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Jim Emerton






We have Mark Gilbert up to 700 miles, Neil Bush over 700 miles and Trevor Robinson over 850 miles. They are all marathon fanciers too. I admire what these guys have done with racing pigeons. We could do with some probing analysis of and interviews with these men, to find out how they got the results they did from the personality, mindset and management perspective and/or a serious book. More to it than money and good birds folks! How do they tick, what motivates them to do great things? These are the men and birds to study. Jim Emerton.



Good birds over 700 miles will vary in size from great to small in race reality. I do like small hens, nice and buoyant and easy to condition for the long endurance races. I do not favour big heavy ,pigeons with sprinting power that win races. Yet the acid test is to send every single bird to races over 700 miles, down to the last bird. This practice will discover both man and bird that can negotiate marathon races. The discipline remains the forte of the dedicated,knowledgable minority who can do it. Jim Emerton.




The Eclipse the 650 club are due to organise a series of open races culminating in Barcelona International. It is a great idea, worthy of support and will fire dreams, interest and some entries. In essence we have the BICC/BBC/ Eclipse and Tony Byrne with his one loft race who will stimulate interest in Barcelona for UK and Ireland. I applaud all the birds in the clock ,the people who send them. Bear in mind my 4 Barcelona trophies up for grabs that I donated to the BICC to reward great men and birds. Great stuff Jim Emerton Life Vice President of Eclipse Club-over to you folks




My top 2 stock cocks in the early days were from a brother times sister mating. My strain of 43 years making, and duration has used 4 cocks from brother times sister matings ,amongst other related and unrelated birds. Paired together the strain today will all embrace the 7 foundation birds. You get to love and prefer birds of your own origins, especially as you are not buying in other people’s bloodlines-the fun is in creating your own. All pigeons are of mixed origins and not pure genetically. Essential is the ultimate testing of all the racing pigeons. Jim Emerton.




The idea is to get every bird over 700 miles. This concept will select out fanciers and birds of great quality, as most birds have given it all at 750 miles. It is for dedicated specialists who cultivate a strain based on years of breeding to relatives with judicious outbreeding experiments. Few do it today and 800-mile men and birds are rare. My heart lies in this type of racing ,and my first day 2 bird at 735 miles was 26 years ago and she is in the strain today. A good body of 700-mile men is found in the Nor East 700-mile club -some top lads in this club. The marathon psyche is patient/focused/determined and has sustained stamina and endurance and the birds have great INTERNAL powers. Jim Emerton




There are a number of me who have dedicated 40 years or so to the cultivation of their own birds by progeny testing in races up to and over 700 miles over the English Channel. Showing sustained enthusiasm,energy,focus and endurance they qualify as strain masters. None of the birds, after inbreeding are pure in a genetic sense, yet if needed, I would source inbred birds from the key birds as they may produce a few good ones. A few of these elite fanciers are Neil Bush/Jim Donaldson/Brian Denney and Chris Gordon. Birds of this ilk I would set the task of Barcelona International over 700 miles to see if they passed the acid test of race reality. Jim Emerton



At 2 years of age ,we enter all our birds into the epic Barcelona International race to fly against the wind often into the west of England. I am pleased to report that I have clocked the top bird in a race in the North at 879 miles and in the West at 703 miles! The point is that Nick Harvey and I send every bird back to Barcelona multiple times. It means we have a 5 times Barcelona Hen, a 3 times hen etc. Wizard the 3 times cock is with Michael Feeney at stud. Other people with my based strain are Richard Scott/ Chris Booth/John Hewitt and Pat etc. They are all keeping my dedicated strain going -we are enthusiasts-I take no money for my services and have given money way from my book royalties. The sport and the strain and people come first in my life-Jim Emerton




To me the key elements to a good bird are internal and invisible to the naked eye. The internal organs must all be healthy and strong, the muscles, heart ,brain etc and the total being of the bird. In my mind’s eye performance genes are needed and the traits that give speed, stamina ,homing ability and navigation. In a gestalt or total sense, we do not understand why one bird is superior at different distances to another do we. What makes one man a champion and the other an also ran with similar birds. ? I feel much is due to character and personality. However ,it is nice to see a pretty bird that has good looks. Pigeon racing is still the mystery that it always was and always will be. It is certain that a bird in the clock at 7 00 to 800 miles is always a good one. Jim Emerton


