in fact she won a dressage comp the other day
Oh well done!
@Lyzko, Roz is right, the whole equestrian thing is one of those areas where the social classes in the countryside of the UK and Ireland have always mixed on an equal level. The gentry and aristocracy (what's left of them) have enormous respect for anyone who is 'good with horses' either as a breeder, trainer, horseman or even a humble groom. The main social barrier was with the Hunt where the expense involved of acquiring and maintaining hunters would have precluded most ordinary people from joining and indeed there were a number of minor and more impoverished gentry who could only get the chance of the odd day's hunting by hiring or borrowing a decent mount and wangling an invitation from the Master. I knew one old lady who was reminiscing about her youth and commented that somebody gave her a day's hunting once but she had to hack fifteen miles across country to get there :)
the once "average" public school accents
Key point is 'once'. Things have changed. I think many people aren't aware that in the nineteenth century RP was actually taught
at Eton and Harrow, not simply picked up out of the ether. That's no longer the case. There is quite a mixture of accents there now and indeed as Roz says even Old Etonian Prince William doesn't speak in a classic upper class accent. I read a book by the Duke of Bedford, the grandfather of the present Duke where he commented that if you want to sound like a gentleman not to model your speech on his, as he didn't attend the right schools so he didn't have the 'right' accent :)
You might enjoy this:
Hudson in the '70's TV series "Upstairs, Downstairs"
Hudson is not a Glaswegian but a Highland Scotsman, Edinburgh I would think. The Highlanders consider the speech of the Lowland Scots to be quite inferior to their own :)
And yes Mods, I know we're going off topic but surely a bit of intelligent debate on anything is better than all that 'take a look at these young sluts, go on my son, get in there' stuff that we've been subjected to lately by PolishUltras et al.Nevertheless, this is a thread about Polish language