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Not a lot, really
I've been away on holiday recently. From the 15th to the 20th curiouswombat and I went to York, stayed in a 5-star hotel there, and on the 17th went on a special steam train trip from York to Edinburgh and back. This was as a treat to ourselves to celebrate our silver wedding anniversary.

The full write-up of the trip, and the pictures, is taking place on her journal. I'll content myself with saying that it was awesome.

I haven't been posting much in the way of fic lately. I have been writing but progress has been slow and I've had a lot of distractions (such as steam train trips). Usually on the Glorious 25th of May I post something Discworld related but this year I failed. I'd had a Discworld/NCIS crossover roughly plotted out for quite a while, and my intention had been for it to be this year's Lilac Day post, but the date only registered on me the day before and there was no way I could write the story in a day so it stayed in the 'Outlines' folder. Maybe next year you'll get to see Vimes meet Gibbs and Abby meet Angua.

However my main reason for posting today is to say how annoyed I am about the Americans kicking Cheryl Cole off their version of The X-Factor because they can't understand her accent. That's my accent too! And you're the nation who expects the rest of the world to understand Sylvester Stallone...

Current Music: Lindisfarne, 'Fog on the Tyne'

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gillo From: gillo Date: May 27th, 2011 11:16 pm (UTC) (Link)
Sorry, pet; your accent is substantially easier to understand than hers. I had a feeling she'd be unintelligible to Americans - many of them seem to need subtitles on even for relatively easy accents. The joy of Geordie is that it isn't easy in the slightest, just it's own marvellous self.
mymatedave From: mymatedave Date: May 27th, 2011 11:43 pm (UTC) (Link)
Urmugh muhmuhmuh, guhuhbuhlur buh buh guh.

I really don't see why you find Stallone's accent so difficult. :)
ladypeyton From: ladypeyton Date: May 28th, 2011 12:53 am (UTC) (Link)
I object to anyone calling Hollywood TV Execs American. Everyone knows they're actually insane aliens from another galaxy. Or possibly Mars. Not that I mean to insult Earth's closest neighbors.

IIUC, her accent was more Mockney than a real live actual British accent. I can't agree or disagree with this because, while I saw the debut episode they did of the show on Bones, I can't remember a single thing about it.

I don't expect the show to last very long.

Which means it will probably go 10 years and 2 movies. *sigh*
ladypeyton From: ladypeyton Date: May 28th, 2011 12:55 am (UTC) (Link)
Aaaaand never mind. I got The Finder confused with the Simon Cowel reality show.

My only excuse is that I was just having a discussion about the recasting of a character on The Finder over her accent.
ayinhara From: ayinhara Date: May 28th, 2011 02:20 am (UTC) (Link)
We're divided by a common language, more or less.
ozma914 From: ozma914 Date: May 28th, 2011 07:43 am (UTC) (Link)
Distractions seems to be the theme for 2011 ...
ljs From: ljs Date: May 28th, 2011 12:31 pm (UTC) (Link)
What a great holiday that sounds!
cat63 From: cat63 Date: May 28th, 2011 01:05 pm (UTC) (Link)
However my main reason for posting today is to say how annoyed I am about the Americans kicking Cheryl Cole off their version of The X-Factor because they can't understand her accent. That's my accent too! And you're the nation who expects the rest of the world to understand Sylvester Stallone...

I think the people who did this are insulting their own audience as well as the Geordie accent - they're basically saying the people who watch their show are too thick to understand people who don't talk in the same way as they do...A bit like the way the publishers insisted on "translating" the Harry potter books into American English really.
daiseechain From: daiseechain Date: May 28th, 2011 08:00 pm (UTC) (Link)
Please write that fic! You had me at Discworld/NCIS... (needs an Abby icon)

I'm not so sure they did actually boot her off. I'm pretty cynical about these major productions, and my first reaction is to believe it was all a marketing gimmick in the first place - boosts Cheryl Cole's public image in the UK, gives her a little exposure in the US so they at least know who she is, and boosts the ratings of a show with too much competition in the reality talent field by giving it more controversy.

I'm really not sure they expect anyone to understand Stallone; they certainly mock his manner of speech enough themselves :-D
curiouswombat From: curiouswombat Date: May 28th, 2011 08:16 pm (UTC) (Link)
I think you are quite right about it being a publicity stunt all along.
From: averageshmoe Date: May 29th, 2011 05:31 am (UTC) (Link)
What makes you think we understand Stallone either?

That's not that much of a joke, on more than one level. When he starts 'emoting', such as in "First Blood," I have no idea as to what he is suppose to be saying.
desdemonaspace From: desdemonaspace Date: May 31st, 2011 12:09 pm (UTC) (Link)
Your accent can't be funnier that this one, (which is mine.)

I'm with ya on the un-intelligibility of Sylvester Stallone. Oy.

I was hoping you'd say you were going to update Came The Thunder. I can't read Discworld fics (not having read the source materiel) nor can I read Wombat's excellent crossover fics. I've read so little--I don't get the references.
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