Ive been working in Scotland (look at me, pathetic etc) with people from mostly Scotland but also from elsewhere. I was leading a discussion about something or other and we got talking about accents. One lass (from the South of England) said the only accent she had a problem with was ‘County Durham’. She said when it was too ‘thick’ she just couldn’t understand. It influenced how she approached people from that area. When asked about ‘Geordie’ she was a bit unclear but still insisted that ‘County Durham’ was more difficult. I was bemused. I’ve had long years of experience dealing with and communicating with people from all over Europe and beyond. I know I moderate my accent when I need to but I was confused about the whole group - non of whom I’d met before - failing to recognise my accent. Sharing my County Durham origins and heritage then utterly confused THEM! Now most people DO recognise my accent. Was it something to do with everyone else being Scottish or Southern. Is accent recognition relative?