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[*] posted on 9-10-2010 at 04:43
I did forget to add, that I probably have looked at you videos early in the piece and forgotten it, come to think of it, it was probably when I asked you if you'd been down here a trip or two back. I do have Broadband, but it certainly isn't a worldbeater, 1.5Mbs hardly "up there" but adequate for most of my needs. When online I've generally got so many things happening that I don't tend to stop and watch videos, even from the e-mails that I receive, nor do I often follow their links. I have got you bookmarked for "a rainy day" but that is as far as I've gotten.

Case in point, I got half way through this and have had to start work on one of the other lappies that I'm fixing. back soon.

[*] posted on 8-10-2010 at 15:42
I had assumed you must have watched at least one of my travel videos. Would have made clear I'm no Pommie.

In case you have functional broadband, which can be a problem in Australia, then please consider taking a look.

Your rendition of various labels for different races and nationalities mostly consists of more terms I've never heard before, just like Pommie. I do not know such Aussie slang.

Speaking for myself, "Yanks" is an acceptable term for Americans. It's in the lyrics of George M. Cohan's famous 1917 World War I song "Over There". Can't get any more American than that.

I doubt southerners would be bothered by the term, which is a guess. Boston Red Sox fans, leading baseball rivals of the New York Yankees, intensely dislike the Yankees, and might be offended if called "Yanks", another guess.


[*] posted on 8-10-2010 at 12:13

The English accent is not unlike Canadian in some areas.
The Kiwis tend to pronounce their a more like an e so, in english: "that" becomes "thet"
Ossies generally speak "Strine" where we run syllables together Strine = Australian. For an entertaining discourse on the subject look up "Let stalk Strine" by Affabek Lauder

[*] posted on 8-10-2010 at 12:08
TBH, Dave, I've not watched any of your videos, as your photos often tell the story. Truth be known. I've probably worked this out every time you;ve popped in for an update, and I've forgotten in the meantime. I am brain damaged, that's my excuse, and I'm sticking to it.

Just as a bit more on Pommie, in years gone by it was a rather derogatory term, but, more often than not, it is now used as a term of mateship, like we often call Americans, Yanks (from Yankee, of course), though you may well be offended if you were of confederate descent. An extension of the Yank nickname is sometimes, "Septic Tank", again, it sounds rather unsanitary, but, in fact is no different to us calling our cobber (friend, mate, buddy, pal) a drop-kick, drongo or d*h* if he does something stupid. We used to call Greeks and Italians, wogs. We also have names for our indigenous Australians, too, in some circles the name is taken in the friendly manner intended, in others, the terms are less well recieved, and sometimes less well intended, much as you have troubles with Afro Americans taking offence, or not, in the word xxxxx, often the one's who are most offended are not those to whom the name is addressed but the P.C. brigade who seem to take delight in being offended on behalf of everybody!

Sorry, This was not meant to be War and Peace, have a great day, anyway!

[*] posted on 6-10-2010 at 16:28
I never heard the term "pommie" before, but a quick search indicates it's somewhat negative Australian slang for the English.

It would seem there is no way an American like me can sound English in any of my videos. And I always appear with plenty to say. Perhaps the Aussie ear can be as horrible with accents as I am.

What I cannot do is properly distinguish English, Australian, and New Zealand accents from one another.


[*] posted on 6-10-2010 at 09:52
For some stupid reason, I imagined you to be a pommie, Dave, it's just hit me, you're from the other side of the pond! One of Scholar's "mates", or, more likely, Redwolfs! Enjoy Costa Rica, the rainforest sounds wonderful. I've only ever been into the Aussie version and on the edge of the PNG version.

[*] posted on 5-10-2010 at 15:23
I appreciate the kind words.

The trip to Belgium, the Netherlands and Switzerland was in May. I've spent the last few months editing with no rush.

Next up is Costa Rica in February, giving the rain forest a second chance. My Ecuador experiences were poor back in 1993, being taken into a swamp.


[*] posted on 5-10-2010 at 13:34
It's good to see you again. I'm glad you remember to stop by from time to time with your excellent work.waveysmiley

[*] posted on 5-10-2010 at 13:11
Welcome Home, how long are you home for? Where next?

[*] posted on 5-10-2010 at 00:54
Thanks for sharing waveysmiley

Depicts mood of post posted on 4-10-2010 at 22:15
Internet Premiere

My movie “Tulips That Yodel” tours Belgium, the Netherlands, (Holland) and Switzerland. Stars include a World War I trench museum, Bruges, the lovely Keukenhof Gardens, Dutch Windmills, Amsterdam (with its canals & a coffee house that sells pot), the mighty Matterhorn, and a great Swiss folklore show making music from "instruments" you may see nowhere else, plus yodeling.

“Tulips That Yodel” can be seen on the web, if you have a high speed internet connection. It is 30 minutes long. This is a free, non-commercial, streaming video on the Windows Media Player. No ads and no strings attached. I still sell absolutely nothing.

My video site is:


With any modem you can view a gallery of still pictures from this trip at:


There are over 30 of my other amateur travel videos on-line including trips to China, Russia, Antarctica, Italy, Britain, Hawaii, Australia, Bali, American National Parks, Africa, Greece, and Turkey; see lions, whales, elephants, or penguins.

The planet is yours, including my Home Page giant galaxy of still pictures from every continent at:


The Intrepid Berkeley Explorer waveysmiley