This early work on Pigeon Racing is an engrossing read for any pigeon racer of historian of the sport, but also contains a wealth of information and anecdote that is still pertinent and practical today. Recommended for inclusion on the bookshelf of the pigeon fancier. Contents Include: The Homing Pigeon in the Long Ago - The Homer Becomes Standard Equipment for Post and War - Peacetime Pigeon Service in the Nineteenth and Twentieth Centuries - Pigeons of World War I - Pigeons of World War II - The Racing Pigeon: Mixture of Many Feathers; The "Looks" of the Racing Pigeon; Pigeon Behaviour; Plumage and the Mold; General Care of Racing Homers; The Racing Loft; Breeding Methods; Training Young Birds; Racing Young Birds; Training Old Birds; Unusual Methods of Flying: Night and Two-way; The Homing Urge; Representative Racing-Pigeon Magazines: American and European; Important Books on Racing Pigeons; Racing-Pigeon Literature; and an Index. Many of the earliest books, particularly those dating back to the 1900s and before, are now extremely scarce and increasingly expensive. We are republishing these classic works in affordable, high quality, modern editions, using the original text and artwork.
Author: Jon Day
Publisher: Hachette UK
Release Date: 2019-06-13
Genre: Biography & Autobiography
'I love Jon Day's writing and his birds. A marvellous, soaring account' Olivia Laing 'Every page of this beautifully written book brought me pleasure' Charlotte Higgins As a boy, Jon Day was fascinated by pigeons, which he used to rescue from the streets of London. Twenty years later he moved away from the city centre to the suburbs to start a family. But in moving house, he began to lose a sense of what it meant to feel at home. Returning to his childhood obsession with the birds, he built a coop in his garden and joined a local pigeon racing club. Over the next few years, as he made a home with his young family in Leyton, he learned to train and race his pigeons, hoping that they might teach him to feel homed. Having lived closely with humans for tens of thousands of years, pigeons have become powerful symbols of peace and domesticity. But they are also much-maligned, and nowadays most people think of these birds, if they do so at all, as vermin. A book about the overlooked beauty of this species, and about what it means to dwell, Homing delves into the curious world of pigeon fancying, explores the scientific mysteries of animal homing, and traces the cultural, political and philosophical meanings of home. It is a book about the making of home and making for home: a book about why we return.
Author: Eugene M. McCarthy
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Release Date: 2006-02-16
With more than 5,000 works cited, Handbook of Avian Hybrids of the World is the greatest compendium of information ever published on hybridization in birds. Worldwide in scope, it provides information on all reported avian crosses, not only those occurring in captivity, but also in a natural setting (approximately 4,000 crosses are covered). This book is a basic reference, intended both for the serious birder and the professional biologist. McCarthy's work fills a need for reference material that takes into account the last half century of data. It will be of interest to workers in a wide variety of fields, ranging from animal behavior to genetics, ecology, zoology, and systematics. In fact, it will make fascinating reading for anyone interested in birds and the natural world.
A hilarious compendium of all that's weird and wonderful about life in the British Isles - the eccentric, bizarre bureaucracy and outright oddity reported over the last year by the nation's newspapers, including: Guardian headline, 'Man with false leg hit with toilet lid.'; The Astrological Magazine, 'announces that it is to cease due to unforeseen circumstances.' Jack Crossley spent some 40 years in Fleet Street and has compiled this laugh-out-loud collection of anecdotes and strange goings-on which sound so outlandish you certainly couldn't make them up.
`The definitive guide to Scottish websites.` Scotland`s New Homebuyer This comprehensive and easy-to-use directory provides a one-stop guide to essential addresses on the Internet from a Scottish perspective. The Scottish Web Directory, offers a selection of over 10,000 official sites, top 'household names' and sites of interest to Scottish families, business users, and anyone interested in Scotland Conveniently classified by category, the directory enables both begineers and experienced users alike to find elusive web addresses with ease, saving hours of fruitless searching and surfing on the Internet. Categories include: Arts & Entertainment Business Children Education, Training & Research Food & Drink Government Hobbies & Leisure Living Museums, Libraries & Information Personal Finance Shopping Sport Technology Travel
The fourth edition of this Web directory is updated and extended to include 10,000 entries. Incredibly Indispensible Web Directory is designed to save hours of searching on the Internet and help individuals to go straight to their desired site, without using search engines. It lists and categorises sites from art galleries to zoos.
