Sunday, February 12, 2006


So tell me …when did a Bolton accent become sexy?

I enjoyed listening to
Vernon Kay’s Brit music session on Sat morning as I was driving along. After Vernon was Sarah Cox another Boltonian. The lovely Stuart Maconie who reads out Kev’s daft e mails on radio 2 sounds similar. He’s from Leigh I think. Then there’s Peter Kay ... is it a common name in Bolton?

Now I don’t come from Bolton, I was born in the home of Peter Kay’s favourite radio station. My family either supported Wanderers or Rovers but never Preston North End!

I was OK on grammar, but I didn’t really know about ‘vowel sounds’ until I got to University. My roommate was from the deep South (Upminster wherever that is) and my landlady was exceedingly posh. They were much amused when I said things like ‘a thowsand pownds’. I just didn’t get the joke. Rob (ex husband from Barrow in Furness) once collapsed in hysterics when I asked the greengrocer for ‘a pownd of sprowts’.

Now you get good money for talking like that. So repeat after me:

Check this owt!
How Now Brown Cow (try it in Boltonspeak) .. where co rimes with d’Oh

Keep practising and I’ll hear you on the Radio soon.



Blogger Betty said...

Yes, the Bolton accent is very "in" at the moment - perhaps it's considered appealing to listeners because it sounds "authentically" working class in a good way, unlike full-on Mancunian which just makes people think of someone who will nick their car (somebody does market research into all this nonsense). Anyway, count yourself lucky - I don't think I'll see the day when my flat, droning west midlands accent will ever be popular outside the boundaries of Stafford to Birmingham!

1:29 pm  
Blogger KAZ said...

Your day will come Betty
But do you want it to?

1:38 pm  
Blogger Beth said...

Stuart Maconie interviewing Simon Armitage would be my accent Dream Team!

9:36 pm  
Blogger KAZ said...

I feel ignorant now. Who is Simon Armitage? Please?

10:14 am  
Blogger Beth said...

Marsden bred poet, soft west yorks accent, regularly to be heard on Mark Radcliffe show.

Well worth googling - if I was clever enough to do that thing with links in comments I would do some - start with 'Shrove Tuesday'.

9:21 pm  

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