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The Joe Murphy Column - 29-07-21

The Joe Murphy Column

We all watch the news on the TV and have seen some horrific incidents these past few weeks with the heat in America causing fires and the destruction it left with some people losing everything and others actually losing their lives.

Fanciers may recall that I did a feature on the 27 day space Weather Outlook Table that looked like below;

UTC      Radio Flux   Planetary   Largest

Date       10.7 cm      A Index    Kp Index

2021 Aug 01      90           5          2

2021 Aug 02      85           8          3

2021 Aug 03      75           5          2

2021 Aug 04      75           5          2

2021 Aug 05      75           5          2

2021 Aug 06      75           5          2

2021 Aug 07      75           5          2

2021 Aug 08      75           5          2

2021 Aug 09      75           5          2

2021 Aug 10      75          12          4

2021 Aug 11      75          10          3

2021 Aug 12      75           5          2

2021 Aug 13      78           5          2

2021 Aug 14      80           5          2

Many race controller and fanciers swore by this chart however I stopped this after a few years, and have been asked to introduce it once again, but I will have to speak to the 2 editors to see if they have room to allow me to reintroduce this feature.  As I say I have always been fascinated by the changes to our climate and WHY? Are these things happening?  For example this week we saw on the news the heavy rainfall in China and people on the underground trapped in the train carriages with the water up to their necks. You say to yourself ‘What the hell is going on’.  Then I saw an article regarding the ‘wobble’ of the moon, which stated as follows. A moon "wobble" will contribute to an increase in severe flooding in the mid-2030s, NASA has warned. The moon's orbit, which affects the Earth's tides, has a natural "wobble" every 18.6 years that causes extremely high and low tides. In a new study, published by Nature Climate Change, NASA's Sea Level Change Science Team calculated that the next wobble in the mid-2030s will amplify rising sea levels caused by climate change. But northern coastlines, including Alaska's, will be spared for another decade or longer because these land areas are rising due to long-term geological processes, researchers found. High-tide floods, also known as nuisance floods or sunny day floods occur not because of storm surges from extreme weather or excessive precipitation, but instead when the tide rises into populated areas. The floods can overwhelm storm drains, close roads and compromise infrastructure over time, according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). NASA administrator Bill Nelson said: "Low-lying areas near sea level are increasingly at risk and suffering due to the increased flooding, and it will only get worse.  "The combination of the moon's gravitational pull; rising sea levels, and climate change will continue to exacerbate coastal flooding on our coastlines and across the world." High tide floods are less dramatic and involve less water than hurricane storm surges, so they are often seen as a less pressing problem. "But if it floods 10 or 15 times a month, a business can't keep operating with its parking lot underwater," Mr Thompson said. "People lose their jobs because they can't get to work. Seeping cesspools become a public health issue." The floods will also occur in clusters, which could last a month or longer at a time depending on the position of the moon, sun, and Earth, NASA said. I could go on and on about this but will stop for now as I think the majority of you will have grasped the theme of my concern.

Phone Calls

I thank the fanciers who phoned me regarding my past few weeks’ articles on the long distance races, and my comments about how well the West Section fanciers have done. For too many years these distance races were dominated by the south section and then latterly by the east section as the birds came up the coastline of the North Sea. So when west sections fanciers have a wins it is only right that we give them the publicity they so richly deserve. However I have heard there is an objection in regarding the Eastbourne result and a vote was taken and the south section fancier won the vote. However I have checked the SNFC web page and the result is the same as it has been for some time. I do not wish to put any names to this and once this is confirmed then I will highlight it in my column. I have been studying the Guernsey race result with 1273 birds entered and I do not consider this to be a ‘fair’ race point. Long ago when we raced from Rennes and Nantes once the south section timed in you started to look out for your birds an hour and a half after they timed in. This was just to be up with them!!! It is the same nowadays for the Edinburgh fanciers who train down the east coast and it takes their birds at least an hour to make it home from the borders or Eyemouth area. On looking at this result fanciers in Edinburgh are flying the same distance as Ayton 440 miles. Then in the west section you have Ardrossan in Ayrshire flying 437 miles and Carluke (which is in Lanarkshire) flying the same distance. The only people getting a true distance for their birds flying from Guernsey are section G (the North fanciers) as their birds have to fly the true distance line of 566 miles. Plus when you look at the result only 3 pigeons from this area made it onto the result from an entry of 91 birds. Many people I have spoken to say the same ‘thing’ they are glad the old bird season is over. So now we await the dreaded young bird racing; let’s keep our fingers crossed that it is better than the old birds. All we want is them to gain some experience of coming out of the transporters and heading for home. It doesn’t matter a ‘hoot’ if they win a prize just get them home and hope they have gained some knowledge. Ian Anderson has asked if I would give Calum Miller of Wick a mention as he timed a pigeon from Eastbourne national on the day flying 535 miles. Ian and I along with many others congratulate Calum and his wonderful pigeon on this outstanding achievement, well done!!!!

Mary Tom Paterson of Plean 29 07 21    Peter Keogh of Broxburn 29 07 21    Wilf Flockhart of Tranent 29 07 21
Mary & Tom Paterson of Plean                                    Peter Keogh of Broxburn               Wilf Flockhart of Tranent


Willie Hodge informed me that Barney Kenny of Edinburgh area has passed away in Australia. Barney was the race controller for the SNFC a number of years ago. I also think he was the controller of Midlothian federation but I might be wrong in this statement. May he rest in peace?   

Joe’s Joke  

The phone rings, woman answers. A pervert, with heavy breathing, says ‘I bet you have a lovely bum with no hair’. The woman replies. ‘Yes I do he’s watching the golf, who shall I say is calling?’...

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