26 year old female living in Brighton
Question 1. Give your reasons and analyse your motives for living in the district where you do live.
I'm currently between flats, but my most recent residence was in the London Rd station area of Brighton. My main motivation for moving to this area was that I had previously lived there whilst at uni and knew that I loved it. So when a friend had a room free in her flat, I jumped at it. The area appeals to me because it has a really friendly community feeling, and is only a short walk from town. I was also drawn back by the Duke of York cinema, which is a huge asset to the neighbourhood!
Question 2. In what ways do you consider yourself different from your neighbours?
My immediate neighbours in my last flat were two sets of older single mothers, each with one daughter, wheras my flatmate and I were both in our mid twenties and childless. The woman living directly below was university educated and middle-class like us, whereas the woman living on the ground floor was not. The woman on the ground floor was also a stay at home mum, whereas we worked. Other than that I wouldn't say we were hugely different...and any differences we did have were mainly a result of our ages.
Question 3. When you go into pubs, which bar do you use and why?
I don't think any of the pubs I go to distinguish between bars. I tend to go to pubs that are not tacky chain places. I'm not a massive fan of gastropubs, as they seem to strip perfectly nice pubs of their character. Luckily, Brighton has lots of nice pubby pubs. I especially like pubs with nice gardens in the summer.
Question 4. What priced seats do you use at the cinema and why?
As cheap as possible! Although these days prices seem to vary based on what day of the week it is, rather than where in the cinema you sit. If I'm feeling extravagent, I occasionally sit in the balcony area at the Duke of York.
Question 5. What forms of food, drink or amusement are thought “infra dig”* or not quite the things in your circles?
Fast food in generally not approved of, although this is quite gender specific. Most of my male friends don't seem to have an issue with McDonalds and 2am kebabs! Drink-wise, alco-pops are a no-no, but this could just be because they have a low alcohol content! Arcades and funfairs aren't my thing, but other than that I enjoy most forms of entertainment. Oh, videogames. I don't understand why people play them so obsessively.
Question 6. Are you sensitive on the subject of accent and have you made any attempt to change your own?
I love accents and I love doing other people's accents. If I could have a job that revolved around doing accents, that would be ideal! I have a terrible habit of accidently slipping into the accent of the person I'm speaking to. My natural accent is a generic southern English accent- I am often told I am posh, but I can't really hear it myself. My mother has an American accent and when I was on holiday in America as a child I used to pick up the accent really easily, which in hindsight must have been really weird for my parents!
Question 7. Do you make a habit of using the following words and phrases? If not, what is your reaction when they are used by others?
I use bye-bye, okay, pal and ta all the time. Pal is used in a slightly tongue-in cheek way. If I use cheerioh, I am definitely joking around. I used to say mate when I was younger but I quickly realized it didn't suit me. I've never used the others.