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Ace pigeons, awards and more (se[t 17th)

Foreigners who think that National Acepigeons refer tot the best birds of the nation are absolutely wrong. The owners get an award indeed, and perhaps much money for the bird from Easterners but most probably there are better birds

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Fascinating (june 15th)

From non-fanciers, you sometimes hear how fascinated they are by racing pigeons. From several hundred kilometres how do they flawlessly find their way home?

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Once again (Juni 5)

 Jaak Nouwen is in his 80-ies but still a popular scribe. This long distance player is very sceptical about Internet sales. He does not blame the sellers but the naivety of the buyers and the sites that promote pigeons too aggressively.

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Another converstation or talking to myself (May 31)

Peter and I had a conversation about pigeons at the end of which he said: “it was great, you will have to do an article on it.” So, why not, I thought and decide to have a conversation with myself. I decided to ask myself questions and answer them

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Buyers of very expensive birds not THAT crazy (May 18th)

  Vandenabeele is one of those that practice artificial insemination. It is cheap, easy and it pays off. . When Willem de Bruyn once asked him how many babies from a single cock he could grow in one year he said: "As many as I want to ."

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Some informative stuff (May 16th)

When reading about champions we, fanciers, are interested in different things. One wants to ‘learn’ about feeding, the other about the loft, a third about medical care and so on

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The killing Virus

My last Update created quite a bit of correspondence. Most of this centred on fanciers wanting to know just when birds will become immune after vaccination. With the start of racing rapidly approaching and vaccine availability uncertain, fanciers have some difficult decisions to make.

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Every man has his own truth (May 9th 2018)


Listening to a large number of fanciers, among which some are top champions, there are two subjects that no one can be certain about.

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Why, why, why (april 13th)

That is the title of an old romantic song for people in their 70-ies or older.  Nothing for young people. Once, when my students were not eager to leave the play ground I put on this song very loudly. Within seconds they were all gone.

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Interesting as well (March 16th)

A lot of people had travelled from far and wide to the pigeon forum in Middelbeers in the south of the Netherlands and that was not really surprising. When fanciers like Koopman, Verkerk, Dr. Schroeder and Vercammen are present, you don't have just any forum.

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Interesting (January 28th)

Since internet more and more people feel like writing about pigeons and pigeon sport. That is fine, many fanciers would like to read and to learn. Unfortunately some of those self-proclaimed scribes envy each other and will never write positive words about colleagues.

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Judging (January 19th)

When I go to some of the few live auctions still available. I find It fascinating, to observe how some people handle the birds and how they look at the pigeon's eyes.

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2017 and the media (January 9th)

I walk around for a while with the idea to send Filip Norman a letter. He reads several dailies and I do not know if that is so good. I myself sometimes feel like reading no newspapers at all anymore and only watch nature films on TV.

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Old articles

In 2017 I wrote a series of 5 articles about Huyskens van Riel. The partnership is considered the best ever by many. All those who read it before were so enthusiastic that I decided to put all 5 articles on this site. You can read these and other articles at the articles 2017.

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