16 February 2010


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!"


  1. Brilliant. Love the cartoon, too. x

  2. I had a Yorkshire terrier for 11 years. He must have really come from Lancashire.

  3. Did you WANT to start the second war of the roses???

  4. ELIZABETH Thanks for dropping by. I must send you some flowers!
    JAN You mean your "Yorkshire" terrier was ill-disciplined and liable to bark at visitors? If he also had fleas and bad breath he was most definitely a Lancashire terrier.
    RHYMES WITH MODEST Why so many question marks????????????
    JENNY Well another War of the Roses would certainly get our minds off all this economic gloom - not to mention the marathon winter. Who will you fight for? The white rose I trust.

  5. My question marks indicate shock and surprise along with the question.

    "???" is the equivalent of "? Unbelievable!" and even, in this case, "? Au contraire!"

    Just so you know....

    I wonder (a) what Jennyta's questions marks indicate and (b) why you didn't take her to task as well.

  6. Elizabeth Stanforth-Sharpe.8:54 am

    Picked from the nearest cemetry, no doubt!x

  7. damn damn you you yorkpudding, my peoploooeples are all from lancashire, and they like it very much except for the smoke, dust, soot, health probs, dirty water, dirty air, dirty towns, smoke, dirty food dut , dut dut etc et etc


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