There's a real job of work to be done
Of kulau, crabs & the Cocos Islands

A complete command of the local lingo

Paul Oates

I see that MacAir in Queensland has recently rolled over, which reminds me of a story. A young pilot, Robin, had been Qantas trainee of the year but they downsized Qantas and Robin had to wait until his name came up. So he took a temporary job with MacAir in PNG.

Robin was pretty much into correct elocution and became good pals with Peter, the local council Kiap at Kabwum, originally a Pom. Robin and Peter decided to meet up in Britain when on leaven and tour the country. First day they landed at a quaint little English pub on a lovely sunny afternoon. Imagine it. Climbing roses on white washed walls; horse brass and hunting scenes.

Walking through the front door, Robin, feeling au fait with the local customs, said to Peter, "I'll order, if you like". Approaching the bartender, he declaimed in his best, toffee nosed accent, "Ay'll have two paints of Watneys best bitter, puh-leeze!"

A wizened old bloke at the end of the bar unwrapped himself from his beer, leapt to his feet and with tears in his eyes said, "G'day, Aussie, 'ow are ya' mate?"


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