1 August 2018

Hooray!


Yorkshire Day

August the first is Yorkshire Day!
Our hearts lift up, we shout hooray!
From Flamborough Head to the Pennine Chain
We  cheer our county once again
Dear blogging friends, for what it’s worth
There’s nowhere better on this Earth
You can keep your Sydney and L.A. too
Your South Sea isles and your Timbuctoo
I would rather walk a Yorkshire street
With Yorkshire ground beneath my feet.
From Middlesbrough to Malham Cove
Our county is a treasure trove
Of coastal path and rolling dale
And foaming pints of Yorkshire ale
Where people use their common sense
No empty words  or proud pretence
A land of graft and imagination
Surely The Lord’s very best creation
So drink and feast and dance away
August the first is Yorkshire Day!

24 comments:

  1. And, for what it's worth, the horse's birthday!

    I want you to know I'm reading all your posts on my phone but had to give back my borrowed lap top so comments will be few and far between

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    1. You should have paid your taxes Kylie!

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  2. In the words of Michael Caine "Not many people know that" I am sure you'll be pleased to learn that 1 Aug is also Swiss National Day - fireworks and all.Which was very nice for my father when my parents lived in Switzerland as 1 Aug is his birthday. So, YP, thanks for the reminder. I shall be on the blower (voice pipe) forthwith to wish him a few more returns of the day.

    U

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    1. Please speak to him with a Yorkshire accent... "Ey up t'owd man it's thy daughter - Ussula. Ah's that goin' on?"

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  3. Tom will be celebrating for half of the day as he is only half Yorkshireman. The other half is cockney, not sure what he has to celbrate for that.
    Briony
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    1. Will it be his top half or his bottom half celebrating today? I don't think there is such a thing as Cockney Day but if there is you should celebrate it with jellied eels and bottles of Mackeson. Mmmmm! Delicious.

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  4. Is there a white rose left in all of Yorkshire for decking the halls of Pudding Manor?

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    1. Our palace is festooned. In fact I am even wearing a coat, a hat and underpants made entirely from white rose petals.

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  5. ”And foaming pints of Yorkshire ale” sounds lovely! You often mention ale in your posts Neil - what is the difference between ale and beer?
    Greetings Maria x

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    1. Ale is a type of beer brewed using a warm fermentation method, resulting in a sweet, full-bodied and fruity taste. Historically, the term referred to a drink brewed without hops. As with most beers, ale typically has a bittering agent to balance the malt and act as a preservative.

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  6. I heard Ken Bruce announce that it was Yorkshire day this morning and I immediately thought of you. Are you sending yorkist brainwashing waves over them there pennines?

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    1. We are planning to rescue those parts of Yorkshire that were ceded to the Lankies by the Tories back in the early eighties. We must free our people from tyranny!

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  7. August the first is Yorkshire Day
    Our hearts do sink with deep dismay
    From Southport's sands to the Pennine moors
    We dread to hear those white rose boors
    Who bang on about their county's worth
    The dreariest place on God's own earth
    You can keep your Malham and Flamborough Head
    Places where we wouldn't be seen dead
    No Lanky could celebrate such disarray
    When the Yorkist dogs have their day!

    Enjoy :)

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    1. When we march over the Pennines to take back our lands and wreak revenge - you sir will now be on the punishment list!

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  8. Graft? Isn't that a bad thing?

    I like your poem but I have to give Shooting Parrots the prize for a clever rejoinder!

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    1. And isn't Yorkshire actually multiple counties? Like three or four?

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    2. No Steve. Yorkshire has three ancient ridings - The North Riding, The West Riding and The East Riding. This division was purely for administrative purposes given the size of our great county. As for "graft" - in Yorkshire the term is applied to hard work. You might say of a builder. "Eee that lad can graft like bloody Hercules!"

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  9. Steve got here first to make the "graft" comment!!

    Love Shooting Parrots' poem too :)

    Happy Yorkshire Day! I have to say, though, Nova Scotia is God's own land :)

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    1. I think Nova Scotia belongs to Scotland just as New York belongs to the city of York in the heart of Yorkshire.

      noun: graft
      1.
      hard work.
      "success came after years of hard graft"
      synonyms: work, effort, endeavour, toil, labour, exertion, the sweat of one's brow, drudgery, donkey work;
      verb
      verb: graft; 3rd person present: grafts; past tense: grafted; past participle: grafted; gerund or present participle: grafting
      1.
      work hard.
      "I need people prepared to go out and graft"
      synonyms: work hard, exert oneself, toil, labour, hammer away, grind away, sweat;

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    2. I did look up the definition but failed to see these.

      Donkey work, eh? :)

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  10. Happy Yorkshire Day!
    I was going to bake a Wilfra cake (Wilfra being Ripon's patron saint) today, but with around 30 Celsius, I really do not feel like switching the stove on to generate more heat...

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    1. Ey up lass - adopted daughter of Yorkshire! You will have to have frozen Yorkshire puddings instead!

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  11. Hey, I like your poem. I will have to tell the Micro Manager that today is Yorkshire Day.

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    1. On Yorkshire Day she deserves a few beers at Billy Bob's Saloon.

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