Bonus Episode: The Best Thing I've Learned About Language part 2

As well as making Accentricity this year, I’ve also been teaching sociolinguistics at Glasgow Uni. One of the things I’ve really loved has been meeting the linguists of the future. This is a bonus episode featuring some of the amazing people I’ve taught this year. Some are people who are new to linguistics, and some are now pretty seasoned researchers who are about to start PhDs. This is the second of two parts.

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The students featured in this episode, in order of appearance, are…

* Jo Pearce is a Masters student in English Language & Linguistics at the University of Glasgow. They are currently working on their dissertation, which looks at how voice quality contributes to listener perception of speaker gender. You can find them on Twitter @_Jo_Pearce.

* Davie Wallace is from Cumbernauld and has just completed his Senior Honours in English Language & Linguistics. He recently completed his Dissertation, focusing on sociolinguistics, with specific regards to the use of the 'hoose' variable amongst Scottish working-class adolescents across varying contexts.

* Frankie Macleod is from the Black Isle, near Inverness, and has just completed her final year of English Language and Linguistics at Glasgow Uni. She hopes to continue her studies next year by doing a Masters in Linguistics at the University of Edinburgh.

* Anna Virtanen is a Finnish student soon to be starting her final year of undergraduate studies in English Language and Linguistics at the University of Glasgow. She is especially interested in bilingualism and linguistic identity. If you like to see pictures of mainly cups of coffee, you can follow her on Instagram @seikkailumielella.

* Edward Marshall is a postgraduate student taking a taught Masters at the University of Glasgow. He is about to embark on his Master's dissertation in which he is going to investigate singer-to-singer accommodation of brightness. He will begin his PhD investigating choirs and accents in September.

* Aaron Quigley is from Paisley and has just finished his first year at the University of Glasgow where he is studying English Language and Linguistics. In his first year, he also studied Italian and French as he has aspirations to work abroad in Europe teaching English after his university studies.

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Thanks to Michael Cannings and Jamie Liddell for the most recent donations to the podcast! All money raised will go towards making a second series. If you’d like to support Accentricity financially, click here or here. If you have enthusiasm but not cold hard cash, tell a pal about it, or do a  rating and review. These things are just as helpful!

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Big big thanks to John McDiarmid for production support. John is a freelance radio producer, documentarian and journalist. You can find his company on Instagram @teltmedia. He recently finished his first feature-length documentary, St Mungo’s Approval.

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Big big thanks too to Seb Philp for the music. He doesn’t have a website, but if you’d like to talk to him, send me a message.

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Get in touch @accentricitypod on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook if you would like to chat some more.

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Bonus Episode: The Best Thing I've Learned About Language part 1

As well as making Accentricity this year, I’ve also been teaching sociolinguistics at Glasgow Uni. One of the things I’ve really loved has been meeting the linguists of the future. This is a bonus episode featuring some of the amazing people I’ve taught this year. Some are people who are new to linguistics, and some are now pretty seasoned researchers who are about to start PhDs. This is the first of two parts.

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The students featured in this episode, in order of appearance, are…

* Sinaed Callaghan is from Glasgow. She has just completed her joint honours degree with English Language and History. Her dissertation looked at the linguistic variable (ing) and how it was used differently throughout a speakers life span. You can find her on twitter at @SinaedC.

* Ryan Shaw-Hawkins is from Stevenage in Hertfordshire, and has just completed his third year. He hopes to continue on into postgraduate study in sociolinguistics. 

* Mitchell McKee is a Glasgow native and has just finished his second year . He has enjoyed studying historical and contemporary linguistics and hopes to continue his studies into the future. 

* Niklas Thielking is from Hanover and is a postgraduate student in linguistics He is currently working on his thesis, investigating the articulation and acoustics of /s/-retraction in Glasgow. For this work he combines ultrasound tongue imaging and audio recordings.

* Vanessa Rust is from Germany and is a postgraduate sociolinguistics student soon to finish. She is working on her dissertation, with which she wants to find out the difference in native and non-native use of discourse markers, with a focus on German speakers’ English. You can find her on Instagram and twitter @vanrust.

