The Grim North
“You can ask a Northerner for directions, but unless you already know the positions of key piles of rubble, canals, coal mines, railway crossings, and where factories used to stand, you're better off trying to find it yourself.”
The Grim North, also known as T'up North, or "Th'up North" if you're not a Yorkshite, is what many people in England believe runs from just north of where they live up to the Scottish border (or beyond - see Edinburgh).
The word grim is thought to come from the þe Ald Englisce Grimm, a name for Woden, the God of Northumbria (see Jackie Milburn also known as the Wor-Father and War-Jackie). Grim North thus meant that the land was God's Land; a land of plenty, but as depictions of the North and the Northmen changed, the negative meaning of grim that we know today stuck, and thus grim now means something akin to grumpy.
In order to preserve the paradise that is northern England from the plague of Yuppies, Merchant Bankers and Management Consultants that infests southern England, Oscar Wilde suggested that when visiting the south, all northerners should pretend that the north was Grim. Specifically that it always rained, all food was fried and the inhabitants unwelcoming.
To support this, teams of volunteers spray all passing cars and trains with water, and hold pictures of grey clouds on bamboo poles over major traffic routes (southern English do not travel on minor roads). Many writer and actor friends of Oscar helped by penning long, terrible tales of poverty and misery in northern towns and then making gritty BBC films about them.
The best part of the North is the great county with the name of Northumbria. Although it is mainly colonized by barbaric and heathen farmers, it is a top tourist destination for Scandinavian and Japanese tourists due to its warm tropical climate. It is however thought by Southern Englishmen not in-the-know, to be the grimmest place on Earth thus making them miss out on the fun. This is as said above all part of a conspiracy.
During Romans times, a wall was built to keep the Picts led by Keira Knightley and some Old Git out of the fertile lands of Greater Wales, however when bands of exiled German amd Jutlandic prisoners were transported to the penal colony of Anglia (see England) the wall (or waall as it was known) was mostly torn down to build inns, roads, the Tyne Bridge and Angel of the North (said to be a heathen representation of Grimm's crashed aeroplane).
The Wider View
Curiously, Although those from down south try to belittle those from the north, a quick comeback of froggie (a quaint comeback to remind them they are part of France) usually does the trick.
Well known Cities in the Grim North
The major cities of the Grim North are notable not only for their unified distaste for the South of England, but also for their irrational and unexplained dislike of one another based purely on regional stereotypes and an intrinsic love of arguing.
- Manchester, Nemesis of Liverpool and everything yorkshire and ruled by King Eric Cantona I.
- Liverpool, Nemesis of Manchester, ruled by King George Harrison IV.
- Sheffield,Supposedly most working class country in the world and home of football, Nemesis of Leeds,Rotherham,Barnsley and Nottingham.
- Leeds, Goth capital of the Underworld. Nemesis of Bradford Sheffield and everything mancunian. A bit Lah-dee-dah compared to the rest of Yorkshire.
- Morley, inventor of meat and bigotry, and permanently the year 1066 by statute.
- Bradford/Bradistan, home of Bongo the Clown, folksy racism and the invention of Rape and Murder by Professor P. Sutcliffe on 30 October 1975. Nemesis of Leeds and itself.
- York, Nemesis of everyone. Yes, even you, .
- Newcassel, home of a code language called Geordie "Whale Song".
- Middlesbrough, home of giant beast Fabio Rochemback and Postman Pat.
- Rate up Norf, home of nothing notable at all.
- Preston, flat cap wearing and hotpot eating essential.
- Stoke-on-Trent, Nemesis of Port Vale. Stoke has never been up t'North, and never will be.
- What you lookin' at, pal?, just admit you're part of Manchester!
- Burnley, Shit hole, local drink is rohypnol and coke. Happy days
- Bolton, Did yer like that ?
- Hull, chavs, a big bridge, cod and dirt.