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'Walk in my shadow'.

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    This morning was perishingly cold here in the Wolds but being a glutton for punishment I was out and about by 8. I wanted to look at a field of rape that could be problematical when I go to shoot some maize stubble later in the week as it is an easy alternative for these particular pigeons.

    I was too early and nothing moved until 8:45 when groups of up to fifty birds flew Red Arrows style over the field and into a spinney. Keen as I am I just could not face setting up in the cold wind so I went to stand in the spinney. Sometimes, just sometimes all that watching is rewarded and I had a great hour in that wood. In between doing star jumps and finger exercises to keep warm I shot eight spectacular pigeons some of which fell fully sixty yards from my position. Had it not been so cold I would have stayed longer.

    Back home in my warm office which is remote from the house I have been celebrating my rare success by playing the Free album 'Tons of sobs' at very high volume, 'Walk in my shadow' being a real head banger and taking me back to my youth when I attended a lot of rock concerts where head banging was the norm and may which explain the many afflictions I suffer from nowadays.

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    Free played my local youth club many moons ago .Cost about five bob( 25p) to get in .Jethro Tull played the local blues club for the outrageous sum of ten bob.Attended the Lead Zeppelin reunion concert a few years ago and it cost me £145 .How times have changed .

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    I agree with you , yes it was cold this morning , the same as several mornings just lately , why is it I feel the cold while pigeon shooting but don't really notice it when after wild fowl , maybe my heart is in it for duck but not quite as keen for pigeons , with milder weather on the way I will soon be in pigeon mode 100%.

    I tell yer how much a sheltered life we had led in the out backs, when you said you listened to your free album , I honestly thought you got it out of the paper with a voucher at Tescos for nothing as I have never heard of a group called free .

    As for going to head banging concerts , the last three shows ( concerts ) I went to were , Matt Monro , Boxcar Willie and the man in Black , Johnny Cash , I haven't suffered no long term ill effects from the shows  , but they might have done because now they are sadly all dead .

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