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Yes, also, as he's Welsh, having a vowel in his name probably contravenes every Welsh law going!!!! emoticon



OK, disregarding the fact that "y" and "w" are vowels in the Welsh language (I'm studying it at the moment), that reminds me of Stephen Colbert's description of its looking like "somebody spilled a bag of consonants," lol. (Also, Welsh has invisible vowels--e.g., there's actually a vowel sound between the "f" and the "r" in "llyfr," even though you can't actually see it! In fact, if I'm pronouncing it right, it sounds a bit like "liver." With an "h" in front. Fun, huh?)

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Tim Spall... He's just your man out of Auf Wiedersehen, Pet! to me!!



Aw, poor Tim. That's exactly the popular sentiment that kept him from getting any work for several years! But I'm glad you agree he's a great actor. It's true that a British accent automatically adds a certain number of attractiveness points to most any guy, but he also has a gorgeous voice ... which I would so love to hear doing an American accent so I'd know if it was really just the accent or not (but I'm pretty sure it's not; he also sounds gorgeous doing an Irish accent). And there are plenty of British actors who do nothing for me. With Tim, once I noticed the voice, his looks started growing on me. First it was the eyes, then those expressive "rufflable" eyebrows emoticon, then the smile, then the adorably wonky teeth, and the way his lower lip droops open, and, OMG, he has the sexiest hands ... plus he's totally got that charisma thing going on. (Have you ever seen him in "Outside Edge"? The woman who plays his wife sure has the hots for him, and she seems pretty convincing to me.) Granted, I know we gals who find him attractive aren't an overwhelming majority (he laughed and told two fans who told him he was that they "must be odd"), but there are a fair number us--including some in the UK, believe it or not.

I've heard that opinion about Birmingham accents before--possibly from you? Although my transplanted American friend who lives there confirmed your assessment. I only heard one for the first time very recently, and it wasn't as horrible as I expected. Just hard to understand until you figure out that what they're pronouncing as "ay" is actually an "ee" sound. Anyway, do you really think a Birmingham accent is more grating than an American one? I don't!

"At least it saves sharing"? I don't mind sharing! For example, it's pretty lonely over on the Emlyn board, nudge nudge wink wink. It's depressing that hardly anyone seems to know who he is anymore. emoticon

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If I heard a person from Birmingham and a person from... certain parts of America (I'm one of those weirdos who actually likes the Southern accent, but some of the more northern states, forget it...) having a conversation I think my ears would actually start bleeding. You probably haven't heard enough of the accents to know, some accents are stronger than others. The really strong ones are just awful. My neice lives there (she goes to Uni there) and she loves the place but just wishes the inhabitants would never speak!!!

My brother-in-law is Welsh and he speaks Welsh fluently. I find it completely amazing that you would WANT to learn Welsh. I mean. It's only spoken *in* Wales. And even then not by all the Welsh inhabitants, just the ones in the countryside who actually CAN speak English as well as you and I but choose not to so they can insult the 'strangers' coming in. My brother-in-law's grandmother (also Welsh and a Welsh speaker) experienced that when her and her husband (who was English) went into a small shop somewhere else in Wales. They heard the husband was English and started saying really horrible things about them in Welsh to each other, thinking they wouldn't understand, but my brother-in-law's grandmother told them in Welsh that she understood every word that they said - they were mortified. Serves 'em right, bunch of prejudiced bigoted racists.

I'll concur on the Emlyn Williams thing. He's terribly pretty.

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Completely going off off topic here... I went to the petrol station today to get some in, and the chap in the car next to me getting his petrol only had one leg, cut off from below the hip. No prosthetic leg. No crutch either but I assume it was in his car. I nearly squeed but then realised how totally insensitive that would've been.......

I am a bad person. I'm so sorry. I even... *looks guilty* I even mumbled a little "Arr" to myself...


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If I heard a person from Birmingham and a person from... certain parts of America (I'm one of those weirdos who actually likes the Southern accent, but some of the more northern states, forget it...)



Yeah, that would especially be my region! I moved here from NYC when I was four, and the ayek-sent (be sure to say that through your nose) here still hurts my ears. (Now a New Yawk accent, that's anothuh staw-ry!)

