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Wife is running the vacuum cleaner to clean out our electric heaters in anticipation of the cooler weather just around the corner. Will watch it later.
Harry, are you familiar with the saying that the Brits had during WW II about the Yanks? Over paid, over sexed, and over here!
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Very weird hearing the australian pronunciation of EX - MOUTH.
Having lived for 30 years only 35 miles away from the original town in south devon UK, its pronounced EXMUTH (one word).

The American bases worldwide were built to USA spec to stop the military people from feeling homesick. I worked on many US and UK bases in my time.

One in the very south of England, on becoming a joint UK/USA base had the infrastructure built before the personnel arrived. First to be built was the Pizza restaurant.

There was a family centre and shop already on site. the americans could not cope with the English spelling of "centre" requesting it to be changed to "center". The UK commander stuck to his guns though, so after protracted arguments they renamed it a "facility".

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I'm very familiar with that saying John! I grew up during WW11.

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Appreciate the post Harry.

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When I saw the thread header, I thought Harry was going to complain about our Yankee visitors.....LOL.....

There are still many 'secret' US installations in Australia....

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Very weird hearing the australian pronunciation of EX - MOUTH.
Having lived for 30 years only 35 miles away from the original town in south devon UK, its pronounced EXMUTH (one word).
I've sometimes heard it said that Australians are "South Sea Yanks" while New Zealanders are "South Sea Poms". Having lived for a good many years in both countries I can see a lot of truth in this, in so many ways. That you would be unlikely to hear a Kiwi say "EX-MOUTH" is but one example. The two countries have a lot in common but they also have marked cultural differences. I love 'em both.
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I have enough trouble dealing with "american english".
Dont start another dictionary labelled "australian english", please.
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I have enough trouble dealing with "american english".
Dont start another dictionary labelled "australian english", please.
OK, Bob, I won't. Suffice to say Aussie English is something of a hybrid, halfway between UK and American English. U.S. and Aussie each have a Labor Day holiday. Australia also has a Labor Party. New Zealand and UK both have Labour Partys (NZ's just yesterday announced a coalition agreement to form a government for the next three years) and NZ has a Labour Day holiday (next Monday, in fact).

I'm afraid I've taken the discussion off track somewhat!
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