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You don't get a black eye for nothing, as Mike Shaw's dialect tale reveals.
Our Ethel has an unexpected response to a request for a menu change in Mike Shaw's latest dialect tale.
In his latest dialect tale Mike Shaw reveals the two reasons for drinking.
Mike Shaw tells of a childhood misdemeanour which resulted in a very sore bottom.
Mike Shaw's dialect tale tells of an extra-special bargain.
Ethel makes a dynamic breakfast suggestion in Mike Shaw's latest dialect tale.
Some sacrifices have to be made by panto stars, as Mike Shaw's dialect tale reveals.
Mike Shaw's dialect-speaking characters have a good chuckle on a day out in Scarborough.
Fine words were exchanged when the vicar came to call, as Mike Shaw reveals.
If you shut yourself away and never go out you will suffer the same fate as a conker, opines one of Mike Shaw's dialect-speaking characters.
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Little Jake was most distressed when the Bible was opened.
Mike Shaw tells another dialect story with a chuckle in its tail.
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There's nothing to beat going out with a smile on your face, as Mike Shaw's dialect tale reveals.
Is old Sam sticking around to spite them?
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Mike Shaw's Yorkshire characters muse on Army life.
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Mike Shaw’s Yorkshire characters reflect upon a throwaway society.
A summer when long johns could be left in the drawer. Mike Shaw tells another dialect tale.
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Oh for the days when we depended on horses rather than cars! Mike Shaw tells another dialect tale.
Mike Shaw's dialect character reveals that he will never make a fortune from antiques.
Casual words in the scrum can lead to a broken jaw, as Mike Shaw's dialect tale reveals.
Mike Shaw's dialect character thinks it is time the rest of the country knew the true nature of Yorkshire folk.
Sunday dinners are best eaten at home, as Mike Shaw's dialect tale reveals.
Do folk really want permanent sunshine? Mike Shaw’s dialect tale focuses on climate considerations.
Mike Shaw’s dialect tale tells of minds failing to meet.
Mike Shaw’s dialect tale tells of a way to make money from a mugger.
Mike Shaw's dialect-speaking "hero'' reveals that you can still touch your toes, even if you have a bad back.
There’s more than one way to cure hiccups, as Mike Shaw reveals in this dialect tale.
It pays to look forwards when you reach 99, as Mike Shaw's dialect tale reveals.
This week one of Mike Shaw’s Yorkshire characters announces his anti-flu measures.
Mike Shaw’s dialect tale tells of a row over a bit of liver.
When you're retired it's enjoyable to watch other folk working, says one of Mike Shaw's dialect-speaking characters.
Mike Shaw's Yorkshire characters muse upon political matters.
Those club committee meetings leave some members freeling less than charitable, as Mike Shaw's dialect tale reveals.
Disaster strikes when our hero does a bit of painting in Mike Shaw's latest dialect tale.
Yar Ethel learns a surprising thing about a dog when she goes for a stroll in Mike Shaw's latest dialect tale.
So what made Jooa Sykes rush off to get his hair cut? Mike Shaw tells another dialect tale.
The characters in Mike Shaw's dialect tale don't know whether to go walking or skiing.
It's impossible to get away from the neighbours when Yar Ethel rings the holiday changes, as Mike Shaw's dialect tale reveals.
Nothing like a Viagra tablet to revivie one's interest in football. Mike Shaw tells another dialect tale.
Mike Shaw tells a tale about a witty parrot.
When Joe asks for a square meal he gets less than he bargained for, as Mike Shaw's dialect tale reveals.
Mike Shaw's dialect tale concerns a spartan wartime diet.
Mike Shaw's characters discuss their preferences for a final rest
Mike Shaw's dialect-speaking characters find that it's earlier than they thought.
Mike Shaw's dialect tale tells of a question from the Prime Minister.
A lottery win can have an unexpected effect on a marriage, as Mike Shaw's dialect tale reveals.
Poor Joe has bellywark, as Mike Shaw reveals in his latest dialect tale.
Mike Shaw's dialect tale involves a judge, and a couple of ducks.
Mike Shaw's dialect tale features a canny farmer and his rainy-day savings.
Mike Shaw's dialect-speaking characters reflect on the consequences of an outbreak of 'flu.
Mike Shaw's dialect character is this week suffering from bellywark.
A remedy for sleeplessness brings a new problem as Mike Shaw's dialect tale reveals.
A walk in the mist leads to a fright and a conversation in Mike Shaw's latest dialect tale.
Getting a Christmas present for yar Ethel is quite an ordeal, as Mike Shaw's dialect tale reveals.
Ethel's big ideas for Christmas would challenge Santa's carrying capacity, as Mike Shaw's dialect tale reveals.
..."Talkin' abaat once a yeear, Messiah seeason'll be startin' onnytahme but Ah've nooan yerd wen they're doin' it at t' chapel."...
Mike Shaw's "hero'' reluctantly faces up to a seasonal chore.
Mike Shaw tells a dialect tale about a chap who snores so loudly he wakes himself up.
