My Mother’s Voice

Alzheimer’s being the conniving thieving bitch that  it is, my mother wasn’t herself in the final years of her life. The  woman I visited in the Alzheimer’s special care unit was a stranger wearing my mother’s skin but not much else, like the invasion of the body snatchers had taken place, month after month beneath the surface, until one day we looked and the woman we knew was gone, replaced by some alien being. An imposter. Intruder alert. Intruder alert. She died back in 2012. Don’t worry; I won’t be getting maudlin on you.  My real mother–not that stranger in a wheel chair, head nodding on her shoulder–is who I want to think about today.  My real mother —Enid Maude Good nee Hayden, a prim, old-fashioned name, perhaps the only thing about her I didn’t love— was British-born and had a lovely London lilt to her voice her whole life even though she left England in the mid-1950’s. I suppose at thirty, her vocal patterns were already frozen in place.  Sounding like a cross between

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I lost my English accent about half a century ago but I'm still a True Brit at heart. My addiction to British telly is, er, telling, and currently I'm in the middle of a Scott & Bailey bingefest. To be honest there are times I can't make head nor tails of what some of the characters, usually the criminals with the heaviest Yorkshire accents, are saying either. But still, these are my peeps.

So I was thrilled to discover that BBC America has a website devoted not just to their programming but to the whole wonderful world of Brits in America. They've dubbed it Anglophenia British Culture with an American Accent which pretty much sums me up. Pretty much An American Girl lusting for London. I'm sure the site isn't new, it's just new to me. If you're feeling sad and lonely for the British Isles you can stop by to learn How to Make a Cup of Tea the British Way, or discover who's going to play Prince Phillip in the new Netflix drama The Crown, a sort of spinoff of the Helen Mirren hit play Audience. Claire Foy, Anne Boleyn in Wolf Hall will play the young queen.

Spoiler: It's Matt Smith. WHO? Yes, righty-o, Matt Smith did play Dr. Who (number 11) and he's also in the upcoming Pride and Prejudice and Zombies. 

Oh, and I'll actually be filing this under the State of Britain tab; that's where I keep all my English themed pieces. It's up there on the right. Take the lift.



Are anglophenic too? Is that even a word? Dunno. But if you wanna get your Union Jack on check out Joy Weese Moll's weekly British Isles Friday meme.



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  1. What a terrific resource! Thanks! My husband is binge-watching Stella. It took him a couple of episodes to understand the Welsh accents.

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