Yorkshire rules, OK?

For once, something at the Beeb may have made sense:

For each of the athletes who achieved a first-place finish at the Olympics, a post box in their hometown has been re-coloured gold by Royal Mail.

Yet for all that it was intended as a patriotic celebration, the focus on localised achievement has cast a light on sub-national loyalties and rivalries.

It didn’t take long, for instance, for Yorkshire-based social media users to calculate that the historic county’s seven golds and total haul of a dozen medals would put it 12th on the global table were it an independent nation – a feat quickly trumpeted in adverts for tea brand Yorkshire Gold.

When a pillar box was painted gold in Harlow, Essex, birthplace of Laura Trott, the cyclist took to Twitter to protest that the marker should have been in Cheshunt, Hertfordshire, where she grew up.

Makes a welcome change from “women rule in these Olympics”.   There are so many sub-national loyalties in these isles that it’s a wonder we even know where we’re from.   Personally, mine is Northumbria.  Remember the ’19!

I once went to Tasmania and as a tiny island, expected it to be as one.  Just outside Launceston, I asked my hosts if they ever went into town, meaning Hobart.  Often, they said.   Casinos seem good, I said.  Eh?   They meant Launceston.  Well do you go to Hobart?   Decades ago.

The divisions are unbelievable in that little island.   From what I can gather, the strongholds are Hobart and area, Launceston, Devonport and the non-area south-west where all the squiggly coastline is.   Seems to reflect our situation.

9 comments for “Yorkshire rules, OK?

  1. August 15, 2012 at 17:43

    What do you mean, “For once…” etc?

    As for the claims being made, what can we expect when there’s all that flag-waving?

  2. dearieme
    August 15, 2012 at 18:18

    Where did you get that map? Lothian, Galloway and Scottish Borders each contain more than one of the old counties, but you show Dumfriesshire on its own. While Dumfriesshire is indeed a lovely place, so are Roxburghshire, East Lothian, The Stewartry, …..

  3. August 15, 2012 at 20:54

    Agreed – it’s a very old map from 2006.

  4. dearieme
    August 15, 2012 at 22:46

    The point is that the map is wrong for whatever year you could mention. There is no year for which it is correct.

    Mind you, since neither Cleveland nor Teesside appear, it’s representation of England must long predate 2006.

  5. August 15, 2012 at 23:14

    It’s lost in the mists of time, Dearieme. Perhaps I should have done Northumbria.

  6. Rossa
    August 16, 2012 at 08:00

    Hull is in Humberside these days so not actually in Yorkshire any more. But I don’t mind claiming an extra gold medal as a naturalised citizen of the county since ’66 (19 not 10!).

    And the Daily Wail had a piece that said if you added up the medals won by 15 countries that had previously been part of the USSR they would have beaten the US and China with something like 170 medals.

  7. August 16, 2012 at 09:53

    Mind is in a whirl.

  8. Rossa
    August 16, 2012 at 15:14

    Just had another look at that map, J. Where’s South Yorkshire? Don’t think Jess Ennis thinks she’s from West Yorkshire.

    Like Dearieme says it’s well before 2006 and probably not an accurate map at all, more a mish mash confusing the old ridings with today’s boundaries. Basic research James. Failed….where’s the ruler….bend over, it won’t hurt me a bit….LOL 😉

  9. August 16, 2012 at 15:17

    This map has caused consternation – interesting. Maybe someone in the EUSSR drew it up.

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