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  1. Dave Payn

    For all German Brass fans

    A number of their albums have recently been added to the iTunes library. Previously, there was only Power of Brass and an album of Gesualdo, Poulenc, etc. Now it includes another 10 albums! I still vividly remember their concert at the RSAMD (now RCS) a few years back, for me the finest...
  2. Dave Payn

    'I'm sorry, I'm feeling a little ho(a)rse'

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-wales-13451965 ...and when they go into the pub..(Barman) 'There's a whisky named after you'. (White horse) 'What, Eric?'
  3. Dave Payn

    Wind of change in snooker

    According to the BBC Sport snooker website, 'Champion Robertson felled by Trump' With so much money at stake in sport these days, it seems some players will resort to whatever they can get away with. In football it's diving, or 'simuation', and it seems even snooker players aren't immune...
  4. Dave Payn

    A star is born

    http://www2.choralnet.org/268945.html
  5. Dave Payn

    Four Dances from Checkmate - Bliss/Ball

    Does anyone know of any recordings of this other than Sun Life Stanshawe's on the album Le Roi d'Ys? (Nothing wrong with said recording. Quite the opposite! I just wish to know if any other band recorded it).
  6. Dave Payn

    Gear4music

    Has anyone played any instruments made by Gear4music? Any thoughts? They seemed to be aimed at the beginner/intermediate market.
  7. Dave Payn

    Brass repairs

    Some years ago, just after I moved to Arran, we saw a van which seemed to advertise mobile brass instrument repairs (Honest, I hadn't been drinking at the time!). Unfortunately I wasn't smart enough to take down his/her number. Does anyone else know of such a service and how I might get in...
  8. Dave Payn

    Surprise package?

    Most major football tournaments nowadays throw up a surprise team. After the first round of games, what do you reckon? Ecuador may surprise some, but maybe 'surprise' is too harsh. After all, they beat Brazil in qualifying and looked pretty comfortable against Poland.
  9. Dave Payn

    Worst ref so far?

    Graham Poll would have topped the poll for me up until yesterday (he had a shocker officiating S. Korea v Togo) but the officials at the Spain v Ukraine game today took the biscuit. No doubting the far better team won but in the first half, one particular linesman got four out of his five...
  10. Dave Payn

    BBC World Cup trivia quiz

    Fancy your chances? Go here http://www.bbc.co.uk/fivelive/sport/football/worldcup/2006/goalfinger/ for a bit of fun and maybe more!
  11. Dave Payn

    Could you stay with your band without contests?

    Further to TMM's excellent thread about whether contesting is the brass bands' 'raison d'etre', I offer a poll. This is purely out of curiosity and would request that it does not lead to any sort of goading from either camp, but here's a (highly hypothetical) scenario: If brass band...
  12. Dave Payn

    My tip for the World Cup

    It may have been against 'only' New Zealand but after watching the friendly on ITV4 last night, and much as I would like England to win, I cannot see past Brazil. Utterly different class. 4-0 could and probably would have been 8 or 9 had it been a REALLY competitive match. Control, passing...
  13. Dave Payn

    Cr-ouch

    Maybe Peter Crouch's dance was fated.... An anagram of 'England's Peter Crouch' is Present dance. Go, Lurch! * present as in 'presenting'
  14. Dave Payn

    Broadband and all that

    Well folks, we've finally arrived into the latter stages of the 20th century if nothing else, here on Arran. We've finally linked up to broadband! Like, er, wow. ;)
  15. Dave Payn

    Scots supporting England?

    Well, after all this fuss about whether the Scots should be following England.... I can think of one good reason why they should. After all, if England win the World Cup and eradicate '1966 and all that', perhaps the Scots, next time they play England, can eradicate '1967 and all that'! :) :)...
  16. Dave Payn

    Big Brother? Pah! Wot about...

    ...the return of tMP's very own BOC Brother? I very much enjoyed being a 'plant' in the first one. I wouldn't be able to participate this time as I'm too busy, but would like to see another one on tMP. Far more enjoyable than the 'real' Big Brother!
  17. Dave Payn

    Football: see your team's 84 and 85 Panini stickers!

    http://craigcullen.co.uk/ As an Arsenal fan, I am bound to ask.... who the hell was Colin Hill??? ;)
  18. Dave Payn

    Curry returns to Arran!

    After two abortive attempts over the past few years (through no fault of their own) Arran gets a curry house again! Yippee! The Taj Mahal re-opens in Whiting Bay tonight providing Arran with it's only Indian restaurant. Having sampled their delights in their previous incarnations, their food is...
  19. Dave Payn

    New English National Anthem

    OK, in the recent National Anthem thread on here, the issue of what should be the English anthem is raised again. So here's your chance, tMP-ers! If God Help... sorry.... Save the Queen were to be ditched, what would you like it to be replaced with? As you will see with some of the poll choices...
  20. Dave Payn

    Alternate brass banders' names

    Inspired as I was by (a) the 'Tough one, this' thread and the 'tradition' of making up alternative names for those in the classical music field (i.e. Herbert von Caravan, Andrew Preview, Placido Flamingo, Orange Juice etc.) I thought I'd start a thread whereby we can offer alternate names for...
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