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now, what was i saying about you uncovering my deepest lostest memories ?

i grew up just a few miles from you in leicester and remember a friend of mine being very confused when a neighbour referred to him as 'mi duck'. "but i'm a boy" he replied.

sadly i went to a posh school in loughborough which meant i ended up totally accentless (in an RP-type way).

i lived in sheffield for a few years and adopted their accent as quickly as possible, but even that's left me know.

i think i miss not having a proper regional accent.

as for east mids on TV, i think you are right.

Eh up mi duck!
As an East Midlander resident in Scotland, I find people tend to presume I'm from Yorkshire or Manchester and don't really know where Nottingham is. The worst thing about my accent is the incredibly flat vowels.. EM Accents on telly - last night I was watching 'A Thing Called Love' on BBC1 -which I think is set in Notts, and Paul Nicholls and the bloke that used to be in The Bill were having a fair stab at the accent. Best attempt I've heard anyway.

I'm from Stoke on Trent and have similar feelings about the Stoke accent. I've almost lost mine now after living Down South for a couple of years and I do miss hearing it. I was surprised to discover that East Midlanders also use 'duck' as I thought it was peculiar to Stoke! I do love regional accents. They are part of our identity and I'd like to hear more of them on tv.

Is Stoke the West Midlands, or the North West? Or something else.

When I was in Derby we always used to decide where the East/West boundary was based on which ATV/Central transmitter you watched.

I'm going to check out 'A Thing Called Love'.

I was watching the Brian Clough programme on BBC1 last night. And Nigel Clough reminded me of what I think of as very East Midlands. It's not just about accent, it's also quite quiet and flat. Like you have to talk with your chin on your chest. A bit mumbly. Not round and expansive like some accents.

there's a letter in the Radio Times about the regional accents in 'A thing called love'.

perhaps that's what inspired you to write the post in the first place ?

i may live my life based around a magazine letters page one week. perhaps taking a different newspaper or magazine as my inspiration each day.

i may not do though.

I consider Stoke to be in the West Midlands and Liverpool/Manchester is the North West. Although I imagine some Stokies might disagree. I think it all depends on whether you feel closer to Manchester or Birmingham. I've always preferred Brum.

My boyfriend is from Derby and we both distinguish the difference between East and West Midlands by which news/Central channel you get. Oh, I do miss Nick Owen...

Here's another question. We drove into Staffs the other day and I'm convinced that the sign said 'Welcome To Staffordshire - the creative county'. Can that be true? And on what basis could that be true?

Also, another archetypal East Midlands accent - Pitman, the former miner/rapper from Coalville.

Ah, Nick Owen, and Tom Coyne.

Thinking about it.. Samathan Morton is from Nottingham, but very rarely does she play a part in her own accent (actually she hardly ever says anything in movies.. just does the whole wide eyed mysterious thing very well)

Gary Linekar is from Leicester, right? with all those Walkers adverts. although Leicester 'feels' closer to the West Midlands than East.

People in Northampton don't speak anything like East Midlanders...I dont really see why it is in the EAST Midlands at all..as it has much more accent wise and is closer to places that come under the South East, such as MIlton Keynes, Bedford and Luton. People in Northampton don't see themselves as 'Midlanders.' Cities such as Nottingham, Leicester and Derby are in the East Midlands, Northampton certainly is not

I am from Brooklyn, New York and went to college in the midwest. Everyone thought I was a gangster. I guess I had an accent. Local accents are disappearing in the US, though. Taht may be good when the accent is a disadvantage. I was definitely labeled as lower class. Even thogu I guess I lost most of it. My dis say that when I talk to my brother, we both sound like we're from sopranos. For your Brits, there are some links to American Accents on my page (I play with these things). http://www.GoodAccent.com

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