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    LIVE: The Pa'cademy Awards - Wednesday 22nd Feb

    .................and the award for bruised ego goes to...................... Never mind, Paddy. One day, definitely. And it will be justly deserved.
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    LIVE: The Pa'cademy Awards - Wednesday 22nd Feb

    Quality giggles from Mr.Sykes. Happy to oblige with the nomination.
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    Four Word Story

    Blustered Sonorously Like Molasses
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    Paddy's "Pa-cademy Awards" 2011

    Suggestion for an award: The funniest thing seen or heard [intentional and/or unintentional] at a concert/contest. Having been at Butlins last weekend, here's a few things I witnessed:- During the Grimethorpe Reunion Band concert, with all those stars on show, everybody was still watching...
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    Calling all brass band arrangers: 'Wherever you are' by Mulitary Wives Choir

    Good for you:clap::clap::clap: I always knew this would be your intention and I wish you every success with the fundraising.
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    Paddy's World Rankings

    Great stuff, Paddy. This gives me another resource on which to base my Fantasy League deliberations, along with such esteemed sites as http://brassbandresults.co.uk/ . There is still plenty of room for insightful assessments of current form ( or gut feelings and plain old guesswork in my case...
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    National Finals 2011 - test piece rumours

    Neither can I. I'll never be able to look at a Fourth Section test piece again without asking myself: " Is this or is this not, something poo ?" How about own choice with a twist? Each Band picks a piece for its Section to play, but then these pieces are spread around the section by a...
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    Adjudication and Quality Control

    From Paddy's Welsh Area thread ( http://www.themouthpiece.com/vb/showthread.php?t=42819&page=7 ) From Criticism of Adjudicators thread ( http://www.themouthpiece.com/vb/showthread.php?t=32104&highlight=adjudication ) From the 'UK Banding: Yesterdays people, yesterdays ways?' thread (...
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    UK Banding: Yesterdays people, yesterdays ways…?

    A time for change. But,when? Whilst thread-hopping and following various links I found myself reading the article at the beginning of this thread. It is long but very worth reading if you have not done so before. I was struck by the fact that it is relevant today and yet was posted 5 years...
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    Accurate Gradings? - Record the Regionals, and help Adjudicators help the Bands

    The Adudicators' professional decisions are the ONLY ones that count. The rest of us just have an opinion/a debate/a view. When it comes to Gradings, I just want them to have every possible advantage/tool available, and give them a greater chance to give Bands "more explicit and helpful...
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    Accurate Gradings? - Record the Regionals, and help Adjudicators help the Bands

    Thanks, guys. {Warning ! The above quotes may/may not have been taken out of context !!:wink::tongue::wink:} What? No support for goal line technology? I even remember the introduction of Cyclops on the service line at Wimbledon, and didn't Ilie Nastase have fun with that !
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    Accurate Gradings? - Record the Regionals, and help Adjudicators help the Bands

    I still believe that the Regional contests should be the sole basis for each Band's grading, but I have been to twelve years' Regionals, now, and when the day is done and the results announced there's two sets of comments that always arise. To put it diplomatically, there's the "I don't quite...
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    Paddy's Midlands Area - 2011

    Keep the faith! Having listened to every Band I have to be honest and say that I had also placed you last, but in my amateur scribbling I noted: "Some good stuff played in the first movement, but overall it felt very much like a 'bad day at the office' performance." I don't know what your...
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    Paddy's Midlands Area - 2011

    Using the Scottish weighting system {This year's result x 2 : Last year's result x 1 : Two years ago result x 0.5} Thoresby Youth would total 50, Stourport[relegated last year after not competing last year, and not an entry this year] would total 42.5, City of Birmingham would total...
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    National Gradings - Some proposals from Paddy

    Rules don't change if nobody does anything, and rules have changed in the past. {Regional boundaries have changed, and one-off changes have happened to address imbalances in regional section numbers.} These changes would have started with someone beginning the discussion. Paddy may never rule...
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    National Gradings - Some proposals from Paddy

    Great to see some positive thinking about Gradings. My choice would be for promotion/relegation to continue on a Region by Region basis (but with the 3 year weighted average of 1,2,2 proposed by MoominDave) and with automatic promotion offered to any Band finishing in the top 10 at the National...
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    National Championships Qualifiers - Fourth Section

    Congratulations to all the qualifiers, but shouldn't Fairfield(Buxton) who were 3rd in The Midlands and Test Valley who were 3rd in the West be on this list? I'm looking forward to my first trip to Harrogate and to listening to all twenty(?) Bands. Seven of us will be renewing our rivalry from...
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    Midlands Regional Championships - 2009

    Thanks for that Kieren, and congrats to you for your solo prize in the Yorkshires last week.
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    Midlands Regional Championships - 2009

    And, of course, the biggest,most heartfelt congratulations to our MD, David Fretwell - the Blues Brothers' other more talented brother. Well done also to Dronfield and Fairfield. Commiserations to Rolls Royce. 4th is the worst place to finish, and that's the second time in 3 years. However...
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    Midlands Regional Championships - 2009

    Just got back from Bedworth. Great, great day. WE WON:):):)!!! I've never been to Harrogate. Congratulations to all the players.
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