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Someone with a regional accent should be allowed to present Wimbledon

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Hannahouse Fri 10-Jul-15 08:42:03

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FarFromAnyRoad Fri 10-Jul-15 08:43:41

Ok then confused

derxa Fri 10-Jul-15 08:45:45

Who do you have in mind?

WorraLiberty Fri 10-Jul-15 08:45:53

Are you Bob The Builder?

Farahilda Fri 10-Jul-15 08:50:26

You mean regional as in belonging to the place where the tournament is taking? Affluent SW19.

So a neutral/south accent?

Pretty much what they've got, isn't it?


Alisvolatpropiis Fri 10-Jul-15 08:51:18


MooMaid Fri 10-Jul-15 09:03:59


FungusTheBogeymam Fri 10-Jul-15 09:11:47

Social taboo? Really?

There are more accents than ever at Wimbledon these days. Do you remember when everyone spoke like Dan Maskell? Oh, I say ...

RachelRagged Fri 10-Jul-15 09:15:24


lollll Daily you make me chuckle

ChwatFeechers Fri 10-Jul-15 09:19:58

YABU! I have a regional northern accent and I cringe hearing myself on tape or hearing the accent on TV, would rather listen to a nice, posh-ish commentator properly pronouncing vowels.

derxa Fri 10-Jul-15 09:19:58

Do you want that wee Scottish wumman Hazel Irvine? <boak>
I am Scottish by the way.
What the hell's wrong with good old Sue Barker?

Dawndonnaagain Fri 10-Jul-15 09:20:51

I was born and bred in SW19. It's a regional accent, trust me, it's totally different to North London.

derxa Fri 10-Jul-15 09:22:29

properly pronouncing vowels.
That one will start the ball rolling grin

Hannahouse Fri 10-Jul-15 09:25:59

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ShatnersBassoon Fri 10-Jul-15 09:26:24

They keep the interesting regional accents for the niche interest sports, and that's the way I like it. Snooker and darts would suffer with Clare Balding at the helm.

ArmySal Fri 10-Jul-15 09:30:06

How does us being crap at tennis support your 'case'?!

derxa I'm ducking grin

KingJoffreyLikesJaffaCakes Fri 10-Jul-15 09:32:18

I'll do it!

I was raised in Somerset. I sound like a pirate.

When I go to London people actually laugh at me.


derxa Fri 10-Jul-15 09:41:53

They keep the interesting regional accents for the niche interest sports, and that's the way I like it. Snooker and darts would suffer with Clare Balding at the helm.
There's so much wrong with that statement. I could write an essay on it--but can't be arsed--

<lobs in grenade> grin

ShatnersBassoon Fri 10-Jul-15 09:47:47

You fell into my trap. I'd love to read that essay.

WorraLiberty Fri 10-Jul-15 09:48:07

I try my best Rachel grin

derxa Fri 10-Jul-15 09:56:17

Feel like a fool now Shatners blush

ShatnersBassoon Fri 10-Jul-15 09:58:59

I'll admit I like Hazel Irvine, if that makes you feel less foolish grin

SunnyBaudelaire Fri 10-Jul-15 09:59:08

why on earth would we want some yokel with a thick provincial burr commentating on a sports event in London SW19? grin

Farahilda Fri 10-Jul-15 10:02:18

"Two facts to support my case:
- 2% of the UK population speak RP
- we're crap at tennis"

Is it really 2% that speak RP?

It's a specific accent (not a synonym for generally 'posh') and I really thought it had died out of general use about the time TV announcers stopped wearing black tie and tails.

Seriouslyffs Fri 10-Jul-15 10:12:01

Radio 4 has a welsh presenter on PM, she's called 'wimbledot' and the daily feature has me jabbing manically to switch it off. She's incredibly irritating.

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