Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Take the Test to See If You're a Middle Class Geordie; What Colour Are Your Wellies? Know Your Oxters from Your Gissy? Find out What Rung of the Social Ladder You're on.

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Take the Test to See If You're a Middle Class Geordie; What Colour Are Your Wellies? Know Your Oxters from Your Gissy? Find out What Rung of the Social Ladder You're on.

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Are you a middle-class Geordie? A new list suggests that owning a Dyson, hot tub, and Nutribullet are among the must-have attributes of the middle class. It comes after a survey revealed that four in 10 households now consider themselves to be in the middle of the social pecking order.

We've compiled our own checklist of what it means to be middle-class in a region traditionally seen as working-class and proud of it.

1 You buy a waxed jacket, even though you've never been to the countryside, but it must be a true Barbour jacket, not a waxed jacket that looks like a Barbour.

The manufacturer, based at South Shields, holds a Royal Warrant to supply waterproof clothing to royalty, so you are in good company.

Their clothing, although meant for country life, is becoming more popular in cities. If you have green wellies that never get muddy, you're a middle-class Geordie.

2 You are a supporter of English Heritage with an interest in historic monuments, so much so that you have become a member of the charity to do your bit.

You are happy to display your middle-class credentials by taking an interest in the history of the region. But you don't put it about that you can get into places like Belsay Hall, and other English Heritage sites in the North East, for nowt after paying your subscription fee.

3 You buy an expensive barbecue but would not dream of cooking burgers from the local butcher. Not when you get Marks and Spencer salmon.

Your barbecues are social occasions with plenty of healthy options, electronic devices to start the fire, and a side table with fruit and vegetables.

You wear pinnies even if you're a bloke to make sure you don't get stains on your clothing.

4 Your music tastes include glam rock band Roxy Music and Bryan Ferry's solo work because the Washington-born singer appears so...smart.

You have nothing against Lindisfarne's Fog on the Tyne but you leave a Ferry album out on display when friends are visiting to show them your CD collection is thoughtful and sophisticated.

You like Sting because of his interest in environmental causes, but were not sure what to make of The Last Ship inspired by the closure of the shipyards on the Tyne. …

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