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September 5, 2009

the british library recordings archive

Accents and Dialects Map :: a pretty great collection of people telling anecdotes about their lives from all over the UK. the accents are fun to listen to, but the stories are what charm me...


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Oooh, fun! Though I have to say, it doesn't look so much 'all over the UK' as 'all over England'. Still, a great collection nonetheless.

I always liked the beautiful War Story, an animated retelling of a wartime anecdote by Nick Park at Aardman. A great little story with a superb accent. Ooooh, it's on YouTube too:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UAhcbXeKJ3Y

Posted by: Dave Morris at September 5, 2009 2:48 PM

That's *wonderful*! Christ, you could lose hours to the site :D

Did you catch the little old lady from the Isle of Man? Born in 1878, recorded in the late 1950s - on how the children of today have it too easy, with their televisions and cinemas.

'And you'd get more'n a penny sweets in those days than you'd get for a sixpence now!'
'My word, if we'da done the things, we'da had a STICK on us!'

http://bit.ly/11U1Ne

Posted by: Lainey at September 6, 2009 10:11 AM

From the Popular Plays section is:
"Miss Dibnah explains how to make white bread, brown bread and spice bread."
http://is.gd/2XWGu
Just a lovely interesting accent and explanation.

Posted by: Steven Rhodes at September 6, 2009 4:10 PM

I am going to keep trying. All kinds of wonky with some plug-in, but I love hearing the nuances of language use.

Posted by: boo at September 6, 2009 8:29 PM

Ze...just wanted to say - lamely - that I've been without a home computer for YEARS! And, you're blocked at my work. So...though I've stopped by on friends' computers over the last few years, it sure is nice to now be able to stop by and see what you're up to and thinking whenever I like...love it and love seeing that you are the same old - in a good way - Ze....AWESOME! Thank you for your insights...

Posted by: k at September 7, 2009 5:10 PM

Ze...just wanted to say - lamely - that I've been without a home computer for YEARS! And, you're blocked at my work. So...though I've stopped by on friends' computers over the last few years, it sure is nice to now be able to stop by and see what you're up to and thinking whenever I like...love it and love seeing that you are the same old - in a good way - Ze....AWESOME! Thank you for your insights...

Posted by: k at September 7, 2009 5:11 PM

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