I feel there are many factors that may combine to influence homing in racing pigeons. Many that need a study are wind direction, wind speed and atmospherics due to humidity/mist/rain/sun and any other elements in the air. Then we have the possible impact of communication signals from mobiles,satelites and any other human-based activities such as air pollution from industry and wind driven dust particles. All these variables may affect the racing ability of pigeons along with conditioning and genetic qualities peculiar to the bird. The team at a University may, in conjunction with the RPRA , develop a research model to examine the whole process and concept for publication in the pigeon racing media. It may reveal insights into the essence of navigation applicable to the avian world. Jim Emerton



An original and unorthodox distance enthusiast has left the abiding memory of the great blue hen Riley’s Duchess. 1st sect K Pau over 700 miles, she was 2nd open BICC Barcelona International over 800 miles-both hard races. Brian inspired my Barcelona Dream Cock at 879 miles. Long will Brian remain in the psyche of marathon enthusiasts in the North of England where some great birds are flown in races over 700 miles. Jim Emerton.



Shorter than Pau or Tarbes ,it will stimulate some entries as a new race point -a change and fresh challenge. The further the better for me ,yet I feel that there will be difficult and fairly easy liberations from this point if continued. I am aware of the prevailing environmental conditions that coexist with modern liberations at points around the 700-mile mark and beyond. I would like to see some academic analysis of the total conditions in contemporary racing ,as a professorial research model at Oxbridge Universities in collusion with the RPRA. This data could be published in the pigeon racing media. Jim Emerton



Out of the rain -sodden gloom, the little bird sang with sweet, melodious defiance, from the very heart of nature. We rewarded this little earth spirit with the juicy reality of a mealworm, and the Robin showed trust by stepping on my shoe, as I stood transfixed absorbed by sound. Every aspect of nature is the soul of my garden from the roaming fox, to the hysterical starling, to the shy and reclusive dunnock. Try as I may to like humanity, I do place the wonders of nature on a lofty pedestal. Jim Emerton.



In order to this ,it is wise to try and be unorthodox and different. What you do may make a difference and be out of the ordinary. The price may be a liitle madness or eccentricity,yet may yield good results. Why spend a life repeating what many others have done? In pigeon racing ,why not be a pioneer or go the extra mile? People in Ireland are trying to do this with the prospect of BICC racing,and I applaud the ambition of these attempts at the unusual - Jim Emerton.


No pure strains of racing pigeons exist - Stichelbauts and Jan Aardens have all become diluted over time ,with the sad passing of the men who became famous names. The modern racer is a mixture of origins/genes and the result of man management. Fancy names often imply slick advertising,commercialism,money and paper pedigrees. Look out for the man who spends a lifetime perfecting his family of distance and marathon racing pigeons. I want to see consistent performances over 700 miles in International racing. There are some genuine hardcore fanciers who will give you birds from their best-see if you can cultivate a network of these like -minded people-could be the way forward for you. I like the practice of swapping good birds between friends out of genuine sportsmanship-a winning formula me thinks. Jim Emerton.

Myself at Holtby and my partner allow the birds the run of the big outdoors to be wild and free. They return to the loft for food,shelter,security and to roost and nest. This is how we build fitness,contentment and condition for extreme distance racing over 700 miles Barcelona into the West-against the wind. The birds are flown out all Autumn/Winter and are hard, sharp and easy to condition. Each bird is bred in the purple, yet few really cut the mustard, as the potential is born in the bird. They are a mixed bag; each one is different. Jim Emerton.




It has to be the greatest thing to achieve within the pigeon sport, requiring years and years of focus and dedication. First you need to breed some birds that will time over 700 or 800 miles, preferably in International racing. Persist every year with your target marathon race, breed off the birds in the clock and use all shorter races as build up for the big one. Your fanaticism may be rewarded in time, with a strain of marathon birds to call your own. Jim Emerton.




