Yorkshire Dales Travel History Article

I’ve got an article about the Yorkshire Dales, Ilkley Festival and Skipton published on TravelThruHistory this month, with an overview of the region’s history, and a couple of cultural references.

Yorkshire has some wonderful countryside and coast, cities and villages, and a fascinating history; as many of England’s counties and U.K. countries do. I don’t know if Yorkshire is the best overall, or for any particular feature, but it certainly has enough to merit a week or two of holiday time travelling around it.

I don’t believe in any gods, so don’t believe Yorkshire’s particularly God’s county, but think it is certainly a great creation.

Yorkshire Folk

Yorkshire women are not all like Nora Batty either; the Last of the Summer Wine sitcom character. There are many nice feminine ones, like Keeley Donovan and Kimberley Walsh show in the media.

The men can be fine and upstanding too, like Parky (Michael Parkinson) and Michael Vaughan. When Vaughan entered the same restaurant/bar as me once, he didn’t show any disappointment at being the second most famous celebrity there.

Yes, Yorkshire people can enjoy a joke. I’ve often said I want to be a Great Yorkshireman, like the chip shop in Leeds… and I’m still alive… and I say I’m alive as a compliment to Leeds and Yorkshire, not as a slur!

Yorkshire Tourism Photos and Videos

I’ve posted more photos from Ingleborough on Google, and some videos on YouTube from the same day trip to Ingleborough. I know Ingleborough and the Three Peaks pretty well now, so please be careful if you fancy going climbing this weekend.

I hope the Yorkshire couple lost on Ben Nevis are found alive, but don’t want to be connected to it in a way discussed in my last two blogs. I had not heard of the couple before, and although I have climbed Ben Nevis, it was a long time ago in the summer of 2004.

I hope my article, photos and videos will inspire more visitors to Yorkshire, as they have been increasing over the greenYgrey years, and don’t resent Sir Gary Verity stealing my knighthood, or copying the greenYgrey yellow Y! A Leeds United result at Watford in the cup would also be cool, but unlikely if Deeney and Ighalo are playing?

Uncategorised Category Edited to Other Categories

Seems there are still problems with posts only opening to headers, so I’ve removed the Recent Posts and moved Categories to the top of the sidebar.

I also edited the Uncategorised, moving the posts to other categories.

There were 24 uncategorised out of over 900 posts.

Probably not a high enough percentage to prove Attention Deficit Disorder; probably just an average amount of inefficiency?


Rotherham Reason: New Labour Multiculturalists and Liberals Love Islam, Hate Chavs

The Rotherham child abuse by mainly Pakistani and Asian men is said to have started in 1997. Is it a coincidence that is also the year the New Labour government took over in Britain. Is it also a coincidence that the abuse only started to be uncovered after New Labour left power.

Rotherham and the ICS: a Comparison

The child abuse was not only covered up in Rotherham council, it was covered up by the whole of the British liberal elite, including the ICS university department, who suppressed, bullied and intimidated Marc Latham when he tried to write about what was happening to the people they liked to call ‘chavs’.

The heads of department had their own grooming going on anyway, which was also ignored and supported by their ‘yes people’ below, including fawning women, as long as their careers were kept on an upward trajectory. The student complaints and alumni office also didn’t want to know.

Chavs and Bloody Nasty People

When Owen Jones was lauded as a great working class hero for his ‘Chavs‘ book, most of his supporters failed to notice or care that he left out the child abuse scandals. As I wrote in my Goodreads review nearly a year ago:

‘The first chapter could have been about the care home scandals; both the abuse by those in charge inside, and those waiting to prey on the poor and vulnerable outside; rather than the Shannon case, which doesn’t really work. The media did intensely publicise the Shannon disappearance, and it turned out to be a hoax, as those who look negatively on ‘chavs’ would have presumed.’

The problem is, from my experience, it probably wouldn’t have been published by the liberal dominated publishing media if it had tried to tackle the worst atrocity against the ‘chavs’ over the last couple of decades.

Instead we had a polemical book on the BNP that seemed to want to be the next ‘Chavs’: sub-titled Bloody Nasty People. I don’t know any BNP members, and never have, and maybe they are nasty people. But are they any worse than those who’ve either helped suppress news or ignore evidence against the child grooming gangs?

