR have got up 3rd and 4th now: 3rd...

    And 4BR have got up 3rd and 4th now:
    3rd, 4th.

    For those who like to accuse 4BR of Welsh bias, it's perhaps worth noting that whereas both A4B (Yorkshire-based) and my humble effort upthread...
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    Definitely more of an 'end player' kind of test....

    Definitely more of an 'end player' kind of test. Could be worse, could be 2008 again...
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    NABBA employs multiple judges giving separate...

    NABBA employs multiple judges giving separate points, which are then combined. Not saying that never happens here, but it is not so common.
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    Correct me if I'm wrong any band adjudicators out...

    Correct me if I'm wrong any band adjudicators out there, but I believe the most commonly employed method of scoring points is to first place all the bands in order, then decide how many points the...
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    I think it's just a confused usage, to be honest...

    I think it's just a confused usage, to be honest with you. Whether it was deliberately done confusedly for some purpose or not, I don't know. But "National" suggests political and "Great Britain"...
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    I think you are confusing the political entity...

    I think you are confusing the political entity with the geographical entity - see the Wikipedia quote below, taken from http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Great_Britain. But then so are the owners of the...
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    If you've got enough of a sample, the random draw...

    If you've got enough of a sample, the random draw will make all this come out in the wash anyhow
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    "The National Brass Band Championships of Great...

    "The National Brass Band Championships of Great Britain"
    "British Open Brass Band Championships"

    The clue's in the name - "Great Britain" = the big island in this archipelago, which contains all...
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    As did Dyke last Saturday, coincidentally enough...

    As did Dyke last Saturday, coincidentally enough
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    I fear the worst with Paddy... The huge amount of...

    I fear the worst with Paddy... The huge amount of time he put in on his band stats could only have been achieved by someone who didn't have much else to do, and as a project would have well suited an...
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    All I did was browse BBR a bit and write down a...

    All I did was browse BBR a bit and write down a few likely names, I'm afraid. Like I say, not a very rigorous manoeuvre. You might like to note that when Paddy was running his fantasy league, I spent...
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    As an aside, maths is great! But I come to work...

    As an aside, maths is great! But I come to work to do that...

    Many congratulations Craig, what a result. The Soundcloud recording sounds fabulous.
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    I suspect that the main difference comes down to...

    I suspect that the main difference comes down to human psychology in the minds of the judge(s). It is perceived as a special thing deserving particular attention when judging to determine which band...
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    Here's some super-dodgy predictions then. No...

    Here's some super-dodgy predictions then. No science behind them, just vague thoughts on form and underratedness. And, as per usual, the further down the sections one goes, the dodgier they get, as...
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    Incidentally, I have sent BBE an email containing...

    Incidentally, I have sent BBE an email containing this suggestion.
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    Maybe you should have offered to turn up with...

    Maybe you should have offered to turn up with your own photocopier and electrical generator to power it, to search out the set from their archive yourself, and to do the actual copying yourself,...
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    A few thoughts, numbered for clarity: 1) Back...

    A few thoughts, numbered for clarity:

    1) Back in the very early days of contesting, some contests did indeed attempt to insist that all players had played for their bands for a certain amount of...
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    This was the point I was - perhaps clumsily -...

    This was the point I was - perhaps clumsily - trying to make regarding how it works today. The average championship section principal player is not as much better than the average 4th section...
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    It's music. Come on. Much of the greatest music...

    It's music. Come on. Much of the greatest music in history is inextricably tied up with religious intention. Do you throw that out?
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    I think that as an odious generalisation it tends...

    I think that as an odious generalisation it tends to be that the better the band, the better the players around the stands. It's not uncommon to find 4th section bands with quality players on the end...
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    Don't think it's a secret that St. Magnus wasn't...

    Don't think it's a secret that St. Magnus wasn't universally mastered, and enough performances have been posted online to garner a decent enough feeling for the general level attained around the...
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