@Zeeglen... " I once met a young lady from Scotland....with a most beautiful Scottish accent that was a pleasure to hear."
When I worked for an international airlines telecomms company in Harare (Zimbabwe) there was a lass in our Nice (France) office who used to sent me messages to phone through to her mom who lived in Harare. (This was way pre-internet.) The first time I did this I fell in love with her mom over the phone....she had the most beautiful southern Irish accent. I never met her but it was always a pleasure to phone her to pass the messages on.
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..
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.
@ 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".
..."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!"