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  1. I have a red battery operated stb and a silver wind up master timer in my garage.
  2. Sorry I'm late lads, our granddaughter had to go into hospital, plus our best man's wife was also rushed into hospital. It has been a nightmare trying to catch up and then I found out that I had deleted my article, so have had to sit and type it up again. SORRY Yours Joe M The Joe Murphy Column I’m sorry the column is quite short this week, but there is not much happening within the sport at the present time; Margaret has been assisting me to look through old BHW Year Books, Squills; SNFC Year Books, Scotland’s Own and old articles that I have kept over the years on Scotland’s top fanciers. I’m writing a book on the Dewar Trophy Winners and Runners Up, this trophy is awarded to Scotland’s Pigeon of the Year and the Runner Up. This year 2023 will be the 50 th anniversary of this trophy was first presented and believe me there are some outstanding pigeons that have won this coveted award. They were raced by some exceptional pigeon fanciers whose names will live in the history of our sport of Pigeon Racing in Scotland FOREVER. However, the trophy is awarded to a wonderful pigeon who will be remembered in the annuals of our sport up here in Scotland as they were without doubt TRUE LONG DISTACE RACING PIGEONS. The majority of the winners won TWICE from France in one season, while other birds won 3 TIMES from France in the same season. Truly outstanding pigeons plus there are numerous little stories from fanciers whose pigeon won the award during this time. Plus, there are other little personal accounts of how the fancier reacted when their pigeon came home. I have been going through old ‘Scotland’s Own’ year books that Jim Renwick wrote. I know that Jim did cover quite a number of top fanciers over the years and he did a wonderful job in highlighting our sport up here in Scotland. He was the one to advised me to take up the pen away back in 1976, but he did stress if you do take on this job, then it had to be under your own name, not an alternative name. As if fanciers wished to speak to you then they knew who they were contacting. At that time, we used to have Jim George as ‘Round O’, John Swinburn; J Brown as ‘Cameron Glen’, Charlie Howie as ‘C S O’. Bill Knox as ‘Eastcoaster’. Jim Paterson as ‘Doon Lad’, George Ritchie as ‘Sidlaw’; Billy Wortley as ‘W P W’ and Mary Park as ‘MP’. It is funny that NOW after all these years; I’m the only one left of the above in Scotland to maintain an article on a weekly basis. Dundee Federation Received the list of 2022 trophy winners for the above federation; The old bird averages was won by Bruce McKenzie who also won the Combine Averages, the 3 longest old bird race average, and the 3 longest race average with old birds and young birds. Bruce also won the Billericay trophy. Mark Young won the Leicester Trophy, the young bird averages; the young bird cup; and the Fancier of the Year Cup. Billy McEwan won the SRPC young bird cup with Brian Donnelly winning the first bird in the SNFC Gold Cup race. Grampian Combine Trophy Winners These were as follows; Danny Henderson won the Newark (1) Cup & the yearling cup; Mark Young won the Newark (2) Cup; Kenny Droog & son won the Billericay Trophy; John Wiseman won the Huntingdon Cup; Davie Glen won the Young Bird Cup; Bruce McKenzie won the Grampian Combine Averages; congratulations to all the above trophy winners. Condolences I was sorry to see in this weeks BHW the passing of Helen Edwards of the BHW; and a dear old friend of mine Malachy McGuire of Northern Ireland, I used to speak to Malachy quite a lot regarding distance pigeons and he was interested in the DeWeerdt family that I had at that time. I met 2 up with his son Mark in Newry on the way home after visiting Sheldon Lennard in Arklow. To both families I send my sympathy and heartfelt condolences at their loss. Joe’s Joke Call to GOD An Englishman decided to write a book about famous churches around the world. For his first chapter he decided to write about British churches so he bought a train ticket and took a trip to London, thinking that he would work his way up the country from South to North. On his first day he was inside a church, taking photographs, when he noticed a golden telephone mounted on the wall with a sign that read, "£20,000 per call!". The Englishman, being intrigued, asked a priest who was strolling by what the telephone was used for. The priest replied that it was a direct line to heaven and for £20,000 you could talk to God. The Englishman thanked the priest and went on his way. His next stop was in Northampton. There, at a very large church, he saw the same golden telephone with the same sign under it. He wondered if this was the same kind of telephone, he had seen in London so he asked a nearby nun what its purpose was. She told him that it was a direct line to heaven and that for £20,000 he could talk to God. "Thank you," said the Englishman. He then travelled to