Last week I e-mailed in to my favourite radio show, BBC 6Music, to submit a request to appear on their morning feature called My Morning Racket. The idea is to pick a song which you love to wake up to, then you get to chat with Shaun, the presenter (and a favourite 'personality' of mine) and have your record played on air.
While in the supermarket this morning (every week I try and get there earlier than the week before - next week I'll be there before it opens if I succeed...), trying to decide whether to buy light or dark soy sauce, when I got a call from Lisa at 6Music, asking if I wanted to appear on the show! They gave me enough time to get home, where I waited eagerly with sweaty palms to chat to the lovely Shaun.
I just listened again to my appearance
http://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/b00npdf4/Shaun_Keaveny_02_11_2009/ (2 hours and 12 minutes in),
and dear lord I sound like the queen! Where is my northern lilt these days?! I put it down to my southern friends with their long vowels and neat codas. Today officially marks my trek back to my West Yorkshire roots, dark l's, short vowels and clipped codas. No more standardization! If everyone made such changes to their speech, I would have no subject to study! It's funny that my brother sounds like he's straight out of Pontefract Colliery - it makes me appear quite pretentious in comparison. Argh.