With a steady build up to keep the reserves in the bird, send all yearlings 350 to 450 miles in a chosen race. It is simple, as you cultivate returning birds for Barcelona the next year or year after. Birds can be of any strain origin ,as each 1 is unique. The key to success is in your prowess as a practical manager and your personality-you make the pigeons from their potential. The whole sport is personality led. Good Uk Barcelona Int birds are rare, and we have yet to get 1 in Ireland in race time-why do you think this is the case? Suggest we all persist in doing what is possible?? Jim Emerton.



You need a master plan, dedicated system and focused mind-set. If you persist for say 20 years ,you will do well, if you are good enough. The onus is always on the individual person as good birds are quite common. The essence is personality first, pigeon second-a formula where many people will do well in the game. Many fall for slick adverts and spend lots of money-the answer lies in your own loft in reality. Wise to persist until you get it right as good racing is down to good practice .Jim Emerton.



The female garden, orb spiders are swollen with eggs in their silken death traps, the diminutive males hanging by a thread close by. I love to see them mummify a fly. Spiders are embedded deeply within the unconscious psyche-I call them Boris. Splendid ,young magpies are towards the end of the moult with other corvids, crows and jackdaws, and the territorial robins are singing. I love the sight and sound of wild pink feet geese, when they light up my senses en route from Greenland and Spitzbergen. Soon bulbs will be springing from my exotic collection of 15 containers . How I love the natural world in my reflective old age! Jim Emerton.



We drop some every year to natural causes. Always frustrating the reasons can be birds of prey,wires,obstacles,shooting ,and some just fly away and get lost. It is what it is, and wise to breed plenty to cover losses. Jim Emerton.




Oh, for a sensible rationale and solution to the power game in The House of Commons. The anger, resentment, hatred, prejudice and a whole series of dramatic ,negative human emotions are an outward manifestation of confined humans under pressure. Some divisions, splits and fractures in this cauldron of society are wounds that will never heal . Any spiritual union of ideas is long out of the question. We are seeing huge levels of self-seeking under the mask of party ideology, hierarchy and belief. The corollary is that the press is having a field day, although a semblance of outward order may return to the political system ,yet serious doubts on the nature of democracy will exist. Jim Emerton. LJP. It's the same in all walks of life Jim, the ones who cannot have their own way are the ones who cause all the problems. No matter where you are in a meeting and having a vote the highest number of votes are the winners, change that and we lose our democracy.



Very few fanciers attempt these races with the BICC. In reality it is too difficult, too far for most fanciers and their birds to keep having a go. If its popularity increased there could be a case for more marking stations nearer home for potential enthusiasts. A pity, that with the decline in racing more than 750 miles from Barcelona International over here it remains an optimist’s dream. When I timed at 879 miles the birds were sent down to Kent by Amtrak in cardboard boxes. However, with a will and serious dedication good men can still get their birds to the BICC marathon races over 700 miles in length. I do like the one loft race concept of 795 miles into Norfolk and all the trophies good birds could win-it is a possible way forward to test all those well-bred birds in Race Reality. Jim Emerton.




We have put our 2 champion Barcelona hens back in the race loft to fly out all Autumn/Winter. The sexes are separated in the race team of 22 pigeons. All being finalised we will send birds into the 1 loft Barcelona race -fun only. The birds are moulting well ,yet we keep our eyes skinned for diseases in this time of stress. As normal, the racers are out, alternate days on open loft. We like good natural condition all year round, not coupled up prisoners! Racing to us is play and that’s what we do. I hope you are enjoying reading my 9 books Jim Emerton.




To understand birds the natural world and the great outdoors ,a feeling for nature is essential. I am aware of every little sound and movement on my many walks into the wild or wilderness or the depths of dark woods. Many city people are alienated from the orchestra and beauty around them in the natural world. However, we are starting to come alive due to global pollution and climate change ,due to industrialisation, capitalism and human population expansion levels. I would rather gaze upon a butterfly than a human any day. In the next 50 years, man will encounter the extinction of many species and serious negative changes to global ecosystems, and man will pay for his ignorance, greed, excess and mindless pursuit of pure selfishness, dogma and arrogance. In reality, we are all part of nature and will return to it. Jim Emerton.




