Theresa, a 50 year old Finance Manager from Newington
Question 1. Give your reasons and analyse your motives for living in the district where you do live.
I moved to where I live 20 years ago because I loved the house. It's different from most houses, as it was extended by a builder 30 years ago, and has loads of character. At the time my husband and I wanted a big garden in the countryside. We had lived on a purpose built estate in Lordswood....a little box where parking had been a problem. Also it wasn't far from my parents (half an hours drive) and 20 mins for me to drive to work. At the time I didn't think about but it, but it is also close to all my friends.
Question 2. In what ways do you consider yourself different from your neighbours?
I don't have children....that's about it.
Question 3. When you go into pubs, which bar do you use and why?
I don't go to pubs often....but when I do, I don't consider which bar....in the old days there would have been different types, but not now. I just look for one with a table and chairs enough for us to sit down.
Question 4. What priced seats do you use at the cinema and why?
The standard price. Which these days is over £16.00 for two tickets. We often do half price on a Wednesday via our mobile phone offer which we like.
Question 5. What forms of food, drink or amusement are thought “infra dig”* or not quite the things in your circles?
Oh gosh that's a hard question??? Smoking I guess. None of my friends smoke now, unlike 20 years a go, when some did.
Question 6. Are you sensitive on the subject of accent and have you made any attempt to change your own?
My first husband was Welsh, but I seem to tune out to it, and not notice the accent. I don't like listening to Indian or Scottish accents via a call centre customer service line. They are just so hard to follow. I do find I mimic an accent if I hear one, not intentionally, it just happens.
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?
On hearing "Cheerioh" I would think someone more elderly was speaking to me....it's not a phrase we use now. No one says "bye-bye"...they just say "bye", unless they were enphasing and saying "bye-bye" to a baby or very elderly relative. I have never heard of "Tooleoo"?? I will look it up on Google.....now I understand. Not a phrase we use these days, but I have heard of it. "Okay" is used all the time, and is almost an invisable word. I use "Okidoke" nearly all the time. I use it when people ask me how I am. It feels a good happy word. "Not half" reminds me of a phrase a DJ used to say in the 60's / 70's. So very dated....don't think I hear anyone use that now. "Ta" is something a small child who hasn't learnt to speak says. If I heard someone say it I would think they were being lazy or child like. "Old Boy" would be used to describe an older gentleman...over 60 who looked or acted old. "Chum" and "pal" are not really used. My dad still uses "mate", especailly when he talks to family members....he will add "mate" to the end of a sentence. "I'm alright mate".