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Gifts for the Yorkshire person: Available in the USA
There are a lot of us Yorkshire folk in the USA, that's for sure.
If you're American, and have Yorkshire friends, I can guarantee that these are great ideas.
Or maybe you're still back in Blighty and agree with me that buying online is one of the best ways to send presents to family and friends who have flown the coop and are now in the States?
I'm getting a great collection together here (it is a constant work in progress) and it's such good fun choosing products - remember that many are also suitable for any of your British friends - or your favorite Anglophiles.
All these products are available from amazon.com and most have speedy delivery - you can even choose to have them gift-wrapped - so even if you've left it until the last minute, you'll still be able to keep everyone happy, especially those from God's Own County.
Let's start at the movies
(Or as I would say 'at the pictures')
Now don't get the idea from the title of this film that it's too naughty for your grandmother to watch. In fact, she'll love it because this is the true story of a group of women who, in order to raise money for charity, decide to create (and feature in) a nude calendar.
The difference is though, that these women are all what Miss Jean Brody would call 'in their prime' - the women were aged between forty five and sixty five. This is funny, moving and (as Kenny Everett used to say) done in the best of taste.
For the reader
The museum referred to in the title of this book might give away the Yorkshire city in which this novel takes place.
Yep, York itself. Like the film above, this is funny, sad and everything in between. It chronicles a typical family of the day (it starts in the 1950s) with the narrator of the book being one of the daughters of the family.
The plot, which has plenty of wonderful twists and turns, also delves back into the family history where we meet fascinating characters and gain insight into the family in the modern world. This is a bobby-dazzler of a book.
Back to the cinema
Without doubt,one of the finest films anywhere and a must for a DVD collection.
Despite the rather dreadfully-designed cover, this is not some light-hearted romance at all but is a gritty, funny, sometimes almost tragic accounts of the fortunes (or rather, misfortunes) of a colliery brass band during the miners' strikes of the 1980s.
Oh, it's a lot of fun and immensely funny but there's some serious stuff lurking behind the jokiness. If you're looking for something for great-grandmother, then be warned that there is the occasional f-word but she'll hardly notice - she'll simply be entranced by the music.
Petrol in My Blood
Everyone in the world should have this book, not just people from Yorkshire. Although the author, Eric Jackson, was born in a gypsy caravan in a field somewhere outside Doncaster in 1924.
He grew up in Barnsley where he started his business and from there he traveled to just about everywhere in the world, usually experiencing amazing (and life-threatening) adventures along the way.Why should everyone in the world have this book? Well, apart from the fact that it's a fascinating autobiography, the author is my dad.
So there. Be told.
It's a funny old game
Despite the popular misconception, not everyone from Yorkshire and not everyone from England loves football.
I absolutely hate the game. I had to be (almost) tied to a chair to watch this and guess what? I loved it. I've seen it several times now. It's just fabulous. It's the story of Brian Clough, back in the 1960s.Not only do I hate football, or soccer as they prefer to call it over here, I don't know a thing about it.
My only knowledge about the off-side rule is the 'posh mustard' scene from Bend it Like Beckham. It's especially interesting to anyone from Yorkshire because it concentrates on the (short) period of time that he was managing Leeds United.
Another local film
This fabulous film is rather typical of Yorkshire films in that it's hilariously funny but with some really sad moments too.
It's set and filmed (largely) in Scarborough. I think that most people from God's Own County know Scarborough - so many of us spent our holidays there when we were kids.Once again,I have to take issue with the DVD cover (who designs these things?) as it gives you no idea about that the film is really like.
Oh, and if you remember working men's clubs, you'll like this,especially the announcer - so very real!
The Yorkshireman and space travel
Yes, Neil Armstrong publicly went on record saying that had it not been for a certain Yorkshireman, it's unlikely that space exploration would have happened.
So who was this bloke? Unbelievably, there are quite a few people - even British ones - who don't know. But it's true. This chap was an uneducated clockmaker (his clocks can still be seen in England) who solved the greatest puzzle of the time.
Every single Yorkshire person, no matter where they are, should own a copy of the film of his life and the challenges he faced. Then they should brag about. Never mind Houston, we should be looking towards Wakefield because that's where the history of space exploration truly starts.
You say tomato...
I had enough of a problem with my accent when I moved fewer that two hundred miles away from Yorkshire and to the south of England.
But that was nothing compared to moving to the States. It's not just the accent that's completely different - so are so many words. And that's before you get to the colloquialisms. I mean, people take their dogs to the bathroom? After twenty years, I still have a hard time.Although this is a great gift for the Yorkshire person, it's good for any English person who deals with Americans ... and vice versa.
Did you know that they say 'ayup' in Maine?
There's a wide choice of colors here and not only that, these are handmade in Yorkshire. The perfect gift.
More Yorkshire articles
- Chris Harland: The Art of North Yorkshire
Chris Harland is one of the foremost iPhoneographers, specialising largely in shooting the county of Yorkshire. See his work. Fellow photographer Andy Royston pays tribute in this article.
- North Yorkshire Coast
If you're visiting England, don't just spend your time in London. The North Yorkshire Coast is only a couple of hours away and will amaze you with its beauty. See photographs and learn more.
- Films Made in Yorkshire: Ten Recommendations
Not only is Yorkshire known as 'God's Own County' it is a popular location for filming. See my selection of feature films that have been made in Yorkshire.
Can we make this into the ultimate Yorkshire gift guide? Any suggestions? What do you think?
© 2013 Jackie Jackson