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Social media in action

As an Englishman I don't think I have an accent. Even most English people would probably be hard pushed to place my accent much closer than 'south', 'near London maybe'.

I had thought that over a decade of mixing closely with people from up and down the country and all over the world had managed to neutralise and mix up my accent all at the same time. Not so. 5 minutes spent catching up with an old friend (reunited via blogger – hence the title of this post) from the village I grew up in and both of us were laughing at how strongly our 'village' accents stood out. Well, at least to each other. We both spotted the flat vowels and elongated stresses on certain words that marked us out as sons of Toddington, even if the others didn't.

And we even won the quiz at the Sunflower Lounge so there's obviously no truth in the saying 'Befordshire born, Bedfordshire bred. Strong in the arm, thick in the 'ead.'

11 Comments:

Blogger rachel said...

Hey quiz boy, the Sunflower Lounge? What's that all about?

4:34 pm  
Blogger Pub said...

Ahhhh yes, 'the Fabulous Sunflower Lounge' - or just the Sunflower to it's regulars. One of Birmingham's best kept secrets.

Not as camp or glamorous as it sounds. In fact at first glance it's little more than a very basic, very small bar full of arty studenty types. It does however have an excellent music policy, very little pretension (despite the arty types) and cheap drinks. None of your Tony and Guy mullet sporting townies in here.

Birmingham's got a lot of bars but few truly good ones. The Sunflower, The Medicine Bar, the Boiler Room and the Rainbow are a few good examples but you'd have to know where you're going to find them. Otherwise you'll end up on Broad St and then God help you...

10:06 am  
Blogger rachel said...

'Ahhhhh yes', Is that a tear of nostalgia in your eye?

And a mullet free zone too!
Would Mads and I like it?

1:36 pm  
Blogger Pub said...

Not so much nostalgia (although I don't go there as often as I'd like/should these days) as reminiscence.

I'm sure you and Mads would like it (it derves booze after all) but it may be a bit rough and ready for classy birds such as yourself ;)

2:07 pm  
Blogger Madeleine said...

You were reunited via blogger! was this randomly or had word spread that you were on line? I find it amazing that total strangers can meet through blogging, and yet the acquainted never will (except for you of course)

p.s. love the little haiku over at mine V.GOOD

3:17 pm  
Blogger Pub said...

Bit of a long story that one Madeleine (maybe source for a post in itself) but the short version is: I commented on the blog of a girl who lives in the place I've just moved to (looking for some recommendations for good pubs), we got talking via blogs/email and it turned out through coincidence she lives with a bloke I used to go to school with (we now live 100 miles or so from where we grew up). We all arranged to meet up for a drink and blog's your uncle. Social media in action.

3:29 pm  
Blogger doc-t said...

An English person without an accent? LOL! How many times MUST I explain this.

"I" have no accent. The rest of the world does. I believe it was Socrates who first said, "Duuuhhhh."

Actually, I am amazed how accents in England change from one village to the next. And the way, at least the english people I know, can tell where in England someone came from. Not just north or south but the specific part of London, or county suffolk. (I think I got that right.)

Like my fair lady but maybe not quite that extreme. (or do i just sound ignorant here. If I do, it's only because I am without knowledge on the subject. That's my story and I'm sticking with it.) Oh, and without Audrey Hepburns really bad english accent. I'm told it's really bad in the movie but the English are willing to forgive her because she's so cute and such a pleasant lady.

I've thought about how well I can place an American. There are some accents that are obvious. New Yawk. New Joisey. Of course the southern accent that everyone in the world can emulate. But the "South" includes, Florida, Georgia, Alabama, South Carolina, North Carolina, Tenesee, Kansas.

I can distinguis between the accents from different states SOMEtimes. but as I thought on it I remembered that Americans are mutts. As Bill Murray said in the movie "Stripes" our forefathers were kicked out of every decent country in the world...

Florida is a much worse case. people from Ohio are required, by law, to move to Florida when they retire. So for years they've been bringing the midwestern accent into Florida. of course in the 80s there was a massive emigration of Cubans into south Florida. Which I for one and glad about. Their music is FUN and cuban food rocks!

The Floridian accent is further muddled by the number of military basses located thoughout it. This brings soldiers, marines, sailors and their wives from all over the country. you get the fast talking Detroit accent, the north-eastern 'we don't believe in the letter R' accent. The strong, deep, Texas accent, the mexican accent... okay, point made.

You take all of those and blend them together and what do you get? An American accent. Not that I have one. Remember, I am the standard by which the rest of the universe is is measured. That might sound a LEETLE arrogant, but it would only be Arrogant if it weren't true. Or is that delusional? Vocabulary isn't my stong point.

3:56 pm  
Blogger rachel said...

No Mads and I like the spit and sawdust places more than the glam ones

12:16 am  
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