Tuesday, August 08, 2006

We daint talk loike that, loike.



I don't know if you've seen the latest ad campaign for Churchill insurance. It's called 'Challenge Churchill' and it involves that stupid annoying dog puppet (see photo) going around Britain in a coach being asked questions by members of the public, and generally answering 'oh yes', in that stupid fucking way he does.

There's one section of the advert where he comes to Birmingham. Where I live. The coach is parked outside the new Selfridges building (which looks like a giant pregnant dalek) and the dog gets asked a question by a woman who is supposed to be a Brummie. I've lived here all my (me) life, and I've certainly got an accent, but I'd have to have years and years of speech therapy to talk like that woman! They were filming it here, why didn't they use someone who talks normally and not some poxy actress who has never heard the accent before in her life?

Generally, I tend to get pissed off at how Brummies are used on the telly. You've had Timothy Spall doing a shit accent in Auf Wiedersehen, Pet. Fucking Benny Hawkins in Crossroads. Beryl bastard Reid. Robert Kilroy Cuprinol Silk. Jasper Carrott. The Grimleys. All tossers.

When we do have a Brummie on the telly, they give him a broad 'yam-yam' Black Cuntray accent, while here in Brum it isn't as extreme. I might accept that it isn't the nicest accent in the world, it's the way we talk! Get over it! It isn't going to change.

2 comments:

Jemima said...

I like the way we talk. It's only a bit whiny, what's to hate about that? And we pronounce the g at the end of ing words. That's all I remember from that part of my degree.

mick said...

We only pronounce the 'g' at the beginning of 'gooin'.