Yorkshire odds & sods
I feel that I'm duty-bound to celebrate the best, biggest and more than likely the daftest county in England. And this is the page to celebrate and discover all sorts of stories, recipes and oddities.
This is a growing collection because I've been well-chuffed to discover that there's quite a lot of Yorkie information on this site and several writers who are Yorkshire bred and buttered. So here goes ... be sure to come back to checkout this growing list. And if you've got a great article on this site that should be here, let me know. The dafter, the better. So, fellow-writers, get in touch.
As I'm sure you know, the image on the right shows our national flag and much-beloved symbol, the White Rose of Yorkshire. Courtesy Wikimedia Commons.
This is beautifully bonkers tradition.However, like many of traditional British events it involves food. Lots of it. In fact, world record breaking versions of that northern favourite, the meat and potato pie.
There are many recipes for Yorkshire parkin but this one, given to me by a friend years ago, is the one I use all the time. You see, on Bonfire Night there is a piece of Florida that is forever Yorkshire as we eat our parkin.
It was Neil Armstrong (no less) who said that space exploration and his historic moonwalk would not have been possible were it not for the work of a Yorkshire clockmakers who lived in the eighteenth century.
A questionable story - to say the least - of a band of mermaids who travelled up the River Dearne to the Barnsley area. One of them, it's said, a beautiful young female, was responsible for the disappearance of a young lord of the manor. Pay particular attention to the dates.
Being an adventurous lot, we Yorkshire people are to be found just about everywhere in the world. If you need gift ideas for a Yorkshire exile, then you'll like these ideas. They can all be bought easily online.
Speaking about Yorkshirefolk being adventurous, here's a perfect example. A lad who was born in Barnsley traveled the world having lots of adventures and generally causing mayhem. He is also my dad.
Now then, if I was in charge of giving out Yorkshire awards, this is the person who would get the Top Bloke prize. See this ordinary lad? Click the link below to learn about his immense courage. Definitely a top bloke.
There are those misguided souls who believe that 'it's grim up north' and even that we're an uncivilised lot. Ha! We have produced some of the very best artists and sculptors one the planet. Here's just one example.
We have been known, of course, to have monsters. In the last century we had a serial killer who terrorised our county. We thought he would never be captured. Click the link below to learn more and see how we coped.
Despite our inevitable sense of humour, there are quite a few things that we take very seriously indeed, beer for example. And cricket (allegedly). We take not spending money very seriously too.
And our grub.
For me, there's nothing to beat a tasty Yorkshire chef dishily dishing up some tasty snap.
York - our capital
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