Was His Nibs a Yorkshire Man?

Not all great phrases and sayings are Yorkshire-centric and ‘His Nibs’ is probably one created for the home counties elite. In one version of the meaning and derivation ‘His Nibs’ is ‘a mildly derisive mock title used to refer to a self-important man, especially one in authority’.

Nib of the Year Awards

God’s own counties nomination is ‘Sir’ Gary Verity the former Welcome to Yorkshire  chief executive who was allowed to resign on health grounds. As the Yorkshire Post reported ‘ It has been revealed that £482,500 has been spent in connection to the costs of two independent inquiries ordered in the wake of Sir Gary’s resignation in March on health grounds following bullying and expenses allegations, with the figure also taking account of “termination” expenses’.

A recent report released by the new chief executive Peter Box reports welcome to Yorkshire spent a quarter of a million pounds on the Chelsea Flower Show whilst seeing the demise of the autumn flower show in Harrogate.

Welcome to Yorkshires contribution to cycling and the counties profile has been  significant but so was Beryl Burton’s and many other cyclist and clubs.

Footnote

Another link to ‘his nibs’ is to its use the game of cribbage but in my scoring system it is ‘one for his nob’ not his nib.

Hose Pipe Ban in 2020? Not Enough Rain

Do you remember 1995 when Yorkshire Water excelled itself during that years drought and water shortages.Water rationing, bans and tankering fresh water supplies only partially alleviated the problem for the most hated water company in what Ofwat described as a “failure to deliver the standards required to consumers”. (If your memory fails seek out a super folk record by Peter Coe ‘The PR Man from Hell’ on his CD Long Company)

I predict it will be happening again after the recent light drizzle  in late September and early October 2019.

  • Hose pipe bans will accompany the flood reparations in the dales.
  • Empty reservoirs will be created by the York flood defense work.
  • Bathing with a friend never really stopped in Yorkshire ‘cos we will save owt but once again it may become compulsory.
  • Yorkshire Tea and Harrogate water will be endangered products.
  • There will be no high water at our East Coast seaside.

 

Prix de l’Arc de Trinity

Longchamp has nothing on Leeds where we put our ‘orses on pedestals. Our jockeys look like sacks of cloth and it looks like our animals pay through the nose.

Our top ‘orse is a skeleton of his former self but ‘Next’ is next in line to beat Enable. If he can’t beat her then he will take her to stud with the first offspring being named Waldnexist.

In the Trinity shopping mall you would think Leeds should have 3 horses but it looks like we have to be content with 2 next.

What are the odds on this load of garbage being first past any post. In blog speak it is an anti-post

 

Bookworms of Yorkshire

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You would expect a lot of good books to have been published about Yorkshire and God’s Own County and there are even many great books on our favourite subject and featured here is just one. A lyrical history of England’s greatest county is erudite, engrossing and quirky by weaving history, family stories, travelogue and ecology together.

Economic Tykes Tips for a Bookworm

  • As befits a thrifty Yorkshireman who would prefer to pay less than nowt, here are some tips on how to do that.
  • A good library will have many copies of ‘Yorkshire A lyrical history of England’s greatest county’ to borrow for several weeks at no cost. You can also renew several times even though this book will be in great demand.
  • Like me you can get the book given – it was a birthday gift.
  • Amazon have a  Free with your Audible trial   but its not a bookworms book if it’s a book substitute. I also assume you would miss out on the maps and pictures!
  • Not to be recommended but the book may be shoplifted.
  • Now getting to brass tacks or how little brass is needed – it is early to be seeing such a volume in a charity shop at 20p – £1 but keep your eves skinned.
  • It is unlikely to be remaindered but various retail & internet offer occur.
  • To offset your outgoings and reduce the cost below nowt you can try to rent it out – Southerners should be very grateful.
  • Lastly you can borrow my copy if and when I finish with it.

Statuesque Yorkshire

Trafalgar Square has it’s plinths and Yorkshire folk have their  own  Sculpture Triangle encompassing the cultural venues of Yorkshire Sculpture Park in West Bretton, The Hepworth art gallery in Wakefield, and the Henry Moore Institute and Gallery in Leeds. Somehow this fails to float the ‘sculpture culture’ that many believe Yorkshire deserves.

Pop Up Shop Sculpture

The venues for permanent sculpture seem formal and not easy to access. Harlow Carr gardens often feature sculptures in a horticultural setting but for stunning sculptural pieces in a similar setting I prefer The Hutt at Grewelthorpe .

