Do you know what a Geordie is? It is a person who hails from Newcastle upon Tyne in England. Of Geordies, I have known a few. In fact I have spent my last 32 years with one.
The Geordie accent is quite distinctive. Broad accented Geordie is dying as many British accents become homogenised shadows of their former selves. For this we should be grateful, as we can actually understand the non broad accents. To the novice, Geordie sounds like a Scottish accent, but I can tell the difference and I am not great at accents.
I don't have an accent of course, but everyone else seems to. I can't even put on an accent. An English person may pick up that R has a couple of vowel sounds that are English, but really, he sounds very Australian. We are to meet a blog mate in a week or so. I will ask him in retrospect and if he has read this, his ear will be tuned in on the occasion.
But the funny thing to me is as soon as R talks on the phone, or latterly Skype, to his relatives back in Geordie Land, his accent is straight back to Geordie, although to them, he probably sounds quite Australian. It puzzles me as to how you can switch an accent off or on.
Perhaps I am not so objective. Do other people who know or have met R think he has an English accent?