LAST SHOW SEASON is really starting to look like a classic, with numerous shows reporting increases or innovations. As always, we want to do justice to every show, to publish a proper report with photos where possible – which means it takes time to fit them all in. (
And you’re all getting better at taking photos, so there’s more worth publishing!) From this week we’re adding an extra page of Club News until the backlog starts to clear, because reports are still arriving in Club News queen Laura Keens’s in-tray! We aim to be completely fair by putting in reports in the order that we get them. So, as always at this time of year, your patience is appreciated – thank you.
■ “CAGE BIRDS has not been started to gratify the vanity of any individual, or for the furthering of any clique.” So we trumpeted in our very first editorial, back in 1902 – and, by jingo, that’s the way we’ve kept it! Old Bird tells me he simply had to reproduce this (see page 17) and I hope you agree. Granted, there’s plenty that we’d smile at now (or wince at – “The Proprietor wants every cage-bird man to actively interest himself in the paper”; yep, we get the picture); but, as always with that period, there’s so much initiative, energy, seriousness and (hackneyed word) optimism in the approach to the hobby that it’s a source of refreshment even 113 years later.
■ And I, for one, need that kind of lift after hearing of the contemptible vandalism suffered by a Northumberland rescue centre (page 4). Please help if you are able.
■ Diplomat of the Week Award: Linda Flintham, our 60-Second Interviewee on page 19. We ask: “What birds would you keep if not budgerigars?” Says Linda: “Canaries, probably Yorkshires because they look like budgerigars!” Never struck me before, Linda, but now you mention it...
In the January 28, 2014 issue of Cage & Aviary Birds, Bill Lowe recommends a delightful African parrot and looks back on the many examples he has got to know
James Weaire successfully juggles career, canary breeding and showmanship, discovers Dave Brown
Bill Naylor explains why it makes sense to go the extra mile and create a fully covered area in an aviary
Plus lots more, including budgerigars, In The Trade, doves and profiles