Cowart's Common Room
Yorkshire Post

Professor Alice Roberts with the burnished purple coloured hair was talking on the television the other day about York and delving into its Roman History when it was called 'Eboracum.' Now by chance I met yesterday a visiting teacher who said she came from York and I greeted her by saying 'Eboracum.' Without thinking of it beforehand I then told her that this was the origin of the Yorkshire expression 'ee bah gum' - there's a syllable missing but in a couple of thousand years you can expect to lose a syllable or two.

I said it as a joke - a way of breaking the ice - and she responded in like manner - but afterwards I wondered whether my conjecture could indeed have been the case. One never knows. History, after all, is apocryphal: none of us were actually there and what isn't apocryphal is hearsay. But I'd be interested if anyone has observations that are perhaps more grounded or more rooted in Yorkshireland.

Incidentally, Alice Roberts was on again last night, this time with her hair a natural blond, which in my opinion suits her better as well as being natural. She was talking about early humans and running. How did she get from anatomy to Romans? Maybe it is what accounts for the change in hair colour.

Anyway, folk, have a good day. The sky is as ever grey here but it isn't raining and there's no wind. Charter Trust meeting this afternoon and then a talk in the evening on the ecology of the Welsh Marches. Very HappyVery Happy

Posted at 17th Oct 2018 - 08:35AM   Posted by Fennie   Yorkshire Post Comments: 9

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Withy Brook's Avatar My view is that ones natural hair colour suits you better than any fancy died colour. After all, we get given skin colour and hair colour together. But then of course women do muck about with their skin colour too, so there is little hope for a natural movement!
No artificial colour has ever touched my hair but I have to admit that I am still only partially grey/white, with the remaining brown rather lighter. I have not used cosmetics for many years - it was a waste of time as I could never get it to last!
I did not see Alice Roberts with either colour! I must try to see her next time she is on.

Posted by: Withy Brook on 17th Oct 2018 at 09:23AM

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Fairy Nuff's Avatar It seems as likely an origin as any I can think of Fennie, does anyone in Yorkshire actually use the phrase? in the same vain as I've never ever heard a Scot use "Hoots Mon!" in actual conversation.
Jings, crivvens and help ma bob, is of course used by anyone who ever read Oor Willie or the Broons. Laughing

I've not dyed my hair since the late 90s and even then it was more unnatural colours (purples etc) I really like my donkey grey. Make up has always been a problem as I'm allergic to most of it - even the hypoallergenic stuff so I just don't bother. Even face creams etc are a problem (it's the fake perfumes in them) so I use good old coconut oil instead.

Posted by: Fairy Nuff on 17th Oct 2018 at 10:17AM

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Fennie's Avatar I started off blond and curly but that only lasted until I was about the age of four. Then my hair went a mousey brown and has remained so ever since, though it has become thinner and gets more flyaway each year. By contrast when I was in my twenties you could have turned it into a topiary hedge it was so thick. I went bald on top (or at least very thin indeed) for a while but to my surprise the hair seems to have regrown. Cowbridge is an almost universally grey town so I am beginning to be even more of an oddity than before. Perhaps I should patent myself and then sell me to Monsanto! Very HappyVery Happy

Posted by: Fennie on 17th Oct 2018 at 11:26AM

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Withy Brook's Avatar LaughingLaughing

Posted by: Withy Brook on 17th Oct 2018 at 12:21PM

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Fairy Nuff's Avatar Laughing Careful Fennie they may want to do endless tests on you to find out why.

Posted by: Fairy Nuff on 17th Oct 2018 at 05:19PM

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Camilla's Avatar I have my hair lightened every so often and a good old massage and condition . As for wearing make up I can't do without my lipstick which by the way has had no harm from animals. If I have not got my lipstick on I feel almost naked.Very Happy

I nursed a patient years ago Fennie and he was well into his late eighty's and he had a mass of black thick hair.. amazing.!

Posted by: Camilla on 17th Oct 2018 at 05:47PM

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Camilla's Avatar Just going to put up a comment on Animal Forum, Patch is okay though.

Posted by: Camilla on 17th Oct 2018 at 05:47PM

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Fennie's Avatar Good old Patchcockle!

Very Happy

Posted by: Fennie on 17th Oct 2018 at 09:27PM

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Camilla's Avatar Thank you Fennie.Very Happy

Posted by: Camilla on 19th Oct 2018 at 09:38AM

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