40 year old female Arts Education Producer living in a village in North Derbyshire
Question 1. Give your reasons and analyse your motives for living in the district where you do live.
I live here because my husband receives a free tied house with his employment.
Question 2. In what ways do you consider yourself different from your neighbours?
We are viewed and treated as 'incomers', despite being here 19 years. We don't go to church, attend the WI, use the working man's club or have relatives in the village, and we're both university educated.
Question 3. When you go into pubs, which bar do you use and why?
I don't go into pubs really - only occasionally, and it would be to eat, with friends.
Question 4. What priced seats do you use at the cinema and why?
I rarely get to the cinema as I have small children and live 30 minutes drive from the nearest cinema screen. We watch DVDs or the TV once a month or so.
Question 5. What forms of food, drink or amusement are thought “infra dig”* or not quite the things in your circles?
Working man's club opposite isn't our style really, and the pork pies and sausage rolls not really our thing - certainly not mine, as I'm vegetarian. We don't go to amusement arcades, or gambling, or to lap dancing clubs or nightclubs... we generally drink wine, when we drink.
Question 6. Are you sensitive on the subject of accent and have you made any attempt to change your own?
Yes, both myself and my husband are southerners and are perceived to have 'posh' accents here. I do change mine, drop consonants etc, but my husband doesn't.
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?
Cheerioh - no, seems old fashioned Bye-bye - yes - seems normal to me Tooleoo - no, seems old fashioned Okay - yes - seems normal to me Okidoke - occasionally, wouldn't mind if it was used Not half - no, seems old fashioned Ta (for thank you) - yes - seems normal to me Old Boy - no, seems old fashioned chum - no, seems old fashioned pal - no, seems old fashioned mate - no, seems over familiar