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ELITISM


A few reach the top echelon,yet many aspire to get to the pinnacle of possibility within their interests. It takes talent or giftedness ,dedication and perseverance driven by self belief. Critics may have a field day, and then it is wise to adopt feelings of detachment,which may lead to some isolation,in the face of public acclaim perhaps. A core fascination in specialist interests,may be life enhancing and changing,where on a conscious level you will undergo metamorphosis. Elitism involves a sense of individual personal identity related to the ego. In wider society ,the perception can be of stigma and blessing,when the irony is that we are all part of common humanity-all bound for the same ultimate destiny.

Jim Emerton.
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A SHOT IN THE ARM FOR THE IRISH FANCIERS!

Paul Swindell has set a precedent by recording a bird in a BICC International race. This was at the Pau substitute race earlier. Pigeon and man should be applauded for their balls,resolve,persistence,dedication and dogged eccentricity. It is a tangible example of mind over matter in the sheer difficulty of the route into Ireland. Further Irishmen may be inspired to better this achievement in the future eg at Barcelona International where the Belief Trophy can be theirs. There will always be critics in a competitive sport like pigeon racing,where recognition by peers is at a premium, yet you have to admire the spirit of the pigeon pioneers who test the boundaries of possibility,and enhance the pigeon racing culture and challenge the conventional norm. We are going to see much more about such singular individuals with imagination and dreams-they are visionaries-well done

Jim Emerton.
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BIPOLARITY AND POETRY

Diagnoses of bipolarity,schizophrenia,schizotypy and schizoaffective disorder are labelling terms for certain human beings. Crucial for creative writing and poetry may be the altered states of consciousness experienced in emotional/cerebral highs. The perception of psychosis by professionals is highly subjective and some of the judges may be diagnosable themselves. It is trendy amongst so called geniuses ,the creative and arty to be classed as bipolar. In my insight,belief and perception a complex person,say with a high iq is enigmatic and outside of the mainstream classification system ,in an absolute sense. How can you define the wind,or the subtlety of the etthereal nature of a human spirit. Quasi-experts have all failed in their attempts to analyse and label the poetry of William Blake. What is the essence of mad,mystical ,genius?

Jim Emerton Author/Poet/Philosopher.
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GIVING BIRDS TO CHARITY@ AUCTIONS

If the intentions are honourable this is good practice. It is a way of dispersing your family or strain bloodlines,which may enhance the sport. Under the cloak of outwardly perceived generosity,there may be an element of free advertsing by this practice. This is how the cogs of the game are oiled. I like all active participation in the sport,since it contributes to a rich and diverse culture. Keep an eye on the genuine fanciers ,as there are some left.

Jim Emerton.
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ONE LOFT RACING

This is lucrative business for many and popular in many parts of the world. Excited egos assemble ,gather and bet on the outcome of races of birds collected and managed by loft managers, as a public spectacle after race liberation. It can be fun,yet is no test of the racing prowess of the people and breeders,other than the men in control of the loft regime. Personally race distances are too short for me,as i prefer points inn excess of 700 miles International. However the concept and practice are here to stay,and folf are cultivating families around the raced birds,as specialists. It has its purpose for those who are unable to manage their own birds.There are international syndicates and connections with these spectacles with media coverage.

Jim Emerton.
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HIGHER/SPIRITUAL ASPECTS OF THE SPORT

At the personal,human level certain aspects of the sport can induce a mystical or higher level of consciousness in the psyche of a competitor. I equate this with a spritual state,and can be the result of association with certain,individual people. Personally,i have hit on it in the presence of nature,the natural world of wonder and beauty,both in wilderness and waiting for the arrival of special long distance and marathon birds,that have raced in the epic races of International magnitude. The culmination of a mans dream is at the core of Barcelona International,which is the zenith of a mans experience in the sport. The euphoric high is the essence ,the very soul of timing a great bird as the pinnacle of your racing career. To race at the highest level of ambition ,you must make a mark in this race. Many make a God out of the pursuit of and love of money,yet feelings of a pure long distance man transcend everthing else in the sport.

Jim Emerton.
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WINDOW ON THE PAST

I have had a wonderful career induced by my love of nature and pigeons,and it is ongoing. Some great people have crossed my path,bringing their gifts and talents for me to see. I recall all the good birds and some champions that have dropped out of the sky to alight on the loft. It is pleasing to ponder that my legacy will be as books,trophies and a film. A serious contribution to the sport is all a man can dream of,and the essence is to turn imagination and dreams into tangible reality,where my little odyssey continues. With the horizon looming my enthusiasm is still ignited.

Jim Emerton.
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