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Pigeons were once briefly used to carry stock market price reports between Paris and Berlin in the early beginnings of the Reuters news agency. Now, with a world connected by fiber optics and satellite beams, aficionados still train, keep and race pigeons for sport. The membership of Britain's Royal Pigeon Racing Associated is declining, but tens of thousands remain. This year, the 40th annual British Homing World Show of the Year, held in Blackpool, had 2,500 pigeon entries from around the world. -- Paula Nelson ( 27 photos total)

Caged entries in the annual Homing Pigeon World Show at the Winter Gardens in Blackpool, northern England, January 21, 2012. The show, that is in its 40th year, has 4,000 entries from around the world including the U.S. and China and expects 35,000 visitors over the weekend. (Nigel Roddis/Reuters)


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