Category Archives: Yorkshire

Ordinary Yorkshire lads. An ah’ll tell thee that fer nowt

Ordinary Yorkshire lads

Ordinary Yorkshire lads then

Ey-up!

Eeh, by gum, summat’s ‘append. ‘Assan Munshi ‘n Talha Asmal, Yorkshire lads — reight gud sooarts, ‘n tha’s nowt wrong wi ’em — av left Yorkshire ‘n are i’ Syria, wheear thee av joined t’ Islamic State o’ Iraq ‘n t’ Levant. ‘Appy as pigs in muck.

Well, I’ll go to t’ foot of t’ stairs. That caps owt, ah seer.

Daft fowk at t’ Grauniad quote thea families as sayin:

Ordinary Yorkshire lads now: Hassan Munshi, left, and Talha Asmal. Hassan's elder brother  Hammaad Munshi is the youngest person in the country to be convicted of terrorism

Ordinary Yorkshire lads now: Hassan Munshi, left, and Talha Asmal. Hassan’s elder brother Hammaad Munshi is the youngest person in the country to be convicted of terrorism

These were just two ordinary Yorkshire lads who enjoyed the things that all young people enjoy at their age. Both Hassan and Talha had a promising future, as an apprentice and an A-level student respectively, and we are praying they will be back with us soon and are able to realise that future.

Arse over tit! ‘N it’s a reet bloody nuisance. Tha’ can allus tell a Yorkshireman, but tha can’t tell ‘im much. Theodooar Dalrymple, t’ bloody shrink, sez:

The elder brother of one of the ordinary Yorkshire lads, Hassan Munshi, was another ordinary Yorkshire lad called Hammaad, who, as it happened, was the youngest person ever to be convicted of terrorism in Britain. Apparently he conspired to murder non-Muslims: and you can’t get more ordinary than that.

Coney Street, York, 1979

Ordinary Yorkshire policemen on Coney Street in the county town, late 1970s

Bur t’ gran’ news is ‘a’ t’ police are workin’ ‘ard on it. Gran’ fowk. Thee av bin supportin t’ missin teenagers’ families. Families’re reet chuffed. T’ Theodooar sez:

It was a relief to know that the police were carrying out, promptly and assiduously, their main duty of expressing sympathy.

Ah reckon nowt ter that. ‘N About t’ county, t’ Theodooar sez (‘e speyts all bloody ‘ighfalutin’):

What is ordinary in Yorkshire has evidently changed out of all recognition in my lifetime. In my day, ordinary Yorkshire lads didn’t go to Turkey, let alone to Syria, no doubt to the benefit of both.

Bradford today

Ordinary Yorkshire place of worship, in Bradford

Halifax, probably just before the First World War. Yorkshire lads in the foreground

Halifax, probably just before the First World War. Ordinary Yorkshire lads in the foreground