[r-t] Doubles 240s

Don Morrison dfm at ringing.org
Fri Mar 20 12:11:00 UTC 2015

On Fri, Mar 20, 2015 at 3:02 AM, Richard Johnston
<johnstonrh at amen.org.uk> wrote:
> Are there any historical examples of the use of the identity change?

What is your definition of "historical"? If it's simply "has been done
sometime in the past" I've been using them routinely in touches,
typically with inexperienced bands, for twenty years or more. And in
quarter peals for at least a decade. I'm sure I would have used them
in a couple of peals I called in the past decade, had it not been for
the CCCBR's prohibition.

If you are ringing minimus or doubles with a non-specialist band, the
members of which are not familiar with 123 being considered a "single"
in doubles, and you shout out "single" without having told folks what
that means, in my experience they will almost always ring the identity
change. It is, to most of the average ringers with whom I ring, the
natural contraction of a Plain Bob Minor single.

> If there are, as is the case for jump changes, then a plausible case
> might be made for the inclusion of the identity, but not otherwise.

I'm glad such an argument didn't end up deciding matters when singles
were being introduced for surprise ringing. I certainly prefer the
more musical peals of Superlative we get to ring today.

Don Morrison <dfm at ringing.org>
"It is not the hearing [of music] that improves life, it is the listening."
  -- Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi, _Flow: The Psychology of Optimal Experience_

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