Civic sculptures tend to honour worthy individuals like Constantine in York or Forster in Braford. The other approach is to render in stone a City’s emblem like York cats, Leeds owls or Bradford’s boars.

The Octopus should be an emblem for an east coast town like Hornsey.

Below is a member of the Packa family, Alister called Al for short. He can be seen near Salts Mill not  surprisingly in Saltaire Continue reading Statuesque Yorkshire

Tea Towels are US

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Yorkshire – The White Rose County or as I am sure you prefer ‘Yorkshire – God’s Own County’ attracts a wide range of merchandise and there’s nowt wrong with that if it helps the Yorkshire economy.

Take Tea Towels as an example (not just a device for drying the pots) from Yorkshire Linens. Available are designer tea towels such as Yorkshire Born & Bred, Yorkshire Pudding Recipe,  War of the Roses,  Yorkshire Map, Scarborough railway poster tea towels and a Harrogate scenes .

Good attractive Tea towels at a reasonable cost or so I’m told. Now you can get someone to dry the dishes in style! So don’t throw in the towel just yet. Less of this ‘Blether’ which features on an Amazon tea towel of ‘Yorkshire Dialect Translator’  which I reckon this was made in China (when that is what it is supposed to dry.)

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Bread Bred in Yorkshire Bakery

Just making some fresh bread notes or my comments from 7 years ago would be going stale. I love fresh wholesome artisan bread and a new shop recently opened in our village. It sells sold a variety of bread from several Yorkshire bakeries and is was a welcome addition to the range of shops in Menston.
Below are a few Yorkshire bread crumbs but if you wish to feature your favourite bakery send us a comment below.

Craven Bakery Skipton
The bakehouse is situated in Craven Nursery Park on the Snaygill Industrial estate. Here they produce a large variety of freshly baked products including bread, confectionery, large catering sized cakes and fresh cream cakes. All produce is delivered on a daily basis to wholesale customers including the new bakers shop in Menston.

Bread and Patisserie Masterclass
Swinton Park Cookery School runs a training course in Masham that teaches participants the art of different bread from traditional daily loafs to speciality Italian breads. Ever wondered how chefs achieve those stunning pastries.

Thomas The Baker
This Helmsley based baker produces large quatities of bread plus a range of authentic Italian breads called Rustica Classico, the definitive combination of fine Italian flour, extra virgin olive oil and malt flour. Rustica Formaggio made with Italian flour and the added tang of fresh grated cheese.
Rustica Pomodoro or tomato bread contains sun dried tomatoes marinated in white wine vinegar, with a sprinkling of oregano, capers and basil.

Fosters Bakery Barnsley
Fosters has been a family owned business since 1952. They have a unique range of bread rolls of all types, shapes, sizes, flavours and textures. They make English muffins and teacakes as well as hot dog rolls and torpedoes. Baked in Mapplewell where over 200 staff have NVQ’s.

 “Donker” is a speciality loaf  available from amongst others Thorley’s Bakery, Driffield. A dark rye bread often with seeds on the crust it is baked as a welcome gift in Holland.

Simple Yorkshire Bread is available in recipe form from deliciously Yorkshire or their food guide available from Amazon.

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Yorkshire Day Out

It was a fine sunny August 1st 2018 and there were no hail stones, moorland fires or natural disasters in God’s Own County! A couple of organisations in and around Skipton earned a special mention when the grandson was giving two grandparents a rostered day out.

Skipton Fire and Rescue

Just by the railway station exit opposite Herriots hotel is the ‘fire station’ or HQ for the Skipton Fire & Rescue Service. As we arrived they were holding a charity and awareness raising event highlighting dementia. The active team arrange several events including this on Yorkshire Day and are holding an other open day on Sunday 17th August 2018 between 10am-4pm.

  • ‘There will be loads of fun activities for all the family including; face painting, a bouncy castle, inflatable maze and a tombola. There will also be a range of demonstrations throughout the day. Money raised will go to The Fire Fighters Charity.’
  • On Yorkshire day we were treated to tea and treats from Betty’s in Ilkley, collected by the fire chief on his way to work. The local folks home arrived in a mini bus with a hoist for wheelchairs that amused the grandkid.
  • There were no call outs whilst we were there but records show there were two later in the day to keep the retained fighters on their toes.
  • The photo shows an aspect of ‘service’ that is easy to overlook. The damage car was one of several that were held in the fire station yard after the rescue of driver and passenger had been completed.

