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    I love the Scottish accents. Actually, I love all British accents! Edinburgh Morningside is the cutest...I pick up acccents pretty well but for some reason the Scottish accent didn't stick. I lived in Manchester for a few years and that accent really did stick - apparently I sound so Manc now that people have said they thought I was from Manchester

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    I love all British accents, too, and also the accents from other parts of the Commonwealth. One of my favorite things about the Lord of the Rings DVDs was hearing the features and commentary by the various actors. In the film, they mostly spoke Theatrical Standard (not the proper term for it, but you know what I mean), but in the commentary, so many of them had other accents from various parts of Ireland, New Zealand, Scotland, and so forth. From other films, one of my favorite actors, James McAvoy, who played Tumnus in the first Narnia movie with a perfect British accent, is from Glasgow, and when he speaks in his "born accent," it's delightful on the ear. McAvoy and the LOTR actors also demonstrate how well-trained British actors can be. So many of them do splendid Queen's English when needed and often also do (as McAvoy has done in one or two movies) impeccable American accents. Michael Caine is another one with a great ear and many voices.

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    I thought the Scottish accent was charming. But as an American, I did struggle to understand and often had to ask people to repeat themselves. They would always laugh it off and just speak more slowly.
    I find myself really, really rooting for them to get this event. I would so love to make the trip to Glasgow to see this, but should I find myself with the good fortune to be able to go to Pyeongchang, every dime will be socked away for that.
    Do not want to see Sochi get it, and doubt Stockholm will because of Europeans '15. Finland would also be a good choice

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    Quote Originally Posted by Olympia View Post
    I love all British accents, too, and also the accents from other parts of the Commonwealth. One of my favorite things about the Lord of the Rings DVDs was hearing the features and commentary by the various actors. In the film, they mostly spoke Theatrical Standard (not the proper term for it, but you know what I mean), but in the commentary, so many of them had other accents from various parts of Ireland, New Zealand, Scotland, and so forth. From other films, one of my favorite actors, James McAvoy, who played Tumnus in the first Narnia movie with a perfect British accent, is from Glasgow, and when he speaks in his "born accent," it's delightful on the ear. McAvoy and the LOTR actors also demonstrate how well-trained British actors can be. So many of them do splendid Queen's English when needed and often also do (as McAvoy has done in one or two movies) impeccable American accents. Michael Caine is another one with a great ear and many voices.
    This is WAAAAYYYY off topic, but since you were talking about actors, I was wondering if you realised that British Eurosport's figure skating commentator Simon Reed is the younger brother of the late actor Oliver Reed.

    I know we don't get to see Simon on screen, but if you saw him, you would know instantly that he was Oliver's brother:

    Simon
    Oliver

    Just thought you would find this interesting.

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    I hope they will choose Helsinki. It is easier to reach it than even Sochi for me and many Russians. Residents of Saint-Petersburg usually go there on holiday. I'm sure that rude Russian audience with vuvuzelas will be in considerable majority there.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rhodium View Post
    I hope they will choose Helsinki. It is easier to reach it than even Sochi for me and many Russians. Residents of Saint-Petersburg usually go there on holiday. I'm sure that rude Russian audience with vuvuzelas will be in considerable majority there.
    Is it easier because of more availability of flights from Russia?

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    Quote Originally Posted by anyanka View Post
    Is it easier because of more availability of flights from Russia?
    Yes, Helsinki is not far from main cities. There are also high-speed trains, buses and ferryboat "Princess Maria" going from Saint-Petersburg to Helsinki (and from Moscow some). And I am with hope that other Maria, Maria Sotskova, will participate in the event.

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    Quote Originally Posted by anyanka View Post
    Is it easier because of more availability of flights from Russia?
    St Petersburg-Helsinki is only 3,5 hours by train with the new high-speed trains.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Olympia View Post
    I love all British accents, too, and also the accents from other parts of the Commonwealth. One of my favorite things about the Lord of the Rings DVDs was hearing the features and commentary by the various actors. In the film, they mostly spoke Theatrical Standard (not the proper term for it, but you know what I mean), but in the commentary, so many of them had other accents from various parts of Ireland, New Zealand, Scotland, and so forth. From other films, one of my favorite actors, James McAvoy, who played Tumnus in the first Narnia movie with a perfect British accent, is from Glasgow, and when he speaks in his "born accent," it's delightful on the ear. McAvoy and the LOTR actors also demonstrate how well-trained British actors can be. So many of them do splendid Queen's English when needed and often also do (as McAvoy has done in one or two movies) impeccable American accents. Michael Caine is another one with a great ear and many voices.
    Glasgow is my hometown so I REALLY want the event to be held there!!! (I live in Japan though - so it is anything but convenient for travelling)
    Here is a link to help you with the Glasgow accent in preparation for the event.
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TfCk_yNuTGk
    Enjoy

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    Quote Originally Posted by CaroLiza_fan View Post
    This is WAAAAYYYY off topic, but since you were talking about actors, I was wondering if you realised that British Eurosport's figure skating commentator Simon Reed is the younger brother of the late actor Oliver Reed.

    I know we don't get to see Simon on screen, but if you saw him, you would know instantly that he was Oliver's brother:

    Simon
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    Just thought you would find this interesting.

    CaroLiza_fan
    Very interesting! I did not know that. Thanks! I do like the British Eurosport guys, whom I often get to hear on YouTube videos, but I didn't know anything about them. *checks image of Simon* Yes, indeed, he does look so much like Oliver.

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    I hope Glasgow will win this bid just for the sake of variable scenarios. Major competitions should be allocated to more diverse geographic locations. Sochi got the chance with OG already and they blew it. Most of the international audiences were not happy. A lot of athletes had bad memories with the Russian crowds. Give some other countries a chance to enjoy the experiences.

    Also, I spent almost a decade in England right until the Millennium but never been too far up north than Birmingham (it was a shame). Might be a good chance for me to rectify that mistake.

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    I would totally be interested in going to Glasgow.

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    Quote Originally Posted by TMC View Post
    St Petersburg-Helsinki is only 3,5 hours by train with the new high-speed trains.
    Cool! Great tidbit.

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    Ooh, back from internet isolation (laptop broke lol) to find a cool piece of info. Fingers crossed...

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    Please! Glasgow is still far away from the South but it's still easier (esp. psychologically) to travel within the country, and a better excuse to my better half.....!

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