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During the racing season Tom McEwen highlighted to me about a blue cock that has been doing well in the East of Scotland federation. This bird was bred and raced by Keith Howie of Prestonpans club and was called ‘Blue Arrow’ (see photograph) he is a 2 year old and was raced on roundabout and is bred from Hawkins & Evans stock pair of Vandenabeele bloodlines. He won 4 x 1st club 1 x 1st fed; 3 x 2nd federations and won 2nd club and 7th federation.  From the Wetherby race flown on 11th May he won 1st club 168 birds 2nd Federation 461 birds; then from Wakefield on the 19th May he won 7th club 150 birds 20th federation 416 birds; From Newark flown on 1st June he won 2nd club 73 birds and 7th federation 214 birds. Then from Melton Mowbray flown on 9th June he won 1st club 78 birds, 2nd federation 216 birds. From the comeback race from Ripon flown on the 15th June he won 1st club 72 birds, 1st federation 173 birds. So you will see ‘Blue Arrow’ is a top quality pigeon who is right at the front of breaking away at the liberation site. A full brother to ‘Blue Arrow’ is ‘Banjo’ (see photograph) he is also a 2 year old and has won 1st club 224 birds, 3rd federation 518 birds from Whitley Bay on the 28th April. He then won 1st club 126 birds, 1st federation 292 birds from Newark on the 25th May.


‘Blue Arrow’




Keith Howie


 A sister to ‘Blue Arrow’ and ‘Banjo’ is ‘Shady Lady’ (see photograph) is a yearling hen who won 1st club 201 birds 4th federation 475 birds Ridsdale 20th April. Sire of the 3 birds mentioned above is 63 whose a great grandson of 42 an RPRA winner when he was mated to a daughter of Golden Gaby when he was paired to Lady Bliksem a top breeder. The grand dam is from a son of Crystal who won 1st NS 1st open Tours yearling national. 1st NS 9th open MNFC Tours 3975 birds; 4th NS Ace Pigeon award middle distance; 3rd section K (beaten by loft mates) 3 x 700 mile club beaten by loft mates; 26th open national. The dam of 63 is from a son of Golden Eye Turbo when he was mated to Christine a top Gabby. The dam of Keith’s trio is 13 a granddaughter of Golden Gaby when he was mated to Lady Eisen   (a daughter of Saffron) being a full sister to Eisenhower an outstanding breeding cock who was purchased by Myrtle Lofts for £9.500. Lady Eisen is the grandmother to 1st Los Angeles national AU race from Stockton California 320 miles.





Shady Lady



The granddam of 13 is from Lord of the Rings bred and raced as a young bird winning 1st national NE Section Picauville 1st open national GR 3193 birds 2nd nat NE Section 1705 birds, 2nd open 5577 birds 34th national NE Section 1847 birds, 42nd open national 4753 birds, 12th section 13th open Picauville Norther Classic. Lord of the Rings was mated to the Golden Hen an outstanding breeder out of the 8 children bred from her 7 won 1st prizes. She has bred winners with 3 different cocks to win for top flier Clive Yates. The Golden Hen was purchased back by Myrtle lofts. So you will see that Keith’s birds are bred in the purple and he is continuing to win with these Gabby Vandenabeele’s and we wish him well for the future.

A request for information

Since my article regarding Lemons many years ago I have been asked if I would repeat the article however I no longer have the existing editorial but the following information was the base of the story. As we all know and have seen you can purchase a bag of Lemon’s in any supermarket and they do not cost the earth. You can now help a friend in need by letting him/her know that lemon juice is beneficial in preventing the disease of cancer. Its taste is pleasant and it does not produce the horrific effects of chemotherapy. The source of this information is fascinating: it comes from one of the largest drug manufacturers in the world, that says after more than 20 laboratory tests since 1970, the extracts revealed that: It destroys the malignant cells in 12 cancers, including colon, breast, prostate, lung and pancreas and what is even more astonishing: this type of therapy with lemon extract only destroys malignant cancer cells and it does not affect healthy cells.


 As you know, the lemon tree is known for its varieties of lemons and limes. You can eat the fruit in different ways: you can eat the pulp, juice press, prepare drinks, sorbets, pastries, etc... It is credited with many virtues, but the most interesting is the effect it produces on cysts and tumours. It is considered also as an anti-microbial spectrum against bacterial infections and fungi, effective against internal parasites and worms, it regulates blood pressure which is too high and an antidepressant combats stress and nervous disorders. One of my pigeon friends did the following he washed the lemons and put them in the freezer till frozen then grated a lemon and sprinkled it all over his food. Cereals, Soup, Ice Cream, Noodles, Fish, etc. the list is endless. The foods will have a surprising taste, something that you will take time to get used to.


The entire lemon can be used without any waste as the lemon peel contains 5 to 10 times more vitamins than lemon juice itself and rejuvenates health and eradicates toxins from the body. On a pigeon point of view fanciers can use the lemon in their drinkers or by putting the juice on the bird’s food as this will eradicate worms within the birds. I hope this is of some good to everyone not just pigeon fanciers. I hope the remainder of the information is of some help to someone yours Joe Murphy.



Using lemons for cancer treatment

With an increase in reporting by major media outlets discussing the many health benefits of various fruits and vegetables and how they play a part in fighting disease, you may have already heard that lemons cure cancer. While this isn’t completely factual, there have been several studies that purport to show a strong basis in using lemons for cancer treatment.