Mike Shaw tells of a butcher whose sense of humour is as sharp as his knives.
Mike Shaw's dialect story this week concerns bone trouble.
It's just as well that a lad should know what his father likes, as Mike Shaw's chuckle-filled dialect tale reveals.
A book can come in handy for the feet, as Mike Shaw's dialect tale reveals.
The advice delivered at a chapel guild meeting can sometimes surprise, as Mike Shaw's dialect tale reveals.
Choice is a fine thing, as Mike Shaw's latest dialect tale reveals.
An unexpected birthday gift may be fluttering Cousin 'Arry's way, according to Mike Shaw's dialect tale.
An impromptu game in the club nearly brought disaster, as Mike Shaw reveals in his latest dialect tale.
Lawn mowing results in some sharp words in Mike Shaw's latest dialect tale.
In Mike Shaw's latest dialect tale yar Ethel finds she's made a terrible mistake when she starts to suck a "sweet''.
What three inventions have helped man to get up in the world? For the answers do read Mike Shaw's latest dialect tale.
You'll never get some folk onto an aircraft, as Mike Shaw's dialect tale reveals.
Mike Shaw's dialect tale this week concerns a missing cap.
Yar Ethel considers serious matters in Mike Shaw's latest dialect ale.
A curiously-clad figure looms up out of the mist in Mike Shaw's latest dialect tale.
Mike Shaw's dialect characters fail to get to grips with new technology.
Some folk derive more pleasure from reading the adverts in newspapers than they do from the news, as Mike Shaw's dialect tale reveals.
At a time when Britain has a new Prime Minister Mike Shaw's dialect tale recalls an earlier election.
The characters in Mike Shaw's dialect tale are this week facing a trying time.
Yar Ethel turns into a race horse tipster in Mike Shaw's latest Yorkshire dialect tale.
Mike Shaw tells a dialect tale about local politics.
Worms that glow in the dark? Just the thing for the beleaguered gardener, as Mike Shaw reveals.
Mike Shaw's Yorkshire characters discuss healthy eating.
Mike Shaw's dialect tale involves garments for the nether regions.
Mike Shaw tells a windy dialect tale.
All is not well with Jooa Sykes's vegetables in Mike Shaw's latest dialect tale.
If you need two tellys might you not also need two bathrooms? Mike Shaw tells another dialect story.
When your time comes, you might as well have three star treatment. Mike Shaw tells another dialect tale.
How about a tie that smells of fish and chips or meat-and-potato pie? Mike Shaw tells another dialect story with a chuckle in its tail.
Is there anything worse than being an unwilling viewer of someone's holiday slides? Mike Shaw brings us another dialect tale.
Jack's umpiring decision causes a flutter in Mike Shaw's dialect tale.
Yar Ethel's delighted to be going to a wedding but her husband is less than enthusiastic, as Mike Shaw's dialect tale reveals.
…“Ah dooan’t know abaat thee, but Ah wer chock fed up o’ bein’ shekken up an’ daan lahke vinegar i’ a bottle.”…
Fortunately for the characters in Mike Shaw’s dialect tale the local council has now repaired the holes in the road.
Mike Shaw's dialect tale introduces an awl-raander, a garment to be worn year-in, year-out.
The seasons have gone topsy-turvy in Mike Shaw's latest dialect tale.
A serious question is raised in Mike Shaw's latest dialect tale. "Why do you think the one-eyed chicken crossed the road?"
If tap water isn't up to the mark there's always something else to drink, as Mike Shaw's latest dialect tale reveals.
There's humour aplenty in Yorkshire's Colne Valley, even when it comes to the serious subject of a grave stone inscription, as Mike Shaw's exuberant dialect tale reveals.
No Valentine’s Day card for yar Ethel – but she gets her own back. Mike Shaw tells another good-humoured dialect tale.
In Mike Shaw's latest dialect tale the club committee discuss ways of attracting new memembers.
This particular news in the morning paper may be interesting - but is it useful? For the answer to that question read Mike Shaw's latest dialect tale.
...Ah 'ad a feelin' it wer too gooid ter be true, an' sure enuf two o' their batters gate ther yeds daan an' we cudn't shift 'em...
The gentlemanly game of cricket can produce its share of dissent, as Mike Shaw's dialect tale reveals.
In the latest of Mike Shaw's good-humoured dialect tales there's a crisis when yar Ethel loses a button from her best coat.
Mike Shaw’s latest dialect tale suggests a novel way of making some brass.
Nosey-parker Lizzie makes a laughable mistake in Mike Shaw’s latest dialect tale.
You’re expecting the coal man to make a delivery, and the horoscope says that sex will arrive to brighten up your day. Could that word sex be wrongly spelled?
Mike Shaw tells another dialect tale.
There's more than one use for a ripe tomato, as Mike Shaw's dialect tale reveals.
Mike Shaw's Yorkshire character Bill chances upon a Jilly Cooper novel and "Ah fair gate interested in awl t' carryin' on wi' 'orses an' thees women rompin' abaat i' stables wi' different fellas.''
