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1  Practice Break / Chit-Chat / Re: One Day Series - Australia V England on: Yesterday at 01:32 PM

Good! Go Tigers!  Good!
2  Practice Break / Chit-Chat / Re: One Day Series - Australia V England on: Jan 19, 2018, 04:43PM
It was so obvious that the Australian reshuffled side were going to loose that I did not even bother to stay up until the bitter end. England's very good limited overs outfit is much better than Australia, who in my opinion, despite the reshuffle, have retained too many of the Test side, instead of grabbing some of the 'Big Bash' players who are presently playing to packed stadiums in our local league.

England won by 4 wickets scoring 274 for 6 in 44.2 overs in reply to Australia's 270 for 9 in the full 50 overs. So now the Poms are 2 up in the series and Australia will have to do something drastic to win this series.

3  Practice Break / Chit-Chat / Re: One Day Series - Australia V England on: Jan 18, 2018, 11:04PM
Australia batted first for the second ODI, and England controlled the scoring rate very well. Australia are 270 for 9 with the final wicket taken on the last ball of the 50th Over. Not that wickets matter a lot in this form of the game.

England should go on to win this one easily.
4  Practice Break / Chit-Chat / Re: Wallaby hops along Sydney Harbour Bridge on: Jan 16, 2018, 03:43PM
As a little addition to the story, today's Australian press is carrying the extra news that another Wallaby helped to capture the hopper on the bridge. Nick Farr-Jones, the former rugby union captain of the Australian Wallabies, has revealed he helped New South Wales Police officers capture the wallaby. "The police were trying to capture it as you would on the bridge, and they were having trouble so I just did my best to help them," he told a radio station.
5  Practice Break / Chit-Chat / Wallaby hops along Sydney Harbour Bridge on: Jan 16, 2018, 02:07AM
Here is a news item and video that will probably hit the world's press tomorrow (your today) telling about the Wallaby that hopped across Sydney Harbour Bridge this morning, surprising early morning motorists. No, it is not normal to see a Wallaby in Sydney at all. Eeek! Let alone taking a short cut across the bridge.


Guess where they caught him? At the Sydney Conservatorium. Smart Wallaby that! The Wallaby will be returned to the wild after a full medical check. Well done the Sydney Police for saving him.

Of course it is not unusual for me to see wallaby. Maggie and I see many of them most mornings and they don't even stop their grazing as we walk past and say, "G'day".
6  Teaching & Learning / Composition, Arranging and Theory / Re: Composer-arrangers : Do you NEED a strong melody? on: Jan 15, 2018, 08:53PM
I believe that by definition 'arranging' needs a melody and almost always, a set of chords which indicates how the melody is to be harmonized. Those words are from Nelson Riddle but other arrangers say something very similar.

I think you are talking about composing, and myself I do not think that trying to compose in the context of an arrangement is the best way to come up with a strong melody.

This is not to say there are not many successful composer/arrangers but they nearly all start off with the melody in lead sheet format with the chords they were hearing when they wrote it. And sometimes, particularly for jazz, tunesmiths, start with the chords and write the melody based on these.

Then the arranging side takes over, with preliminary planning followed by the detail. Read the index of any good arranging book to see what these processes involve. Much to complex to go into in a brief post.

This is the time-honoured approach to both composing and arranging.
7  Practice Break / Chit-Chat / Re: Bunker 2018 on: Jan 15, 2018, 05:08PM
I started the new year off by making Scotch eggs.

I read a lot of murder mystery novels from different countries.  It's not uncommon for a British detective to eat a Scotch egg, but I never knew what they were.  So this year I looked it up and made a few. 

They were a bit of work but the results were great.  We might have a new Superbowl tradition here.

I remember my Mum making them in my childhood and then slicing them for the meat of an evening meal, which I loved. However, there are many different recipes for Scotch eggs and I do not like the sound of some of them. For instance, Jamie Oliver has 1 tablespoon of English Mustard in his. Sounds a bit hot to me.

What was your recipe?
8  Practice Break / Chit-Chat / Re: One Day Series - Australia V England on: Jan 14, 2018, 02:36PM
I think the additions to the English team for yesterday's ODI - bowlers David Wood and Adil Rashid for instance - gave a fascinating glimpse of how tough it could have been for Australia to win back the Ashes if these guys had been available, and the selectors a bit more discerning. Plus Jason Roy was very good at the necessary style for the one-day game, which style admittedly may not convert to the normal full five-day game Test match format. 

