Monthly Archives: December 2015

Idle Entrepreneurs

Idle Working Mens Club is an oxymoron that has raised a smile or two in it’s time. Since opening in 1926 the rugged building has been extended not only in size but in membership which is now open to Idle … Continue reading

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Yorkshire Men Looking Their Best

Many a sergeant major has bawled ‘Get Your haircut you ‘orrible little man’ as they did in the Carry on Sergeant films. Modern day recruits and city gents now have a far wider choice of  methods of ‘grooming’ their hair … Continue reading

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Good Things About Leeds

Leeds upon Aire is the new seaside location in the middle of Yorkshire. Snorkeling, scuba diving and muddy beaches are waiting for the intrepid visitor. No money at all has been spent on making this a holiday destination of a … Continue reading

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Geoff Boycott in Black or White

It was always Black or White for Geoffrey Boycott. Whether batting or commentating, his uncompromising attitude was one of his greatest attributes and it is relevant that his autobiography is cased in a Black and White photograph. Boycott Quotes ‘He’s … Continue reading

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Fanny Adams Bitter Sweet

Did the proprietors of this shop in Halifax know the story of the original Fanny Adams? ‘Lest we forget’ here are some of the gruesome details. Eight-year-old Fanny Adams was brutally murdered and dismembered in August 1867. The head, eyes … Continue reading

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Frank Meadows Sutcliffe at Whitby

You do not need any special reason to visit Whitby but if by chance you have overlooked the Whitby Museum then you are missing a trick. It is located at the Whitby Literary and Philosophical Society where the famous photographer … Continue reading

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Harewood House Highlights

Harewood House, completed in 1771, is a significant English stately home with gardens by Capability Brown, interior design by Robert Adam and furniture by Thomas Chippendale. The rooms appear bright and well lit even on a gloomy Yorkshire day and … Continue reading

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Yorkshire’s RSPB Reserves

For Yorkshire’s birdwatchers and nature lovers we are blessed with four top notch sites maintained by the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds (RSPB). Fairburn Ings There are three main trails on the RSPB reserve and some nice walking … Continue reading

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Day Trip to York

What is the capital of Yorkshire? ‘Y’     at least  according to the old playground joke. Obviously a trip to York will dispel any thoughts of York being a joke and I wondered how to report on our great County town. … Continue reading

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The Northern Clemency

The Northern Clemency paperback edition  is a stonking good read about family life in a Sheffield suburb in the 1970’s-80’s. The hefty tome has a plot involving a mother who commits adultery with a drug smuggler, a slim teenager who … Continue reading

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