It should also be noted that there are conflicting reports detailing that, while lemons and other citrus fruits do contain cancer-fighting properties, exactly how effective they are against particular types of cancer has yet to be accurately determined. While the connection between lemons and cancer is yet to be established, it is quite clear that lemons have some clear benefits that are best not ignored.


Health Benefits of Lemons for Cancer

What are the health benefits of lemon when it relates to cancer? In addition to the Vitamin C found in lemon juice, which is already a very well-known alternative cancer treatment in its own right, the peel of the lemon also offers many health benefits, one of the most important being that lemon peel can help to eradicate toxins in your body. This may be why lemons for cancer are being studied and touted as a great remedy. The connection between cancer and lemons isn’t something new; for decades, scientists have wondered, “Is lemon a cancer killer?” and have developed numerous studies to determine its validity. Studies have revealed that lemon extract can successfully destroy malignant cells in a wide range of cancer’s, including breast cancer, colon cancer, and lung cancer (see references below).


Several research studies also make the claim that lemons can destroy cancer much more effectively than chemotherapy, and in a safer and healthier manner. Additionally, the studies also show that lemon extract therapy only affects malignant cells, leaving healthy cells unharmed.


Additional health benefits of lemon include:

It is antibacterial

It is antiviral

It aids in digestion

It can be used to treat acne

It helps to regulate blood pressure

It fights against parasites and worms

It possesses antidepressant qualities

It helps to reduce stress and anxiety

Please be cautious of claims perpetuating through the internet of lemons being “10,000 times better than chemotherapy”.  If that is true, it is probably not because of the effectiveness of the lemons, but because of the ineffectiveness of chemotherapy!  Seriously though, this author could not find any authoritative scientific work that established that as a fact.  The statement is unscientific and unfounded. We prefer to approach it from the angle of a natural product that can form a nutritional barrier between health and disease. When you read the next few paragraphs, please keep this in mind.


Lemons for Cancer: How Much Do I Need to Consume?

So the question you may be asking yourself is, “Do lemons cure cancer and how much lemon do I need to consume on a daily basis?” Before answering this question, it must first be noted that while numerous studies have shown effectiveness in the consumption of lemons as a cancer killer, and is still undergoing a variety of testing and research to even come close to making that assertion. Until then we should think of lemons and cancer to have a nutritional relationship. What is known is that the benefits of lemon could be related to specific compounds found in them (and other citrus fruits such as oranges and grapefruit) known as flavonoids and limonoids.


These may either stop the formation and growth of cancer cells, or have been shown in studies to kill them outright. These studies have mainly been conducted on animals and in laboratory conditions using human breast cancer cells. In Europe, a study was conducted with participants afflicted with various forms of cancer, in which they consumed 150 grams of citrus four or more times a week.


The citrus proved effective in decreasing the risks of cancer by significant percentages, with the exception of breast cancer. However, an American study did show a decrease in the risk of breast cancer in participants using the same portions of citrus—so long as they did not previously undergo hormone replacement therapy. When consuming citrus, it is also important to not just consume the juice, but also the pulp and the peel, and even the seeds when possible. Further research shows that 75 grams of citrus on a daily basis might be the optimal minimum intake for those wishing to reduce the risks of cancer.


How to Add Lemons to Your Daily Diet

Because lemons are very versatile in a wide variety of dishes, it can be very easy to ensure that you have lemon in at least one of your meals each day. At the very least, you can add lemon juice to water and drink a glass of lemon water every day. This ensures that you get a good dose of Vitamin C. However, because the peel of the lemon actually contains a much larger amount of important vitamins than the juice, it is recommended that you find ways to incorporate the peel into your daily diet as well.

One of the easiest ways to accomplish this is to either peel a lemon and place the peel in the freezer, or simply freeze a whole lemon. Then you can grate as needed, adding it to salads, soups, fish, chicken, rice, pasta, and many other dishes. You can add it to seltzer, to smoothies and other drinks. 


Addendum: Lemons and Cancer Treatment

June 1, 2015:  We wrote this article in May 2013 and since then it has been viewed by thousands of people across the world. One of the most common questions we get is whether lemons can be used as a cancer treatment, in other words are lemons a cancer treatment? This article truly describes the health benefits of lemons and the fact that they could be a good addition to an anti-cancer diet.  However, if you do have cancer, please do not try to use nutritional measures as your only tool against the disease.


We believe that appropriately changing nutrition is an integral part of treating cancer – however, expecting nutritional changes alone to resolve the disease is a dangerous path to take. Treatment by a professional is essential.

We are also asked what the “frozen lemon treatment” is. There is really no such thing!  By freezing lemons and grating them whole over your usual foods while still frozen, you can really get the best from every part of the lemon, which helps maximize the benefit from that obtained by the lemon juice by itself. That suggestion should not, however, be construed to be a frozen lemon “treatment”.

We are writing a sequel to this article very soon which will have a lot more data and resources to help you understand better the impact of lemons in overall health and as part on an anti-cancer diet.

I hope the above has been of some help to the people who contacted me and thank you once again for your enquiries.


Joe’s Joke

Bob was in trouble. He forgot his wedding anniversary. His wife was really angry. She told him "Tomorrow morning, I expect to find a gift in the driveway that goes from 0 to 200 in 6 seconds AND IT BETTER BE THERE!" The next morning he got up early and left for work. When his wife woke up, she looked out the window and sure enough there was a box gift-wrapped in the middle of the driveway. Confused, the wife put on her robe and ran out to the driveway, brought the box back in the house. She opened it and found a brand new bathroom scale. Bob has been missing since Friday.

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