* Isadora Bueno is from Brazil and has just finished her first year. She is a Theatre Studies and Literature student and hopes to continue on to her PhD focused on the representation of minorities on stage and screen. 

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In this episode Ryan talks about place names, and how they often contain traces of languages and parts of language that have long fallen out of day-to-day use. If you’d like to learn more about the roots of some place names in Scotland, have a look at the website of the SWAP project.

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Thanks to Michael Cannings and Jamie Liddell for the most recent donations to the podcast. All money raised will go towards making a second series. If you’d like to support Accentricity financially, click here or here. If you have enthusiasm but not cold hard cash, tell a pal about it, or gies a wee rating and review. These things are just as helpful!

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Big big thanks to John McDiarmid for production support. John is a freelance radio producer, documentarian and journalist. You can find his company on Instagram @teltmedia. He recently finished his first feature-length documentary, St Mungo’s Approval

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Big big thanks too to Seb Philp for the music. He doesn’t have a website, but if you’d like to talk to him, send me a message.

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Get in touch @accentricitypod on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook if you would like to chat some more.

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Episode 6: Multilingualism is not a Curse part 2

‘For me, linguistic diversity is absolutely amazing, and it’s incredibly persistent. Diversity persists, despite the many attempts for us to all just speak one language.’ – Alison Phipps

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Why is it that despite all of the evidence that using multiple languages is good for you, multilingualism is still sometimes treated with suspicion? In this episode, I examine the concept of verbal hygiene, and how the policing of linguistic borders affects our lives.

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Get in touch @accentricitypod on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook if you would like to chat some more!

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Thanks to Dawn Cody, Ross Christie, Alex Ballantyne, Gemma Doran and Eilidh Rankin for the most recent donations to the podcast! All money raised will go towards making a second series.

If you’d like to support Accentricity financially, click here or here. If you have enthusiasm but not cold hard cash, tell a pal about it, or gies a wee rating and review. These things are just as helpful!

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The contributors:

* Agnieszka Checka is a writer. She has a zine about the experience of moving to Scotland, which is out now and available on Etsy. It’s called ‘One Of The Good Ones’. Her essay ‘When The Curtain Falls’ is going to be featured in the anthology The Bi-ble volume II: New Testimonials, which will be published by Monstrous Regiment in the summer. It’s about growing up queer in Poland.

* Alison Phipps is Professor of Languages and Intercultural Studies at the University of Glasgow, and the UNESCO Chair in Refugee Integration through Languages and the Arts. She is also co-convenor of GRAMNET, the Glasgow Refugee, Asylum and Migration Network. Her book ‘Decolonising Multilingualism’ will be published by Multilingual Matters in June 2019. If you would like to read more about her ideas on multilingualism before June, a good place to start is here. She also recently released a book of poetry written with Zimbabwean writer Tawona Sitholé, which you can find here. You can follow her on Twitter here.

* Eva Hanna is a PhD student who studies multilingualism. She is also the parents of two multilingual children. She also has a couple of excellent blog posts about the value of multilingualism which you can read here and here.

* Natalie Findlayson stopped speaking German as a kid, but once she’d left school she ended up studying it at uni, spending some time in Germany and becoming completely fluent. Her parents might have felt at the time like they hadn’t succeeded in raising a bilingual kid but, ultimately, in a roundabout way, they did. She now teaches German and French at the University of Glasgow.

* Harry Josephine Giles is a writer and performer from Orkney and based in Edinburgh. Their poetry collections Tonguit (2015) and The Games (2018) were both shortlisted for the Edwin Morgan Poetry Award, and Tonguit for the Forward Prize for Best First Collection. Harry Josephine was the 2009 BBC Scotland slam champion, founded Inky Fingers Spoken Word, and co-directs the performance platform Anatomy. Their participatory theatre has toured widely, including Forest Fringe (UK), NTI (Latvia), CrisisArt (Italy) and Teszt (Romania). Harry Josephine’s performance What We Owe was picked by the Guardian's best-of-the-Fringe 2013 roundup – in the “But Is It Art?” category.