"Tha'll be too busy gogglin' at t' telly awl day, Ah reckon. Wat wi' cricket, tennis, 'orse racin' an' World Cup fooitball, tha'r sartanly gettin' thi money's worth aat o' t' lahcence.''
"Dooan't worry, Ah'm baan ter do yond jobs i' t' garden. Sometahme, but not jist naah," Ah replahd. "Awl this spooart's too gooid ter miss."
But yar Ethel has a cunning plan to ensure that those gardening jobs are done, as Mike Shaw reveals.
Mike Shaw's broad Yorkshire characters consider marriages ancient and modern.
No matter how hot the day, the back door should not be left open when yar Ethel has a sponge cake i' th' oven, as Mike Shaw in his Yorkshire dialect column - the only column of its kind to appear every week on the Net.
A note in the pocket is not necessarily a good memory jogger, as Mike Shaw reveals in his latest Yorkshire dialect tale.
Yar Ethel has a sharp response in store for small-time crooks who try to pinch her stuff, as Mike Shaw reveals in his latest dialect tale.
..."Tha'd better get thissen wrapped up. It saands as if it's rainin' rarely," sed yar Ethel as Ah gate mi cap an' coit on...
In this week's dialect tale Mike Shaw tells of a curious incident on a windy night after a domino game down at the club.
In his latest dialect tale Mike Shaw tells why yar Ethel, a great believer in horoscopes, had cause to blush when she went to the chapel concert.
Mike Shaw's true Yorkshire couple argue about canal towpaths.
There's an unexpected outcome to a conflict on what to watch on telly in Mike Shaw's latest good humoured Yorkshire Dialect musings.
A train srike prompted Mike Shaw’s Yorkshire characters to vigorous musings.
Could knicker elastic be the key to success when showing vegetables? Mike Shaw tells another choice dialect tale.
"It sez 'ere 'at 'usbands an' wahves sleep a lot better if they've getten separate beds.
Mike Shaw's dialect narrator discuss sleeping arrangements with yar Ethel.
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Jack Bamforth and Bill have a vigorous dialect conversation about a new football stadium in their town, as Mike Shaw reports.
(NOTE: That stadium which was called the McAlpine has now been renamed the Galpharm, which will doubtless give Jack and Bill still more to natter about).
In Mike Shaw's latest good-humoured Yorkshire dialect tale he tells how old Jooa Sykes got a birdie when he tried his hand at golf.
Yar Ethel goes searching for antiques, but the hunt ends in disappointment, as Mike Shaw reveals in his Yorkshire dialect narrative.
They are talking football down at the Club. Discussing the merits, or lack of them, of the local team Huddersfield Town.
Mike Shaw brings us another sprightly conversation piece in Yorkshire dialect.
Yar Ethel is chunterin ovver breakfast ageean, this tahm abaht a coil bucket.
Mike Shaw brings another fine domestic tale in Broad Yorkshire, a dialect which is music to many a dweller in the County of Broad Acres (and that includes me – Peter Hinchllife, OW Editor).
Mike Shaw's broad Yorkshire musings may puzzle - but this really is how many of us spoke in this part of the world 50 and more years ago. And some of us still do.
Give it a go. Work out the meaning. You may eventually qualify as an honorary citizen of the county of broad acres.
More of Mike's dialect musings will be appearing on Fridays in Open Writing.
Nah then yaw lot, ahm bahn ter tell yet a wor browt up ter speyk this rooad. Aw didn’t reightly start to speyk yer proper BBC English till ah went on t’urt big schooil when a wer eleven year owd. Ah nivver thowt in them days as ‘ow ad end up editin a Web magazine called Ooepen Wrahtin…
Yes dear readers, this is me, Peter Hinchliffe, the editor of Open Writing, giving you a sample of my native tongue, Broad Yorkshire.
The Yorkshire Dialect comes in many forms. A life-long resident of Thirsk, a small market town in North Yorkshire, would have some small difficulty in understanding someone brought up in a village on the outskirts of the West Riding mill town, Dewsbury, as I was.
Up to the age of eleven, when I started to attend Dewsbury Grammar School, I spoke in the broadest of broad Yorkshire tongues.
Our Yorkshire “language’’ has an honourable history. Many of our words date back to Viking times, and pre-Viking times.
A former colleague of mine, Mike Shaw, hails from the Colne Valley. We first worked together as reporters on the Huddersfield Daily Examiner way back in 1958.
Mike went on to edit the Colne Valley Guardian. He is no newcomer to Open Writing Web magazine. He writes a fortnightly column under the title Backwords.
And now Mike launches a weekly Broad Yorkshire column. To all those born in the county of broad acres it will doubtless become must reading.
And to all those unfortunate not to be Yorkshire folk, do read it. Work out the meaning as you go. Regard is a new kind of word puzzle – with a weekly thought-provoking message.
Today Mike’s characters ruminate on the fraught question of pay rises.