Filed Under (General) by Rob on 23-04-2009

It sounds a strange thing to say, but there are several reasons why Texas reminds me of my childhood county back in lil’ ol’ England…


Firstly, it’s at the far end of the country a long way from the capital, somewhat off the beaten track, making it a rather quirky place compared to other regions. Secondly, just like any Yorkshireman I’ve ever met, Texans are very proud of their identity. On the plane here, a BIG guy sat down next to me and the conversation went something like this:

“You owff to Teyxas?”
“Yes I am”.
“Ahm from Teyxas. Pleased to meeyt you”.

Which brings me on to the curious accent, on the same end of the incomprehensibility spectrum as Yorkshire dialect for sure. To me the accent is somewhere between Johnny Cash and Forrest Gump, but I’m sure any American would tell me I’m way off…

And there are even aspects of the landscape which are not dissimilar (even though I was expecting oil wells). Look at this view – it could almost be the outskirts of Doncaster:


That’s not a river, it’s called Joe Pool Lake, named after a bloke of the same name. Joe Pool – even sounds like someone you’d share a pint of bitter with in a Yorkshire pub!

And finally, the people are sooo friendly and total strangers will talk to you as soon as look at you. I was in Walmart lastnight and a lady in the queue behind me asked: “Where y’all from?” The very same thing could happen in Barnsley (but with different colloquialisms, of course!)

One BIG difference is the texan flora; no sycamore trees or privet hedges to be seen here:

Thanks for reading; I’m wondering if this might just be the first time any blog has ever compared these two parts of the world…

6 Comments posted on "Why Texas is like Yorkshire…"
Eddie on April 23rd, 2009 at 6:53 am #

Aye, and they are both in the South as far as I am concerned.

thainamu on April 23rd, 2009 at 1:07 pm #

Nice photo of the wild hyacinth.

Steph on April 23rd, 2009 at 3:13 pm #

I love Walmart…somany useful things under one roof…including my favourite…wool ! Have you bought a 10 Gallon Hat yet ?

lau on April 23rd, 2009 at 4:25 pm #

dude, you know that’s where i’m from, right? do i talk like that? hmmm…

love the pic of you basking in blue bonnets 🙂

Phil on April 27th, 2009 at 10:09 am #

I hope you found the time to teach them how to build a dry stone wall.

Alan on May 16th, 2009 at 7:52 am #

Great post as ever but I think you need to switch off the sunshine to make the photo look more like Doncaster.

You wrote “I’m wondering if this might just be the first time any blog has ever compared these two parts of the world…” so let me Google that for you…


Sorry Rob, at least one person beat you to it:

http://suburbanbushwacker.blogspot.com/ (see 1 January 2009)

But you can buy Yorkshire terriers there: http://www.yorkiehayven.com

And what a shame you missed this event: http://www.musicyorkshire.com