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Fish and chops

June 17th, 2011

Want to tell an Aussie from a Kiwi? Ask them to say "fish and chips". One gets it right. The other says "fish and chops". Now you know. Unfortunately, it’s rarely quite that simple. Waters made more murky by immigration. Or a multitude of passports.

Met one New South Wales resident born in Venezuela. To British parents. Educated in an English boarding school. Spell in an Aberdeen college. Before breathing helium as a North Sea deep-sea diver. Hazardous occupation I’d wondered. Yes. But probably not as much as a plummy accent in a tough oil town.

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