The next ODI is here in Brisbane at the Gabba, where the first test match of this series was played. And it will be a big test also for David Sandurski who has just signed his contract as the Brisbane cricket ground's new curator. January 19 will herald his first appearance as Gabba curator on the international stage.  :D

I am very much looking forward to the rest of this series. Good!

9  Practice Break / Chit-Chat / Re: One Day Series - Australia V England on: Jan 14, 2018, 03:18AM
Just on 9.15pm here in Brisbane and England have just won the first ODI by 5 wickets, with 7 balls to spare. Very well done!

England displayed some superbly controlled batting with great running between the wickets. Joe Root was a main contributor. But particularly Jason Day who made the highest score by any  Englishman in One Day cricket.

Very enjoyable to watch but honestly the Poms never looked as though they would loose once they were batting.
10  Practice Break / Chit-Chat / Re: One Day Series - Australia V England on: Jan 14, 2018, 12:22AM
At the end of their 50 Overs, Australia were 304 for 8. England got the wickets of the danger men, David Warner and Steve Smith very cheaply. The top scorer was Aaron Finch with 107. I believe the English bowlers controlled the scoring rate fairly. A run rate of 6 runs per over should not be difficult for the Poms to win this one.

And sure the Poms have started fairly well with 83 for 2 after 10 overs.
11  Practice Break / Chit-Chat / One Day Series - Australia V England on: Jan 13, 2018, 06:09PM
The One Day Cricket Series starts this afternoon in half an hours time at the MCG. I think it might be quite difficult to beat the Poms in this series.

Plus there is already a bit of scuttlebutt and criticism of the Aussie selectors for not including Glenn Maxwell in the side. Aussie coach Darren Lehman says that his omission is due to the fact, "He simply has not performed well enough for Australia in recent times to merit a place in the XI". Yeah, RIGHT.
12  Practice Break / Purely Politics / Re: Our unbalanced POTUS on: Jan 13, 2018, 05:00PM
Ran out of things to blame Hillary for...

Trump Falsely Blames Decision To Cancel London Visit On Obama

The real reason he would not go to London was because of the mass protests that would have occurred and fear for his own safety.


Of course, many Brits are very concerned about the deteriorating relationship with the US and do not agree with the protests. Plus Teresa May herself invited him for a full-up State Visit. Although it was unclear if the Royal Family wanted to have anything to do with it.
13  Practice Break / Purely Politics / Re: What Trump's election means for the rest of the world on: Jan 12, 2018, 08:05PM
The Trump matter most upsetting the rest of the world today is his remarks, reportedly referring to Haiti, El Salvador and other African nations, as "shithole countries". In fact, he has provoked worldwide anger. The condemnation has not just been confined to those African countries described as "shithole" but has been coming from all over.

I'm afraid it's not only "America first" but America alone if he is allowed to carry on this way.

I read that Trump has since denied that he had used such derogatory language but the consensus says he did. And that opinion is growing, with Republicans among those condemning him. Also the US ambassador to Panama resigned in protest.

I am not surprised that Trump still has many supporters even over this issue. There was a huge undertow of racism when I lived in America at the end of the seventies and I would not expect that to have changed much. Not everybody of course, and I appreciate that on this latest issue many would have been very upset by the extremely awkward spectacle of the President being peppered with questions about whether he was racist, while standing with members of the family of Reverend Martin Luther King.
14  Horns, Gear, and Equipment / Accessories / Re: Best straight mute as practice mute on: Jan 12, 2018, 02:11PM
Is that one of the first generation SB mutes you have then?  The second generation of the torpedo shaped ones and the newer PM5s don't have a player 2 port but the pickups are much better. The new PM5 is substantially lighter too and by my estimation a lot more freeblowing.  Might be worth a try but then again its another $200 to blow on something you may not use very frequently.   

Yes, my SB is very old. I like the idea of a lighter one because that is the main criticism of the old one. However, part of the problem is the cable, which adds to the overall weight.
15  Horns, Gear, and Equipment / Accessories / Re: Best straight mute as practice mute on: Jan 11, 2018, 04:09PM
I use my SB for practice with a pair of good headphones and Band-in-a-Box playing through the AUX IN for very swinging accompaniment. I also plug a mike into the PLAYER 2 for vocals. But it is true that the SB does not do great things for your lip. The tip someone gave last time we talked about this was to only play softly with the SB, which is a really good one.

Also I find the weight is a bit fatiguing over long sessions of practice. Plus your movement is restricted by the leads.

