Ataris were always rubbish anyway. Long live the Amiga!
These days, the UK is almost as much of a melting pot in terms of outside influences on accents.
In an episode of QI on BBC2 (a quiz featuring unusual facts), respected journalist and broadcaster Stephen Fry said that there are more individual, discernible accents in the English county of Yorkshire than in the entire United States.
I don't know where they did their research but it would be interesting to find out!
A good supervisor can step on your toes without messing up your shine.