28 year old female Admin Assistant in Brighton
Question 1. Give your reasons and analyse your motives for living in the district where you do live.
I moved in to my partner's flat many years ago and after we broke up, I have stayed. I stayed because I love the area, close to everything and the flat is really cheap for this town. I also cannot afford to move. In my mind I foreground the positive aspects of the flat and the area in order to ignore the standard of my living and how much I am still paying for a flat without central heating, with broken windows and leaky roof.
Question 2. In what ways do you consider yourself different from your neighbours?
I think there is a huge mix of people in my area, from quite posh professionals, to middle class families, council areas and students. We all fit in well.
Question 3. When you go into pubs, which bar do you use and why?
In my favourite hangout pub, I habitually use what was formerly the non-smoking side, now it's just the calmer side. When choosing pubs more generally, I shy away from small neighbourhood pubs as they are usually male dominated and therefore less comfortable. I also try avoid the big commercial gay pubs 'casue the're just rather horrendous!
Question 4. What priced seats do you use at the cinema and why?
I used to go the the cinema lots but not anymore because of my finances and other priorities. I try go on cheap evenings, like mondays, or Orange wednesdays otherwise. If it's a film I really want to see, normal priced seats.
Question 5. What forms of food, drink or amusement are thought “infra dig”* or not quite the things in your circles? * Infra dig means something that is unbecoming of one's position or beneath one's dignity.
From a personal point of view, I find food that is blatantly unhealthy and brightly packaged very inferior. I'm also generally judgemental of eating meat and try to stay away from Coka Cola and such companies' products.
Drink - I don't think I have any, except Coka Cola. I was definately seen drinking Smirnoff Ice the other weekend, which some might consider a bit to teenagy and maybe lower class. That doesn't necessarily become me even if I tend to be very aware of such distinctions.
Amusements - I find things like the pier and games arcades totally alien to me. Also american action and a lot of the romantic comedy produced in Hollywood void of any content and quality. I also most definately don't read tabloids, or watch TV other than very, very seldom.
Question 6. Are you sensitive on the subject of accent and have you made any attempt to change your own?
I'm quite deaf to people's accents and mostly find them a bit hard to understand if they are very strong. I consider myself to speak a rather neutral accent, both in my mother tongue and in English so have never had to deal with an accent that might be considered less educated or lower class.
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 frequently, as well as okay and ta. I rather dislike people using mate to me as I find it too masculine, depending on who speaks, of course. If men use it between them in certain context, I can also find it quite excluding.