NEWS FROM SCOTLAND
Reports by Joe Murphy
I have not been 100% this past week or so due to a cough which the doctor thinks could be a side effect from one of the drugs I’m on plus I have had a cold which has not helped. So a shorter column than normal as I’m not just feeling too good. I also had a lot of jobs planned for this week prior to pairing up but these will have to wait until I feel better. I hope either this weekend or next week I will be able to get the birds together. The weather has been a nightmare but we are lucky in the respect we have not had the flooding like the poor people in the south of England. Our hearts go out to them at this time with all the devastation and upheaval they have had to go through; their homes and lives will never be the same again. It is so sad to see this on the TV news channels and had it been in any other country than the UK we would be holding appeals asking people to donate money to help these people out. Yet there is no such thing towards these citizens of the UK. We have Red Nose Day, Help the Children etc. and yet we do nothing for these families.
Alterations for 2014
Received a couple of emails from my good friend Sheldon Leonard in Arklow who informs me that he has been making new traps for the widowhood cocks. These are made from 50mm x 50mm recycled plastic & are 100% maintenance free. The middle doors open to let birds out & the top is the trap which slides up to let the birds in (see photographs). Materials for it only cost 200 so very cheap & robust for the price and it took him two half days’ work. It will let Sheldon’s cocks have a bath in comfort as he had to let them bath outside. Sheldon informs me that he paired up yesterday and has the two sons of ‘I had a Dream’ (1st national 1st international hens and 5th open international Barcelona 2013 for Daniel Aeren). They are paired with the 2 daughters direct from the St Vincent International winner. He also paired the sister of ‘I had a Dream’ to the red cock a son of 1st national Orange (which I ordered a young bird from). Sheldon also paired the daughter of 1st national Montelimar to an inbred grandson of The 106, so you can see he has some exciting pairings for this year and said ‘The birds have coupled well and the Aeren pigeons are very calm and easy to work with’. Sheldon has also just had heating fitted into the loft last week by John Birmingham who fits the system in the UK. His number if anyone is interested in installing this is 00353871939071. It is radiation heating which works the same as the sun, meaning it throws the heat everywhere by rays and come the national races Sheldon intends to increase the temperature within the loft to a constant 20 degrees from Tuesday onwards. Sheldon has promised to keep me informed on this heating system and how it is working out for him. He also included a few photographs of the new heating system which I have added into the column. He is also going to keep me informed on how the Daniel Aerens breeding is going in 2014. My thanks to Sheldon for the above news and for the photographs to go with the column as these let fanciers see his new additions to his loft.
Heat panel on side of nest boxes
Heat panels on the roof and side
Panels top and side of boxes
Framework of stall trap
Part 2 of the trap
Trap installed on front of loft
Jimmy Wallace of Larkhall has passed away after a long illness being in and out of hospital this past year. Jimmy was a great worker for the sport and was a past official of Lanarkshire Federation. He also organised a bus to the Blackpool Show for many years and was a ‘top doo’ man winning his share of prizes over the years especially with a good mealy and blue hen. He was a hard task master but was fair and knew when the birds were right and when to strike and lifted his share of the pools and prize money. He will be sadly missed by the Lanarkshire fanciers but by none more so than his wife Margaret, daughter Loraine and his 2 grandchildren to his late daughter Pamela whom he never forgot. To all the family we send our heartfelt condolences at this sad time.
A Jewish man and his wife are having dinner at a very fine restaurant when an absolutely stunning young woman comes over to their table, gives the husband a long open mouthed kiss and says to him, "I'll see you later". "Who the hell was that?" says the wife. "That was my mistress." says the husband. "I want a divorce!" says the wife, "This is the last straw! I've had enough." The husband says, "Alright!, you'll get your divorce, but just remember this: There will be no more winters in Barbados, no more summers in Tuscany, no more shopping trips to Paris, no more Mercedes in the garage, and no more Yacht Club, etc. etc. but the decision is yours!" Just then a friend of the husband enters the restaurant with a gorgeous young woman on his arm. "Who's that woman with Amos?" says the wife. "That's his mistress", says the husband. "Ours is much prettier." says the wife. Moshe.
A senior citizen said to his eighty-year old buddy: 'So I hear you're getting married?' 'Yep' 'Do I know her?' 'Nope' 'This woman, is she good looking?' 'Not really.' 'Is she a good cook? ''No, she can't cook too well.' 'Does she have lots of money?' 'Nope she’s as poor as a church mouse.' 'Well, then, is she good in bed?' 'I don't know.' 'Why in the world do you want to marry her then?' 'Because she can still drive!'