John Birmingham Cup

The John Birmingham Cup is a fun little song writing competition set up in the will of John Birmingham and is designed to encourage song writing. Sheffield has a wonderful history of winning it (seriously - in the 10 years or so it's been running Sheffield residents have won at least 4 times that I know of). The Sheffield Heat (which I guess is designed to stop Sheffield winning too many times by attempting to force us to enter into one heat) was this past Easter weekend.

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On Scales

I've recently started attending the local church, since I'll be getting married there in about 18 months time. There's nothing particularly interesting about that fact, excepting that last night the sermon wasn't by the vicar, it was by a local music teacher. The subject was preparations for exams (apparently, it'll be the music exams this week), and she mentioned how often her pupils don't practice their scales and arpeggios.

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Thank Friday Its Folk

I'm behind on this post mortem - what with a holiday to Scotland and me finishing university - but this is one that I really want to talk about purely because I did something I'd not done before.

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On Comedy

I've been idly thinking about humour over the past couple of days. I've recently been looking at the old sketches from the Radio 4 golden years1 and trying to work out why it all fits together and why it's funny.

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