Once upon a time in the Kingdom of Heaven, God went missing for six days. Eventually, Geoffrey the archangel found him on the seventh day resting. He enquired of God,"Where have you been?"
God pointed downwards through the clouds. "Look Geoffrey, look what I've made" said God. Archangel Geoffrey looked puzzled and said, "What is it?"
"It's a planet," replied God, " and I've put LIFE on it. I'm going to call it Earth and it's going to be a great place of harmony and balance."
"Balance?" inquired Geoffrey, still confused.
God explained, pointing down to different parts of the Earth, "For example, North America will be a place of great opportunity and wealth while South America is going to be poor; the Middle East over there will be a hot spot and Russia will be a cold spot. Over there I've placed a continent of white people and over there is a continent of black people."
God continued, pointing to the different countries. "This one will be extremely hot and arid while this one will be very cold and covered in ice."
The Archangel, impressed by God's work, then pointed to another particularly beautiful area of land and asked, "What's that?"
"Ah," said God. "That's Yorkshire, the most glorious place on earth. There are beautiful, generous people, seven great cities, moorland, seascapes, rich arable land. It is the home of the world's finest artists, musicians, cricketers, footballers, writers, thinkers, explorers and politicians. The people from Yorkshire shall be modest, intelligent and humorous and they're going to be found travelling the world. They'll be extremely sociable, hard-working and high-achieving, and they will be known throughout the world as speakers of truth."
Geoffrey gasped in wonder and admiration but then proclaimed, "What about balance God, you said there will be BALANCE!"
God smiled and replied very wisely, "Wait till you see what I've done next door in Lancashire!"