With this type of racing in decline, I feel things could change. If we avoid too many politics, we could open up organisations to encourage all fanciers to send birds in this type of event, as racing is fragmented between many umbrella organisations. This level of racing does cater for the best of birds and fanciers and requires great skill and dedication and is for purists. The key element is to send your birds to see what they can do, with the accent on the birds rather than rivals, racing with purpose and objectivity. We have built a strain at Barcelona through years of sending the birds to it. It suits the little man as well as the big team player. Naturally, there are logistical, political, difficulty and organisational issues by people and the will of all the people involved. Think about it as an idea in the first place. I like the concept of The Barcelona One Loft Race-serious intentions. Jim Emerton.




Have you held the perception that your inner being, or self cannot be seen ,as though you have withdrawn into a shell? This may happen under intense introspection, moments of fear or stress or when contemplating the navel. In reality, it shuts you off from sensory experiences of the so-called external world. What is going on with the brain/mind synthesis during this phase and is the experience peculiar to humans-discuss?? Jim Emerton The Invisible Man!




The cosmos as we call it ,in its totality is greater than the sum of human consciousness. It is an illusion, an arrogance and a delusion to think or believe that we have true knowledge of it through science, religion, philosophy or any belief system. Human knowledge is but a ripple on the vast ocean of truth ,is it not. Our deluded egos fool us into false beliefs ,generated by human existence. My little insight does give some meaning to earthly existence. However, it is nice to ponder via a conscious stream the great unknown as it stimulates the inner being to the microcosm within the macrocosm. Jim Emerton.




Human consciousness is linked directly with the mind. I have always felt that the essence of my existence has been subjective and cerebral. People can lose a sense of the inner being, the self ,when focusing too much on the so-called external world of things and money, directly associated with a materialistic and capitalistic society. I believe that the essence of the pure self, the inner man is mental and spiritual, and I have created 9 books in this self-belief. However, I do love the natural world ,which humanity is rapidly polluting and degrading. Society today is in dire need of some spiritual values generated by the psyche from the brain within. We need to balance our personalities on this earthly journey of life into death-Jim Emerton.





My insight tells me that higher human consciousness manifested by the great artists, poets, philosophers etc could be perceived as the union of genius and madness within the psyche of the individual person. I feel creativity emerges from a deeper level than the labels of bipolarity, schizophrenia and other psychiatric diagnoses. We still struggle to understand the inner workings of the minds of William Blake, Vangogh, Picasso and other luminaries. Inspite of some empathy with them, their cultural charisma is an image of the enigma which was their consciousness. Us humans just dabble on the surface of great minds and souls! Jim Emerton.


I see this in human males. With fantasy, delusions of grandeur, trickery, and persuasive chat they act out roles of feigned self-importance. These are image creating, egocentric devises motivated by status due to the pressures of society. I know a few of these Walter Mitty men and find the to be very amusing from the personality perspective, do you not? You will find them in many places and guises-often in the celebrity field of people. They are worthy of close scrutiny. Jim Emerton.



They come in many shapes, types, sizes and breeding origins. The sure way of finding and proving one is to enter all your birds in The Barcelona International race and every year. I have practiced this for 9 years ,with birds homing every year. You will find that some trail in out of race time-here the principle is to send them back the following year. I like the idea of the one loft race under the jurisdiction of Tony Byrne in Norfolk. At 795 miles it will be a real test of quality by Tony, the bird and the breeder. The dream is to win The Barcelona International into the UK. In race reality, it will probably not happen in my lifetime and for very sound reasons. With all the Barcelona bred birds about in the world today ,it will be interesting to count the entries in this event under the umbrella of The BICC. The distance appeals to me ,as I clocked at 879 miles some 24 years ago. Jim Emerton.



At 795 miles approx. into Norfolk England ,and organised by Tony Byrne, what a great, and innovative idea it is. At this marathon distance, in the greatest race on planet earth ,your birds can compete in The Barcelona International and with the BICC for 3 of the 4 Jim Emerton trophies-see The BICC handbook. We need to lift entry no’s from everywhere, so let’s make this a race of global support and impact. Now this race, if it becomes a living reality will test race management and breeding qualities of all the birds. Contact Tony, watch for the promotion ,all you marathon buffs and join the dream -which could rescue many aspects of serious marathon racing. Potential tests are orientation and racing over such a great distance-Jim Emerton 879 miles BICC Distance Record Holder-I love the creative nature of the concept of this race-best wishes Jim Emerton.


