Jings!  Have ye seen the new Broons book? It’s awfy!
 
By Ross Welford
18 Dec 2017
 

Jings! Have ye seen the new Broons book? It’s awfy!


Quick note: UK readers north of Tyne will know what a “Broons” book is.  They’ll probably also be familiar with “Oor Wullie”.  Both are comic strips that have been running since 1936 in the  Scottish weekly newspaper, The Sunday Post, and republished in annual compilations. The latest one, though, is truly shocking. When I was a boy, […]

Likely Lads locations
 
By Ross Welford
22 Nov 2017
 

Likely Lads locations


The death of Rodney Bewes, who played Bob in the 1970s BBC sitcom Whatever Happened To The Likely Lads, reminded me of how, as a child, I’d watch the programme hoping to recognise a local location.  I often did. The two-handers between Bob and Terry still crack along despite the passage of the years (although […]

Accent mystery solved!
 
By Ross Welford
21 Nov 2016
 

Accent mystery solved!


In my last post,  I queried the accent given to the late Duke of Windsor by the actor Alex Jennings in the Netflix series “The Crown.’ A reader, Mr RT of New York, emailed an explanation for the apparent failure of the actor to reproduce faithfully the “received pronunciation” of the time, and to pronounce words […]

“The Crine” and an accent mystery
 
By Ross Welford
14 Nov 2016
 

“The Crine” and an accent mystery


Mrs W and I are thee episodes into Netflix’s mega-budget offering “The Crown,” and are loving it.  (Though I am developing a slight obsession over one character’s accent.) It’s not just that every shot is beautifully-composed, or that the costumes are gorgeous, and that even the CGI’d locations and sets are indistinguishable from – probably […]

“Hamster” and the Geordie accent
 
By Ross Welford
14 Oct 2016
 

“Hamster” and the Geordie accent


  No – obviously, hamsters don’t have a Geordie accent.  It just made a good headline. But seeing as Time Traveling With  A Hamster (note the absent extra “L”) was released in the US last week, I thought it would be helpful for the American readers to get an idea of how they speak in the […]

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