Bradford buses used to be blue and people used them. Now they are rainbow of colours and virtually no one uses them for pleasure.
With nothing to do with our time we are home cleaning and recycling like mad. This has led to some councils consternation as they are struggling to collect and dispose of all our recyclables and excess waste.
When we think about going for our one a day walk we can’t plan to go too far from home so trips to Swaledale or Arkengarthdale should be saved for another day. Thank goodness for Calderdale and I never thought I would be saying that.
- ‘Oh stands the clock at ten to three
- and is there still football to see?
- ‘sorry dear football’s off’
With thanks and apologies to Peter Sellers, residents of ‘Football’ in Yeadon, the good folk of Calderdale, all the public transport and council workers and anyone else who knows me.
A clever shop window sign Ow Much would be even cleverer if I had finished with a ?
Queuing for the Otley 20p Shop
I currently miss shopping in Otley at the 20p shop! A great concept with everything only 20p a pop. Lots of the items including some books, greeting cards and shop surplus is brand new. In the bric a brac there may be the odd gem and at 5 for £1 it is as near a Yorkshire bargain as you are likely to get.
- It competes well with the Scottish bawbee shop only up there they think that is expensive.
- It knocks in to a flat cap the Cheshire footballers mansion zone £1,000 shop now without 30% off!
Yesterday God was seen walking around Yorkshire.’What are you doing?’ he was asked ‘Working from home’ he replied. Thanks to Tony Service of Selby & the Daily Telegraph.
Yesterday during the housebound phase of the day I was furtling around my old bookcase and discovered an 1860 edition of ‘Ballads and Songs of Yorkshire’ by C J Davison Ingledew. I was impressed with the half dozen items related to Robin Hood’s Yorkshire links. Thinking this would provide fertile ground for some posts on GOC I started to copy some relevant poems. They are long out of copyright and I assumed largely unavailable to any fervent seeker of old Yorkshire poems, songs and verse. I was wrong on that availability assumption because, rather belatedly, I let google and amazon in on the act.
Amazon had several works by C.J. including Ballads and Songs of Yorkshire Transcribed From Private Manuscripts, Rare Broadsides, and Scarce Publications; With Notes and a Glossary (Classic Reprint)
Google led me to The Project Gutenberg (see logo above)and an EBook of The Ballads and Songs of Yorkshire, by C. J. Davison Ingledew with all the words and detail on each ballad and song. It saved me all the time and effort of copying selected work as I had intended. In case you find it hard to search here is the contents list and links to all the words.
|The Dirge of Offa
|The Battle of Cuton Moore
|Robin Hood and Guy of Gisborne
|The Jolly Pinder of Wakefield
|The Noble Fisherman; or, Robin Hood’s Preferment
|Robin Hood and the Curtall Fryer of Fountains Abbey
|The Bishop of Hereford’s Entertainment by Robin Hood and
|Little John, in merry Barnsdale
|Robin Hood’s Death and Burial
|History of Sir John Eland, of Eland, and his Antagonists
|The Boy of Egremond
|The Deposing of Richard II. and his Murder in Pomfret Castle
|The Felon Sew of Rokeby and the Fryers of Richmond
|The Rising in the North
|Yorke, Yorke for my Monie
|The Sisters of Beverley
|Bold Nevison, the Highwayman
|The Cruel Step-Mother; or, the Unhappy Son
|The Bonny Scotch Lad, and his Bonnet so Blue
|The Child in the Wood; or, the Cruel Unkle
|Bowes Tragedy; or, a Pattern of True Love
|The Doncaster Volunteers
|The Yorkshire Horse-Dealers
|Bill Brown, the Poacher
|The Romanby Tragedy
|Paul Jones, the Cumberland Militia, and Scarbrough Volunteers
|A New Fox-hunting Song
|An Honest Yorkshire-man
|The Yorkshire Knight; or, the Fortunate Farmer’s Daughter
|The Virgin Race; or, Yorkshire’s Glory
|The Mayor of Doncaster
|The Crafty Plough Boy
|The Yorkshire Tragedy; or, a Warning to all Perjur’d Lovers
|The Sheffield ‘Prentice
|The Yorkshire Volunteers’ Farewell to the Good Folks of Stockton
|Fragment of the Hagmena Song
|The Yorkshire Lad in London
|The Tryal of Patience
|The Beggar’s Bridge
|The Banks o’ Morton o’ Swale
|The Chase of the Black Fox
|Miss Bailey’s Ghost
|The Two Yorkshire Lovers
|The Barber of Thirsk’s Forfeits
|The Yorkshire Irishman; or, the Adventures of a Potato Merchant
|When at Hame wi’ Dad
|I’m Yorkshire too
|The Sweeper and Thieves
|Howell Wood; or, the Raby Hunt, in Yorkshire
|The Collingham Ghost
|The Twea Threshers
|Dolly’s Gaon; or, the Effects of Pride
|The Widow’s Lament
|The Funny Wedding
|The Flying Dutchman
|The Yorkshireman in London
|The Great Exhibition; or, Prince Albert’s Curiosity Shop
|The Lord of Saltaire
|A Remarkable Circumstance connected with Bretton Hall
|The Butcher turned Devil
|Colonel Thompson’s Volunteers
|The Sledmere Poachers
|The Yorkshire Concert
|The Soldier in Yorkshire
|Aw nivir can call hur my Wife
There is a wealth of free content on Project Gutenberg and I was a bit awestruck by its scope. I wonder what the original Yorkshire creative folk would think about the digital availability of their work 160+ years on. However to me there is still no substitute for being able to hold a book so I am off for a read.
