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Help, I can't keep up...

Discussion in 'The Lounge' started by miked, Jan 16, 2020.

  1. MickLL

    MickLL In the Stop Bath

    I'm guessing what Kate might have meant because I have a similar problem. It's not so much volume as 'depth' - sorry don't have the right word at my fingertips. Her voice sounds 'thin' and unsatisfying. A bit like clear soup against Richard Burton's oxtail.

    Apologies that I can't do better with my explanation.

    MickLL
     
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  2. MickLL

    MickLL In the Stop Bath

    I did A level general studies (NUJMB) and from memory there were three or four sections; science, a modern language, reasoning, and 'arts' (but I don't clearly remember all the sections). What I do remember is that it was necessary to pass each and every section before one could pass the whole thing. It was no good getting zero in one section and 100% in all the others.

    The 11+ works similarly around here. In fact a friend of my grandson was pretty upset because he 'failed' (my word - the schools and authorities avoid it like the plague!!) because his mark in maths was a couple below the 'pass' but his total score was well above the pass mark because he did so well in other sections. The school has appealed on his behalf because he is usually very competent in maths although not a maths prodigy!

    MickLL
     
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  3. miked

    miked Well-Known Member

    At my age, forgetfulness is a constant companion. . . .
     
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  4. Catriona

    Catriona Well-Known Member

    Thanks Mike. Yes, my description would be reedy and not only irritating, but hard to decipher the words. Little modulation - and certainly not having the timbre or richness of Burton's creamy tones which made my toes curl!
     
  5. neilt3

    neilt3 Well-Known Member

    Turning the volume up so you can hear one person is fine , but if someone else starts talking it's deafining .
    And if your going to sit looking at a TV reading subtitles , you might as well just read a book .
     
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  6. Geren

    Geren Well-Known Member

    I don't believe she would have been stuffed at all. She would have needed to be able to use pounds, shillings and pence and so would have got to grips with it. I work in an FE college, and the inabiity to tell the time on an analogue watch is fairly widespread. These kids don't need to be able to do that any more. Hardly any of them wear watches. They all tell time by looking at their phone, tablet or computer. If they do own a watch it tends to be digital. If they've never found themselves inconvenienced by being unable to read analogue time, why would they bother?
     
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  7. Catriona

    Catriona Well-Known Member

    The book wins with me. :)
     
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  8. Geren

    Geren Well-Known Member

    I do love accents and dialect - I have a rich mix of Sheffieldish and Scots to add to my English. The accent is hard to place because it too is an amalgamation of all the areas I've lived in - the odd American twang perhaps, having being married to a Yank for 24 years, a bit Yorkshire in the flat vowels, a bit Bristol, a bit Cambridge, some west coast of Scotland, some east. I also seem to have an embarrassing capacity for picking up the accents of people I'm with for any length of time. I once spent a weekend in Derbyshire with a lass from Somerset. That had me sounding like a grumpy yokel for about three days afterwards. And living with a girl from Belfast, I didn't intentionally tell her mother on the phone that she'd be back in at about 'eyut' but it came out that way nonetheless.

    Interesting thought about 'at least we're not all speaking American'. Where did the American language come from? I read recently that some of the words we Brits take exception to, such as 'gotten', would actually have been correct English when the Mayflower set sail. They kept these words and we didn't. Who's wrong?
     
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  9. MickLL

    MickLL In the Stop Bath

    I have to admit a strange foible now. I regularly, as in at least weekly, listen to Burton reading Dylan Thomas's "rage" poem. I not only love the poem (about the only one I do like) but really enjoy Burton's voice.

    MickLL
     
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  10. John King

    John King Well-Known Member

    No she would still be stuffed, I know her and to be kind she is not the sharpest knife in the box.
     
  11. DaveS

    DaveS Well-Known Member

    Until they come across instructions to "turn the knob clockwise (Or anticlockwise) and haven't got a clue as to what it means.
     
  12. gray1720

    gray1720 Well-Known Member

    Trash turns up in The Tempest, so if it's good enough for Shakespeare... ("Leave it alone thou fools, it is but trash!")
     
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  13. DaveS

    DaveS Well-Known Member

    "Thou whoreson zed, thou unnecessary letter"
     
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  14. Learning

    Learning Ethelred the Ill-Named

    One of the Foreign language options was French and it took the form of a comprehension test. The questions were in English, the passage was in French, and the answers could be in French or English. I chose to answer in English. The subject of the passage was Louis Pasteur. Any half decent science student could answer the questions without knowing a word of French. The only risk was giving more detail in the answer than that given in the passage.
     
  15. Learning

    Learning Ethelred the Ill-Named

    My kitchen clock goes backwards. The dial is a mirror image of a normal dial. I have no problem using it.
     
  16. David Loxley

    David Loxley Well-Known Member

    We could, of course, revert to the original:-
    ..."turn the knob sunwise (clockwise) (or widdershins (anticlockwise)) ..."
     
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  17. Catriona

    Catriona Well-Known Member

    I love that word widdershins.
     
  18. DaveS

    DaveS Well-Known Member

    Dance widdershins around the wicker Man.
     
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  19. Catriona

    Catriona Well-Known Member

    My granny's Island. Oh yes.
     
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  20. John King

    John King Well-Known Member

    Good point I never thought of that - perhaps her cooker has direction arrows!
     

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