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On occasion, UK TV puts out the film 'Mary Poppins'. Fresh as Lenin in his tomb, the showing may still provide a frisson of pleasure to Londoners of a certain age, as they once more have the opportunity to experience the dire misery of Dick Van Dyke's ludicrous attempts at a cockney accent. Down the entertaining years, on this or that side of the Atlantic, each side has put up a champion to wrestle with the other way to pronounce the English language (I make no reference to the Antipodes; even I can spot a lost cause). For example, I am told by American friends that Mr. H. Laurie's attempts, in a major TV role, are most worthy - but no cigar. For my own part, Renee Zellweger, in the first of the 'B. Jones' films is spot on, and there are of course, many more instances of success and failure. Until now I have only been aware of such elocutional jousting within mainstream entertainment, but here, it is in "Teasing the Devil" and "Three in a Bed" two pretty examples of obscene, back-alley tosh. We have an awfulness in the execution of 'the other' accent - in this case an American(?) 'doing' an English accent - which fully grants Ms. Jilian Powers the right to carry the torch first lit by Mr. Van Dyke and to carry it high. Even before telling the stories (I use the term loosely) she betrays the fun to come when claiming the them to be "narra-ted" as opposed to "na-RATE-ted" One of the delights of Ms. Monika Belle's pornography is that it is to be told with a home counties' accent from an erstwhile pupil of Cheltenham Ladies college. Instead, where there should have been lasciviousness, Ms. Powers' hollowed out 'English' vowels stapled across an, oh, so American delivery , has managed to create bathos. Alas, for poor Ms. Belle, all that effort at intellectual endeavour - treated with the same, indifference by Audible.com as that company has, in this instance, shown to its customers. As to the actual content...When the main character is an English girl named 'Paige'...well, I should have been warned ' im Voraus' - as might have been said by that other cockney - Karl Marx.
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