* Andrew Macdonell lives in Brussels and tells people how to apply for research funding from the EU.

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If you’d like to read more about Deborah Cameron’s work on verbal hygiene, I recommend the book Good To Talk. Another good place to start is her blog, ‘Language, a feminist guide’.

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The song at the end is ‘There Is No Ending’ by Arab Strap, used with permission from Aidan Moffat.

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Thanks to everyone I spoke to while making this series, including the many people I spoke to whose interviews haven’t yet appeared: Andreas Wolff, Peter McCune, Oisín Kealy, Jamie Liddell, Stacey Keen, Sean Sweeney, Colin Reilly, Karen Corrigan, Bruce Eunson, Claire Needler, Derrick McClure, E Jamieson, Karen Lowing, Laura Green, Michael Hance, Pavel Iosad, Robert McColl Miller, Ben Kinsella, Flora and Morgan Livingstone, the good people of The Bold Collective, and Kamil from Polska Skola. Even if your voices don’t appear, your ideas and influence do – and I hope to include your actual voices at a later date!

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Big big thanks to John McDiarmid for production support. John is a freelance radio producer, documentarian and journalist. You can find his company on Instagram @teltmedia. He recently finished his first feature-length documentary, St Mungo’s Approval

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Big big thanks too to Seb Philp for the music. He doesn’t have a website, but if you’d like to talk to him, send me a message! 

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Episode 5: Multilingualism is not a Curse part 1

‘Multilingual societies should be regarded as an opportunity, rather than as a set of problems to solve.’ – Antonella Sorace

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Having more than one language is good for lots of obvious reasons, but also some which are not so obvious. This is an episode about multilingualism: why it’s a blessing and not a curse.

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Get in touch on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook if you would like to chat about multilingualism!

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Thanks to Dawn Cody, Ross Christie, Alex Ballantyne, Gemma Doran and Eilidh Rankin for the most recent donations to the podcast! All money raised will go towards making a second series.

If you’d like to support Accentricity financially, click here or here. If you have enthusiasm but not cold hard cash, tell a pal about it, or gies a wee rating and review. These things are just as helpful!

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The contributors: 

* Antonella Sorace is Professor of Developmental Linguistics at the University of Edinburgh. She is a world leading authority on bilingualism over the lifespan.

* Kyle Bettley is a Senior Lecturer at Glasgow Clyde College, teaching British Sign Language Studies and ESOL.

* Diana Lugo López is a PhD student studying multilingualism at the University of Edinburgh.

* Eva Hanna is a PhD student who studies multilingualism at the University of Glasgow. She is also the parent of two multilingual children. She has a couple of excellent blog posts about the value of multilingualism which you can read here and here.

* Paweł is a teacher at Polska Szkoła Glasgow.

* Agnieszka Checka is a writer. She has a zine about the experience of moving to Scotland, which is out now and available on Etsy. It’s called ‘One Of The Good Ones’. Her essay ‘When The Curtain Falls’ is going to be featured in the anthology The Bi-ble volume II: New Testimonials, which will be published by Monstrous Regiment in the summer. It’s about growing up queer in Poland.

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Antonella is the founder of Bilingualism Matters, a research centre at the University of Edinburgh which has partner branches all over Europe and the US, run by an international team of researchers. They study bilingualism and language learning, and communicate what they know to enable people to make informed decisions based on scientific evidence. You can follow them on Twitter here, and you can read about some of the research they’ve been involved in recently here and here. Look for upcoming events here.

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The social enterprise Lingo Flamingo run a programme of language classes for older people living in care homes across Scotland. Their paid-for classes for all ages help to fund the care home classes. You can sign up to learn Spanish, Italian, French, Portuguese, English, German or Polish with them, or you can volunteer to be a language teacher. You can follow them on Twitter here.

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Big big thanks to John McDiarmid for production support. John is a freelance radio producer, documentarian and journalist. You can find his company on Instagram @teltmedia. He recently finished his first feature-length documentary, St Mungo’s Approval

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Big big thanks too to Seb Philp for the music. He doesn’t have a website, but if you’d like to talk to him, send me a message! 

