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Old 08-15-2014, 01:20 PM   #31
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I was looking forward to hearing Bob Worrall's commentary but it seems to be missing.

Great performances. I haven't heard the entire competition but all I have heard has sounded excellent.

Sorry- just figured out that Bob Worrall is adjudicating!

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Old 08-15-2014, 01:51 PM   #32
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Without trying to unfairly influence, I must respectfully disagree, John, with what I perceive to be the essence of your statement. I do agree that Triumph Street, for instance, is manifesting as a very legitimate potential top 6 placing, so it makes that part a horse race.
I think we're probably more in agreement than you'd think. Triumph St. was indeed a lovely. Better'n I expected. They look fairly young too. Another good sign for them in coming years.

Maybe it's my bad speakers at work...and the fact that I was dipping in and out a bit while at work, but I thought Cullybackey sounded better than I've heard them in past years. Just a gut feeling.

So, yeah, basically Triumph Street potentially making some significant noise. But, overall....I think that the distance from the top 5 and the bottom 5 is narrowing with each passing year. I guess it's my econ thinking. The improvement that the top 5/6 can make is pretty marginally small compared to what those who have been on the margin (and below) of the qualifier can make.

I guess part of my impression of it is influenced by the 'journey' of the Stewies. Officially a grade 2 band in their home association, that got beat a few times by grade 2 bands in Canada this season, but yet turn out a fair and square grade 1 effort.

Again, though...too......this is one of the few times I've actually HEARD the qualifers. I suppose I listened to some of them in the past, but never as closely because by the time I was awake to listen to them, the finals were already underway. Last year I missed them because I was busy triathlon training on Saturday. So, it's possible my thoughts are effected by a not insignificant paradigm shift in what I think I'm listening to.
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Old 08-15-2014, 02:33 PM   #33
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I was looking forward to hearing Bob Worrall's commentary but it seems to be missing.

Great performances. I haven't heard the entire competition but all I have heard has sounded excellent.

Sorry- just figured out that Bob Worrall is adjudicating!
Yup, adjudicating Friday, commentary on Saturday.

I wasn't able to catch the qualifiers, so now it's time for me to watch some of the runs. I'll be up for the finals, though!
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Old 08-15-2014, 02:38 PM   #34
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Enjoyed Cap Caval's performance. Next time I'm over, we're wearing traditional Texan attire. Shorts and t-shirt.
Add some Rainbows flip-flops and you have most Southern Californians covered too.
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Old 08-15-2014, 03:30 PM   #35
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Old 08-15-2014, 04:12 PM   #36
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Via FB, I understand Stuart got 8th out of the 11. So iirc that leaves Ravara, Toronto, Peel, or LA at 7th. Doesn't matter who really, they beat 3 established grade 1 bands. I still can't get over how good Triumph Street sounded. I thought splitting that last comp with SFU might have been a one time deal (not having heard it though), but, I was definitely wrong about that.

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Old 08-15-2014, 04:19 PM   #37
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Enjoyed Cap Caval's performance. Next time I'm over, we're wearing traditional Texan attire. Shorts and t-shirt.
I don't think shorts and t-shirts would qualify under the RSPBA's "National Costume" rule but jeans, cowboy boots, western shirts, and cowboy hats probably would do. As long as everyone is matching! (I've always found it odd that American PBAs require Highland Dress but the granddaddy of them all, the RSPBA, doesn't do.)
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Old 08-15-2014, 04:21 PM   #38
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...watching the massive ferris wheel...
or The Glasgow Eye, as I call it.
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Old 08-15-2014, 07:02 PM   #39
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Enjoyed Cap Caval's performance. Next time I'm over, we're wearing traditional Texan attire. Shorts and t-shirt.
So did I, I read a few people getting stuck into their drum sound but I liked it overall. I also liked the fact they weren't in Highland Dress. It made a nice change for me.

That's not to say I want to see the Kiwi bands in black singlets and gumboots but seeing something different from time to time is refreshing.
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Old 08-15-2014, 09:26 PM   #40
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wysper... can't quite see Richard Hawke and cohorts as Fred Dagg types...
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