If your neighbours don't mind something just a bit quieter than playing open, then I would suggest the Soulo SM5712 tenor trombone bucket mute. They also have a bass trombone version. It is very free blowing but nicely dampened by the padding on the inside, which you can increase by adding extra cloth of some kind. You can also use it in conjunction with other mutes in the bell.

I also use the Soulo Cup Mute for practice because it too is very free blowing and very light in weight. Good!

16  Creation and Performance / The Healthy Trombonist / Re: Aussie Flu on: Jan 11, 2018, 03:46PM
I was surprised that you transferred this Bruce, because it was a bit tongue-in-cheek. ;-)

But, thinking about it in medical terms, my tip about getting your flu injection before the season starts is a really good one. I have not even had a cold, let alone the flu, in the last 16 years since I have been getting my free injection every year.

So, get yours before that dreadful Aussie flu gets you! :D  Even if it's not free in your country, it's worth it for the peace of mind. Clever
17  Creation and Performance / The Healthy Trombonist / Aussie Flu on: Jan 10, 2018, 03:05PM
With the current flu season in the UK, Australia is now being blamed for one strain that is particularly bad. It is being called "Aussie Flu". Evil One British tabloid carried the headline, "DEADLY AUSSIE VIRUS SPREADS ACROSS BRITAIN - FLUNITED KINGDOM". Some Poms are saying that, not only do we clobber them in the Ashes Test cricket, but now we are getting at them with our diseases.

It was dubbed "Aussie flu" because it was the same type observed during our Australian winter, in which more than 170,000 people contracted the flu.

Although we did suffer considerable and some people in Australia ended up in hospital with some dying, it did not really develop in Australia. So-called Aussie Flue is actually variant of the H3N2 subtype of the influenza A virus. It is normal these days that all strains of flu tend to mutate and change, and Australia often experiences the newest strain first.

However, you guys in the Northern Hemisphere experiencing the Winter months should make absolutely sure that you get your flu injection - one that caters for the newest strains. UK health authorities said their local flu immunisation had been updated and would offer some protection from the Aussie flu. However, it is true that Aussies are world travellers on a bigger scale than many other countries and we do help to spread flu viruses. :/
18  Horns, Gear, and Equipment / Technology / Re: Method for making sound files available to others on: Jan 09, 2018, 02:23PM
Dropbox has worked fine for a band that I play with.

The whole repertoir is in Dropbox, one folder with sheets in PDF-format (and subfolders pr tune) and one folder with audiofiles in MP3-format (and subforlders per tune).
Toplevel contains spreadsheets with set-lists for practice sessions, gigs etc.

The band leader uploads and adjusts the structure regularly as new tunes are added/removed.

You can have 15 GB stored in Dropbox before you have to pay anything so I think all band members have their account.

This is exactly where I am headed. So it does seem that Dropbox is the answer.
19  Practice Break / Purely Politics / Re: Same-sex Marriage on: Jan 09, 2018, 12:24AM
Today was the first time that the new laws on same-sex marriage came into force and several couples were so keen that they married just after midnight. So this was the climax of the Same-sex Marriage plebiscite where 62% of Australians voted in favour.

20  Practice Break / Chit-Chat / Re: Bunker 2018 on: Jan 08, 2018, 08:43PM
My commiserations Billy, I am going through something similar. My beautiful dog Maggie is nearly 16 now. She had arthritis for quite a few year, for which we gave her medication. But about 18 months back she snapped a cruciate ligament in her back leg. The ligament was replaced with a piece of fishing line in a very expensive vet operation. That enabled her to continue with the two very long walks she used to take me on every day. However, about a month back, one of her front legs went and she now has a great deal of difficult walking at all. We are down to just visiting the dog parks for the calls of nature.

Maggie is absolutely determined not to change her habit of two outings a day and to push herself to walk as far as she can. But it is even difficult to get her in and out of the car because the special ramp is now too steep for her legs to carry her.

I think she is in pain but the vet is not sure. So, we are giving her pain medication. Also some special tablets for dementia because she has had a few funny turns. Her drug bill is over $300 per month.

16 is very old for a dog but I do not want her to be in pain. I too hope she goes quickly when her time is finally up and I do not think that is far away.

I even remember about 16 years back talking on this forum about my previous dog Elle, when she died in my arms when I was living in Sydney. Thankfully she went fairly quickly. I have never stopped thinking about her, as will be the case with Maggie. The love between man and dog is very strong! It is the same with cats, I know.

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