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50 minutes ago, Mr Standfast said:

 

I think that system of voting is open to all sorts of abuse.

 

Allan

 

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16 minutes ago, Allan Bell said:

 

I think that system of voting is open to all sorts of abuse.

 

Allan

 

 

Could be connected with the date ?

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5 hours ago, gvallee said:

 

Most definitely. My life took off when I left.

We’re you born in France?

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6 hours ago, Mr Standfast said:

If anybody leaves it after dark to vote, torches and a booklet with basic Morse code will also be provided.🤣🤣🤣

 

Would love to see this working...

 

Phil

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5 hours ago, Allan Bell said:

 

I think that system of voting is open to all sorts of abuse.

 

Allan

 

 

Fake news is not confined to April 1st  🤫. I can think of a few other relevant dates.

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3 hours ago, Betty LaRue said:

We’re you born in France?

 

I was. I've now spent more years abroad than in France.

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6 hours ago, Bryan said:

 

Could be connected with the date ?

 

DOHHH! 😠

 

Allan🙄

 

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57 minutes ago, Allan Bell said:

 

DOHHH! 😠

 

Allan🙄

 

Well it was well written. 😉

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2 hours ago, gvallee said:

 

I was. I've now spent more years abroad than in France.

So I can call you Frenchie now? :D

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2 hours ago, Betty LaRue said:

So I can call you Frenchie now? :D

 

Well, my Twitter account is GenFroggie... Betty, you keep saying you don't 'do' accents, well, you would not understand me. My biggest despair after 36 years...

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1 hour ago, gvallee said:

 

Well, my Twitter account is GenFroggie... Betty, you keep saying you don't 'do' accents, well, you would not understand me. My biggest despair after 36 years...

Maybe we could do sign language? I’ll go get a study book right now. 😉
I can’t imagine an accent cross between French and Aussie...

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5 minutes ago, Betty LaRue said:

Maybe we could do sign language? I’ll go get a study book right now. 😉
I can’t imagine an accent cross between French and Aussie...

 

Especially when you live in Cairns. Not only do they not pronounce the 'r' but when I pointed out that I could not pronounce it correctly, someone lifted his can of beer and said 'like a can'. He pronounced it 'cane'. I said 'but, but it's a can not a cane'... So I live in 'Canes'. Took me months.

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1 minute ago, gvallee said:

 

Especially when you live in Cairns. Not only do they not pronounce the 'r' but when I pointed out that I could not pronounce it correctly, someone lifted his can of beer and said 'like a can'. He pronounced it 'cane'. It said 'but, but it's a can not a cane'... So I live in 'Canes'. Took me months.

Totally hilarious! I would need an interpreter for sure, and it wouldn’t be you!

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I visited Cairns during my trip to Australia back in 1990 and I had such a tough time trying to say the name correctly.  I think I gave up and just avoided saying it at all.

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2 minutes ago, Michael Ventura said:

I visited Cairns during my trip to Australia back in 1990 and I had such a tough time trying to say the name correctly.  I think I gave up and just avoided saying it at all.

 

I am also a 'Queenslender' in 'Queenslend'. Lots of people with 'caravanes'. Difficult to get used to it.

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7 hours ago, gvallee said:

I am also a 'Queenslender' in 'Queenslend'. Lots of people with 'caravanes'. Difficult to get used to it.

 

Yes, accents vary across Australia. The word 'school' sounds multisyllabic in the way Queenslanders pronounce it, kind of 'schoo-al', with the 'schoo' bit kind of like the Scottish 'oo' sound. It is more like just one syllable here in West Aussie land, or at least in terms of what I have heard and known.

 

Years ago a Canadian friend asked me, "What sound does a sheep make?" and I said "Baa". He then asked, "Where do you go to get a drink?" and I said "Baa". It was the first time I really thought about the fact that we don't pronounce the "r" on the ends of words.

 

As a kid I also discovered terminology varies a lot across the continent. I learned that what we call a "flannel" our South Australian relatives called a "face washer". A friend who had come from NSW called what we call "bathers" either "cossie" or "togs", terminologies I had never heard before.

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2 minutes ago, Sally R said:

 

Yes, accents vary across Australia. The word 'school' sounds multisyllabic in the way Queenslanders pronounce it, kind of 'schoo-al', with the 'schoo' bit kind of like the Scottish 'oo' sound. It is more like just one syllable here in West Aussie land, or at least in terms of what I have heard and known.

 

Years ago a Canadian friend asked me, "What sound does a sheep make?" and I said "Baa". He then asked, "Where do you go to get a drink?" and I said "Baa". It was the first time I really thought about the fact that we don't pronounce the "r" on the ends of words.

 

As a kid I also discovered terminology varies a lot across the continent. I learned that what we call a "flannel" our South Australian relatives called a "face washer". A friend who had come from NSW called what we call "bathers" either "cossie" or "togs", terminologies I had never heard before.

 

And I thought it was a joke when in old Outback pubs, it's written 'baa' on the door. If you can't understand terminology Sally, what can a poor foreigner do??  😭 I love Aussie slang. I know quite a bit. I love Aussies. Full stop.

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1 minute ago, gvallee said:

And I thought it was a joke when in old Outback pubs, it's written 'baa' on the door. If you can't understand terminology Sally, what can a poor foreigner do??  😭 I love Aussie slang. I know quite a bit. I love Aussies. Full stop.

 

Aww that's so nice Gen. It's funny trying to imagine what your own accent sounds like to others. Accents across the world are truly fascinating!

 

My Dad's family and generation from the Eastern Goldfields of Western Australia have terminologies I know only through them. For example, a bicycle is a "grid". I just looked this up and it turns out to be a word for bicycle across several parts of Australia https://www.macquariedictionary.com.au/resources/aus/word/map/search/word/grid/The Riverina/

 

I imagine travelling regionally you are also hearing a lot of words that are disappearing from the cities or not even known about in the city.

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3 minutes ago, Sally R said:

 

Aww that's so nice Gen. It's funny trying to imagine what your own accent sounds like to others. Accents across the world are truly fascinating!

 

My Dad's family and generation from the Eastern Goldfields of Western Australia have terminologies I know only through them. For example, a bicycle is a "grid". I just looked this up and it turns out to be a word for bicycle across several parts of Australia https://www.macquariedictionary.com.au/resources/aus/word/map/search/word/grid/The Riverina/

 

I imagine travelling regionally you are also hearing a lot of words that are disappearing from the cities or not even known about in the city.

 

Very interesting. I hope being 'off the grid' does not imply having fallen off our bike. 😂

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I've just wrapped my Christmas presents! Looking forward to a small delayed celebration tomorrow - outdoors with a few family members.

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Have a job to do today for an old client, maybe it’s a general improvement, can only hope. Arrived early so will wander around Moreton-in-Marsh for the next 15  minutes killing time. 

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This a good thing, bad thing kinda post.  I was watching a the CBS Sunday Morning news/entertainment show today and was happily surprised to see a couple of my photos used in segment on science and religion and getting the Covid vaccine.  It was mostly a narrative by Dr Francis Collins, the head of the National Institutes of Health.  So they used a picture of Dr Collins that I shot and showed up in my sales on March 23rd....but the other photo, an aerial of the NIH campus, has not shown up as sold in the last year and it is exclusive to Alamy. I'll have to contact Alamy tomorrow.  I was able to record the show but also found the segment online.

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