The Cut (Establishment & Faith)
To ‘cut’ is to affect not to know someone when passing or meeting them. An Edwardian dandy (or ‘knut’) would have recognised four different forms of cut:
The Cut Direct
To look an acquaintance straight in the face and pretend not to know him.
The Cut Indirect
To glance another way and pretend not to see an acquaintance.
The Cut Sublime
To admire some object or distant scene until the acquaintance has passed.
The Cut Infernal
To stop and attend to your shoes until the acquaintance has walked by.
There may not be too many Edwardian dandies about these days but all of you gay boys who have prolific sex lives on the gay scene, not something I know much about of course, must find this all a bit familiar.
Someone needs to update that list to apply to the modern gay scene. Any takers?
Accents (Media & Celebrities)
In 2005 ,the BBC carried out a survey to discover the British public’s attitude to regional accents. As part of the project the 5000 people questioned were asked to identify the celebrity voices they found most and least pleasant. The results were:
The Ten Most Pleasant Voices
Sean Connery (one of the sexiest men alive)
Joanna Lumley (unwittingly dined with a child porn addict)
The Ten Least Pleasant Voices
Paul O’ Grady – Lily Savage
It seems that the British like 'posh' voices and Scottish and Irish accents. Personally, I can't understand how Billy Connolly landed up in the top 10 but I'm gratified that he also appeared in the bottom 10. One often hears that the Brummie accent is the 'worst' regional accent but Mike once told me that when Americans were polled to give their verdict on British regional accents, it came near or at the top. What do Americans know anyway? :-)