Easter On Great Titchfield Street And A Pigeon Olympics 2012 Update

Seeing as flying anywhere at the moment is out of the question due to the stormy conditions – big scary black clouds that look like they might fall out of the sky any minute – I thought I’d tell you all about my Easter. I’ve never been a big fan of Easter seeing as chocolate makes me want to heave. I’ve normally given it a wide berth and stayed firmly ledge bound. This year though, Mart persuaded me to venture off.

“It might be fun?” he said. “You never know, we may get to meet the Easter Bunny…” He was genuinely excited.

I didn’t have the heart to tell him the whole rabbit delivering chocolate eggs thing is clearly a load of old bollocks. He doesn’t even have a sleigh for fuck’s sake. How’s he meant to get all those eggs out? By hand? Loads of them stuffed into the pockets of his little rabbit jacket? I don’t think so. Anyway, I decided to stop being a miserable twat and go join Mart and, you know what? He wasn’t wrong. Turned out to be a right laugh, mainly at his expense…

We hit Great Titchfield Street around midday when the sun was shining, and bumped straight into Elliot. Not seen Elliot in years. Elliot lives near Spitalfields and is one of the few pigeons I know who likes poetry.

This is Elliot enjoying a spot of solo croissant tossing:

I’m actually considering suggesting this as a potential event for the Pigeon Olympics 2012.

Then he asks if anyone else wanted to join in? Kick a few crumbs about. Genius.

All went well at first. A nice pass to Eric.

Then Gerald comes in for a tackle. :

That’s Gerald on the right moving in.

He makes contact:

And he’s quick, but not quick enough.

Eric spots a pass to Mart. “Mart! To you!”:

Mart, of course, is walking in totally the opposite direction. “Where?”

“Mart, mate. Over to you!!” Eric shouts again.

“Great! Where is it?”:


Then all of us go at the same time, “Mart. It’s behind you!!” It was like some fucking pantomime.

Still no clue. Walks straight past it:

By this point we’re all pissing ourselves too much to carry on.

I tell you what, if this does become an event in the Pigeon Olympics, I suspect Mart won’t be taking part.

Talking Pigeon Olympics, it’s all hotting up. Everyone’s getting very excited. The final event list is being put together and I’ve managed to bag an exclusive on the coverage. Thankfully this means I won’t be organizing any of if, just writing about it. I’m also hoping to release video footage of some of the key moments, providing I can get the beak around iMovie… Toes crossed. All very exciting. One thing is confirmed and that’s the opening ceremony. We’re probably talking Trafalgar Square, mid to late June-ish. There’ll be music, seed, beer puddles and everything. I’ve suggested we could tie it in with Pigeon Appreciation Day on June 13th. Probably makes sense?

Any final ideas for events, let me know and I’ll pass them on.


April 12, 2012. London Pigeon Olympics 2012, Uncategorized.


  1. Animalcouriers replied:

    Spot the ball (ie hit the bald head) could work well. Mind you, Mart would have to be a mascot, couldn’t dream of winning with eyesight (or is it sense of smell?) that bad.

    • pigeonblog replied:

      I’m not sure Mart has the smallest sporty bone in his body!

  2. Josh replied:

    Olympics, good thinking. I have been trying to get Fin (my Betta fish) interested in synchronised swimming but to be honest he is not really up to it at the mo’. He looks very poorly and has his head in a big clump of pond weed semi permanently. Sad. So keep fit, Brian, aim high, fly faster. Looking forward to seeing you in action.

    • pigeonblog replied:

      Cheers! I’ll let you know if there’s any sort of water based event.

  3. jmgoyder replied:

    Very funny!

  4. Virginia Gal replied:

    I thought I heard somewhere that pigeons are very good as message carriers, perhaps that could be tied into the Olympics? I hope there will be American pigeons there!

  5. Sundry replied:

    Hilarious. I will never look at pigeons in the same way.

  6. Becci replied:

    Haha awww, Mart tries so hard!

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