Self-identity and survival are the drives prevalent in the people of the UK today. Masks are down and its every man for himself me first in practice. The personification of this psychological trend is glaringly obvious amongst the leading politicians of the day, who are using every conceivable ego -survival trick to assert their inner needs. With my perception and insight I can spot the devious and propagandist comments from the House and in the media. In practice the spirit of democracy has ceased to exist as paranoid leaders attempt to become dictators, leaving behind democracy as a device to lure in voters. To a shrewd I the whole process is a big con game motivated by career and self-interest. What has become of the visionary individual with real integrity I ask?? Jim Emerton



Now you can find some of these folks in my book An Eccentric Genius my Extraordinary Life Jim Emerton. The peculiar, the singular, the strange, gifted and genius are traits of the types of men who dedicate their waking lives to marathon International racing into the UK and Ireland. However, these are the people, often of integrity and some honesty that I would swap birds with or seek advice from . Often specialists, they test birds to the limit, and in that sense have some good ones. My partner and I enter every bird at 2 years or older in The Barcelona International race flying against the prevailing wind over 700 miles into the far West of England. It is the ONLY race for us as old lads. Jim Emerton



My feeling is that despite the anger, posturing, duplicity, tactics, chicanery and disturbed political egos, a deal with Europe will be the outcome after the last bullet is fired. The House has been a cauldron, a theatre of many of the more emotional and negative traits of people within a career survival and instinctual scenario. It has been a strong metaphor of what people are like under pressure. Many people will negate politics for good as an outcome. Jim Emerton.

Hi Jim, I don't want to get into politics on here and this is the one Occasion I will. The government as a whole, have brought all this trouble on themselves through not doing what they should have done and that is leave the EU after a democratic vote, then they could have sorted the rest out afterwards. They are all scaremongering, nobody knows what is going to happen when we have left and I say that lightly, they still have time to change their minds. We are British and no matter what we will carry on and succeed. LJP.



There is room for all types of racing in the world today. In reality ,it is no test of the prowess, knowledge and expertise of fanciers other than the managers of the one loft and the breeding of the birds in the first place. It will never test marathon/distance capabilities of the individual pigeon and the genius of the fancier who has dedicated his life to the preparation. The race to give all the answers remains The Barcelona International, as the supreme test of fancier and bird. Every one of the birds in our strain has to fly this race as a loft and strain rule. We breed from every bird in the clock from Barcelona as they meet our selection criteria. The corollary is that UK entry numbers remain relatively low. Barcelona birds all LOOK different to each other yet have the internal qualities we seek. Jim Emerton.



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My latest trip for many years is with my mate, and it has taken 27 years to get it together to return to Spain, but we always said we would make sure we done it in style next time! We are off with my car and caravan, next spring, on the same ferry route as last time. Follow our old route but enjoying the luxury of a caravan on caravan sites and taking our time on our way down to southern Spain, where I've rented a villa to celebrate my 50th birthday with friends and my wife flying over for the weekend of fun. A well-deserved holiday. Sightseeing, fishing and the nice warmth of Spain, roll on! We are returning in my car, but will be via Barcelona on our return route, to visit the release point, got to fit something in to do with pigeons in. I'm hoping to be going there to watch the release one day, then rush back on a plane, hopefully to clock an entered bird in! What a thrill that would be.



If you start young with pigeons, as I did 67 years ago ,you may have a life to dedicate to them. I confess that they have been foremost in my mind and have come first for many years. The sport is not just the winning of races, as there is the science,psychology,practice,literature,and knowledge all to master and with racing at all levels to International competition. I feel the essence lies in strain building and your overall contribution to the sport. My 9 books go some way to express my enthusiasm for knowledge in a host of subject areas and these are a legacy as dreams became a reality.

Jim Emerton.




It is very easy-the ones in the clock at over 7oo miles Barcelona International are good birds, along with the parents. It is the only selection criterion that we use in our strain . In reality these birds can be any colour or physical type, as we are judging total performance factors not looks! Beware of pretty photos in sales ads, designed to relieve you of your money. Jim Emerton.





