Friday, May 27, 2016

The Guardian, December 10, 2014, "Lobsters, rabies and wardrobe malfunctions: stars on their school plays" by Jenny Stevens
Nina Wadia I played Bert the chimney sweep in Mary Poppins when I was 11: the brush was taller than I was, I had braces, short rolled up trousers. The “chim chim-in-ey” song? That was my big number. I went to an expat school in Hong Kong and I was the only Indian girl in the class. So there I was, with this very strong Indian accent, trying to copy Dick Van Dyke cockney.

Codheads vs Cod-Cockney

Yahoo News, February 25, 2016, "The People Of Grimsby Slate Sacha Baron Cohen's Accent In New Movie."
In a somewhat poetic case of getting their own back after being lampooned by the comedian’s latest character, the beer-swilling hooligan Nobby, he’s been dubbed 'the new Dick Van Dyke’, akin to the star’s cod-Cockney twang in 'Mary Poppins’.

Gor Blimey, Siri!

Macworld, April 25, 2016, "Apple Siri vs Microsoft Cortana vs Google Now vs Amazon Echo Alexa: Which is the best voice control technology?" by Cliff Joseph
If you've got a really strong regional accent, or something like Dick Van Dyke's legendary cockney accent from Mary Poppins then you might get the occasional "Sorry, I didn't catch that." As it happens, I am a genuine cockernee myself, and it was only OK Google that understood my exaggerated "Cor blimey, guvnor!" when I tried a Dick Van Dyke impression as a test.

Squeek, G'vnr

 GQ, May 24, 2016 , "Call Of Duty is dead. Long live Overwatch" by James Ramsay
Colour, humour, character, joy. All things that have been sorely missing from the FPS genre of late. Instead of a nameless infantry grunt, you play as one of 21 heroes - all unique, all capable of radically changing the outcome of a firefight. There's McCree the gun-slinging cowboy who can pick off enemies with his magnum. Or pick Tracer, who can rewind time and sounds like Dick Van Dyke’s cockney accent on helium.

Saturday, December 20, 2014

I Got Stuck in a Chimney

Not exactly a DVD accent reference, but what the hell. 

The Guardian, December 19, 2014, Experience: I got stuck in a chimney, by Leo Wan.

"After that, someone posted a picture of Dick Van Dyke on my Facebook wall."

Thursday, December 19, 2013

Mary Pulpfictions

CBS News, December 18, 2013, "Pulp Fiction," "Mary Poppins" added to National Film Registry, by David Morgan.

I'll have a lot more to say in the new year. I really should go see "Saving Mr. Banks" if I want to take this blog seriously, I suppose.