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David Ashton
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David Ashton   8/16/2014 12:57:23 AM
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Love it!  I know the song, but the video of him explaining how he came to write it was interesting!

I should explain that I am an English-born Zimbabwean, but I learned Afrikaans after being ridiculed in a history class at school for not being able to pronounce "Bezuidenhout" a well know Afrikaans surname (it's "Ber-zayden-hote", but I said something like "Ber-zewden-howt" causing the whole class to crack up.  Later I worked on a South-African island for a year and got almost fluent..

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David Ashton   8/16/2014 12:53:48 AM
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@Antedeluvian..." the Queen's English (which I suspect David uses)..."

If I wrote to the Queen I think she'd be happy, but if I went and spoke to her I don't think she'd consider me one of her subjects.  Even though I am... 

There is actually a sample of me speaking here (I was testing Max's geiger counter) so you can judge for yourself :-)

I once rang a guy in Australia whom I had never spoken to before,  After he'd spoken for about 10 seconds I said "You're from Zimbabwe, aren't you?"  Astonished, he admitted he was....but I find the Zimbabwe accent very distinctive.

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zeeglen   8/15/2014 10:35:09 PM
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@ antedeluvian "Ontario, Canada". "Oh," said the lady I was speaking to, "that explains your accent!"

South African accent mistaken for Canadian? LOL! Some accents are more readily identifiable; I once met a young lady from Scotland (she was an HP sales Engineer back before the word "Agilent" was even a gleam in a marketeer's eye) with a most beautiful Scottish accent that was a pleasure to hear.

Even though I no longer say "Eh?", after having lived in Texas USA for the last 17 years I still get asked "Are you Canadian?"  I can't hear any difference between the way I talk and my native-born colleagues, other than one with a very pronounced Texas drawl. And contrary to myth, Canadians never did refer to that rock band as "Zed Zed Top".

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antedeluvian   8/15/2014 10:33:53 PM
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David

But then I have taught my workmates some useful Afrikaans words,,,like

Why don't we play "Ag Pleez Deddy" for the nice folks to experience whatvyou are talking about

Here is Jeremy Taylor explaining his song and this is the complete original

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antedeluvian   8/15/2014 9:38:59 PM
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David

..."It's your Australian accent"      When I phone my mom in England she says "oh, you sound so Australian".

Thanks for the segue into my favourite story. Let me say (for the readers) that like in any country the accent of the spoken language (English in the case of Rhodesia/Zimbabwe) fills a spectrum. In Zimbabwe the range is from very close to the Queen's English (which I suspect David uses) to a middling South African accent. The South African accent in its extreme can be as harsh or evn harsher than a broad Australian accent. My accent, for several possible reasons including the fact that I lived in South Africa for 13 years, tends strongly to the South African.

When I first got to Canada there was no internet as we know it, and I wanted some data on some IC or another. I phoned the company in California, requested that the data be mailed to me and proceeded to give my address, ending with the usual flourish- "Ontario, Canada". "Oh," said the lady I was speaking to, "that explains your accent!"

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David Ashton   8/15/2014 7:27:39 PM
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@Max..."It's your Australian accent"      When I phone my mom in England she says "oh, you sound so Australian".  I told this to my mates at work and they could not stop laughing.

But then I have taught my workmates some useful Afrikaans words,,,like

Bliksem - loosely equates to "Bastard" but probably not as strong

Snaaks - very strange

Vrot (pronounced Frot) - literally "rotten", but can be applied to anything bad

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Max The Magnificent   8/15/2014 10:16:18 AM
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@David: Maybe you misunderstood me...

It's your Australian accent...

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David Ashton   8/14/2014 6:16:12 PM
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@Max... "One possible problem with this approach is that if you cut the banana plug off the lead, you might lose the 1M Ohm resistor "

You do like to make life difficult.  Modify the mains lead as above, and put a banana socket on the green wire to plug your wrist strap / grounding mat into.  

Maybe you misunderstood me...I meant to use an IEC mains lead, such as you would plug into the back of a PC....and cut the IEC plug off??

In any case, I'd agree that Wnderer's gadget is a much better solution....

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Max The Magnificent   8/14/2014 3:37:27 PM
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@MeasurementBlues: ...here's the link to my article ESD wrist-strap insulation decomposes.

I shall bounce over there immediately to ridicule you some more LOL

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MeasurementBlues   8/14/2014 3:33:08 PM
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@Max, here's the link to my article ESD wrist-strap insulation decomposes.

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