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Episode 4: Learning to Talk

How do babies learn how to talk? In this episode I explore how they go from little howling machines to little sentence builders in the space of a couple of years.

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Get in touch @accentricitypod on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook if you’d like to chat some more about baby talk!

If you would like to take the Wug test (or test the tiny people in your life), I’ve done a blog post it which allows you to do so here. Remember that it’s not a test of intelligence! It tests a kid’s stage of linguistic development, and also their willingness to play along with the weird world of adults.

In this particular episode, I’m focusing on the stories of kids who are acquiring spoken language, and who are moving towards communicating in the same kind of way as I am now. Of course kids are much more diverse than this. Not everyone learns to talk, and some people develop communication strategies which involve single words or sounds, rather than phrases or sentences. Some people learn to speak using sign languages, and in these cases the story is in some ways similar to this one, and in other ways quite different. This episode is just about one of the many ways of growing up and learning language. I hope to visit some of the other ways in later episodes.

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The contributors: 

* Harris, aged 2 months. Thanks to mum Angie and dad Braxton.

* Mila, aged 8 months. Thanks to mum Nichola.

* Connie, aged 1 year. Thanks to mum Kat, dad Andrew and gran Sheila.

* Martha, aged 1 and a half. Thanks to mum Jennie and dad Euan.

* Kira, aged 2 and a half. Thanks to mum Joanna.

* Emilie, aged 3 and a half. Thanks to mum Jenn.

* Ronan, aged 4. Thanks to mum Lynsey.

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Thanks to all of the people who volunteered to help out, and sorry that I didn’t get to speak to all of you! Thanks to Cat, Anna, Tanya and Shiona for volunteering your kids, and to Katy, Rebecca and Jenny for volunteering the kids of friends and family.

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Thanks to Professor Jennifer Smith of the University of Glasgow for help with the content. Jennifer Smith is Professor of Sociolinguistics at the University of Glasgow. At the moment she’s working on two big research projects: One Speaker Two Dialects and The Scots Syntax Atlas. You can find more information about her research and publications here.

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A million thankyous to all of the new patrons of the podcast! Chris Rodger, Osh Kealy, Daidhidh Eyre, Scott Hames and Sam Wrigglesworth via Patreon, and Rachel Smith and Hilary Stewart via the 'donate' button on the website. All money raised will go towards making a second series of the podcast.

If you’d like to support this podcast financially, click here or here. If you have enthusiasm but not cold hard cash, tell a pal about it, or gies a wee rating and review. These things are just as helpful!

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Big big thanks to John McDiarmid for production support. John is a freelance radio producer, documentarian and journalist. You can find his company on Instagram @teltmedia. He recently finished his first feature-length documentary, St Mungo’s Approval

Big big thanks too to Seb Philp for the music. He doesn’t have a website, but if you’d like to talk to him, send me a message! 

Episode 3: Singing Voice, Speaking Voice

‘And finally there’s just this sort of awakening moment where you realise there’s no way I can tell these stories - wee Central Scotland stories - and have a false accent.’ – Dave Hook

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A lot of Scottish singers perform with an accent that doesn’t sound much like their speaking accent – but why is this? And is it changing? In this episode I look at the role of Scottish accents in the Scottish music scene. 

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Get in touch @accentricitypod on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook, and tell me about how this situation compares to the music scene where you are.

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The contributors: 

* Justin Currie performs solo and with his band Del Amitri

* Aidan Moffat’s most recent album is a collaboration with RM Hubbert called Here Lies The Body. If you haven’t listened to Arab Strap, look up Ten Years of Tears for a very fast trip through their career.

* Dave Hook performs with the band Stanley Odd, and solo as Solareye. He will be supporting Bombskare at the Liquid Rooms in Edinburgh on the 2nd of March (2019), and you can see him as part of collaborative hip-hop project The Air In Between on the 28th and 29th of March (2019). Tickets and more info on other gigs can be found here.

