The Things that Made England Podcast

How to find the Things that Made England Podcast

To comment and vote, go to our Things that made England Facebook site.  Podcasts are available from iTunes or a podcatcher near you – or find us on Acast.

This fortnight’s episode

SpecialsHi all…and welcome to Episode 2, where Roifield uses all his arts and eloquence to persuade David to put a product of the West Midlands into the Cabinet – Ska. If you don’t know what Ska is, follow the Ska wikipedia link – but it’s the musical form that helped racial integration, and more importantly, helped me to dance.

Plus, Fiona does a round up of the debate on 1066 from last week, which is brilliant, thank you Fiona. All agreed that deep pan pizza is…

Well, back to Ska, I say West Midlands but of course it’s a bit more complicated than that, I was simply having a cheap shot at Coventry. Sorry; And here we go with the link to the episode on Acast – but as always you can find it on iTunes and a good podcatcher near you. Acast Things that made England link

What is the Things that Made England Podcast? 

TTME LogoThings that made England is a podcast, an affectionate meandering through the high ways and by ways of England and the English, the country that, despite all temptations, we both feel proud to be part of. It is the work of podcasters Roifield Brown of 10 American Presidents fame, and David Crowther of the History of England notoriety.

Every fortnight, one of us makes a proposal to the other, and we talk it through, discussing its significance and impact. When all is done, we decide whether or not our chosen idea should be enshrined in the Great English Trophy Cabinet – and ask anyone who is interesting to comment and vote on whether or not we made the right decision. And tell us what they think should go in the cabinet.

2 thoughts on “The Things that Made England Podcast

  1. Good Afternoon.
    I just finished listening to your episode on English accents. Very interesting and informative! I was particularly interested in Roifield’s take on American accents. Being Canadian, I am often mistakenly identified as an American based on my accent. I have even had fellow Canadians assume that I am from the midwestern U.S., although I think that was because I’m originally from Ontario but now live in western Canada. Interestingly enough (at least I found it interesting), people from the U.S. midwest (e.g., Minnesota) immediately recognize me as Canadian because of my pronunciation of “ou” in words like “about”.
    One more thing about American accents; while it is true that there’s no equivalent to Received Pronunciation, I have found it to be the case that the national U.S. TV networks tend to use news anchors who don’t have a “strong” accent (e.g., Boston, deep south) and instead tend to be from the midwest (or sometimes from Canada!).
    Anyway, even though I am not English I am enjoying the podcast very much. However, I would never dare to suggest something that “made England” to an Englishman; that would be overly presumptuous on my part!

    1. Hi Scott, and thanks for the comment. If you ‘do’ Facebook, it’d be great for you to join the debate there, too.

      Someone did make the case that there are a lot of North America accents, interesting that some are more sensitive to your Canadian accent than others! I confess to being pretty much unable to distinguish U S accents except in the very boarders categories.

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