A visit from an angel changes the life of a grieving widower in this “deeply touching love story” by the award-winning author of The Last First Day (Booklist). In the four months since Conrad Morrissey’s beloved wife, Rose, died, he has let her cherished garden slide into neglect, just as he has stopped caring what he eats or wears. But there, in Rose’s overgrown and unkempt garden, Conrad receives an unearthly visitor, familiar yet perplexing. It appears to be an angel—though it’s the last person he ever expected to see wearing wings. What does this mean? What should he do? What would vivacious Rose have done? She would not have kept it a secret, Conrad decides, so he begins to share his story. And suddenly he finds himself learning how Rose touched the lives of people he barely knew. These people, from a silent, damaged young woman to the chattering ladies of Rose’s drama group, begin to shape his own days as they make unlikely pilgrimages to the garden. Conrad thought his life was over, but now—as a disaster threatens the tiny New Hampshire town where all of them live—there is hope in Rose’s last message of love. “A magical first novel . . . both luminous and wise.” —The New York Times Book Review “Brown’s writing . . . conveys intense events and emotions with a deceivingly gentle touch.” —USA Today “Simply the most romantic love story you will read this year. Don’t miss it.” —Albuquerque Journal
This authoritative book is aimed particularly at those who participate in racing pigeons at distances of over five hundred miles but will be of value to all pigeon fanciers. John Clements succeeds in making the reader view the humble pigeon in a different light and ensures that he, or she, gains a deeper appreciation of the enormous joy and satisfaction that can be gained from long-distance pigeon racing.Contains detailed accounts of interviews with the owners of nine top British and Continental lofts involved in long-distance pigeon racing. The interviews cover a wide range of important issues including the acquisition of stock, the treatment of young birds and yearlings, feed, health and immunity. Other subjects covered include loft management, cleaning, construction and ventilation, the pairing and exercising of the birds, the systems used (widowhood, on the nest, or both) race preparation and many other subjects. Well illustrated with over 170 colour photographs, pedigree charts and postcards. This easily accessible, informative and analytical book is essential reading for pigeon fanciers everywhere.The objective of the book is to make the reader look at the humble pigeon in a different light and gain satisfaction from the joy of long-distance racing. Provides fascinating accounts of interviews with the owners of nine successful lofts.John Clements is a dedicated commentator on long-distance pigeon racing; an enthusiastic supporter of international racing and has a regular weekly column in British Homing World.
The main part of the book covers the care and training of racing pigeons today. From a detailed study of the physiology of the pigeon, the authors then give clear advice on acquiring stock, basic management and health of the bird. There is further information on housing and equipment, and an explanation of the correct procedure for breeding and building a successful racing team. Finally, the all-important subject of training, both for young and old birds, is studied in depth.
Author: Adam Piette
Publisher: Edinburgh University Press
Release Date: 2012-03-07
The first reference book to deal so fully and incisively with the cultural representations of war in 20th-century English and US literature and film. The volume covers the two World Wars as well as specific conflicts that generated literary and imaginativ
Author: Stephen Kinzer
Release Date: 2013-10-01
A joint biography of John Foster Dulles and Allen Dulles, who led the United States into an unseen war that decisively shaped today's world During the 1950s, when the Cold War was at its peak, two immensely powerful brothers led the United States into a series of foreign adventures whose effects are still shaking the world. John Foster Dulles was secretary of state while his brother, Allen Dulles, was director of the Central Intelligence Agency. In this book, Stephen Kinzer places their extraordinary lives against the background of American culture and history. He uses the framework of biography to ask: Why does the United States behave as it does in the world? The Brothers explores hidden forces that shape the national psyche, from religious piety to Western movies—many of which are about a noble gunman who cleans up a lawless town by killing bad guys. This is how the Dulles brothers saw themselves, and how many Americans still see their country's role in the world. Propelled by a quintessentially American set of fears and delusions, the Dulles brothers launched violent campaigns against foreign leaders they saw as threats to the United States. These campaigns helped push countries from Guatemala to the Congo into long spirals of violence, led the United States into the Vietnam War, and laid the foundation for decades of hostility between the United States and countries from Cuba to Iran. The story of the Dulles brothers is the story of America. It illuminates and helps explain the modern history of the United States and the world. A Kirkus Reviews Best Nonfiction Book of 2013