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  1. Poll: The problem England are having with Cook reminds...

    The problem England are having with Cook reminds me of the problem Australia had with Mark Taylor in the late 90s - with the definite differences that the Australian team of that period were...
  2. Poll: Trying not to be tripped up by my defective irony...

    Trying not to be tripped up by my defective irony filter again here... So I'll go for the safe reply option...

    Tendulkar I wouldn't put in the same bracket of player type as Pietersen - and he...
  3. Poll: Well, he can't displace any of the three in front...

    Well, he can't displace any of the three in front of him on either short-term or long-term batting averages... Neither form nor class are on his side here. And as I keep banging on, at nearly 35,...
  4. Poll: Gary Ballance isn't included in that list - it...

    Gary Ballance isn't included in that list - it has a minimum cut-off of 20 innings, and he's played 19 so far. But he would top it as things currently stand.

    So 2 of the 3 players (as DS2014...
  5. Poll: Complete the project while biting my tongue. Then...

    Complete the project while biting my tongue. Then do what I could to make sure that I wasn't asked to work with them again. That's interpreting "didn't like" as "have a personality clash with"...
  6. Poll: Hey, that was irony / sarcasm / satire; spotted...

    Hey, that was irony / sarcasm / satire; spotted it first time. I'm on fire today!
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    It's not just euphoniums that this can be said...

    It's not just euphoniums that this can be said about - there's been a very widespread shift in British brass playing where we've moved from a place where what we valued was maximum character of sound...
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    It seems incredibly unlikely to me that any...

    It seems incredibly unlikely to me that any adjudicator would care about this. Turn up, give a good performance, have a beer, enjoy the good results, and if you get a bad one somewhere, take heart...
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    I'm not sure if there's a governing EBBA...

    I'm not sure if there's a governing EBBA directing which year's national winner goes to which year's European... But it seems to be basically rooted in common sense in giving qualifying bands...
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    Just had a thought that if were to market a new...

    Just had a thought that if were to market a new valve oil, I'd call it that, but seems I'm too late...

    I think more the latter...
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    So I have some doubts about the absolute...

    So I have some doubts about the absolute sincerity in which Bbmad created this thread, so this maybe doesn't matter all that much. But this is a little off beam. For large bore tenor trombone (and...
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    Totally, I'd agree with that. For example, a...

    Totally, I'd agree with that. For example, a player that makes a naturally bright sound and has spent their playing life striving to sound darker in order to blend, will design an instrument that...
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    Cheers Gareth - all credit to Mr Google though...

    Cheers Gareth - all credit to Mr Google though for the page, and, as Philip points out, down to recalling that it's a common error to put an extra 'r' in there - so common that my maths teachers at...
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    This page...

    This page gives it as the Italian term for a slapstick or whip?
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    One's playing is flexible - it molds itself to...

    One's playing is flexible - it molds itself to the shape of the instrument that one plays. There are plenty of pro bass trombonists that learned to play really well on rotors, later tried to change...
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    Buy an R4F and saw the R off with a hacksaw....

    Buy an R4F and saw the R off with a hacksaw. Problem solved. You get to play an excellent trombone without having to worry about people who don't matter making judgements on you.
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    I suspect you're right... Brain moving faster...

    I suspect you're right... Brain moving faster than the fingers. Or is it the other way round?
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    The volume of (say) Raths sold new would not, I...

    The volume of (say) Raths sold new would not, I suspect, make much of a difference to the finances of a company (such as the Taiwanese Jupiter) that specialises in selling lots of cheaper...
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    Whenever I see someone playing with a lack of...

    Whenever I see someone playing with a lack of skill on an extremely expensive instrument, I think "Good on you for doing your bit to keep them in business for all of us". Instrument manufacturers...
  20. Poll: Not last time I checked... Mind you, the...

    Not last time I checked...

    Mind you, the cricinfo online commentary was full of format-ignoring feedback gems from England supporters along the lines of "This is rubbish. They should be scoring...
  21. Poll: While putting together the highest England...

    While putting together the highest England opening stand in yonks (admittedly not the most difficult feat in international cricket) and laying the foundations for a substantial first innings lead? I...
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    Yeah, I tend to take the view that they've shown...

    Yeah, I tend to take the view that they've shown maturity in sticking it out. Yes, they could have withdrawn at any stage, bringing the government down - but they kept it going. Maybe I'm just a...
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    I know you are keen to keep specific party...

    I know you are keen to keep specific party comparisons out of this thread - and this is not a bad principle either, keeping the heat out of the debate as much as possible - but you do give rather a...
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    Not quite sure what you're driving at there...

    Not quite sure what you're driving at there Steve? That doesn't appear to be a reply to the point I made...
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    And to put it further into perspective, we've had...

    And to put it further into perspective, we've had a not-that-tiddly party propping up a party that didn't gain a majority for the last 5 years. The effect they've had on almost everything has been...
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