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NEWS FROM SCOTLAND

Reports by Joe Murphy

Charlie Cameron of Arbroath

Other than the gales and strong winds we have experienced during December and the beginning of the New Year the weather has not been too bad, especially when you consider the snow we had last year. With this in mind and having time on my hands, I paired up in early December and have my first round of eggs in the nest and by the time this article appears in print I should have 2012 rings on my first youngsters of the year. I only had trouble with 3 pairs. One cock would not take to the hen I wished him to have and was too dominant. I took her out and put in a late bred hen that I had no intention of pairing up this year and you would never believe it, she sat down to him right away and he treaded her, so they are down on eggs and are as happy as Larry. Another hen did not lay so I took her out and put the above hen that I had taken out and gave her this new cock and they went together no problems. The 3rd of the pairs giving me a slight problem was a pair of experienced pigeons, a daughter of a national winner and a cock that is turning out to be one of my best stock cocks; they were down on eggs but every time I entered the loft they would come to meet me at the front of their box. After I had cleaned it out and fed them and I attended to the other birds, when looking in their box one of them would be sitting on the eggs and they looked fine, but there was something wrong as they were not as keen or as tight sitting as the other pairs. After a few days they were off the eggs and I put the eggs under another pair and took the pair out of the box and cleaned it all out and then had a thought; maybe it was the nest bowl. I had used the clay bowl wrapped it up in newspaper and gave them heather for nesting material and I wondered if this was the problem. I also have wire made nest bowls that let the air go through and are higher off the ground, so I put in a new wire pan and hopefully this will eleviate the problem and they can now go back down on eggs. The good thing is it is early in the season and hopefully I can get enough babies for racing from this pair. The other thing that came to mind was when I moved the nest pan (wrapped in newspaper) underneath was damp so I went round all the boxes and put down some Respiro San Dry, a product I purchased at Blackpool S how these past few years from Philip Gardner. I swear by this as it dries up dampness and has a lovely clinical smell which also helps the birds. It is also a good idea to put a pinch or two of Respiro San Dry down in the nest pan in front of the chest of the youngsters (when they are rung) as this also keeps the nest pot fresh and dry and also helps keep the youngsters' respiratory system clean and helps them develop well. Jock Strang was over visiting me recently and he was so impressed with this product that he is going to purchase it at Blackpool Show so have a look for their stand; you will not go wrong using it, trust me. 

Thank You Letter

Received a nice letter from Malcolm Raynor whom I wrote about regarding his wishing to contact John Norris of Norban. Malcolm wrote: ‘Dear Joe, just a quick letter to thank you for your help and wish you and your family all the best for 2012 and I hope you have a good year. I phoned Mr Norris and what a great gentleman he is and he gave me some great advice on what to do. I have to get in touch with him in January/February time and he will help me and I cannot thank you enough once again; wishing you all the best yours Malcolm Raynor.'

Believe me, it was a pleasure to help Malcolm and anyone else who asks for assistance. I have done this all my life and it just comes as second nature; however I do not like being taken as a fool. That has happened in the past and I just cut people like this off.

Combine Winner

Received a photograph and some information on Brown & Donachie of Dundee’s Combine winner from Leicester 2011; he is a Van Loon widowhood cock bred in 2006 and he has always been a steady pigeon to the loft and unfortunately has been beaten on many occasions for top honours by loft mates as he likes a 'wee burl' on the trap before crossing the ETS pad missing out on better positions. When he won the Leicester race he was 13 minutes in front of next club pigeon which was owned by ourselves and the blue cock won the federation and Combine by 7 minutes. His sire was bred by W.& V Carr being a direct son of Applejack (son of Little Scrumpy) this has been a great family for us winning 22 x 1st federations and  3 x 1st Combine and 1st Amalgamation with our winner Miss Scrumptious won the Amalgamation from Maidstone against a massive entry of 9144 birds flying 386 miles, she is dam and grand dam of 14 individual federation winners and is direct dam to our other 1st Combine winner who also won from Leicester; my thanks to Willie Donachie for the above. 

 

Blast from the Past

Received the following from Tom Murphy of Bonnyrigg which I found interesting. To be honest, I remember some of the names in the poem and they were great pigeon men, believe me. Tom’s email goes as follows: ‘Dear Joe, I was recently going through some old papers and I found a poem which I’m now sending to you. An old (non-fancier) neighbour of mine, the late Alex Lothian, penned these words the season following a TV programme featuring the men of the club. I’m sure that there will be a few well remembered names. Alex was the nephew of Sharpe Bros of Newtongrange, Rennes winners in 1914.

