Asian fans paying thousands of pounds for British PIGEONS as bird racing becomes new favourite hobby of China’s growing middle class

Rolling, rolling, rolling: Amazing pictures take 1980s quilling hobby to whole new level

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at odds of 700,000-1 Now the country’s emerging middle class has taken to the sport with huge interest, making fast birds important status symbols which attract higher prices than in Britain. The Royal Pigeon Racing Association (RPRA) has now commissioned a report to look into ways of exploit the market further. It hopes that increased opportunities for British fanciers will also lead to a resurgence in the sport in the UK too. High fliers: Pigeon racing a multi-million pound industry in China where a winning pigeon can award its owner with 1m in some races Stewart Wardrop, RPRA general manager, said: ‘We’re just waking up to the potential and the fact it could be a big business for us.
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Moving to a new location inspired a new hobby (Photos)

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When I was in California, I had never really wanted to photograph much of anything. The sunsets were beautiful, but they seemed to be always the same. Since the move here turquoise beads to Colorado Springs, I think I have taken more photographs of the sky than anything else, and photography has become a new hobby for me. The cloud formations here are much more beautiful than anything Ive seen, and living in an area with four seasons has also inspired my new-found hobby.
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High fliers: Pigeon racing a multi-million pound industry in China where a winning pigeon can award its owner with £1m in some races

From Snow White’s selfie to Cinderella’s outfit-of-the-day: What the Disney princesses’ Instagram feeds might look like ‘I started to use it about five years this link ago,’ she explains. ‘I was planning to create a small brochure with my hand-drawn illustrations to be sent out to potential clients and I was looking for an eye-catching image with my name (Yulia) for the cover. ‘I created a number of hand-drawn variants, but I didnt like any of them and then I remembered an image from some school book showing a paper strips standing on edge and tried to make the letters using this technique. ‘The attempt was successful and over the next couple months I switched to quilling completely.’ Quilling itself dates back to the Renaissance when it was used by monks and nuns in France and Italy to decorate book covers. Intricate: A close-up of Gypsy (bottom) shows off the amazing detail artists working with quilling can achieve Striking: Tiny details such as the man leading the horse and cart are picked out clearly in this creation Delicate: This lovely image offers a bouquet of blooms reinterpreted through Yulia’s quilling technique Later, it became popular as a hobby during the 18th century, when it was considered an appropriate pastime for gentlewomen.
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