Thursday, 28 October 2010

Blog post number 500 - Stringer is dead....

The end....

18 comments:

The Liverbirder said...

Absolutely comically first class! A side-splitter! The clowns prevail - everyone else beware!

Today I committed the ultimate afront to your birding philosophy in that true to my clown 'ethics' I 'twitched' the Pec. Sand. ON YOUR PATCH!

Nice bird.

Steve Waite said...

Tell me it's not true! PLEASE!!!!

The Leicester Llama said...

No! The clowns must NEVER win!!

Stewart said...

Gordon 'Did you go for the......' fill in the blanks. :)

I wonder if thats why Stringer has strung himself up?

John Malloy said...

Nooooooo!

Mark said...

Dont go Stringer!!!!!!!!!

Skev said...

Such a waste - and what a way to go, waterboarded by a comedy waterpistol flower, driven mad by a blaring hand-horn and then clubbed unconsious by an oversized shoe.

Tim Sexton said...

You having a bad trip?

MinsmereMothMan said...

I sincerely hope you are joking G. You have brightened up many a dull day with your rants! Keep on living the dream.....

Ghost of Stringer said...

Thanks for your comments..... but enough was enough..... I didn’t have the energy to fight the tide of turds increasingly swept along in the “modern birding” scene......

So called birding has gone completely bonkers ?! Fieldcraft has gone for a burton, it now seems acceptable, or indeed the norm, to forget learning anything about our everyday birds and instead just hare around the place twitching and tape luring every bird that is slightly scarcer than common.

In the past few years I have made a point of reporting news of any interesting birds I have been lucky enough to see, so others can enjoy them if they like too. This has resulted in a stream of unpleasant incidents.... encounters with fuckwits tape luring both lesser grey shrike and greenish warbler, some idiot rolling up and confidently dismissing a white winged black tern as a “just a black tern”, photographers repeatedly flushing a short toed lark just to try and get a better picture for themselves, some clueless clown whinging on because habitat creation works had disturbed a ruff from a field before he had chance to see it....... the list goes on......

This is not the sort of birding I signed up for, and therefore I shall no longer be taking part in this crazy circus...... I have killed myself off, safe in the knowledge that I will never have to deal with these sorts of nobheads ever again !

If you would be so kind, on my grave stone I would like the words “....No I haven’t been for the black redstart, and you can shove that stupid bleeping pager up your arse too !!”

David Parkin said...

To paraphrase John O'Hara, writing of the death of George Gershwin, 'Stringer died on October 28, 2010, but I don't have to believe it if I don't want to."

I'll miss his acerbic comments on the current birding scene. What would he made of the Epistle of St Lee to the Twitchers as published by BBC4?

Rest in Peace, though no doubt his ghost will continue to haunt the tin church.

David Parkin

Craig said...

Shame, I've really enjoyed your "rants" about the idiots. Made cracking reading and agreed with all you said. R.I.P

ray said...

I know all the crap can get you down... it does it to me frequently.
The best thing to do is just to cultivate your own garden, as Voltaire said.
Life isn't an exam... and I expect sometimes you think it is!
My advice is... just rest the blog for a bit, and put something on it when you want to.... or not, as the case may be.
If you don't want to attract people to your area, then don't... you have perfectly good reasons... not that you need to explain yourself.
Anyway. good luck with whatever you do. 500 posts is a fantastic achievement, and I for one have really enjoyed your writing.
Best wishes from Ray

Phil Benstead said...

Don't stop Gary

"Faith is the bird that sings when the dawn is still dark"

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Brian Robson said...

Dont go Stringer, just continue to post your excellent pics of the great birds you find 2 weeks after they have gone That winds the wretches up well and truly. Swift rules apply.

tweetiepie said...

as much as i will miss your blog (partly to look up what i missed, but especially have been following the scrape creation with interest) as i occasionally stay in a pals beach hut in the area,

i sadly have to agree that posting stuff tends to attracts rent a crowd obsessed by whatever list they have going or taking endless photos, enough of whom do not have the birds best intersts at heart. i have not posted any sightings, other than say seawatching or hides, for about a year now especially rare birds as my experience in the past has not led me to think it would be in the birds interest at all. i have also stopped going to see anything that is reported and would rather spend my time either looking for something else, in the knowledge that seagulls will be following the trawler
some people have used the argument with me that it encourages people into wildlife and more people will help wildlife causes as a result, i think the vast majority of people are happy to get into birds if they are going to by looking at common birds .

contributing to encouraging listers/bird paprazzi to scoot around the county or country in my view does more harm than good

if the energy went into conserving/creating habitat or even just recording local sites i think birdwatchers could be a force to be reckoned with rather than a f******g joke

so sorry to see you go i felt you were at times ranting on my behalf


cheers
paul

Bonsaibirder said...

Sad to hear of your demise.

Thing said...

Been away from a computer for ages and then I find out that another blogger has chucked it in?

Bogger.

Come back soon and all that, yeah?