The Ring of Sharing

Here’s an interesting one – invented by the famous Wing Commander P.R. Geon as a way of managing the food shortages of 1950s post-war Britain before the invention of the ‘takeaway’.

Orignally, it was called ‘The Ring of Sharing’:

In later years, however, the name ‘Ring of Sharing’ was dropped. This was mainly because the invitation to join, which the instigator had to shout out, was: ‘Would anyone like to share my ring?’ – clearly an unacceptable phrase in modern day Britain – so now it’s called ‘The Camden Doughnut’. Much safer.

It’s not a scene that’s been captured that often so a big cheers to Elizabeth who sent it to me! Cheers!

January 12, 2008. Uncategorized.


  1. Becci replied:

    Notice that the blue-bar in the upper right-hand corner has his wing over his reddish pal in a show of comraderie.

    The pigeons here are big on the the Camden Doughnut, but I’d imagine that they’d call it something more local.

  2. Suz. replied:

    COOL 🙂 Check out this ones from MontrĂ©al’s pigeons:


  3. pigeonblog replied:

    Becci: I know. Perhaps he’s still wishing it was called the ‘Ring of Sharing’?! let me know if you find out what it’s called… Love to know!
    Your pal, Bri

    Saint Suz: Nice one! A lovely couple of rings! What do you call them over in Montreal? Cheers for the links!
    Your pal,

  4. Patricia replied:

    Hi Brian,

    Here are some funny pigeon clips from Youtube

    Pigeon cleaning car after doing a “plop” on a peugeot.

    pigeon with crust of bread round neck looking for food.

  5. MD Floyd replied:

    How is Humphrey the Parrot?

  6. pigeonblog replied:

    Patricia: Cheers for the links. Nice one. Gonna post them now and add them to the Top Pigeon Vids page! Jean de Pigeon does it again. Dude.
    Your pal
    Bri P

    MD Floyd: Not heard from him in a while so hoping he’s holding up. Hey Humphrey – if you’re out there – get in touch!
    Your pal, Bri

  7. Pidge replied:

    I’d just like to say that this is one of the more adorable pigeon photos I’ve seen in a long time! I love seeing all the different color morphs together.
    Brian- How is Frank? Have you heard from him lately?

  8. pigeonblog replied:

    Pidge: Totally with you on that one. Frank tho. Jesus. Not seen Frank in a while. Maybe I’ll swing by Hyde Park at the weekend – see if he’s still there chatting up the Geese. Last I heard he was thinking of investigating the Yetti which he reckoned was spotted wandering through a shopping centre in Croydon…
    Your pal

  9. St James’s Park – A Right Result « Pigeon Blog replied:

    […] the outward appearance of a rather nice ‘Ring of Sharing‘, initially there was a fair bit of pushing and shoving going […]

  10. Ring Of Sharing « Pigeon Blog replied:

    […] the Ring Of Sharing (normally referred to these days as ‘The Camden Doughnut’ – click here to find out why, although it’s pretty obvious when you think about […]

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