The left seems to think George Galloway and Russell Brand are bloody nice people, despite years of using and abusing women via their lucrative careers. As long as you support Islam!

The Child Abuse Problem in Britain is Islam Using Multiculturalism

While most Muslims and their British liberal supporters are probably bloody nice people, so were most Germans in Nazi Germany. It is what they support and ignore that is abhorrent.

The Islamic prophet is supposed to have had a child bride and harem, and Muslims are supposed to think he led a perfect life.

While it may have been the norm in those days, with British royalty also having child brides, British men don’t consider those kings to have led perfect lives, and don’t try and emulate them.

Boko Haram and British Child Abduction

I remember Liberal/LibDems’ Shirley Williams saying on Question Time that Boko Haram’s kidnapping of Nigerian girls should have got more publicity sooner, and that it was probably down to race. Shirley, 1000s of white girls have been kidnapped in Britain, and you and your Liberal friends ignored and suppressed it.

Rapes and abductions have been a part of the ISIS (IS) war in the Middle-East, with women told to convert to Islam and become a slave baby machine or die.

Liberal Britain Creates Hatred, Submission and Suppression:
Better Raped than Racist

While everybody deserves a voice, that should be balanced. Liberal Britain has created a culture over the last twenty years where it must seem better for white working class girls in places like Rotherham to be raped than considered racist: at least they’ll feel normal then, one of the crowd, rather than ostracised from polite society like Jade Goody.

I recently saw Jim Davidson grovelling to Naga Munchetty on the BBC morning news sofa, as if begging her to approve of him. A veteran comedian under the power of a television newcomer. Seemed like a microcosm of today’s Britain.

Steve McQueen, director of 12 Years a Slave, is said to be working on a BBC drama about the lives of black Britons, which follows the lives of a group of friends and their families from 1968 to 2014.

While it will probably be good, and worth telling and watching, it will also probably help promote the liberal Britain myth of white evil and black goodness; leading to more British non-whites supporting the Islamist cause, like the murderers of Lee Rigby and James Foley.

By the way, I haven’t heard them being called ‘racist’ murders by the liberal media. Foley’s father, maybe in his terrible grief, unfortunately even called his son’s murder an ‘execution’. While ‘execution’ can broadly be used to describe murder, it is most often commonly used to describe punishments for wrongdoing.

Terrible things were done by British colonists and slavers in Africa and around the world, but Arab slavery in Africa far outdates the white European, and it is still going on now, and seems to in fact be growing. There was also an Arab white-slave trade.

What about a film about the Arab white-slave trade, or a BBC film about what it’s been like for white working-class people living under multicultural fascism.

Oh yes, the BBC did have a white season, but it was more critical of the white working-class than supportive, and even depicted Islam as the saviour for an 11-year-old white girl; seems too eerily like Rotherham and all the other real life cases! As I wrote in a Suite 101 article in 2010:

White Girl on the BBC in New Labour Britain

Abi Morgan’s White Girl for the BBC White season in March 2008 showed a totally positive image of Islam, as it provided a sanctuary from the seedy, violent and dysfunctional white community. There were no paedophiles to groom her, and the drama would probably have sent any impressionable young girls into their hands.

The drama, which was supposed to be part of a season providing a voice for the white working class community, showed a white British family splitting up because of an abusive husband (Stevie).

Of course there are such families within the white working class community, but there were also many stories of a paedophile problem within the Asian community in Bradford.

But when the mother (Debbie) moved to Bradford with her daughter (Leah) there were no Asians trying to groom her. Instead, the Muslim community was shown as the salvation, in direct contrast to the white working class community, which was supposed to be having its voice.


2004 Abuse Documentary Objections

Earlier in the article I’d written about how a 2004 documentary about the child abuse going on in Bradford, which is not far from Rotherham, had been postponed because of ‘community protests’:

In 2004, a Channel Four documentary about the problem in Bradford was delayed because of a local community protest (asiansinmedia.org/news/article.php/radio/427) and threats of legal action, as it reported how local parents were battling to prevent their children being groomed by predominantly Asian gangs.