Coventry, Birmingham, Liverpool, Manchester, Blackpool, Lancaster and Carlisle. In every church he saw the same golden telephone with the same "£20,000 per call" sign under it. The Englishman, upon realising how close he was to the Scottish border decided to see if the Scots had the same phone. He crossed the border and came to a small town called Gretna, and again, there was the same golden telephone, but this time the sign under it read, "20 pence per call". The Englishman was surprised so he asked the priest about the sign. "Father, I have travelled all over England and I have seen this same golden telephone in many churches. I'm told it is a direct line to heaven, but in every one the price was £20,000 per call. Why is it so cheap here?" The priest smiled and answered, "Well laddie, you're in Scotland now, it's a local call." KEEP SMILING!! If you are proud to be a Scot, pass it on!! Please continue to keep the news flowing; to Joe Murphy Mystical Rose Cottage 2 Flutorum Avenue Thornton by Kirkcaldy KY1 4BD or phone 01592 770331 or Email to joejmurphy1@gmail.com REMEMBER THE J IN THE MIDDLE or you can also view online editions on: www.elimarpigeons.com www.fancierchat.co.uk www.pigeon-chat.co.uk - www.Pigeonbasics.com - Pigeon Racing the Basics! - thecanadianpigeoninternational.com www.internationalracingpigeon.com or https://sites.google.com/site/internationalracingpigeon/ Who wish my weekly contribution portfolio on pigeon topics from Scotland? © COMPILED BY JOE MURPHY
  3. Good luck this weekend, let Basics members know how it goes
  4. I don't understand how you can post on site and claim to be unable to log in Pm sent
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  6. Good morning folks and Happy St Patrick's Day
  7. The Joe Murphy Column 1 I have my little stock team down on eggs with the exception of an old 2008 hen who doesn’t lay and 2 late bred hens from last year who have also not laid; however, all 3 are sitting on pot eggs. I will slip a youngster under them at the appropriate time. So far everything has gone well and the birds are looking well. I received a phone call from the lad who purchased my bird at the online Show of the Year auction. He explained to me that one of his friends had told him after reading my column that I was not happy because the bird was not paid for. He explained he had sent the money to the wrong address, (think the Reedings) and this had been rectified. I explained that I had paired the hen up and she would be laying very soon, and if he wished once the babies were ready to move. He could come and collect the hen and he can have to 2 babies away with him to race. He thanked me for this offer and appreciated the gift of the 2 youngsters and looked forward to coming to Thornton to collect the babies and to also see the stock birds. Photographer Last year at this time I had a request from a photographer named David McIntosh of Dunfermline; who wished to visit me and take some photos of my pigeons. David had taken pictures of feral pigeons in the park etc, but wished to have a better insight into racing pigeons. He visited when the birds were sitting eggs and some had hatched, and he was quite amazed at the contentment of the birds and how others guarded their youngsters in the nest. He enjoyed it so much that he came back later on when the babies had left the nest and were just starting to fly up to a perch. Needless to say, a friendship grew between us and he visited us last Sunday for a couple of hours. David has asked if I would do a questioner for him and he also wished to have a photograph of me holding a bird while the other birds were going about in the loft, which he has forwarded onto me, which I have added to my column. I think it is a good picture and David has done a wonderful job catching the other birds in the background. Good to see John Hardwood Back It was good to see John’s article back in the BHW last week; however John said ‘I did not get it quite right’ when I wrote about him in my column. To be honest I didn’t want to comment on John’s health issues; as I felt this was a personal matter for him and his family. Nonetheless; it is good to see his column in the BHW. Dewar Trophy Winners & Runners Up I have been working on my file regarding my book on the SHU Dewar Trophy Winners from its first introduction in 1973 up to this 50 th year. I’m hoping to cover ALL these winners and runners up; however, I have hit a snag as I require some more details on these wonderful winning pigeons, and unfortunately some of these fanciers are no longer with us. I thought more about this after receiving some Old Gazette’s from Brian Peat at the Forfar presentation (see below). I’m hoping some other fanciers have memories or old stories on these winning fanciers and pigeons. I’m also struggling to find information on the following fanciers, if so, can you please contact me either by phone or email. The pigeons I require information on are as follows; 1983 winner Sandy Bain of Wick (I have no details) 1985- W Gibson of Auchinleck (I have no details); 1994 – J Telfer of Allenton who was Runner Up (I have no details); 1997- A H Maxwell of Dumfries who was the Runner Up (again no details); 1998- J Ferguson of Eastriggs (no details); 2002- S Kelly of Glasgow (no details); however I’m led to believe he raced his pigeons in Lanarkshire federation and topped the federation 3 weeks on the trot with a North West Federation bird that came into him as a stray. I have some details on the The Joe Murphy Column 2 2007- Mr & Mrs Mark Goldie of Eastriggs (However I require more details on their pigeon). I hope fanciers can help me out on the above; Nevertheless, the more information I obtained on any of the Dewar Trophy winners, the more interesting this story will be. You will get my phone number and email address at the bottom of my column. This year is the 50 th anniversary of this wonderful award and I would love to compile this book on the winners and their wonderful pigeons. I would like to thank all the fanciers who have so far; supplied me with details so far; this has been great as many of these people knew or were personal friends of the winners of this Prestige Award. Angus Federation Of Racing Pigeon Societies Trophy Winners For 2022 Pete Penman of Thornton accompanied me to the above presentation, as it was mostly going to be a male evening. There were fanciers from the above federation and Dundee federation and there was also the Tayside Combine trophies to be presented. Starting with the Angus federation Davie Glen won the Fancier Of The Year Trophy with a staggering 290 Points; he also won the young bird average and had the 1 st bird from Harrogate young birds. Kenny Droog & son won the following; Old Bird Average; Combined Average; 3 Longest Race Average & 1 st Billericay. Charlie & Glen Cameron won 1 st federation SNFC Alencon thus winning the Kevin J Murphy Memorial Trophy (this photograph did not turn out, and cannot be used); they also won 1 st Huntingdon and the 2-bird average from Huntingdon; D & D Hay won the Ian Gray Memorial trophy for the Lowest winning velocity. Forfar Racing Pigeon Club; Trophy Winners 2022 are as follows; Top prize winner was Kenny Droog & son who won the following trophies. Old Bird Average; Combined Average; 3 Longest Inland Race Average; Best Average 3 Longest Old Bird And Young Bird Races; Best Average Billericay OB & Harrogate YB; Old Bird Points; Young Bird Points (Share); Combined Points; 1 st Wakefield; 1 st Newark (2); 1 st Billericay; 1 st Darlington Yb; Young Bird Of The Year; 1 st Yearling Newark (2); 2 Bird Average; 2 Bird Combined Average. D Glen won the following trophies; Young Bird Average; Best Average 1 st 6 Ob Races; Best Average 1 st 5 Old Bird And Young Bird Races; Young Bird Points (Shared); 1 st Newark (2); 1 st Huntingdon; 1 st Harrogate Yb; Old Bird Of The Year; 2 Bird Yb Average Ian Scott won the Highest Winning Velocity trophy. To date; 2 weeks after this presentation I have not received the list of Dundee Federation or Tayside Combine winners to go with a report and photos. Joe’s Joke GIRL'S NIGHT OUT The other night I was invited for a night out with the girls. I promised my husband that I would be home by midnight. Well, the hours passed way too quickly and the margaritas went down way too easy. It was around 3:00 a.m., when just a bit tipsy, I finally headed for home. Just as I walked in the door, the cuckoo clock in the hall cuckooed three times. Quickly realizing my husband would probably wake up, I cuckooed another nine times. I was really proud of myself for coming up with such a quick-witted solution in order to avoid a possible conflict with him. Because I, even when totally smashed, know that three cuckoos plus nine cuckoos total twelve cuckoos - midnight. The next morning, my husband asked me what time I got in and I told him midnight. He didn't seem concerned at all. Whew! Got away with that one! Then he said, "we need a new cuckoo clock”. Then I asked him why, he said, ‘Well last night our clocked cuckooed three times, then said, ‘Oh No’ The Joe Murphy Column 3 cuckooed four more times, cleared its throat, cuckooed another three times, giggled, cuckooed twice more, hiccupped, and then fell over the coffee table and passed wind. Please continue to keep the news flowing; to Joe Murphy Mystical Rose Cottage 2 Flutorum Avenue Thornton by Kirkcaldy KY1 4BD or phone 01592 770331 or Email to joejmurphy1@gmail.com REMEMBER THE J IN THE MIDDLE or you can also view online editions on: www.elimarpigeons.com www.fancierchat.co.uk www.pigeon-chat.co.uk - www.Pigeonbasics.com - Pigeon Racing the Basics! - thecanadianpigeoninternational.com www.internationalracingpigeon.com Who wish my weekly contribution portfolio on pigeon topics from Scotland? © COMPILED BY JOE MURPHY
  8. BARGAIN !!!!! £650 THIS INCLUDES 40 PIPO Boxes If interested contact Douglas Ure Snr 07460337833
  9. Billy has lost 2 youngsters off his loft SU 23AB 1005 Blue Cock SU23AB 1007 Chq Cock Both birds are wingstamped
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