The lovely lads at Bostin.org.uk – home of the T-Shirts that Adrian Chiles loves – have agreed to send a T-Shirt to one lucky TLABDay-er. All you have to do is sign up and pledge (before Friday obviously).
You can even sign up for their newsletter for the chance to win even more Bostin stuff.
Pledge on this page here linked, not on this one (or it won’t count!).
Out of our own pocket and the goodness of our hearts we’ve had some badges made:
The first ten people to email us and ask nicely will be sent one. Otherwise you’ll just have to bump into one of the TLABD officials between now and the great day.
We’re also having a pledge sign-up page – add your name and position in this big ‘ol world in the comments on this http://talklikeabrummieday.co.uk/i-pledge-to-talk-like-a-brummie-on-july-20th/ page and send the link to all of your mates – Brummie or otherwise.
icBirmingham – Bid to let Brummies have their day
City historian and Birmingham Mail columnist Professor Carl Chinn backed the bid and said attacks against the Brummie accent were based on snobbery.
He added: “I long for the day when we’re mature enough to embrace all speeches of the English language. I want to see the Birmingham accent accepted everywhere.”
So, what have you got planned for Talk Like A Brummie Day on July the 20th – apart from talking like a Brummie obviously? Are you putting up the posters now, have you changed your screensaver, and put the desktop wallpaper up on your computer – if you’ve got a webpage or blog have you added the countdown? If you’ve got any media contacts give then the www.talklikeabrummieday.co.uk address and tell them to publicise it!
More than than these, are you planning a TLABD event? We are, details to follow asap, but you can put on your own recital or concert wherever you have space. Play Biz Bizley loud,but don’t annoy the neighbours.
If you are a Brummie singer, band, storyteller or poet and are free on the 20th email us and we could put you in touch with event organisers.
Or do they? Ozzy, Toyah, UB40, Frank Skinner and Frank Sidebottom have all become TLABDs friend on myspace, what that really means I don’t know. Can we just pop round for tea?
We’ve got 150+ members in our Facebook | Group too.
The TLABD ‘dictionary’ is growing – 50 or more potential Brummie words and phrases. One of the favourite is being reminded of our lovely word for a ‘forward roll’ (or as our North Wales correspondant calls them a ‘toss over’), so cheers Johnny Rafter – see you on the ice in the fish market.
I spent some time today having very strange pictures taken – check out my embarrassment in the Mail at some point.
Due to the magic of archive.org’s WayBack Machine – we’ve been able to add a link to the brilliant and comprehensive eBrummie.co.uk – where there’s more brummie phrases and dialect than we could shake a stick at.
kyte is a web video service that lets you upload your own ‘programmes’ by email, web – or even from your mobile phone. We’ve created a channel for you lot to upload videos of yourselves talking like a brummie.
It’s really easy, do it from a webcam, do it from your videophone. Have fun.
Would you like to be our myspace friend? www.myspace.com/talklikeabrummie