When I titled this as the Grand Old Duke I was thinking of York but the heritage spud not the second son of the Queen (you could say her errant spud.)
Prince Andrew former husband of Fergie (Sarah Ferguson) and friend of Ghislaine has recently resigned from 3 Yorkshire roles. He has left his role as the chancellor of the University of Huddersfield, has resigned from his role as royal patron of the York Minster Fund and the Yorkshire Air Ambulance has thrown him out of the cockpit (sorry withdraw its connection). Looks like he has had his chips and his erstwhile Yorkshire career is mashed up.
- Duke of York are seed potatoes that have been recognised since 1891
- They are very popular for their great taste, early harvesting and all-round use.
- Luckly I have just planted mine but find they are currently hard to obtain as they have fallen victim to Corvid 91. This is not a potato virus but a supply chain issue due to the pandemic. I never expected to see panic buying of heritage seed potato but they are currently hard to obtain.
- Red Duke of York is a sport of the variety Duke of York first discovered during the WWII
Fish & Chips Shops
- Oh my Cod, how many Cod Fathers are there to a flounder?I will have to check on Fishbook
- Open on Frydays all over Yorkshire not just the Chip in Dales
- A Fish Called Rhondda
- The Prawnbroker may get a bell from The Town Fryer
- The New Cod on the Block may be called Plaice Station
- If you think this is a load of Codswallop you should see the southern chippy Battersea Cod’s Home selling catfish
- Why don’t Boots sell boots, and Selfridges don’t sell fridges
Ali’s Barbers is a cut above the rest but doesn’t make Aladdin appear.
Have you a favorite misleading street signs or one that downright lies like the one above. Even in Ilkley wells do not walk. Wells gush or flow, store and seep and cover for Yorkshire water when there is a drought. Tying to our earlier theme there is Frying Pan Alley in the east end of London where the eels and fish and chips are southern are soggy.
As a veteran beer drinker and former member of the campaign for real ale, CAMRA, I am embarrassed to find there are 17 local branches in towns and cities across the county. I only discovered this fact only from reading the bimonthly magazine Tyke Taverner, the beer consumers’ magazine, supplied to pubs and clubs in Bradford and beyond.
- Barnsley: barnsleycamra.org.uk
- Bradford: bradfordcamra.org.uk
- Cleveland: clevelandcamra.org.uk
- Doncaster: doncastercamra.org.uk
- Halifax & Calder: hxcalderdalecamra.org.uk
- Harrogate & Ripon:harrogateandriponcamra.org.uk
- Heavy Woolen: heavywoollencamra.org.uk
- Huddersfield: huddscamra.org.uk
- Hull & East Yorkshire: hull.camra.org.uk
- Keighley & Craven:keighleyandcraven.camra.org.uk
- Leeds: leeds-camra.com
- North West Yorkshire: nwyorkscamra.co.uk
- Rotherham: rotherhamcamra.org.uk
- Wakefield: wakefieldcamra.org.uk
- York: york.camra.org.uk
Haversack ale is a clever name and one of Timothy Taylors range that used to include Ram Tam that has been renames Landlord Dark. Cook Lane is named after the site of Timothy Taylor’s first brewery in Keighley. It is meant to create a best in class modern 5.8 abv IPA using aromatic English grown Cascade and Chinook hops.
Not Taylors but a different session pale ale that caught my eye but not my throat is Dare of the Hog look out for it in Whitby or a blue pig sty.
Information from the Walkers Crispy issue of Tyke Taverner March/April 2020
Four years ago I was much taken by the roman mosaics in Aldborough – it is well worth a visit. Isurium Brigantum was a Roman fort and town that has left us with several mosaic treasures including some housed at Leeds museum. That interest led to the post about mosaicing as a hobby and this is a link back to that content.
It seems the Yorkshire sculpture park has caught up with the current interest in the subject. There is a current and colourful display in the lower field. Before, after or during a snack children can colour-in or create there own version of mosaicart at the learning center.
This was just an excuse to rehash old interests but as the Romans would say ‘If you have an ear for them it is time to face the mosaic’.
There are lots on new mosaic courses and opportunities in Otley, Pateley Bridge and Huttons Ambro near York to highlight just 3.
What did the Romans ever do for us except bring mosaic virus with their tomatoes.
Yorkshire and proud of the windows in this home from home. You need to shin up the tree to look at the roof to see if the sculpture is a solid cube. Made from Yorkshire grit I am sure it will be.
Sean Scully may be an Irish borne artist, brought up in London he regularly does the Yorkshire sculpture park proud with his large sculptures. This work made from 1000+ tons of Yorkshire stone, quarried from nearby Wakefield, is as impressive as the hollow it will make in the ground at YSP.
One of the better dry stone walls or should that be 4 dry stone walls and may be a roof? At the YSP last week it was so wet two fish swam in to a wall and one said to the other “dam”. When it comes to walls I will get over it.
The real thing – a pukka wall!
Something about paradise is the current exhibition in the nave of the Yorkshire Sculpture Park’s historic chapel. British artist Saad Qureshi has created an ‘eclectic mix of architectural styles, from traditional temples and churches to modernist houses and palaces, nestled among panoramas of forests, deserts and fantastical geological formations’. It looks like a plaster of Paris cast including a number of Gates to Paradise.
A true Tyke may think this sculpture is a bit of overkill as the show is already in Yorkshire the paradise on your doorstep.
Worth a look see and a bit of contemplation after a walk in the grounds and a brunch in the restaurant.