2 November 2013

Outrageous

Magnificent York Minster
Yorkshire has been named as one of the top places in the world to visit in 2014 in a new travel booklet. Lonely Planet put the area third in the top ten world regions, behind destinations in India and Australia. The guide mentions Yorkshire's "rugged moorlands, heritage homes and cosy pubs" and that next year's Tour de France's "grand depart"will be in Leeds.Thirteenth century York Minster also makes it into the guide's top ten global "sights to make you feel small".

Quite frankly, I am outraged by this! I mean to plonk Yorkshire in an insulting third place is a heinous slur on my county's good name. Sikkim? The Kimberley? These are nowhere kind of places compared with Yorkshire. I can only imagine that the Lonely Planet judges were bribed by the burghers of Sikkim and Kimberley. If fair was fair we would be miles out in front.

For your interest these are the top ten world regions - according to Lonely Planet:-

1. Sikkim, India
2. The Kimberley, Australia
3. Yorkshire
4. Hokuriku, Japan
5. Texas, USA
6. Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe and Zambia
7. Mallorca, Spain
8. West Coast, New Zealand
9. Hunan, China
10. Ha'apai, Tonga

Nowhere in the Lonely Planet summary did they mention our famous Yorkshire puddings, salubrious Parson Cross estate in Sheffield, the lost pit villages of South Yorkshire. No mention of Philip Larkin or Andrew Marvell, The Brontes, Sir Geoffrey Boycott, Ted Hughes, the chalk cliffs at Flamborough, Pulp, The Kaiser Chiefs, Hull City A.F.C.. Not a sausage about Sheffield being the original home of organised football with the oldest football club in the world and the oldest football ground too. Nothing about Saltaire or the Yorkshire Wolds, David Hockney or Damien Hirst, Samuel Holberry, Richard Whiteley or J.B.Priestley , William Wilberforce, Hilda of Whitby, Dame Judi Dench, Percy Shaw, Barbara Hepworth, King Henry I, The Arctic Monkeys, Mel B from The Spice Girls, Harold Wilson or King Arthur Scargill. Zilch! Nor anything about Fountains Abbey or Rievaulx, Beverley Minster, our proud Danish heritage, Black Sheep Ale, fish and chips, the rhubarb triangle or rugby league. I could go on and on...  Are you still awake?

Shame on The Lonely Planet for only putting Yorkshire third!

22 comments:

  1. Gee YP, Sikkim must be pretty bloody spectacular to be ranked as Number 1 ~ off to Google it now to see what we are missing.

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    1. And can I just add ~ Texas?? Texas is hugs ~ couldn't they be a little bit more specific?

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    2. No Carol - it's Yorkshire that's "hugs". We hug all of our visitors - for free - especially lone Australian outback women. They get two hugs and a pint of Yorkshire bitter. Sikkim sounds sick to me! Maybe they mean Sick'em! And Kimberley is a gormless member of a girl band.

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  2. I have to agree with you! Of all the places on that list I would prefer to go to Yorkshire. Perhaps it only came third because it isn't lonely enough.

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    1. To tell you the truth Hippo, I wonder who the judges were or what they were on. No reference to the Greek islands, Tahiti, New England, The River Nile or the Norwegian fjords - and surprisingly no reference to Lovely Luanda - the Jewel of Africa!

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  3. Most of the people you mentioned are dead. How am I going to see them? But I have always wanted to have a little chat with Beverley Minster.

    Most of Texas is miles and miles of nothing but miles and miles, and so flat that the locals have to put up signs to tell water which way to run when it rains. Maybe Texas is the exception that proves the rule.

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    1. You shall see them heaven my son. Oh and Beverley Minster is a church, not a human being. As for Texas, my daughter tells me that she loved that state - the finest in the union in her opinion.

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    2. Despite popular opinion, I am not a complete idiot. Not yet. I do know that Beverley Minster is a church. That was supposed to be a little joke.

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  4. Never mind Yorkshire - what about Wales!!! Cymru am byth and all that!

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    1. Wales? You mean that former pit village near Kiveton Park?

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  5. The fact that Texas is even on this list makes me suspect it. A lot of people have wasted vacation time there, trying to find something interesting to see.

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    1. Beauty is in the eye of the beholder! I am guessing you are a teeny weeny bit jealous because California was left out!

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  6. I agree 100% with Jan. If Texas is on the list.....well then, I would not trust the list 1%. Texas? Manhattan, maybe, but Texas?

    Might see you in Yorkshire some day, Mr. Pudding.

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    1. Well Congresswoman Thyme - if you ever get to Yorkshire I will be happy to meet with you even though (like Jan) you have revealed your Texas-envy!

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  7. I've only been to two places on that list - Yorkshire and New Zealand and both are terrific. One day I'll get to the Kimberley which I'm told is lovely but for my money Yorkshire would be top of the list too especially the Dales but the rest leave me cold I'm afraid!

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    1. And so you should be afraid Helen! Already Sikkim extremists are planning to "visit" you!

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  8. Yorkshire - yeah!!
    But , looking at the railway poster, just how many Yorkshire coastal towns can you get to nowadays by train? Whitby and Scarborough - any more?

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  9. Brian. Even though you were exiled to Catalonia following your outburst in Barnsley Market, you are still one of us! Adolf Beeching decimated Yorkshire railways out of unbridled jealousy in the nineteen sixties. But you can still get to Bridlington, Scarborough, Whitby and Saltburn by train.

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  10. Even a diehard tyke like me thinks the west coast of NZ - from Doubtful Sound to HariHari (after all it was our own Cook who discovered it) could beat Gods own country but as for anywhere else ...

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    1. I have also visited the west coast of South Island NZ. The weather can be miserable and Lancashire-like there but I agree it does deserve to be on the Lonely Planet list

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