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Posted on September 12, 2010 by yankeebean

I’m pleased-as-pimms to announce a guest post from Canuckinyorkshire, a new guest blogger here at SNFY.  Her first post is verbatim an email she sent across which made me laugh out loud, so I thought I’d pass it along.



Dear Yankeebean,

I am going to start this email with a painful truth – I am not an American. However, as we are attached by a border and share the brilliance that is Niagara, I truly hope you will not hold that against my poor Canadian/Newfoundlander self! I am 26 years old, recently engaged and living in Hull (which I am certainly hoping will make you pity me just enough to potentially give me the means to rant about it to an audience of 10,000).

On the worst of days – those horrific homesick ones that leave me craving a diet that consists of sodium and real Kraft Dinner and a Tim Hortons steeped tea – I have found myself reading your blog. For over six months, you girls have been the voice of reason when I want to poke my own eye out with a pencil if it means avoiding a ‘girl’s night out’ in Yorkshire; for the record, I believe showing that much skin where I come from is considered indecent exposure.

As for a funny expat thought, I will give you this:

I work as a senior administrator for a council run project at the moment. The Boy and I were going camping in Scotland with his family, and she informed me that I ought to watch out for a mutant mosquito – one native only to the UK that would leave me hiding in my tent for the entire weekend.

That evening, while sipping Red Label at our friend’s home, I shared this fact with the group; that the mutant MINGE was going to make my camping trip a living hell, and I was no longer looking forward to going. There was snickering; choking on mouthfuls of tea, and The Boy turned a brilliant shade of beet on my behalf.

Yes – you read that right. The word Midge became the bane of my existance that day, and now my verbal blunder has become the type of story told at gatherings all around the city.

Visit Canuckinyorkshire’s blog –

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  1. Yorkshirebound October 2, 2010 at 2:38 pm

    I just stumbled onto this blog and LOVE it! I am moving to Yorkshire in the next year with my English husband and am totally terrified. Your blog has made me laugh and just from my frequent visits to England I feel I can relate to so much. Thanks so much, can’t wait for the next entry!

    • yankeebean October 3, 2010 at 10:33 am

      Thanks for stopping by, Yorkshirebound! You’re going to have a brilliant time – there’ll be ups and downs, but there’s no doubt it’s worth it in the end :)

  2. peacefulyorkshire September 12, 2010 at 11:54 pm

    That was truly hilarious my dear.
    I found myself choking on my tea, and had to immediately share your tale with my nearest Brits as it was a classic….

    “A hand in the Minge is worth two in the bush”
    ~ Rudolph Valentino on Minge

    “Not really my sort of thing”
    ~ Noel Coward on Minge

    “Me neither”
    ~ Oscar Wilde on Minge


  3. Rachel September 12, 2010 at 10:45 pm

    Oh my goodness! I haven’t laughed that hard in ages!

  4. Ann September 12, 2010 at 2:52 pm

    Oh dear, nothing worse than those rogue minges! LOL Thank you for that. :-)

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