My mind is like a flame in the wind, a mutable ever-changing thing. It burns and glows from deep within, to give me spiritual light, of fires that will not dim. My darkest secrets are made so clear ,in heat and passion myself to find in the furnace of my inner mind. As I walk alone on the edge of time, it is my hour, my day, my life, each passing moment so sublime. A single journey, the essence of things, the pulse of life, it makes me sing. Jim Emerton.




 Obituary For Liam Ocomain.

The great man has passed on. A gifted intellectual,author,poet and pigeon journalist he inspired a generation of keen and loyal fans with his lyrical, informed and sensitive writing. The archives show how creative, passionate and spiritual his work was. A Master of Arts Liam inspired a generation of people who read his literature that was touched by the hand of genius. His latter years were spent in deep thought where he sought out truth ,becoming deeply mystical . I hold him in great respect and affection Jim Emerton.



The aim is as much time on the wing as possible. Toss the birds in a group say 100 miles, and make sure it is against the wind-this will liven the instincts within and muscle them up. On arrival ,supplement the birds and rest them and grow them on to be yearlings. The good basic condition comes from genes, marathon food and open loft. Jim Emerton.


Fifty years a Kewite by Jim Emerton. It is so nostalgic to reflect on how my life has involved over such a passage of time. The essence of it all has been self survival,as I could have perished in Afghanistan in 79. My Autobiography An Eccentric Genius my Extraordinary Life ,featured on Amazon is serialised in magazines around many places in the world ,including Mensa. Beyond the impact of literature, I am delighted to have my head in the clouds and feet on the ground. Today John Whitehead, Barry Phillips and I are closer than ever as remnants of The School of Horticulture, and we have evolved as eccentrics over time- I love it.Jim Emerton.


Barcelona to the south is only around 700 miles, with shorter other races of a National and International nature. In the North birds have flown up to 748 miles on the day of liberation. Barcelona could take you in excess of 800 miles after 3 or 4 days. We have real distance and marathon opportunities in Yorkshire/Lancashire and beyond. My strain was proven at 879 miles ,and I do favour measured distances in excess of 700 miles. Some great birds cope with great distances and they all have to cross the Channel with the south road, where my favourite country of liberation is Spain. We used to fly 569 miles on the day at Saintes,687 miles day 2 at Dax, 735 miles day 2 at Pau and 879 miles day 4. In race reality very few birds of any origin will perform like this, as it is serious progeny testing. Jim Emerton.



In my final book of 9, I tell it all as it is over a life that has endured 70 years. My passions for people, nature, travel and pigeons are weaved into a colourful, factual and imaginative life story so far. You will find it original, entertaining and touched by both madness and genius. Some of the episodes are scary, where my life was put at risk, with a hint of the drugs, sex and rock and roll in far away exotic places. Available on Amazon.co.uk and Amazon .com, it is having great reviews already-you will love it and there is lots about pigeon racing. Jim Emerton.



Of any colour, size, shape, colour, character-it is the one that performs the best to your loft. Handle pigeons and choose, yet I seek the internal qualities of speed, stamina, endurance, survival ability and navigation. Trust your senses and intuition and make the final test of quality by sending all the birds to actual races. The next logical step is to breed off the star performers and breeders to form your own family. As a mindset you need long term and persistent dedication of an absolute nature. I have practiced this formula for 43 years - ocd or what?? It works.



I have been inbreeding, outbreeding and linebreeding with my strain for 43 years and as close as brother times sister mattings. It should be noted, that I studied and taught genetic theory as a science teacher for a while, and plant genetics at The Royal Botanic Gardens Kew. My conclusion is that there are no certain combinations that will produce good birds under real progeny testing conditions of actual racing up to Barcelona International level, as different relationships in the parents and grandparents may or may not work. Have an eye on a formula or theoretical system=both interesting and academic-yet there is no better reality, than testing every race bird out to the limit of its potential under RACE REALITY conditions. My first NO 1 and No 2 stock cocks were from brother times sister mattings. My autobiography An Eccentric Genius is on Amazon.co.uk and Amazon.com now. I think you will love it -Jim.



The whole system, like science is based on subjective, human values and belief. In my belief the fundamentals of it are not based on absolute truth or perceived objective reality and to me is eyewash as a personality determinant or predictor. Believe as you wish in life, yet I do like the idea of external influences impacting on genetic predisposition the old nature/nurture influences on personality typing. I think people need to be influenced by personal insights rather than external dogma and convention-Jim Emerton.