"Southern" accent? Don't you mean to be more specific, like "Texas accent"? Like that of a specific tall, handsome, musical Texan, hmmm? emoticon

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You probably haven't heard enough of the accents to know, some accents are stronger than others. The really strong ones are just awful. My neice lives there (she goes to Uni there) and she loves the place but just wishes the inhabitants would never speak!!!



Do you mean Birmingham or the US? I saw a clip of Tim Spall pontificating in Auf Wiedersehen, Pet, and I was too busy trying to translate what he was saying to notice the aesthetics of it! emoticon

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My brother-in-law is Welsh and he speaks Welsh fluently. I find it completely amazing that you would WANT to learn Welsh.



Well, you've got to understand, I'm a "language geek," which is to say, I love learning languages just for the pure enjoyment of it--the more obscure the better. I'm also trying to learn Cornish, and it's closely related to Welsh. I also speak Irish. And once you start studying Celtic stuff, it's hard to avoid running into Welsh for very long--if only for the sake of finding out how to pronounce all those long strings of consonants. But most of the blame goes to Emlyn! Just try reading his first autobiography (George) and see if you don't find yourself wanting to learn too! (He provides a very friendly introduction.)

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I mean. It's only spoken *in* Wales. And even then not by all the Welsh inhabitants, just the ones in the countryside who actually CAN speak English as well as you and I but choose not to so they can insult the 'strangers' coming in.



But if I learn Welsh before I move there, I can give it back to them! emoticon (Do they hate Americans as much as they hate English people?) I wonder if Emlyn was seen as a traitor, moving to London and eradicating his Welsh accent and encouraging foreigners like me to want to visit.

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... but my brother-in-law's grandmother told them in Welsh that she understood every word that they said - they were mortified. Serves 'em right, bunch of prejudiced bigoted racists.



Ha, good for her. I've had that experience hanging out with groups of deaf people; everyone just assumes we're all deaf and they can just say whatever they want about us. Little did they know I was translating. emoticon

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I'll concur on the Emlyn Williams thing. He's terribly pretty.



Terribly!!! emoticon

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Hi there, just wanted to let you know, if you don't hear from me for a while, it's because I have a herniated disk and need to stay in bed. I can do maybe five or ten minutes a day on the computer before it starts hurting again, so I can make quick visits. I'm still around, I haven't abandoned the site, I'm not ignoring anyone--but posting anything intelligent usually takes more time than I can spare. Thanks for understanding.

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Aww poor Susan. Hope you feel better soon, luv!!

*gentle hug*

We will keep the Bobster warm for you, don't you worry...!

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Aww poor Susan. Hope you feel better soon, luv!!

*gentle hug*

We will keep the Bobster warm for you, don't you worry...!



Thanks, on both counts! *hug*

FYI, the outlook for any kind of speedy recovery for whatever's wrong with my back has gotten so bleak--and I'm going totally stir crazy not being able to reach the computer--I finally broke down and bought a laptop so I can get online from my bed! (I have to wait till July 14 till I see the specialist. In the meantime, it still hurts to sit, stand, or walk for more than five minutes! And that's just what causes the pain to start--it goes on and on after that till I take some serious painkiller and get a good, long night's sleep!)

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Hi, Susan!
Good to hear from you! Hang in there...we miss you!

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Thanks, Jenny. Hopefully, with this new computer, I'll be baaaack for good.

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Glad to see you knocking about the place a bit more, Susan me luv!!

Now I didn't know whether to start a new thread for this, and if I was going to, I didn't know where to put it, so I thought I'd just put it here and save getting into trouble for an innappropriate thread... not that I'd 'get into trouble' but you know what I mean. Forum etiquette and all that!!

I've been on eBay having a look for some Bobster stuff, and I've discovered they're flogging, amongst the usual Treasure Island/Blackbeard/This Happy Breed etc stuff, a couple of what can only be described as rarities.

They've got that film about male STIs - The Green C0ckatoo... They've got a film I'd never heard of before called Snowbound and also a funny sounding film called Dead Men are Dangerous.

What's the general opinion on these films?? Are they worth having a bash at?? I mean I think $16 starting bid for Snowbound is a bit daft but still... if it's worth my while I might attempt to unleash the purse strings on PayPal for 'em...

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