My cat goes nuts whenever he hears a West Country accent.
I noticed a while ago that whenever I watch clips from “Time Team” on YouTube, he starts walking around and yowling. At first I thought it was Tony Robinson’s voice for some reason that he was mistaking for someone else, but then I had a thought: what if it’s Phil Harding’s voice?
Phil Harding, one of the Time Team archaeologists, has a very distinct West Country accent (Wiltshire, apparently).
I played another clip of a Somerset accent, which is another West Country dialect, and my cat went straight to the door of the room, yowling as if he expected someone to come in.
Incidentally, John probably had a Somerset accent in his youth that he later gave up for a standard RP accent if my memories are correct.
On a hunch, I tried petting my cat and speaking to him in the best West Country accent I could manage, addressing him as “puss,” and he calmed down immediately. He’s now curled up next to me perfectly calm.
I was overdue for some weirdness. Not sure what to make of this; I don’t remember having a cat in that life. PKD was a cat person but I can’t imagine John would have been, since he was a bit more rugged. Then again, you never know.