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Joe Murphy Column 03-10-19

The Joe Murphy Column


We are just back from 2 weeks in the sun with the temperature between 28 and 32 degrees, so it was nice and warm and lovely to have a break. We were only there 2 days when this blue late bred landed on the balcony and Margaret joked, ‘can you never stay away from pigeons’ we had a good laugh, I have added a photo of this youngster to the column. To all the people who have wrote emails, letter and left phone messages I will get back to them as soon as possible. We just arrived late afternoon yesterday and I was too tired to try and reply. Today after going to mass and then attending to my own birds plus other jobs I need to do, I have managed to compile this short article to keep the column going on a weekly basis.



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Race Results


Ayrshire Federation

News from Archie McIntyre the federation race secretary who writes ‘Hi Joe, hope all is well with yourself and your family. Please find attached report from our 5th young bird race of the season from once again Cockenzie. As well as the report I have attached a picture of Rick Young who took the top 5 positions in the federation this week. We were back at Cockenzie on the 24th of August and Jim had the convoy of 1,213 birds up and away at 07-45 with no wind at the race point for the distance of between 58 miles to 76 miles to the top end of the federation. Once again the feedback from the clubs was their members had a good race with most saying they had 99% of their bird’s home at clock checking and hopefully the good returns will continue into our remaining two races from Dunbar.


Rick Young


 Leading the way in to the federation this week taking 1st 2nd 3rd 4th & 5th federation timing the 5 pigeons in 11 seconds to record 1397.4, 1397.4, 1396.2, 1395.6 and 1394.1, you will see Joe that Ricky clocked his first 2 birds on the same second he flies in the Kilmarnock Invitation homing society. 1st and 3rd federation for Ricky were both gift pigeons from the top partnership of G W & P Macaloney. 1st fed for Ricky is a darkness hen and this was her first races of the season, the 3rd fed was a cock and was also flying on the darkness system.

The 2nd federation and timed at exactly the same time as Ricky’s 1st fed pigeon is another hen flying on the darkness system. This hen is bred down from a son of his very good friend Tam Blair's champion racer ‘Tartan Bolt’.

North Section had 738 birds entered and 1st place goes to Jim & Sandra O’Hare of Ardeer HS on 1393.6. 2nd is  Alex Howie of Ardeer HS on 1391.7: with 3rd place going to Derek Kane of Ardeer HS on 13914.

Central Section had 209 birds 1st 2nd & 3rd is Ricky Young of Kilmarnock Invatation HS  1397.4, 1397.4 and 1396.2

South Section sent 266 birds: 1st place goes to W Lawrence of Whitletts & District on 1259.7, 2nd & 3rd places are won by Cree & Cuthbert also of Whitletts & District on 1259.4 & 1249.0

Other Club winners not mentioned above.

Mr & Mrs J R Ramsay & Son of Dalry HS on 1389.8: Cowan & Findlay of Darvel HS on 1349.9; M Salmon of Kilwinning HS on 1339.8; H Pollock of Irvine NTHS on 1296.9; J & S Galloway of Cumnock & District on 1225.2; D MacTaggart of Crosshouse HS on 1160.6; D Harris of Annbank & District on 958.9 and J Stark of Dalmellington Pigeon Club on 722.2. Thanks once again Joe for all your help, yours Archie.  


Balerno Club news from Colin Bain who writes; ‘Hi Joe just to let you know that the federation cancelled the last young bird race of this season. So that’s it again Joe very many thanks for all your assistance in highlighting Balerno and the Central Federation results in your weekly column it is very much appreciated Joe’.  


Traprain Homing Society

Result from John Baillie who writes, ‘Hi Joe, please find out result for the Traprain club who competed in the young bird national with the SNFC. Winning this week are Newcombe & Black with a bird bred through Brian Cunningham stock when paired with the late Dale Newcombe bloodlines. In 2nd spot are J & G Whitson with a young Smokey blue hen she had all the Pentland federation races this season.

In 3rd place are the father and son partnership of Sinclair Thomson & son Sinclair. This turned out to be another erratic race Joe between the first of the birds and the main batch, with some strange returns; seems to be the way when racing youngsters these days. I personally would like to congratulate Freddy Robertson on such a fantastic season he has had, he has won more in 3 seasons racing than the majority of fanciers have ever won in their life time; yours in sport John B’.


Pentland Hills Federation


News from Andy Miller

The final young bird race of the season was flown from Buckingham in conjunction with the SNFC 280-290 miles for the members with New Lothian having 25 members sending 311 birds. This turned out a fast race in good weather with a strong tail wind, and good temperatures. Winning both organisations is Danderhall member and in form loft of Freddie Robertson who timed 2 together a cock and a hen flown on darkness bred by Chris Vasey from North East England. Origin of these pigeons are Van Bels these 2 pigeons are also 1st & 2nd National. The Pentland Fed members actually took the first 8 positions in the SNFC. Well Joe it’s been a long hard season and well done from me to all the fanciers who continue to put the effort in to participate in this great sport of ours.

Freddie Robertson of Danderhall is 1st 2nd 5th open with L Mitchell of Castlebrae is 3rd with K Dick of Edinburgh Premier is in 4th place and win £283 for his efforts. 6th 11th & 17th is A Young of Danderhall 7th & 13th are Brown & Black of Woodburn. 8th is A W Robertson of Danderhall with club mates T Nolan & Son in 9th place D Ure of Sighthill is 10th and wins £180. 12th place goes to S Gilchrist of Edinburgh Premier Helen Aitken & Sons of Danderhall are 14th & 19th with 15th & 18th places going to W Kinnear & Son of Danderhall 16th position goes to A Walker of Danderhall D & J Allen of Woodburn in 20th position. The federation breeder buyer for Newark was won by breeder: S Girdwood buyer: F Robertson will each receive the sum of £110.00. Federation breeder/buyer for Buckingham breeder: A.W Robertson buyer: J F Bosworth will each receive the sum of £110.00 


Joe’s Joke

Graham Connah (BHW Scribe to the Wrexham & District Federation) forwarded the following joke.

A Spanish teacher was explaining to her class that in Spanish, unlike English, nouns are either masculine or feminine. A student asked what gender is a computer? Instead of giving the answer the teacher split the class into 2 groups - male and female and asked then to decide for themselves whether a computer should be a masculine or female noun and each group was asked to give four reasons for their decision.

The boys decided that a computer should be feminine because -

1. No one but their creator understands their internal logic.

2. The native language they use to communicate with other computers is incomprehensible to everyone else.

3. Even the smallest mistakes are stored in long term memory for possible later retrieval, and

4. as soon as you make a commitment to one you find yourself spending half your pay check on accessories for it.

The girls concluded that computers should be masculine because -

1. In order to do anything with them you have to turn them on.

2, They have a lot of data but still can't think for themselves.

3. They are supposed to help you solve problems but half the time they ARE the problem, and

4. As soon as you commit to one, you realise that if you had waited a little longer, you could have got a better model.

The girls won! In fact, the Spanish word for computer is feminine ‘la computadora’. Cheers Graham. 



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