John Clements
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Section ‘G’ are the ‘League Champions’

If we take the NFC Tarbes results over three years  from 2007 to  2009 Section ‘G’ comes out on top with more positions in the top 50 than any other section. In my opinion this is not entirely due to position for second in the league comes long-flying sections - namely - Section ’L’ closely followed by Sections ‘I’  and ‘K’.
Position Section 2007 2008 2009 Total
1 G 2 15 15 32
2 L 12 5 6 23
3 I 8 4 7 19
4 K 11 - 7 18
5 E 5 1 8 14
6 J 8 4 - 12
7 B 1 8 2 11
8 F - 4 1 5
9E A - 1 3 4
9E C - 4 - 4
9E D - 4 - 4
9E H 3 - 1 4
13 M - - - -
John Clements
Breakaways over the years have always put the blame on prevailing winds, early or late liberations or drag up some river or other.  They have always been reluctant to give credit to the idea that in certain areas there are hot beds of top fanciers with top pigeons.  Both Section ‘G’ and Section ‘L’ have their hot bed localities. Section ‘G’ ‘hot bed’ is probably between Bristol and Bath with Wiltshire banging on the door.  Meanwhile Section ‘L’ has had a ‘hot bed’ of top  long distance fanciers in and around the Congleton area for years. These ‘hot bed’ areas of top fanciers tend to inspire those within to greater and greater heights. They probably all go to the same marking station and talk to each other as part of a routine. They may even fallout occasionally over some trivial matter yet despite falling out this apparently innocent social contact, that appears nothing special at the time, is in reality highly beneficial to everyone. It increases competition because you have seen the white of their eyes, met the person, and heard a bit of gossip from time to time.

‘Man to man’ contact spreads the word about good individual pigeons. ‘Man to man’ contact spreads the word where they came from and how they were flown. It is a source of pigeon intelligence, pigeon wisdom that cannot be bought in sales or read in adverts.  

The uses of ‘man to man’  contact can only be seen when we compare those who do not have it with those who  do. Those who do not have it are unable to telephone someone they met at the marking station because they haven’t been introduced.

We will see in 2010 when the National Flying Club go with the International to Tarbes whether this hot bed explanation of mine is born out by these top sections doing well at International level. This  time the whole of the NFC will be sending their full club complement to Tarbes as part of a big race. These extra numbers must have some benefit whether it is the ‘hot bed’ effect or not  we  will see. Nevertheless bear in mind the fact  that ‘Hot Beds’  Whether in Shropshire - Cheshire - the South Coast  - or Somerset  vary over the years. ‘Hot Beds’ come and go and even as I write there is probably a new ‘Hot Bed’,  a new centre of  excellence,  emerging in the Kent/Dover  area that may overtake those that exist at the moment and it is likely to be competing with the NFC which happens to be the ‘hot bed’ in itself.