How do you think you actually sound like to others?
I left Hull in 1965 (some would say what kept you!) when I was a young lad travelled the world courtesy of the Merchant Navy and the Army and mixed/lived with many a ‘cosmopolitan crowd’. I now live in North Northumberland quite near the Scottish border . I thought I sounded quite nice, a bit like Alan Titchmarsh I suppose – that was until I actually listened to the recording I made for the answer machine!! To put it bluntly I sound boomin – even blooming terrible! Still, all that know me find my ‘accent’ quite pleasant, what price vanity?
I got a strong Black Country accent but you probably couldn't tell by the way I type. I don't really write the same way I speak, which is good because no one who lives outside a 20 mile radius of Dudley would know what I was on about. :-P
That's not plagiarism: you've acknowledged the source.
I hate hearing myself on the answering machine: I sound like a lisping little girl. Horrible! Thankfully I'm told that I don't sound like that in real life and I don't sound quite so lispy when recorded using professional sound equipment (for instance on radio or TV).
A lot of people have difficulty placing my accent. It is southern (but not particularly Oxford thank goodness) but with the occasional northern pronunciation like "uz" for "us", "me" for "my". I once got told that I must be from France or Australia because I wasn't local!!
I'm glad my training sessions don't get videoed. What a horrible thought. (One student fell asleep on Monday. Mind you he arrived 15 minutes late and looked as though he'd been out on the razz the night before so maybe I wasn't that boring after all.)
The last time I was on TV it was on Central News and they filmed our school for something and we were all about 10 - and I was the only one who run in front of the camera waving both his arms about...however I've seen myself on videos me and my mates have done and it looks weird. I can hardly watch it half the time.