Biggles and the coconut pyramid

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Re: Biggles and the coconut pyramid

Postby Fairblue » 12 Feb 2018, 11:46

elderlyfemalerelativ wrote:Ha, Northeners forsooth
I come from the Midlands, where we combine the sophistication of the south with the endurance and common sense of the north and an odd sense of humour, I grant you. Not to mention an impenetrable dialect, used for baffling outsiders..( not that we get many)


As a Midlander myself I would agree, EFR. However after years of living away from the area my accent has morphed into a sort of 'can't place the accent, where are you from' type. On the odd occasion when someone has a stab at it they usually guess 'Yorkshire' which is so far out as to be hilarious.
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Re: Biggles and the coconut pyramid

Postby kylie_koyote » 12 Feb 2018, 12:23

I went through my photos of various weddings, but didn't find any photos of the conga line... probably because I was a participant and not taking photos. :lol:

So I went to Google Image and was not disappointed:

https://www.google.com/search?q=wedding ... 66&bih=662
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Re: Biggles and the coconut pyramid

Postby elderlyfemalerelativ » 12 Feb 2018, 15:39

I didn't think I'd got an accent, thought I was fairly nicely brought up, till I went to university and one day my tutor leaned across and said "tell me, are you very conscious of your accent?"
I was so taken aback I couldn't think of much a reply apart from me not having an accent, it was everyone else who had one.
I suspect these days you couldn't get away with comments like that
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Re: Biggles and the coconut pyramid

Postby Tracer » 12 Feb 2018, 15:57

I suppose it depends on context - and that context sounded a bit shaky.

I love regional accents - part of the infinite variety that makes life fascinating. Are there regional accents in Oz and NZ?
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Re: Biggles and the coconut pyramid

Postby id_ten_it » 22 Feb 2018, 05:58

Tracer wrote:I suppose it depends on context - and that context sounded a bit shaky.

I love regional accents - part of the infinite variety that makes life fascinating. Are there regional accents in Oz and NZ?


There are in NZ! My Dad has one; despite having moved up north he still sounds southern, especially when tired. I, naturally, don't have an accent at all!
Southern kiwis roll their rrrrrrs and tend more towards saying things like 'aye' instead of 'yeah'. There was a preponderance of scottish settlers down there, presumably because it is cold and wet in winter? (I jest.)

There's rural kiwi and far-north kiwi and cuzzie-bro kiwi as well. General variations on the theme of not allowing a single vowel to escape your mouth, and preferably not actual recognisable words either, more a collection of consonants and sounds.

Then there's the sort of middle of the road/ middle of the country accent that you tend to think of when you think 'kiwi'. Compared to other accents the prime minister sounds really intelligent...and then you put her next to a world leader and we sound like hick kids from waikickamoocow.

Another good indicator of age/ location-of-upbringing is the language used. Younger/more northern kiwis tend to use more of the indigenous (Maori) language. For example instead of saying 'morning all' as you walk into the office, you would say 'morena all' or 'kia ora katoa' or...well there's lots of options. You get the idea.

Obviously all generalisations so take it with a grain of salt!
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Re: Biggles and the coconut pyramid

Postby Tracer » 22 Feb 2018, 11:04

Fascinating: thank you! I love it that the Maori terms have been absorbed into the language. We did that with Latin, Viking, and Norman French (different from French French).

UK is small, but every 100 miles the accents and idioms change, and several areas that are technically still England have or had their own language e.g. Cornwall (Kernow) Isle of Man etc. Despite social mobility and governmental attempts to do away with the Shires, England still falls easily into the old divisions, for instance Wessex, York, Mercia, Northumbria etc.
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Re: Biggles and the coconut pyramid

Postby Tommy Smith » 22 Feb 2018, 16:40

Yup. And Lancashire and Yorkshire are rivals, this village hates everyone from another village... :roll: :)

I did like 'waikickamoocow', that made me laugh.
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Re: Biggles and the coconut pyramid

Postby Tracer » 23 Feb 2018, 09:47

Tommy Smith wrote:Yup. And Lancashire and Yorkshire are rivals, this village hates everyone from another village... :roll: :)

I did like 'waikickamoocow', that made me laugh.




Me too! :lol:
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Re: Biggles and the coconut pyramid

Postby id_ten_it » 25 Feb 2018, 06:53

Tracer wrote:
Tommy Smith wrote:Yup. And Lancashire and Yorkshire are rivals, this village hates everyone from another village... :roll: :)

I did like 'waikickamoocow', that made me laugh.




Me too! :lol:


I'm glad! 'wai' is a maori word (means water) and it appears in a lot of place names.
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Re: Biggles and the coconut pyramid

Postby kylie_koyote » 01 Jul 2018, 12:31

2876

Here we go! Conga line at my wedding. :imao:

I found it, thanks to my friend Paul posting it on Facebook :lol:
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Re: Biggles and the coconut pyramid

Postby elderlyfemalerelativ » 01 Jul 2018, 20:03

Dolores would be green with jealousy
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Re: Biggles and the coconut pyramid

Postby HostileCacti » 02 Jul 2018, 08:25

kylie_koyote wrote:
Here we go! Conga line at my wedding. :imao:


Your wedding? So it's you in the white dress? You look stunning!! :D


Edit: changed "like" to "look". Thought it looked better that way :oops:
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Re: Biggles and the coconut pyramid

Postby Tracer » 02 Jul 2018, 09:18

Gorgeous!
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Re: Biggles and the coconut pyramid

Postby kylie_koyote » 02 Jul 2018, 09:45

HostileCacti wrote:
kylie_koyote wrote:
Here we go! Conga line at my wedding. :imao:


Your wedding? So it's you in the white dress? You like stunning!! :D


Haha, yup, that’s me. Thank you.
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Re: Biggles and the coconut pyramid

Postby RAAF Spitfire Girl » 07 Jul 2018, 08:33

lovely photo, k_k. You do indeed look stunning :thumbsup2:
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Re: Biggles and the coconut pyramid

Postby kylie_koyote » 07 Jul 2018, 08:34

Thank you kindly!
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