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By Kind permission of Dennis Dickinson( previously of Up Holland now living in New Zealand)

Once upon a time in the Kingdom of Heaven, God went missing for 6 days. Eventually, Michael the Archangel found him on the seventh day resting.
He inquired of God, "Where have you been ?"
God sighed a deep sigh of satisfaction and proudly pointed downwards through the clouds. "Look Michael, look what I've made." said God.
Archangel Michael looked puzzled and said "What is it ?"
"It's a planet" replied God, "and I've put LIFE on it. I'm going to call it Earth and it's going to be a place of balance".
"Balance ?" inquired Michael still confused.
God explained, pointing to different parts of the earth, "For example, North America will be a place of great opportunity and wealth, while South America is going to be poor; the Middle East over there will be a hot spot and Russia will be a cold spot. Over there I have placed a continent of white people and over there I have placed a continent of black people," God continued pointing to different parts of Earth."This one will be extremely hot and arid, while this one will be very cold and covered in ice."
The Archangel, impressed by God's work, then pointed to Lancashire and asked God about it, "Ah" said God "Thats Lancashire, the most glorious place on Earth. There are beautiful lakes, rivers, streams and hills. The people from Lancashire will be modest, intelligent and humourous and there going to be found travelling the world. They will be extremely sociable, hard-working, and high-achieving, they will be known throughout the world as diplomats and carriers of peace. "
Archangel Michael gasped in wonder and admiration but then proclaimed "What about balance. God ? you said there will be BALANCE."
God replied, "There is balance Michael, I have put Yorkshire next to them"

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