Writing from the Underground

Liberal academics have been focusing on Islamaphobia, and this must have made the Muslim child groomers’ work much easier: how they are always the victims of nasty racist Britain.

A groomed (or seducer, she got married to one head of department anyway!) Italian academic who wouldn’t enter into a discussion about Islam got all the jobs and career progression in the ICS. She has since turned into a bit of a ‘Jihad Jane’.

I didn’t want to be a part of that liberal elite anyway, too aware of what they were defending and supporting, and the way Britain was going.

Incredible Incredulous British Media

And the British ‘liberal media’ are now wondering why British youth are being radicalised into Islamic fundamentalists!

The Birmingham schools being taken over by Islamists only seems too reminiscent of British universities in 2000 -2005, where support for al-Quaeda was the norm, Bush-Blair were the terrorists, they only boycott the Jews (their derogatory way of saying it, and nice George Galloway now wants a Jew (Israel) free Bradford; with no criticism of Islamist child groomers presumably!), and the ICS was probably training members of ISIS/IS in propaganda and video production while grovelling for Saudi money!

So well done to liberal Britain. You’ve made the country a breeding ground for Islamist terrorism, helped some have a good time raping and torturing the hated chav girls, and probably helped create a Caliphate in Iraq/Syria. Seems like you achieved the objectives all too apparent when I studied in the ICS 2000 – 2005.

New Aberystwyth Hinterland Cultural History Travel Article

Aberystwyth from Constitution hill

Aberystwyth from Constitution hill (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

A woman in a ruby dress sits upright amongst golden marsh reeds. Her red hair hangs past staring eyes to her arms. Her dead body is found by two boys walking a white horse. The wide expanse of marshland is framed by grey mountains and blue sky.

Hinterland/Y Gwyll was a good detective series continuing the popular trend in books and visual media inspired by the success of Nordic Noir. A new article uses the programme as the framework for a culture history travel article about Aberystwyth, which is at the heart of Hinterland‘s setting on the west coast of mid-Wales.

Travel History Hinterland Culture Article

Hi, it’s Jack Wolfpac, legendary travel writer correspondent at the greenYgrey.

Yes, Marc Latham’s latest article is published on TravelThruHistory, mixing up Hinterland storylines, Welsh history and culture, Aberystwyth attractions and experiencing the coastal town during Cyclone Dirk’s big waves.

From Stone Age flint-knapping finds to Lord Beeching closing down the railway line linking mid and south Wales in the 1960s the article provides a sensational short guide to Ceredigion‘s unofficial capital, and also mentions a couple of its legends: the Welsh Atlantis and Devil’s Bridge.



Tour de France Leeds Le Grande Depart Article

I was delighted to see a new article on the Leeds Tour de France Le Grande Depart history with all different photos to the one on Go Nomad last week. This one on Travel Thru History focuses on Leeds city history, with subjects including industry, sport, museums, stately homes and retail.

Leeds Tour de France Le Grande Depart 

Hi, it’s Jack Wolfpac, travel writing correspondent at the Greenygrey inspired by the legendary travel writer Jack Kerouac.

Did you know there was a civil war battle in the middle of Leeds in 1643, or that Queen Victoria opened the Town Hall in 1858? I didn’t until these two articles!



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Working Class Academic and Endurance Acheivement

A travel and poetry double for our ol’ pal Marc Latham lured me back off the road this morning. Hi, it’s Jack Wolfpac, travel and poetic writing correspondent at the Greenygrey inspired by Jack Kerouac.

Everest Views on travel25years Blog

Marc Latham’s travel25years.wordpress.com blog has reached Gokyo Ri (5,357 metres, 17,575 ft) for spectacular views of Mount Everest: the world’s highest point.

There are also great views of turquoise  lakes and other high peaks, with fourth highest mountain Lhotse just below Everest.

Inspiration Blog Award for fmpoetry

It was quite fitting, although in a Folding Mirror-style topsy-turvy way, that Marc’s fmpoetry.wordpress.com blog was awarded a Very Inspiring Blogger Award at around the same time by the dearkitty1.wordpress.com blog.