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If you’re new to Scotland’s music scene and would like to know more about it, I recommend listening to Halina Rifai’s podcast Podcart. Also go and listen to three of my (other) favourite bands playing in Scotland just now, Bossy Love, Sacred Paws and Free Love

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The music used in this episode is (in order of appearance):
* Nothing Ever Happens by Del Amitri
* The First Big Weekend by Arab Strap
* The Shy Retirer by Arab Strap
* Roll To Me by Del Amitri
* It’s All Gone To Fuck by Stanley Odd
* The Pageant by Solareye 

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The music is used with the permission of the artists. 

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Thanks:

Big big thanks to John McDiarmid for production support. John is a freelance radio producer, documentarian and journalist. You can find his company on Instagram @teltmedia. He recently finished his first feature-length documentary, St Mungo’s Approval

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Big big thanks too to Seb Philp for the music. He doesn’t have a website, but if you’d like to talk to him, send me a message! 

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Episode 2: More Than One Voice

We all have more than one voice. For some of us that means using multiple languages, for some it means making tiny adjustments to the way we speak – often so tiny that we don’t notice them ourselves. What do you do?

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If you’d like to talk about style-shifting and code-switching, join in the chat @accentricitypod on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook.

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If you’d like to support this podcast financially, click here or here. If you have enthusiasm but not cold hard cash, tell a pal about it, or gies a wee rating and review. These things are just as helpful!

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The contributors:

* Jennifer Smith is Professor of Sociolinguistics at the University of Glasgow. At the moment she’s working on two big research projects: One Speaker Two Dialects and The Scots Syntax Atlas. You can find more information about her research and publications here.

* Emilia is only seven so she doesn’t (yet) have a website. Watch this space! Thanks also to her brother Daniel, her mum Ula and her dad Kyle.

* Thanks to the contributors from the Barras – you were endlessly excellent!

* And thanks to my sister Martha for the chat and the wine.

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Big big thanks to John McDiarmid for production support. John is a freelance radio producer, documentarian and journalist. You can find his company on Instagram @teltmedia. He recently finished his first feature-length documentary, St Mungo’s Approval.

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Big big thanks too to Seb Philp for the music. He doesn’t have a website, but if you’d like to talk to him, send me a message!

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Episode 1: Making Assumptions

All ways of speaking are linguistically equal, and none is better than any other. But the way people talk about language, you’d never guess that was the case. This is an episode about linguistic prejudice, and why it’s stupid.

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If you’d like to talk about your experiences with linguistic prejudice, join in the chat @accentricitypod on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook. Also visit The Accentism Project, where you can submit your story to a growing collection, and read about other people’s experiences.

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The contributors:

Most of the people who appear on this episode are strangers I met at the Barras. If you hear a voice you know, ask them to listen to the episode and get in touch, I’d love to hear from them!
The people whose names I do know are:

* Jenny Wartanby is working on a PhD about the Scottish movement to end violence against women. You can follow her on Twitter @armsofrain.

* Mark Leslie (“unleash the Glaswegian accent!”) is a photographer who takes INCREDIBLE photos around and about the Barras. You can see some of his work here.

* Ewa Wanat is a phonetician working at the University of Glasgow.

* Collette McCarthy works in TV - she’s a development executive for World Productions. She is originally from East London but now lives in Glasgow.

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Thanks:

Big big thanks to John McDiarmid for production support. John is a freelance radio producer, documentarian and journalist. You can find his company on Instagram @teltmedia. He recently finished his first feature-length documentary, St Mungo’s Approval.

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Big big thanks too to Seb Philp for the music. He doesn’t have a website, but if you’d like to talk to him, send me a message!

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Also thanks to my everlastingly excellent writer-pals Bicola Barratt-Crane, Peter McCune, Angie Spoto, Eilidh McCabe, Joma West, Heather Margaret, Josie Rodgers and Agnieszka Checka for being the first to listen to episode 1, and for all of the feedback and ideas. They are both the best proof-readers and the best pals anyone could wish for!

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And thanks to Osh for that point about the Queen dropping her /r/s :)