Bird’s eye view: William Cummings, the forgotten author

Readers may remember a book review I wrote of Lancashires: the forgotten variety by W. Cummings.  An e-mail from a reader in the USA alerted me to the fact that Wil’s website is now defunct; could I help her obtain the book?  I e-mailled Wil and was relieved to hear that the disappearance of his […]... Read More
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Memories of the Knighton partnership

In 1990 Cage & Aviary Birds published a ‘four page pull-out’ featuring the Lizard canary.  It was organised by John Scott on behalf of the LCA.  It contained articles by John, Stan Bolton, a poem in Black Country dialect by Brian Gisby (brilliant), a summary of the Lizard canary show standard, and an article on […]... Read More
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History, part 16: the colour of money

Have you noticed that whenever people start talking about material possessions, whether they are cars, clothes, houses or high-tech gadgets, it doesn’t take long before the conversation turns to their price.  Whether you’ve found a bargain, are outraged by exorbitant prices, or simply curious about how much things cost, it is the universal method of ascribing […]... Read More
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The fertile hybrid theory: the Serin

If you could go back 300 years to the France of Louis XIV, the Sun King, you would discover that the canary (Serinus canaria) was not called le Canari but le Serin de Canarie (the Serin of the Canaries).  This is the name that Hervieux used to differentiate it from the ordinary Serin (Serinus serinus).  […]... Read More