Northernlands 2 - A Land of Many Norths


A poem by Mr Gee


This transcript comes from the captions associated with the video above. It is "as spoken".

Hi this is Mr Gee. I want to give a big shout out to everyone in ODI

Leeds. I guess we gotta do this conference remotely. It's a

shame that I can't be there to meet you all. We had a great

time last year, but I know that in the year to come will be

meeting each other again. I want to give a big shout to yeah

everybody up North Man, I've been stuck down in London

in isolation for so long I've barely been up the road, let

alone up the M1. So I want to give a big shout out to my

people in Bradford, in Manchester and Salford in Leeds and

Sheffield and Liverpool - the

Champions and way way way up North to the Iron Brew Crew in

Scotland that's Glasgow, Edinburgh, Aberdeen, Dundee, Fife

I want to give a shout out to Huddersfield to Middlesbrough

to Newcastle and Sunderland; the Tyne and Wear crew. I want to give a

shout to my auntie in Harrogate and York and last but not least

by the banks of the River Humber I wanna give a big shout out to Hull

because you are all northern stars shining high in those

northern skies and this poem is dedicated to all of you and it's

called 'A Land of Many Norths'

We can become

Consumed by our own division, No matter how hard we multiply,

To be another closed mind that simply adds, To the subtraction of our times,

Yet theories of accommodation, Require unlocking of conversations,

Adjusting for pause, pitch & syntax,

To understand pronunciation, Because the climates; they are-a-changing,

This is a land of many Norths, A sky of many northern delights,

With northern stars to chart their course,

For who should decide the laws? To procure the portals of our minds,

Beyond the point of no return, To keep the bee, let's heal the hive,

Let's be responsible for our own AI As androids dream of electric Sheep,

As Karma records are orbiting voices,

Drawn into Data's Gravity, Let's be responsible for our own North Stories,

Told with Bolder honestly,

So the intangible value that lies within us, Connects with broader Synergy,

So can I learn from expertise in Leeds? Can I keep in touch with the Dutch?

There's always something refreshing going on in Yorkshire,

Because let's face it... London's water sucks

Is that being radically open enough? It might seem that

I'm hacking my own closed London system,

But the first step towards knowledge, is to admit your ignorance.

Nobody knows everything... Everybody knows something

The future's calling, let us listen.

Thank you, I hope you guys enjoy the rest of the conference.

I've been Mr Gee. Goodbye.


Nothernlands 2 is a collaboration between ODI Leeds and The Kingdom of the Netherlands, the start of activity to create, support, and amplify the cultural links between The Netherlands and the North of England. It is with their generous and vigourous support, and the support of other energetic organisations, that Northernlands can be delivered.

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