New Arrivals

Trip Start May 21, 2004
Trip End Dec 15, 2004

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Thursday, November 4, 2004

Two good friends, Sami & Claire arrived in London in early November...

It was great to have some friends from home around again... for some time I'd been missing them, someone who knew all of my "in" jokes and someone to speak Aussie with...
I hadn't been away that long, but their accents were a slight shock... I'd begun to develop a mixed English and Kiwi accent on top of my Australian one... Sami and Claire were quick to refresh my Aussie with a great series of expressions such as "Maen!!!(Man in a Sami accent)", "Poor Form", "Etch", "Struggle-lug" and "Whatareya?!" and then of course proceeding to make fun of my new accent quoting me: "Faaar", "Bro" and "Real?"

Sorry if you have no idea what I'm on about... guess you'll have to meet more Aussie's and Kiwi's... if you know what's best for you.

Sami & Claire are a classic loud, outspoken, truly Aussie couple... Not the generalistic type who wear corks in their hats and drink VB... but more the type who watch "Neighbours", "Kath & Kim" and "Home & Away", read women's weekly magazine, eat "Tim Tam's", bet on the horses and generally have a lot of fun on the weekends...

Sami and I have an old tradition of giving each other stupid gifts... for example I recently sent Claire a soft toy... a fat Rasta-man with all of his dreadlocks missing... basically a voodoo doll of Sami(who is Fijian/Indian by decent)... and then in retaliation they sent me a picture book titled "Boys We Love"... a book from the early 90's aimed at teenage girls, depicting "heart-throbs" such as Leonardo DiCaprio, Johnny Depp and Aaron Carter???(who was actually 7 then)...
It's a great tradition... i can highly recommend the "Backstreet Boys, Behind the Scenes" vhs video... in all good rubbish dumps... or in ashes...

It was a refreshing time for me... But as they were settling into London, Anita and I were readying ourselves for our departure...
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