scribbles tagged ‘anglophile’

cute accent #7: Coffee Queen

Saturday, October 13th, 2007 | tags: , ,  |

Barista:   it’s not that I like your accent or anything,   but I just have to say that I saw the queen,   well 10 minutes of the Queen actually.

Wendy:   The Movie? (deliberately uses the American word to keep the cuteness thing at sub-gushing proportions)

Barista: Yeah,   and I didn’t know what it was about and that Diana is in it and I thought how important it is and that I should watch the movie.   Would you like a free sample caramel latte?

Wendy:   Yes please

Barista:   and the government,   I’ve seen that and they are so… …how shall I say….     …candid…     I like the   way they stand-up and thump the table.   It’s not that i don’t like America   ….    

Wendy  :   Thankyou (pays for yummy pie and leaves with extra  free latte)

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A spot of bother

Friday, October 12th, 2007 | tags: , , ,  |

By Mark Haddon.

Highly recommended to anyone who gains pleasure from social  dynamics  or is an  Anglophile.

:-)   :-) :-)

review ratings explained

Lots of positive reviews of the book available  on metacritic.     The Daily Telegraph provides a succinct summary that maps to my experience.

“A spot of bother” is a phrase that I understand as being used to play-down the severity of a problem.   It’s like saying,   “yes there is a nasty problem but really you shouldn’t worry because we’ve got it all under control, lets not pay it any more attention“.    It’s not a phrase or technique for managing conversational distance that I’ve encountered in the US.

The story is of  family dynamics across generations situated around an impending Wedding.   Everyone has  an opinion on whether the wedding should happen and why,   and different ways of expressing their opinions,    or not.     The book touches on themes such as prefering silence to talking,   social intelligence versus academic intelligence and the bounds of realism and paranoia.   Some reviews talk about it as a black comedy or farce.   My impression is that it is something other than either genre,    neither funny nor melancholic despite the topics and events.

Thoroughly enjoyable, I felt right at home.

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cute accent #6: stOpIt

Monday, October 8th, 2007 | tags: , ,  |


Wendy reasserts a previous reqeust to stop making noise so that people can hear the speaker.   Reaction from the speaker was to attempt to immitate my accent:

I love the way you say “store pit

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Saturday, October 6th, 2007 | tags: , ,  |

According to Google analyticals I have one regular reader in Tring.   Excellent,   Good show.   The internet reaches the person in  Tring  who is curious about middle-aged  English girlies  in the Seattle region.   hooray!   Who would have guessed?!        Welcome reader from Tring,   You know who you are…..     …isn’t Tring  ‘cute’?   Oh my,   I am definitely developing Anglophile tendancies…

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