SOCIETY: Accent on Scotland

A Scottish accent is the nation's favourite, according to a poll conducted by Cellnet, the mobile telephone network. Eighteen per cent of people found a Scots accent the most appealing. But when asked whose telephone voice was the most trustworthy, nearly half voted for the traditional English counties accent.

The poll, carried out among 993 adults, also showed that the actor Sean Connery was the people's choice for the perfect voice. Joanna Lumley and Anthea Turner tied in second place.