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Posted 30 November 2017 - 11:13 AM

The Joe Murphy Column

I have been struggling to find time to do my weekly article now as we have to look after our grandchildren every day after school until their mum comes home from work in the evening. With the night’s drawing in and it being darker after 4pm I don’t have time to spend with the birds then. Therefore I attend to my birds in the morning and lunch time and this too is becoming a bit of a struggle due to health issues. I’m going to have to cut down on the stock pigeons so that I can make it a bit easier for myself as I keep getting told ‘You’re not as young as you used to be’. It also takes up quite a bit of my time on studying the Scottish national results to find pigeons to highlight in my Good SNFC Birds a little help from fancier who own and race these birds would not go amiss but I have asked for this the past and it falls on deaf ears. Yet they don’t seem to realise that it is THEY who receive the publicity not me; believe me I get a good feedback from fanciers who enjoy this feature.

Late Arrivals

I’ve heard that quite a number of Lothian fanciers did not receive their BHW until Saturday at the earliest, which has not gone down well with them. A couple have said to me ‘We pay the postage to get it on a Thursday so this is not good enough’. I have to say this has nothing to do with the staff at the BHW as the printers now take on the task of sending the magazine out. Let us hope they have listened to fanciers complaints and improve their system.

This week’s photographs

First is Jim Cullen of Uddingston who this year in the SNFC won 35th open from Alencon, 92nd open Buckingham; 124th & 229th open Ypres. John Bird of Prestonpans won 20th & 24th open SNFC Ypres; 53rd open Bedhampton and 90th open Buckingham young bird national. Morris Brothers of Johnstone who won 1st region F 13th open in the hard SNFC Falaise race they were also 12th section F from Buckingham and 22nd section F from Bedhampton.

Jim Cullen of Uddingstone

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John Bird of Prestonpans

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Morris Brothers of Johnstone

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Good SNFC Birds

Continuing with this feature in highlighting good distance pigeons I’ve come across ONE pigeon that has won 7 times and 3 birds who have won 6 times in the Scottish national races. I start with double SNFC Gold Cup winner John Duthie of Dundee who has a blue bar cock SU13S 91 that has won 6 times in the national and requires another inland prize to win a Meritorious Bronze Award one more win from the channel to achieve a Silver Award. As a yearling he won 17th section C 80th open Maidstone flying 393 miles; the following year he won from Portsmouth being 54th section C 195th open flying 398 miles. In 2016 he won twice being 66th section C 254th open from Buckingham a distance of 320 miles he then went to the last old bird national from Roye and won 8th section C 31st open flying 526 miles. This year he again won twice being 52nd section C 187th open from Bedhampton a distance of 399 miles and then from the Ypres national he won 42nd section C 151st open flying 459 miles. Once again another very good pigeon and we wish John every success with the blue cock in 2018 and hope he achieves the ‘Double’. We now cross over the river Tay and come to the Kingdom of Fife and find the Leven partnership of Clark Cark & Page whose chequer pied hen SU11F 7047 has also won 6 times in the national however requires one more section prize from an inland race to gain her a Meritorious Bronze Award. Her performances are as follows as a youngster she won 49th section C 138th open from Leicester a distance of 259 miles. Then as a yearling she won from Maidstone on the south coast being 82nd section C 287th open flying 385 miles. We then jump to 2014 to find her on the Ypres result winning 215th open but no section prize after flying 442 miles. In 2015 she scored twice being 49th section C 146th open Billericay a distance of 347 miles. She then competed in the Eastbourne race (should have been Ypres but was cancelled due to the national not getting into France) and she won 161st open but again no section prize after flying 400 miles; we now come to 2017 and she appears on the Buckingham result winning 26th section C 79th open flying 301 miles. As I already said she requires one more inland section prize for a Meritorious Bronze Award and let us wish she can achieve this in 2018. Continuing south heading over the Firth of Forth we come to a household name in the Scottish National results this also being a past Gold Cup winner John Bosworth of Elphinstone. John has 2 blue bar cocks that have achieved proficient results over the years with one winning 7 times in the national while the other is a 6 times winner. The 7 times winner is SU11P 708 who requires one more channel win for a Silver Award his positions won are as follows; As a 2 year old in 2013 he won 55th section B from the Newbury race point a distance of 321 miles he was then sent to Ypres a distance of 426 miles and he won 22nd section B 51st open. In 2014 he was sent to the Alencon Gold race and won 125th open flying 533 miles. The following year he competed in the rearranged Eastbourne race and won 199th open flying 382 miles. In 2016 he competed from Littlehampton and won 156th section B 396th open for a distance of 368 miles. In 2017 he did the double winning from 2 nationals as he was 58th section B 193rd open Bedhampton flying 360 miles he was then sent to the Alencon race and won 4th section B 14th open. John’s 2nd pigeon SU12P 6852 requires one more channel section prize to win his Silver Award. As a yearling he scored from Ypres winning 9th section B 18th open flying 426 miles then the following year he won from Clermont being 14th section B 62nd open from 506 miles. We now move on to 2016 season and he won 3 times in the national being 63rd section B 189th open from Buckingham a distance of 285 miles, he then went to Ypres and won 152nd open but no section prize. He was then set up for the last old bird national from Roye a distance of 491 miles and won 22nd section B 59th open. This year 2017 he competed from the Bedhampton race a distance of 360 miles and won 53rd section B and 180th open. We congratulate John Bosworth on the above 2 quality pigeons and hope they achieved their goals in 2018 season and win one of the national awards.

Joe’s Joke

The Ostrich!

A man walks into a restaurant with a full-grown ostrich behind him. The waitress asks them for their orders. The man says, "A hamburger, fries and a coke," and turns to the ostrich, "What's yours?" "I'll have the same," says the ostrich.
A short time later the waitress returns with the order. "That will be £9.40 please" the man reaches into his pocket and pulls out the exact money to pay;
The next day, the man and the ostrich come in again and the man says, "A hamburger, fries and a coke." The ostrich says, "I'll have the same."
Again the man reaches into his pocket and pays with exact money.
This becomes routine until the two of them enter again. "The usual?" asks the waitress. "No, it is Friday night, so I will have a steak, baked potato and a salad," says the man. "Same," says the ostrich. Shortly the waitress brings the order and says, "That will be £32.62." Once again the man pulls the exact change out of his pocket and places it on the table. The waitress cannot hold back her curiosity any
longer. "Excuse me, sir; how do you manage to always come up with the exact change in your pocket every time?": "Well," says the man, "Several years ago I was cleaning the attic and found an old lamp, when I rubbed it, a Genie appeared and offered me two wishes. My first wish was that if I ever had to pay for anything, I would just put my hand in my pocket and the right amount of money would always be there.” That's brilliant!" says the waitress. "Most people would ask for a Million Pounds or something, but you'll always be as rich as you want for as long as you live!" "That's right, whether it's a carton of milk or a Rolls Royce, the exact money is always there," says the man. The waitress asks, "What's with the ostrich?” The man sighs, pauses and answers, "My second wish was for a tall chick with a big ass and long legs who agrees with everything I say...”

Joe’s quote; Give me the grace to see a joke, to get some humour out of life, and pass it on to readers of the BHW as life is too short! Have a good day.

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 log onto www.elimarpigeons.com www.fancierchat.co.uk and www.pigeon-chat.co.uk also www.pigeonbasics.com Pigeon Racing the Basics who wish my weekly contribution portfolio on pigeon topics from Scotland.

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