'I'm always looking for the Hows and the Whys and the Whats,' said Muskrat, 'That is why I speak as I do. You've heard of Muskrat's Much-in-Little, of course?'
'No,' said the child. 'What is it?'
- The Mouse and his Child. Russell Hoban.

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Friday, 17 October 2008

How to speak like a Yorkshire Pudding.

If you want to speak Sheff, that unique brand of English, and I use the term loosely, you can go to this very special school I discovered in Queen Street, Auckland.  Why anyone would want to is beyond me, but there you have it.  


  1. Can't say I've ever noticed a specific Sheffield accent as such but certainly Leeds born students should go there !

    I'm all for living in a multicultural city but when you can't even understand the locals, what hope is there ?!

  2. Tha what? Thars a reeght un Kaff!

    Glad to see some real culture and refinement has found its way into your giant sheep farm!

  3. Is that Sheffield accent kinda like a northern Kentucky accent?
    A Brit friend of mine once tried to talk like a Texan (down, YP, this was before the Bush administration), and he sounded to me like he was from Boston.
    I'm just sayin'.

  4. You visited Auckland but did not come out West,not to mention never telling me !
    But I forgive you.

  5. If there were free Yorkshire puddings up for grabs then I'd sign up.

  6. Is west worth visiting then David? What's out there?
    Sorry for not telling you. I'll tell you next time, if I ever get free tickets to the orchestra again :-)

  7. Makes GREAT yorkshire puddings ------->

  8. The Sheffield English Language School looks like one of those last sad old vestiges of English Colonialism,intolerable and daft - a bit like English weather really.

    The sooner we declare ourselves a Republic the better. I will of course put myself forward for El Presidente for life. The 'Divine Rule of Kings' has a certain ring to it in terms of a philosophical guide.

  9. Hail Emperor Tillerman! I'll cheer at your coronation because I know you'll have yachting as a compulsory subject in the school curriculum.

  10. You Katherine, shall be my minister of Arts and Culture. (Fat salary, big studio, free paint and canvas).
    An education system based on the Arts with frequent pauses to go sailing will revolutionise the world - with our tillers and paintbrushes we will conquer the world!

  11. Sounds absolutely perfect Tillerman!