Bonnyrigg Doos

 

It’s here again the racing season: When some men seem to lose their reason: Their hearts beating with palpitations: Their minds full of expectations

There’s Carruthers, Sneddon and Alistair Rae: Robertson, Young and Milligan tae, Murphy, Beck and wee Bobby B*, Who is always on hand to make the tea

There’s Makarus and Brown and Waterstone, Murray and Reid and Egil Hansen, Langlands, Petrie and Jimmy Bertram, Who keeps the baskets spick and span

Furness and Watson and then Bros Rae, Waters and Hush and of course Billy Gray, I hope I’m not being too impartial, When I say let’s win a national

To all you lads of Odyssey fame, Let’s see you live up to your name, And let all the others understand; You are the best club in the land

PS Apologies for any names omitted. Yours Old Timer.

Back in 1986 my wife was aware of some oral history programmes “Odyssey” that had been on the radio, three of which had been converted into TV programmes. The Temperance Society, Greyhound Racing and Lace-Making I think were the topics. My wife wrote to the presenter Billy Kay at the BBC and suggested that there was a wealth of character and history in pigeon racing. It took two years for him to raise the money at which point he got back to my wife and as a result the TV programme “The Doos” was made in 1988. A little quote from the script which was left with us at the club is this opening gambit: - “Pigeon (or doo) racing is a sport which arouses passionate commitment amongst its devotees. The doo-fanciers themselves are fascinating characters and their involvement in their pastime quite exceptional. Their birds are cherished in lofts and pigeon coops which range from the custom-built to the garden shed made from salvaged planks and old doors. This 30 minute-programme aims to capture the spirit of the sport and its community. All the best for 2012 - yours Tom Murphy, still a member of the now dwindling Bonnyrigg Homing Society'.

Tom sent me a copy of this film and it was great to sit down and watch this. It brought back some happy memories of meeting some of the all-time great fanciers who are no longer with us, which is a pity as they were some of the very best pigeon men in Scotland. My thanks to Tom for the email and film and I wish him and his family all the very best for 2012.  

 

Pride of Scotland

 

We now come to birds that have won 3 times in the national and there are quite a number of  pigeons in this category and hopefully I will manage to give them some publicity before the new season begins in April. I start off with 3 birds from the South section with the first a household name in the pigeon sport being W Jamieson of Annan (son of the famous Jock and nephew to Matt Jamieson). Billy's 3 times winner is a blue chequer cock SU 07 S 2911 who has won the following positions:

Race Point

Year

Open

Section

Sent

Miles Yards

Velocity

Members

Birds

Newbury

2008

90

A41

8

261-649

1038.1

650

3835

Newbury

2009

199

 

4

261-649

1146.15

715

4501

Marlborough

2011

118

A39

4

254-1018

972.17

685

4960

 

Crombie & Mechan of Annan have 2 pigeons in this category with the first a chequer hen SU 09 S 4823 who won twice in 2011.

Race Point

Year

Open

Section

Sent

Miles Yards

Velocity

Members

Birds

Bovington

2010

52

A12

28

252-705

1303.88

718

5223

Marlborough

2011

99

A32

39

254-559

987.93

685

4960

Messac

2011

3

A1

4

499-228

1191.18

385

1159

 

Their second pigeon is a blue bar cock SU 08 S 7698 who won twice before his success in the first inland national in 2011.

Race Point

Year

Open

Section

Sent

Miles Yards

Velocity

Members

Birds

Bovington

2010

102

A28

28

252-705

1281.74

718

5223

Clermont

2010

41

A13

3

457-653

1014.04

311

1102

Marlborough

2011

175

A54

39

254-559

940.89

685

4960

 

Joe’s Joke

 

Subject: Investment Recommendation

 

If you had purchased £1,000 of shares in Delta Airlines one year ago, you would have £49.00 today.

If you had purchased £1,000 of shares in AIG one year ago, you would have£33.00 today.

If you had purchased £1,000 of shares in Lehman Brothers one year ago, you would have £0.00 today.

But, if you had purchased £1,000 worth of beer one year ago, drank all the beer, then turned in the aluminium cans for recycling refund, you would have received back £214.00 in cash.

Based on the above, the best current investment plan is to drink heavily & recycle. A recent study found that the average Briton walks about 900 miles a year. Another study found that Britons drink, on average, 22 gallons of alcohol a year. That means that, on average, Britons get about 41 miles to the gallon!

Makes you proud to be British, doesn't it?

 

Please continue to keep the news flowing; to Joe Murphy Mystical Rose Cottage 2 Flutorum Avenue Thornton by Kirkcaldy KY1 4BD or phone 01592 770331 or to my email address joejmurphy1947@gmail.com REMEMBER THE J IN THE MIDDLE or log onto www.elimarpigeons.com  www.Pigeonportal.com or www.racingpigeonsuk.com who wish my weekly contribution portfolio on pigeon topics from Scotland.

 

 © Compiled by Joe Murphy