"“We have lent a huge amount of money to the U.S. Of course we are concerned about the safety of our assets. To be honest, I am definitely a little worried.” "

Chinese premier Wen Jiabao 12th March 2009

""We have a financial system that is run by private shareholders, managed by private institutions, and we'd like to do our best to preserve that system."

Timothy Geithner US Secretary of the Treasury, previously President of the Federal Reserve Bank of New York.1/3/2009

Saturday, July 07, 2007

UK Pigeon Racing banned .... again

Defra announced on the 16th March 2007, to the surprise of many and the astonishment of the pigeon racing fraternity, that races originating in Coninental Europe could be resumed.

Restrictions had been in place for some time (2 seasons) because of concerns about Avian flu and had also previously been stopped for long periods because of Foot and Mouth. See post by Lord Patel "Ban removed on Pigeon Racing"

Grateful but amazed that restrictions had been lifted so soon after the Bernard Matthews Suffolk bou-ha-ha, the 120,000 flyers set to, and arranged very quickly a summer schedule - a monster task in logistics, regardless of adjusting training schedules, breeding programs etc.,

Imagine their surprise then that yesterday afternoon Chief Veterinary Officer, Debby Reynolds, at DEfRA announced ;

"...a ban on all international pigeon racing from continental mainland
Europe (including the Channel Islands) to the UK.

The ban is being introduced with immediate effect, as a precautionary
measure, following the recent finding of H5N1 in wild birds in France. It will
not affect domestic pigeon racing activity within the UK which is permitted to
continue. "

Continental races take place at weekends with birds despatched on Friday to return Saturday / Sunday - depending on location. That means 30,000 - 50,000 pigeons on road transporters crossing the Channel on a Friday afternoon - evening.

Playing ducks and drakes with the regulations naturally incurs costs and displeasure - pigeon racers would have been content that racing continued to be banned - they after all have a special interest as they own huge flocks nationally of great value.

As we speak Lord Patel's loft manager is steadying his nerves with several brown ales. Pic is of one of Lord Patel's chicks earlier this year - destined for great things in 3 years time.

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