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Stephen Mulraney wrote:

>
>> I don't know enough about modern British social history to say "when
>> things
>> changed" there...but the Beeb I hear now has far more varied accents
>> than
>> anything in the US.
>
>
> And in England, listening to TV, I heard widely varying accents on every
> channel. I imagine there must be places in England (not just the UK!)
> where RP/Estuary sounds positively foreign (just like here in Ireland,
> where BBC, [IU]TV & C4 are widely available).


I was once told by someone with a strong Leeds accent that I spoke
'without an accent'.  Which I found amusing.