Old Amos Nowt but a Great Old Dalesman

Nowt but Old Amos

  • It is better to ‘ave nowt than do nowt.
  • A laugh at your own expense costs nowt
  • He that knows nowt doubts nowt
  • Nowt but rain leaves us all soggy
  • Nowt is as desirable as summat you can’t ‘ave.

This is largely a rehash of a post from a couple of years back. Old Amos is nowt but 66 years old and still pensionless. Some of the priceless quotes of his wisdom come from the Dalesman book ‘More Yorkshire Wit and Wisdom’.

Legendary Yorkshireman Old Amos is 67 this year but regrettably  there will be no pension for Old Amos because he was above pensionable age when he first appeared!

Old Amos has been a fixture at the Dalesman magazine since May 1953 although its first edition was published in 1939 under the original title of ‘The Yorkshire Dalesman: A Monthly Magazine of Dales’ Life and Industry’. Old Amos is still capable of dishing out words of wisdom in Yorkshire dialect.The wry humour of Dalesfolk is continued in current monthly issues of Dalesman now published from Skipton.Book CoverOld Amos Biography

  1. Born in Clapham at the Dalesman maternity unit in 1953. Mother unknown father Rowland Lindup cartoonist with a twist. He must have surprised the midwife by being born with a full white beard, old jacket and hat making him look quite rotund and ancient.
  2. He was originally named ‘Owd Amos’ to differentiate him from the old testament version of Amos who I am sure his subsequent followers knew was one of the Twelve Minor Prophets in the Hebrew Bible and old testament.
  3. Prior to publication he used deed poll to become the more familiar and avuncular ‘Old Amos’ using one aspect of the poll tax to good effect.
  4. His first words were ‘A word of advice – nivver give it’.
  5. Some of his later words were ‘Ah’ve always been too busy to grow old.’ ‘Old age is when it takes twice as long to rest and ‘alf as long to get tired.’ and ‘ It doesn’t matter how old you are but how you are old!
  6. His other biography may be available in Amazon
  7. Very Old Amos lived in the kingdom of Judah and is a prophet in the old testament

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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.

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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.

 

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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

 

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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.
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Meditation in Yorkshire

Meditation is not the most traditional of Yorkshire past-times, but here at God’s Own County, we are receptive to new ideas and if something is worth doing, it’s worth doing well. So we have been looking into what meditation is, and how you can go about getting started.

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Meditation is the art of silencing the mind and going beyond the frustrations of our thoughts. It’s like looking down at some litter on the footpath – usually this would make us frustrated. But – rather than get caught annoyed at the bad we can see down below – we can look up and see the vast beautiful landscape beyond. As soon as we look up, we change our perspective on life.

If we avoid getting caught up in the minor dramas and small frustrations of life – if we can silence the mind, then we can experience a much greater sense of peace and well-being – and it is this inner peace which is meditation.

Meditation reminds us we always have a choice – whether we want to pursue an internal dialogue with ourself – which doesn’t get anywhere – or whether we want to become concentrated on something beautiful, uplifting and fulfilling.

We could be walking in nature and perhaps unconsciously be meditating or at least clearing the mind. But, when we sit down to meditate, we make that conscious effort to dive deep within and discover a part of our being we are rarely in touch with. Continue reading

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Yorkshire Facts – Interesting and Unusual

Historically, Yorkshire boundaries were bounded by the physical landscape of the East coast (Humberside). The River Tees in the North, and in the West, the Western slopes of the Pennines.

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Yorkshire was split into three Ridings – East Riding, North Riding and West Riding; this area includes modern counties, such as Humberside, Durham, Cumbria, Cleveland and even parts of Lancashire.

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  • One of the many dry stone walls dotted around the Yorkshire Dales. Stone walls are prolific in Yorkshire Dales, they date  back to Enclosure Acts of Parliament in 1201.
  • Yorkshire has sometimes been nicknamed God’s Own County. in general recognition for having the largest number of great people and great things in Britain. Some even go so far as to say Yorkshire is – God’s Own Country. This is either a slip of the tongue or recognition of Yorkshire’s wider struggle for complete independence
  • Yorkshire Day is  held on 1 August every year to celebrate Yorkshire’s unique culture and dialect.
  • After the death of Richard II, there was a civil war between the House of Lancaster and the House of Yorkshire over the next successor to the English crown. The wars of the Roses led to bitter fighting until Henry Tudor (Lancaster) beat Richard (York) at the Battle of Bosworth.
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Cow and Calf Rocks, near Ilkley

  • The unofficial anthem of Yorkshire is the popular folk song is On Ilkla Moor Baht ‘at (“On Ilkley Moor without a hat”).

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Menston Photos

A selection of photos taken in the village of Menston.

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The old school which is now a business, from Menston Parish Church.

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Sunrise at St John’s Church Menston.

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Looking towards the Chevin and Otley.

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From the top of Derry Hill looking towards Main Street and the centre of Menston.

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Bradford Rainbow Photos

 

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Rainbow over Bradford. Photos taken 23 December, 2014.

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Rainbow over Bradford. The Queen approves. (click on photo for larger image)bradford-3-1000

Bradford rises from the ashes

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Bradford

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Even Bradford Interchange can look romantic with the right light.

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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

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