ANOTHER NATIONAL EXHIBITION has come and gone. Sunday, October 9 was an almost unbelievably hectic day for the event organisers: the C&AB team put in a shift, too, but we couldn’t match the achievements of our colleagues at the Parrot Society or of those helpers labouring patiently in the show halls. This year brought with it some of the problems of success: for instance, certain of the exhibition areas and staging had to be rethought and rearranged on the hoof. Luckily, some of the most capable and least flappable section organisers in the country were on the case, and met those challenges with a minimum of fuss.
More than ever, I came away impressed by the total dedication of those teams to make the best, in a single day, of an event that contains abundantly enough good things for two... a theme that emerged during various conversations. Just consider the Fife section, which raced past its ambitious self-imposed target of 1,000 entries (see page 4 for details). Strolling between the Fife benches, I kept on thinking: This is serious. This will make the exhibition world sit up. I can only repeat my congratulations to those involved.
■ A combined sale and show is a rich brew, all right, and I couldn’t help looking forward to our own effort on November 27, when we team up with Maidstone & SECAS. Bring it on: it’s a great venue and an ideal pre-Christmas date for a bird sale, and we hope it offers something new and welcome for fanciers in London and the South East. Maidstone & SECAS is well known as a friendly and well-run all-variety open show and we’re proud to support it. Could you put out a show team on that date? We’ll be delighted to see you there. Full details next week.
■ Editor’s Quote of the Week: “You need to see a top-quality exhibit moving from perch to perch, and from all angles, to appreciate the ‘type’ in a Fife at its very best.” Terry Kelly, on page 9, reminds us that type does not equate to mere outline, and needs to be assessed under live show conditions, not simply in still images or even via video.
■ The late Frank Meaden (page 10): surely one of the UK’s All-time Top 25? Thanks to Andy Early for his lovely memoir of this extraordinarily talented birdkeeper.
In the October 19, 2016, issue of Cage & Aviary Birds, Les Rance continues his series on housing lovebirds in a colony with advice on aviary design, vermin control and the importance (as well as the pleasure) of watching your birds
In news, we report that exhibitors of old variety canaries are invited to stage birds at the North East Lizard Canary Club's (NELCC) show next January and David Shelbourne and team have broken a further two Fife canary records at the Parrot Society's National Exhibition.
Paul Donovan concludes his series on the five senses by drawing on the sense of smell – one that many researchers dismissed at first as insignificant in the life of birds, but has been proved to be a valuable asset to the avian world
After getting some ideas from a C&AB article, David Allen decided to trial some new cages in his birdroom using plastic stacking boxes. Here's how he has got on so far...
When Andy Early wrote to British birdkeeping legend Frank Meaden one day, he never expected to receive a reply. But he did – and a wonderful enduring friendship was the result
Plus lots more, including 60-Second Interview, Marketplace, Gail Harland's Webbed Feet and Fred Wright's Budgerigar Diary, plus lots more.