Summary An impressive show of community spirit well done to the team. Help them by supporting future events.

Northern Rail

This outfit have been under the media and travelers cosh for several months. Strikes over driver operated trains, overcrowding, pay disputes and new timetables have contributed to the problems. Not on Yorkshire Day!

  • The local ticket office found the cheapest way to travel to Skipton with a combination of metro card and senior rail passes. It was well worth collecting 8 tickets for the 2½ of us.
  • Whilst I was struggling with the buggy the cheerful conductor hoisted the 2½ year old up on to the train.
  • Shipley was the 4th station and first change. Down the tunnel under the Bradford line to the Skipton platform left us one minute to wait for the on time train. The conductor walking down the isle niftyly side stepped the buggy which we still hadn’t worked out how to open and close.
  • Passing through Keighley we could see the Worth Valley railway had an engine in full steam and at least one of our party regretted not disembarking for a longer look.
  • Skipton station yard car park had a wazzock parked in a way that stopped the local bus making its normal turn.
  • The return journey was assisted by a ticket collector who recommended staying on platfom 1 rather than rushing to platform 4 for the stopping train to Shipley.
  • The both trains then arrived in Shipley at the same time but we had a dash across the car park to get the Ilkley train using  the 2 lifts and running across the cobble with the kid in the buggy.

Summary Northern Rail did Yorkshire Day proud. The staff were friendly, the services ran on time and the cost for 2 pensioners and the toddler was good value.

House of Fraser

Long ago Amblers Department Store on High Street was taken over by Brown and Muff’s. They sold off to Rackhams part of House of Fraser (HoF) in the 1970’s. Now the shop is shortly to be closed as HoF are in severe financial trouble. Here are some views as to why this has happened:

  • Department stores are having a hard time and many are jaded and passed their sell by date.
  • People with time and disposable income to spend often have enough ‘stuff’. The need for departmental stores is vastly different to the 1960’s when these shops were enjoying their hey day. In the Skipton store there is no ‘experience’ or sense of fun except watching 4X4’s fight for a space in the free HoF car park to avoid paying in the adjacent council car park.
  • Linea the House of Fraser own brand sounds more like a southern European bus network. Such own brands carry no intrinsic value.
  • The renovated cafe was light and airy with lots of tables crammed in. Shame it was only half full at the height of lunch time. That didn’t improve the service with 2 sandwiches and a kids meal taking over half an hour to arrive!

Summary Thank goodness the street market pulls visitors in to the town. If HoF is not rescued I hope good, successful new tenants for the shop are found promptly.

Participation Sport

What can be flat or crown?    social or competitive?    indoor or outdoor?

What can be for cereal, soup, fruit or salad?

Bowls I hear you shout! But with the title ‘Participation Sport’ it unlikely to be a form of device for eating from a hemispherical vessel. (Bowls again!)

Team sheets from outside a West Riding Club House

One part of a team resting on their laurels

To take part it is necessary to consider appropriate clothing. Notice the varied headgear and the footwear for tramping on the hallowed and much cared for turf. It must have been spring because the green is green except for he cherry blosom. Look at it now in July it is a ‘Bowling Brown’

Some Yorkshire Bowls Organisations

  • ‘YORKSHIRE COUNTY  CROWN GREEN BOWLING ASSOCIATION was formed at a meeting in Huddersfield on Monday 15 August 1892 when representatives of Yorkshire Bowling Clubs were brought together at the initiative of the Huddersfield Cricket and Athletic Club. Representatives from Huddersfield, Ilkley, Clifton (Brighouse) Holbeck, Headingley, Chapeltown, Poternewton, Hunslet, Kirkstall, Primrose Hill, Ossett, Cleckheaton, Bradley, Dewsbury and Savile, Greenfield and Slaithwaite, were in attendance
    The first ever known Roses match between the White Rose of Yorkshire and the Red Rose of Lancashire took place one year later in 1893’
  • Yorkshire County Parks Bowls Association (YCPBA) is affiliated to British Crown Green Bowling Association (BCGBA).
    This Association was formed in 1910 and since that time participation in County Championship games, Cup competitions and Merits have been organised. The result of such action now provides a full range of events for all bowlers; male/female and ranges from Junior to Veteran status.
  • Local Yorkshire organisations arrange leagues and competitions. Sheffield Parks BA, Heavy Woollen BA, Barkstone Ash ABA, Huddersfield Royd DBA, Airedale & Wharfdale CGBA. Leeds & District CGBA amongst others.