Jonathan Cecil

Squeaks and squawks

Jonathan Cecil is nostalgic for the voices of the Bloomsberries

How often, when listening to announcers or weather forecasters or politicians on the radio, do I think, ‘That’s an ugly voice’! This seldom applies to speakers with educated regional accents, such as Scottish, Irish or Yorkshire, but all too often to those from London or the Midlands where good standard English is becoming a rarity.

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