At the Greenygrey we think that if we provide some inspiration that’s great, but we’re not here to try and convert cynics!

If we want to inspire anything it’s independent thought, so you inspire yourself!!

Blowing Your Own Trumpet 

Very Inspiring Blogger Award

Some people might think it’s common to blow your own trumpet, but they’ve usually got enough money, agents or expensive PR companies doing it for them.

We’d rather have some humans blowing our trumpet, so we could concentrate on writing, but as things are, we’re having to do it ourselves.

Working Class Can Achieve 

While Britain seems to be returning more and more to the old class divided colonial empire days, only now concentrated within the island, with the old boys club and their supporters dominating positions of power, and a big low-wages workforce, Marc Latham has shown that working class people can also succeed academically and in endurance events.

Nepal 113

He doesn’t think he’s therefore better than the upper classes, just that he’s not inherently inferior.

While most upper class people are nice in their own way, and some are truly egalitarian, others (traditional and financial) would rather suppress the fact that the working class can achieve in traditionally upper class pursuits, as it goes against their very real class and gender based superiority complexes, and image of a new Britain engineered for the global marketplace.

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My Writing Process: Poetry, Fiction and Non-Fiction

Thanks to Marit Meredith for nominating me for My Writing Process. Marit was already an accomplished writer when I started my creative writing. Her newest book, Diary of a Would-Be-Protagonist, reminded me of my fictional writing process, creating a story out of the new knowledge I look for every day. You can read her blog for this chain at Where Facts and Fiction Fuse.

There’s a Twitter tag: #mywritingprocess, where you can find the other posts in the chain.

Here’s the four questions answered by Marc Latham:

1) What am I working on?

This blog, my poetry blog fmpoetry.wordpress.com and my memoir blog travel25years.wordpress.com take up most of my writing time, so it’s usually a matter of using them to create new work and preview/publicise old work.

The new poems I’m creating will probably be published in a third poetry collection. I’m thinking about ending the Greenygrey fantasy travel trilogy as well, but don’t feel ready to start yet, with Werewolf of Oz: Fantasy Travel by Google Maps only just finished its serialisation.

I should probably be looking for more writing work, but feel full up with the above really.

2) How does my work differ from others of its genre?

The fantasy travel by Google maps was an original idea as far as I know.

I created the Folding Mirror poetry form inspired by haiku, and later found out it was similar to palindrome; but it is different to both. The main differences are that it’s bigger and has less rules than haiku; and is different to the palindrome in having to have a dividing middle line, and encouraging the use of different words in the two mirroring halves.

I try to be innovative and eclectic with this blog and my article writing, but it’s all been inspired by writing and poetry, rock and pop from the 1950s to the present. So it’s different in that it’s my story and experiences, and writing from the now of the world.

I think all new writing is different, but influenced by what has gone before.

3) Why do I write what I do?

I generally write what I want to, and what comes into my mind.

Just writing for the sake of it is much more enjoyable than writing as a job, and having my writing published has fulfilled my ambitions.

I enjoy the subjects I write about, and the creative process of poetry, fiction writing and crafting innovative non-fiction.

4) How does your writing process work?

Once I had the idea of the Google maps fiction writing books it was just a matter of ‘travelling’ each time on the maps and creating stories out of the place names I found, with some research about the places thrown in. Once I had enough for a blog that was that day’s ‘travelling’ done. Werewolf of Oz took about six months of editing as well.

For the Folding Mirror poetry I usually see a subject matter that I think will make a good mirroring poem, with two comparative or contrasting sides. Then I create the words, and make sure there’s the same amount in each half. Sometimes I’ll think up a good first line, or rhyme, but it’s usually subject first.

My blogs are usually news inspired, while my articles usually revolve around my travels and subjects studied at university; which were interests I had before, such as history and the media.

That’s the end of the questions, and I nominate Ruth Kozak for next week. Ruth has been writing and travelling for half a century, including working at the Vancouver Sun newspaper. She now runs the TravelThruHistory website, and her Shadow of the Lion book about Alexander the Great is set to be published this year.

Thanks for reading, and I hope you found some enjoyment and value in the words.