DEC 09 CANARY NOTES
By John Maiden
The Great Escape
Humans do some very cruel things to their fellow creatures, as well as to members of their own species. However, from time to time I hear of an act of kindness by humans to animals that goes some way towards restoring faith in my fellow man.
The latest such incident came to my attention when I was asked to date and value a record (45 rpm) entitled "The Canaries in Song - backed by the Chic Applin Band." I am sure someone out there will contact me, or the Newsletter with chapter and verse on that story. When I have more information it will benefit Age Concern, because the record turned up in the Charity's shop in Sleaford and that is where the proceeds of any sale will go.
In the course of the conversation with my friends, Catherine and Dave who contacted me about the record, I discovered that they have two ex battery hens [pictured above] which were liberated from one of the most cruel confinements ever dreamed up in the name of cheap food! Sadly, the battery cage will not be outlawed until 2012. In the meantime, only a few ex battery hens will ever have the opportunity to spread their wings and roam freely in the garden of their rescuers, for whom they will provide a steady supply of free range eggs in return. Ex battery hens can be adopted by contacting the Battery Hen Welfare Trust.
Switching from the subject of chickens and former Canaries 'in Song' to the current crop of Norwich City players, who are decidedly 'on Song'. Not only are they flying high in League One, at the time of writing they are still in two cup competitions. I am sure supporters of Posh and Town would prefer me not to mention the current position of their teams in the Championship table, so I will refrain from commenting, except to say there is still plenty of time for both teams to pull off a "great escape" of their own!