Monthly Archives: February 2016

Charabanc or Charabang

1914 Ford Model ‘T’ Charabanc by kenjonbro (Celebrating 60 Years 1952-2012), CC BY-NC-SA 2.0 The term Charabanc (not Charabang as I thought) comes from the French char-a-bancs, for a “carriage with wooden benches.” The simple design included rows of seats … Continue reading

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Goole Search Engine Still Paying Taxes

The small East Riding town of Goole has announced bold plans to take on internet giant Google, with its own brand new, Yorkshire based search engine. Goole says it will keep on  paying its taxes – how’s that for the … Continue reading

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Wath-upon-Dearne Yorkshire

The performer Les Barker  whilst not from Wath was reading poems at a festival in 2009. This ditty he wrote and performed stayed with me: It was a calm, still day in Flamborough, The channel clear and wide, As the … Continue reading

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Walking Around Ilkley

Holiday in Ilkley like the Victorians used to do using Shanks’s Pony. You do not have to walk all of the Dales Way to have a good holiday with fresh air and exercise. The River Wharfe runs through the town … Continue reading

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Where’er You Wander

Holidays or work trips looming? Do not forget the words to Home Sweet Home an old folk song once banned as it was thought it encouraged desertion in the American forces. ….. ‘There’s no place like home Well I say … Continue reading

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Facts about Keighley BD21

Keighley has two claims to fame, the first being the pronunciation of it’s name Keeth-lee. The second item amused me when Bill Bryson asked why the Army used beautiful countryside for munition target practice, rather than a place like Keighley. … Continue reading

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Sheffield Murders and More?

The Chinese Laundry Murder of 1922. Sing Lee had carried on a laundry business living above the shop at 231 Crookes, Sheffield in 1922. Lee Doon entered his employment only a few days earlier (don’t you just love these Chinese … Continue reading

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Twirlies on Doncaster & Bradford Trolley Buses

Twirlies you know are the OAP’s and people who stand at bus stops with their free passes and ask ‘are we too early’ because it is not yet 9.30am. So that is how we get our name ‘Twirlies’, it is … Continue reading

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Lister Park and Cartwright Hall

Lister Park Bradford is on the English Heritage Register of Parks and Gardens of special historic interest in England, and contains six listed buildings, including the opulent Cartwright Memorial Hall. The ‘Green Flag’ park has recently been renovated around the … Continue reading

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Lassie the Literary Wonder Dog

Eric Knight the author and creator of Lassie was born on 10 April 1897, in Menston Yorkshire the son of a Quakers family. Lassie first appeared in a magazine story published by Evening Post and was subsequently expanded into as … Continue reading

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