Ee bah gum!

To its residents, Yorkshire is known as ‘God’s Own County’.

And were it a country in its own right, the white rose county would be riding high in the Olympic medal table.

Four Yorkshire athletes, including Sheffield’s Jessica Ennis, have won gold at London 2012 so far, prompting Twitter users to celebrate how the county is faring better than Japan, South Africa and Australia.

Read Rob Preece’s article here.



  1. Lucky for Yorkshire that cricket is not an Olympic sport.
    My Dad has gone to the first day of every Shield match at Adelaide Oval since he retired. He has a mate known as ‘Yorkshire Barry’ who puts PF Flynn to shame as a cricket tragic.
    They met 20 years ago when as usual there were only a dozen spectators in the Bradman Stand at the start of play.
    Barry is a retired blue collar worker from Wigan. His heroes are Geoffrey Boycott and Boof Lehman. Barry spends his summers at the cricket in Yorkshire, Adelaide or Perth. When in Australia he spends a month or two in Adelaide then moves to Perth – with his schedule based on who has more home games in the upcoming months.
    He lives in modest digs. Eats counter meals and has a pint or two daily. Reads crime novels when there is no cricket on. Has Sky TV at home in Wigan and sits in the front bar nursing the same pint for hours so he can watch cricket on Foxtel here.
    Is taciturn by even Yorkshire standards, and a widower devoted to his daughter and grandson (which is the main reason he won’t emigrate). Never says a bad word about anyone unless they are toffs from the South of England. Australians are preferable.
    Will try to catch up with him if I am in Adelaide in the summer. The trick will be getting enough words out of him to properly profile a tragic and a gent.

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