Talking about some of her auditions actor Maxine Peake recently observed I could hear them whispering, “She’s educated. Why the accent? Has she read the script?” As us Geordies know in particular, prejudice against certain accents are alive and kicking. Most of us also admittedly have learned to moderate our Geordie accents depending upon the circumstances but that’s just natural. I mean if you’re trying to tell them in A & E that you have an infection in your foot and it’s turning black it’s no good saying, “Aah’ve git a bloody bad foot bonny lad an’ Aah divvent knaa whit te de wi it.”
One must be precise and explain what happened such as, “I think I stood on a nail or something when I was trying to fix the washer on the ball cock. The floor is covered with all sorts of junk and I foolishly put my slippers on instead of my thick boots.”
That is a true story as I spent a week in hospital with cellulitis after my foot turned black. When they took an X-Ray I asked why. The answer stunned me, “It’s in case it’s got into the bone.” I thought for a minute they were going to chop my right foot off, my lethal goal-scoring deadly right foot!