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    Bare-faced cheek......

    I'm running the London Marathon hoping to raise £3000 for the Anthony Nolan Trust. This is the first marathon for someone who this time last year thought exercise was walking to the bar and smoked forty fags a day! I know I'm not the most active member of these forums (or is it fora??) but...
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    Tattoo...

    does it hurt? should you do it? is it worthy of a mid-life crisis?
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    Poetry

    Recently the BBC ran a 'Limerick Challenge' (thx Skins for the heads up), recognising the limerick as part of National Poetry Day. As a sad limericker, who has contended himself with lurking recently (a bit Dickensian I know), I thought a Tmp version might be in order:- Supply the next...
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    History Question

    I am currently reading Simon Schama's "A History of Britain" and came across a mention and photograph of the Cyfartha Brass Band (formed in 1838). I was just hoping someone could recommend a good book that gives a history of the banding movement, preferably one that relates it to the...
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    Limericks

    The very bad rhymes people write Might give normal people a fright There's no need to fret It's the best we can get But at least all will sleep well at night. :P I seem to have developed an urge to limerick on this forum which I never had before. All of you who are sick of my limericks...
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    Sold/Expired Bass Mouthpieces

    Now that I've got the dog's in mouthpieces I have these sitting around doing nothing:- Dennis Wick 2L (used a little bit) Perantucci PT-88 Mega (hardly used) B&S 18 (never used)-in a nice little velvet bag with some rotor oil Make me an offer by E-mail if you're interested and I'll...
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    Contest Medical Conditions

    I was recently discussing this with The Judge and we were wondering if other bands have unique medical conditions associated with contesting. Manx Concert Ass aka Band Trip Ass afflicts 90% of our band every time we compete. Symptoms include numerous trips to the bog, occasional vomiting...
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    Music Licensing

    I've just read Howard Snell's most recent article on 4barsrest and it makes worrying reading for everyone. Have a look :idea: http://www.4barsrest.com/articles/art282.asp
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    Getting people to listen to brass!

    Is it me or are the only people that listen to brass bands over 55? I get the feeling that the brass band audience is full of families of the players and coffin-dodgers. While we all love an audience what can we do to bring banding to a younger audience? To give an example my wife, who is...
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