The 72nd World Science Fiction Convention was held in London at the Excel Arena on August 14th -!7th 2014, the event was entitled Loncon 3.
The mascots for the event were 'Pigeons' and lots of colourful knitted pigeons appeared on various websites including pinterest.com leading up to the actual event.
One of the guests of honour was Robin Hobb who whilst writing as Megan Lindholm wrote the cult classic " Wizard of the Pigeons ". Robin had in fact, as the book may have suggested, kept fancy pigeons and mentions Charles Darwin and his pigeon studies in the early chapters. I was pleased that Robin found time to visit the Darwin's Pigeons stand and enjoy the 13 birds present. It was clear that Robin is at ease with pigeons as she explained to a young visitor to the stand some of the characteristics of fancy pigeon breeds.
Breeds present at the display were an almond and dun English Short-faced tumblers, Barb, Scandaroon, Damascene, Old German Owl, Frillback, Runt, Jacobin, King, Archangel, Moorhead muffed tumbler and an English Pouter.
I was joined on the day by Colin Ronald, National Pigeon Association Secretary and Randal Keynes, Charles Darwin's great great grandson. My thanks to both gentlemen for talking to the many interested vistors and convention members who visited the Darwin's Pigeons display during our allotted time period on Saturday 16th August.
Loncon 3 Pigeon mascots suround "Wizzard of the pigeons" with John Ross Robin Hobb and Randal Keynes in the background
The Slender Man ( Andrew Wishart) visits Darwin's pigeons stand. He went on to win the "most Creepy award".
Almond Tumbler (foreground) with a Scandaroon (background), two of Charles Darwin's favourite fancy pigeon breeds during his studies in 1855.
Colin Ronald holding a stunning copper black Archangel Pigeon