Avoid overt jealousy of good fanciers, especially of a hurtful, negative nature. We need an injection of sportsman-like values deep within the game. Negative, human emotions are causing people to leave the sport of pigeon racing. Plough some positivity back into the game, by helping novices with practical knowledge, writing, filming or donating a trophy. In reality, the essence is human competition, although I moralise, there is a spiritual element to long distance and marathon racing, as it places you close to nature. Attempt to understand how each bird ticks, and how navigation takes place. With insight these points may lead to a greater understanding of yourself! Jim Emerton. (You won’t change people Jim, especially when they cannot get their own way, they join in on Forum conversations without knowing the true facts and effectively show themselves up. Take it from someone who has first-hand experience, these people cannot see it but they only damage their own reputations, because they trust in trouble makers. LJP)


Boris is a fascinating eccentric man who displays his unconventional ego-morphs on the political stage. He is gifted in the verbal departments of oratory, and colourful speech making which manifest themselves as charisma in the public consciousness, yet behind the charming mask of good naturalness is a giant, pulsating and careerist ego. He will need to evolve fresh ego morphs as he faces the power machine of European egos, who will try to subdue his Brexit intentions. The press is poised to pounce on his perceived faults as a human and leader, to further satisfy their career aspirations. Yes, a man on a mission to make a huge global impact and change the course of history in an unconventional and most original manner! Jim Emerton.


Added early July.

In the Wexford area of Ireland, the club is unique. Timing in race time out of Barcelona International in the BICC, is the single objective of this brave, honest and innovative organisation, in the modern era of marathon pigeon racing. I am promoting the club to draw attention to its intentions, as it may stimulate further Barcelona participation from dedicated men and their birds. In 2019 around 14 birds will be liberated to fly back home from Barcelona to Ireland. Join with me in wishing them all the very best! Jim Emerton.


In pigeon racing atmospherics, wind and weather are always variable. In 43 years, I have never kept birds at home due to a forecast. In good condition, the birds always have to go, as simple as that my friends! In ignorance of the true nature of the real conditions after liberation, we wait for the possible return of the birds, after the officials have decided on a liberation. The next race is the fabled Barcelona International-a race which opens eyes to the true nature of marathon pigeon racing. Focus will be on Pipa and the BICC/BBC websites in this most exciting race-roll on.


I am informed that 3 people are sending around 12 birds in total in the great British International Championship Club to fly for my Belief Trophy in 2019. In my humble opinion it is an onerous and most difficult task to time in race time yet remains a realistic possibility to land a bird in the fabled Barcelona International race. The lads in Ireland are showing huge doses of dedication, resolve and organisational ability. It is an attempt that could ignite the ardour of the pigeon racing world, making man and bird very famous, and cement serious marathon racing in the pigeon racing culture and public consciousness of the day. Wind weather and location will have to be conquered by the brave spirits of fancier and bird. Hope springs eternal is in my mind as I write this wonderful news for the pigeon press. All the very best to my friends in Ireland! Jim Emerton.


A clever fancier will know every bird in his loft, without checking ring numbers. In his mind he visualises the parents and the history of his strain of birds. If all your birds are say, chequers or dark chequers, a good mind and perception is needed to recognise each individual bird. Sharp minds may point out each bird in the kit as it fly’s about and you can sex pigeons by their behaviours in the air or the sound of the coo-this takes empathy or acute senses. I find racing pigeons to be the most fascinating lifeforms on earth, don’t you.? Jim Emerton.


In silent contemplation, sounds of bumbling bees caress my sensitive ears. The dipterous hover flies dart about on the gentle breeze, as I become absorbed by the beauty and wonder of nature. A wild blackberry is host to this feeding frenzy as 4 species of industrious bees perform ancient rituals of the natural world. It is far from the concrete jungle-my little world of gentle complexity. I am transported to an inner world of dreams and imagination in this place. Jim Emerton.


What a truly great performance at BICC Pau to cement his status in the world of pigeon racing. We can all learn from the great man-a singular individualist of awesome ability, with some nice birds-Jim Emerton.


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