Author Archives: Hortoris

Great North Road Facts

To some the Great North Road (GNR) goes from London to York. Others remember the Romans wanted to travel to Scotland and have the GNR ending in Edinburgh. Either way it has been a Yorkshire thoroughfare for centuries. It is … Continue reading

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Amusing Yorkshire Lines

Yorkshire, Yorkshire, Yorkshire. Scarborough warning – A word and a blow, and the blow first. Richard of York gained battle in vain From Hull, Hell and Halifax lord deliver us Maggie, Maggie, Maggie, Out, Out, Out. “Leeds had been the … Continue reading

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Discovered Items – Yorkshire Poets

Born in Winestead Holderness Andrew Marvell,  a pupil from Hull Grammar school, was an English poet little published in his life time. After Cambridge university he became an MP representing Hull in the House of Commons for periods during 1659 … Continue reading

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Found Items – Yorkshire Poets

Not a big surprise but I had never heard of a poetess called Trudy Blacker until I chanced on a neatly transcribed short poem. I put it in my found items collection. Extract From ‘County Treasures’ by Trudy Blacker A … Continue reading

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Do Not Level Up Yorkshire

Boris, thanks but no thanks, keep you gerrymandering and  self serving for the so called social and political elite. Yorkshire doesn’t need leveling up we are already at a terrific pinnacle and have been for many centuries. We would rather … Continue reading

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Bacon and Egg Butties

I set a mission to champion the best of post lock down sandwiches and started to focus on Yorkshires ‘bacon and egg butties’. So far I have gained another couple of inches and a renewed taste for this morsel. Today … Continue reading

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A Different York Pub Crawl

From Leeds to York it is only 22 minutes on the train and the near-by Maltings awaits the thirst traveler. On Tuesday 20th July train enthusiasts steamed in for a quick lunch before a trip back north on the  LNER … Continue reading

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Wait for Old Yorkshire Music

Royal courts may have had their fools and jesters, Robin Hood had the  wandering minstrel Alan-a-Dale  and Yorkshire’s mayors had their ‘City Waits’. What was a Wait From medieval times groups of musicians were sometimes organised as waits. The York … Continue reading

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Yorkshire Before 1066

Yorkshire folk are a hardy species with a long and fascinating historical past these are just some indicative seminal times. Jurassic period 140 million years ago between the Mesozoic era, Triassic and the Cretaceous period with marine conditions in Yorkshire … Continue reading

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Tykes Don’t Talk Daft – New Culture

I am self identifying as having micro-aggression over woke wonkery and would like to exercise white privileged before returning to traditional old tyke speak. I am partnered with a gender fluid Karen from the snowflake generation who is gas lighted … Continue reading

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