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THE QUALITIES I WANT TO SEE IN FANCIERS.


I like those who show generous ,sporting qualities and give back to the fancy some of what they take out of it. This can take the form of free birds,or trophies to the clubs; feeding back some of the gains and money made out of pigeons. Many seek and gain vast publicity to make money from gratis advertising. It is a somewhat moral and traditional stand that i make ,to balance out the more severe aspects of rampant commercialism. If it is possible,write open, honest articles illustrating the truth on how you achieved fame or success in the sport,as insights in this sphere are beneficial to the readers. I feel some genuine fanciers do not seek the limelight,yet others are clear in their obvious contribution to the collective good of the sport. You do not have to be a monk or a saint,and the road to hell is paved with good intentions. Enough moralising from me!

Jim Emerton.

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WINDOW ON THE PAST


As i reflect on yesterday nostalgia is a fine thing. Jean and i loved time out training ybs in the countryside. The site of The Humberbridge was awesome in its spectacle as the birds fanned out over the river-it was so wide and expansive to see. On another little tootle out,we liberated the birds and then set off against the flow of traffic on a main road. Yes we courted death to try and win a young bird race. Foot to the floor we raced the team as they were spotted over the fields. With youth,the spirit runs high as a yb racing specialist. Happy days,when we enjoyed the lazy life sat out at Holtby Cottage,in anticipation of the arrival of another champion,the three of us as one.I learned much in the presence of nature by the fields and would do it all again in my minds eye of the moment. I still love the sights and sounds of nature and find a butterfly truly intoxicating.

Jim Emerton.

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RPRA AWARDS.


These are worth having if you can get them. Decided by individuals on a panel,there are awards for different locations,distances and groups of people. Some people decline to enter for them ,yet overall they do act as a kind of parameter in terms of the quality of the bird and fancier,that beats boasting. In the decline of the fancy it is nice to see some good results as a standard bearer. Barcelona Dream at 879 miles won mine.

From Jim.

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ESTABLISHING YOUR BLOODLINES


I have a network of people where i have given and exchanged birds for the benefit and longevity of my strain. I believe in this idea and practice it. It is a personality,human thing to do. Some of the recipients have been Guy,Donaldson, Gordon, Harvey, Booth,Wilkinson, Peterson,Ghent ,Kelly and many others. My 3 books are an in depth study of racing pigeons from every angle and possible nuance. They look at the personalities,bloodlines in a totally honest way and will be the definitive collection on racing pigeons for now and the future,representing 65 years of dedication and love of the humble pigeon.

Jim Emerton.

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WHAT HAPPENS TO A STRAIN OF PIGEONS


It is often the case that when the man dies after a lifetime of dedication to family origins and breeding that the birds retain his name yet lose their identity. The name may be perpetuated for publicity,commercial or historical reasons. The type and character of the birds usually change under different management , environment,racing,and most importantly OUTBREEDING. You cant buy the original man or replicate his system exactly. For example there are no pure Jan Aardens or Alois Stichelbauts today,despite the hype and fame afforded them. Few fanciers today have perpetuated a strain for more than 40 years. We have just supplied the delighted Craig Wilkinson with 5 of ours and advised him on continuous building from the foundation stones-a keen young man ,he takes our hopes of Emerton/Harvey into the future. The essence is marathon testing of all the progeny in race reality.

Jim Emerton.

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