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All of this material you see on my blog archive has been moved from its original place. This means that whilst I have preserved the old blog, many of the links have been broken. In the course of time, these will be repaired. However, you will most likely be able to find articles that are linked by using the search function – since most of the broken links are internal links to Yorkshire Viking. So if you find, for example, that a link to the logo does not work, write “logo” in the search field. That may be a good temporary fix until the old links can be updated.

Huddersfield Polytechnic

Return of Propria


Propria Ties (still in wrappings) with School Tie

The propria were something I invented back at Huddersfield. I was there as a student between 1988 and 1991.

What are propria? Quite simply items of clothing that are not, and as individual items do not represent anything, but which when worn together take on the appearance of uniform. I employed propria when performing at St. Paul’s. For the uninitiated, that is the concert hall belonging to the University of Huddersfield (then the Polytechnic).

So I have always liked a bit of “show”. In my concerts in Norway, I have worn the school tie which, until the uniform was officially disused back in 2002 differed from the propria in so much that it individually did represent something. As you have previously seen on Yorkshire Viking Norway, I have also a tradition for using this on Christmas Eve.

For a thirty year old item of clothing, the school tie is in incredibly good nick. Indeed I want to keep it so, especially as it is now an irreplaceable relic. Therefore, for the first time since Huddersfield, enter…. propria.

Proof! Yes I Really Did Climb Mountains….


A very much younger me on the top of our Lødingen mountain!

Following my previous post I got a request for pictures for my next climb.

I am sorry to have to disappoint, because I do not have any plans to do this again because of health concerns. Nevertheless, I have some pictures of my former conquests, and I have found one of them here.

All in all, I ascended our “Shoulder of Lødingen” on three occasions between 1994 and 1998.
The scarf I am wearing on this picture is the defunct scarf of the former Polytechnic of Huddersfield. It disappeared shortly after this photograph was taken, and I have not seen it since.

Today, a new intrepid mountaineer has come to Norway. If you like this sort of thing, then let me recommend the Arctic Organist.