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Touty said:
George Wood .... Shame, like all Scots, he wasn't a serious goalkeeper.

A heinous slur indeed Sir!!

I watched George when he played for Blackpool, before he was famous. He was a fantastic goalkeeper and I'm told a very nice chap as well. He has now risen even further in my view, proving professional footballers can be normal just like the rest of us mere mortals. (Well most of us anyway).
 
marky boy said:
The late rocker 'Billy fury' was also an ornithologist,so i was reading.
In a former life as a grave digger/gardener I used to tend his grave at Mill Hill Cemetry,London (Three Cemetry's sold for Ten English Pence apiece mid-80's Tory scandal). He had massive hands apparently, consistent with huge 50's bins!!

Rock 'n' Roll:cool:

Chris
 
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From yesterday's 'University Challenge' it appears that the actor Sam West (son of Timothy and Prunella Scales) has a knowledge of birds, at least according to his team captain.
 
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Right back at the start of the post some one asked if anyone had seen Ken Clarke birding. I once saw him out on New Years Day at Rutland Water. Obviously a year lister too! I bet Lee Evans is shaking in his crocodile leather shoes!

Also saw a programme with both him (Ken, not Lee) and Norman Lamont on it - both birding. I seem to remember Clarke identifying Sedge Warbler on call so he must know a bit...

I also seem to remember the same programme 'outing' Michael Heseltine as a birder but saw no 'in the field' proof.

I've also seen Rory McGrath on a travel show birding on the Norfolk coast. There is a statue of Eric Morecombe with a pair of bins round his neck.

I hear Vic Reeve's and Jarvis Cocker all the time mentioned, but never heard any conclusive proof.

Matthew

Vic Reeves bird on his farm in Kent.

Saw Ken Clarke at a Notts Buff-breasted Sandpiper twitch many moons ago.

Suspicious of Jarvis Cocker being a birder. He is better off warbling away I think.

Oh yes and it was keith Flint and not Liam Howlett who I was thinking of in The Prodigy.

;)
 
Vic Reeves bird on his farm in Kent.

Saw Ken Clarke at a Notts Buff-breasted Sandpiper twitch many moons ago.

Suspicious of Jarvis Cocker being a birder. He is better off warbling away I think.

Oh yes and it was keith Flint and not Liam Howlett who I was thinking of in The Prodigy.

;)

Maybe watching sum plum Slav Grebes could go some way to explaining Keith Flint's hairdo then ?
 
Her Imperial Highness Princess Takamodo of Japan is an avid birdwatcher.

Apparently. Not met her so I can't really confirm that.

Gus

True

She has been ringing/banding with a Japanese ringer friend of mine. She also used the same bird guide Dave Kuhn as me, to see the beutiful endemic bird on Kauii.

She is no longer a Princess now mind.
 
What about Terry Nutkins who used to be on the Really Wild Show. Wonder what happened to him? Don't see him much now. He did appear on a Steve Irwin Special that was on ITV last year.
 
From the world of Indie:
Bill Drummond of KLF/Timelords, etc
Tim Burgess of The Charlatons (vaguely remember a NME interview in the early '90s when football had become trendy, he stated that he wasn't interested in it and prefered birding).
British Sea Power and Jarvis, as already metioned (Jarvis has a song called The Birds in Your Garden).
And more recently, Sufjan Stevens has released a song about the rediscovery of the Ivory-billed Woodpecker.

Also, I'm sure I saw Pete Doherty and Kate Moss on Blakeney Point last October.
(OK. I made up that last one).
 
US Ambassador Dell

Chris Dell, the US Ambassador to Zimbabwe, is apparently a keen birder [it got him into trouble with some of Bob's Presidential Guard in the Harare Botanical Gardens a few years ago].

I've read that his next posting is to Afghanistan - what has he done to get such exciting postings?
 
Bill Oddie, the guy from the goodies, is a birder?

Now there's an alternative interest - Oddie-spotting. I've never seen one in the field but used to see him all the time at jazz gigs - Miles Davis, Weather Report, John McLaughlin etc and always in the bar. Has he given up jazz and more importantly beer? Cheers.
 
George Wood IS a serious birder and bird ringer. Shame, like all Scots, he wasn't a serious goalkeeper.

Indeed. When I was at Sandwich Bay in 1985 I caught him a Long-eared owl and he said that handling it was better than playing at Wembley! Now come on, I like LeOS. On eof my favourite birds ever, and in the and they are immense. The malice in those orange eyes is almost scary. But, George, ANYONE ca be a trainee ringer and handle a LeO but how many us could ever play at Wembley?
 
Kerry King from american thrash metal band Slayer is a birder...


...not. I have seen Michael Winner with a crap pair of binoculars round his neck in N Norfolk though.
 
Right back at the start of the post some one asked if anyone had seen Ken Clarke birding. I once saw him out on New Years Day at Rutland Water. Obviously a year lister too! I bet Lee Evans is shaking in his crocodile leather shoes!

Also saw a programme with both him (Ken, not Lee) and Norman Lamont on it - both birding. I seem to remember Clarke identifying Sedge Warbler on call so he must know a bit...

I also seem to remember the same programme 'outing' Michael Heseltine as a birder but saw no 'in the field' proof.

I've also seen Rory McGrath on a travel show birding on the Norfolk coast. There is a statue of Eric Morecombe with a pair of bins round his neck.

I hear Vic Reeve's and Jarvis Cocker all the time mentioned, but never heard any conclusive proof.

Matthew

Saw Jarvis Cocker on a tv program about "Why birds sing" on BBC4 last night.
He sounded like birdwatcher to me.
 
Anon, apparently:

The common cormorant or shag
Lays eggs inside a paper bag.
The reason you will see no doubt -
It is to keep the lightening out.
But what these unobservant birds
Have never noticed is that herds
Of wandering beasts may come with buns
And steal the bags to hold the crumbs.

Not anon, but Christopher Isherwood. Spike Milligan's version said "Lesser cormorant or shag ..."
 
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I was going to mention Mike Hooper, Tim, but I thought nobody else would know who he was!!!. I remember reading an article by him in some magazine when he was still playing for Liverpool reserves. Roger

Not to mention Newcastle..........and how decidely shite he was.

Keen angler as well, as I recall?
 
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