Suddenly my mind has gone back almost half a century.
Back in 1966, someone writing under the nom de plume of “Arch Acker” (Say it as “hard yakker”) wrote a small book called “New Zild and How to Speak it“. In my opinion it was a blatant imitation of its Australian predecessor, “Let Stalk Strine” by “Afferbeck Lauder” (Alphabetical order). Each book was a not so gentle mocking of the very broad regional accents of each country in those halcyon days before our enunciation was modified by global television and “Beverley Hills 90210”. A favorite extract from “New Zild”, as I remember it, was “Omsk Addenda the seize again, the lonely scene this guy” … say it out loud in a broad Kiwi accent and listen for the opening verse of Masefield’s “Sea Fever”. I was put in mind of the book when I saw the skipper of J-Vee loading crates aboard, ready for yet another fishing trip.
Continuing the maritime theme, I was on the beach at the Western end of Petone as the sun was disappearing last night, and enjoyed the afterglow of day above the city.
And then, there is the “look behind you” rule. I did and I liked that view too. The harbour was not flat calm, but the long exposure flattened it quite nicely. This was on the Canon, not the Fuji, so a tripod was essential.
That’s all for now.
*New Zild and How to Speak it, by Arch Acker (1967), AH & AW Reed