The X-File (No.31) - July 1998

After a productive month in June, the five issues in July were somewhat less potent. A limp attempt by the Loughborough band to arouse interest in their new method by naming it after the celebrated new "wonderdrug" Viagra failed to score with staff in the X-files office hardly the sort of thing we have any need for here, or are ever likely to prescribe to. A method rung at Weston-super-Mare and named "Bravo!" in honour of the England football team deserves credit for the sentiment but alas shared an early bath with Mr Beckham.




Rung at




Great Portland St



Imperial College


R Bailey





Barrow Gurney


A J Cox







R Baldwin





Leeds, Burley


I North







G K Dodd


Great Portland Street Surprise Major : x34x45x56x36.4x4.5x56x1 lh 12

Roger Bailey (or Rupert Bear to all those Camp followers out there) has gone underground for this latest handbell offering and come up with something that escapes going straight back down the tube. The backwork is straightforward but fairly uncommon and is reminiscent of Cornwall. The characteristic Cornwall triple dodge start is delayed by one cross-section and the 5-6 places are moulded to suit. The frontwork however is much more fun and decidedly piscine. A fishtail in 1-2 with the treble in 3-4 is followed by coursing pairs doing fishtails in 1-2 and 3-4 allowing plenty of scope for 5678s and 8765s off the front and corresponding little bell music.

Olivine Surprise Major : x5x4.5x2.3.4x4.5x2x5 lh 18

Apparently theres a rumour going around that Mr Coxs methods get preferential treatment from X-file staff and even that Moldy and Tone might in some way be related. Nothing could be further from the truth, and to counter this scandalous rumour may I balance the inclusion of this method by saying that Tonys other offering this month, Zoisite, was a real turkey. Olivine applies the science of a Zanussi backwork allied to a slightly static frontwork to produce a method with the versatile l-group lead end and good music potential front and back. The incidence of the K falseness is a bit awkward and has driven the conductor to resort to BYROC but still well worth a dabble.

Août Delight Major : x5x4.5x56.1x4x3.6x34.5 lh 12

A spikey little blighter this one but well worth the effort. The first cross-section may be Bristol but any familiarity ends there. The frontwork is unusual and non-trivial but delivers 6 87xxs and 2 xx78s in the middle of the course. Together with a reliably musical backwork and no tenors together in-course falseness, Août more than merits another aoûting.

Pitman Surprise Major : 34x5.4x5x36.2x34.5x34.6.3 lh 18

We just dont know whether the Pitman in question is the father of shorthand or of the legendary compositions of spliced. Either way, this is a good method and worthy of either of them. As with the previous method (yep, Im fed up with finding the circumflex) Pitman scores highly on the difficulty factor although movement through the change is slow, with long places in all four positions. The music at the back is almost identical in nature and timing to Bristol although the blue line bears no resemblance whatsoever. The long places in 1-2 and 3-4 are performed by coursing pairs delivering good, but unsubtle, music off the front The falseness is more friendly than it at first appears allowing Ivins well worn composition to make another appearance.

Kintbury Surprise Major : x5x6x2x3.2.34x25.36x6.7 lh 12

No, youre not imagining it, it really is Pudsey above and it really has made it into an X-file review. Admittedly, in other months this method would have missed the cut with all the other Justin Roses, but despite its dubious parentage Kintbury is not too bad. Its redeeming feature (unsurprisingly) is the frontwork which is interesting, albeit somewhat static in 1-2, and produces good music forwards and backwards off the front. (7 87xxs, 5 xx78s). Avoiding the falseness in the middle of the course may well mean jumping over the musical leads a little too often, but you could still do a lot worse. Pudsey for instance.

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