For the second time in two days, I have asked English people where they are from in the UK here in Brisbane. Yesterday a girl told me that she was from Lincoln, but after telling her I am from Durham she told me she once lived in Bishop Auckland (a town within County Durham), the very place I was born. Today, a girl checked into my hotel and after asking where she was from she replied ‘Bishop Auckland’. Whaaaaaaaat.
Now these aren’t people I have met before, which was the topic of this post, however they are from the same town as me. A town a world away from here. Now I am not sure if this is sheer coincidence, or after my post I have started asking more and more people where they are from and getting more interesting results. But I am not kidding. Twice in two days people have mentioned my home town to me and it is just strange.
The most recent one was surprising because her accent would never have made me guess. I was simply curious. She was born there but lived in Cairns here in Australia and has done for over a decade. The best part was that when I was talking to her about Cairns, a colleague walked over and said ‘Did I hear Cairns? I’m from there!’ They talked for a while about where exactly in Cairns before I asked about the English accent. That’s when I found out.
Two people in two days from the same small area of land in northern England as I am from, making it seem like the town with a population of just over 16,000 is much bigger than it is. I guess it shows that speaking to people you never have some has great benefits. It can start some fascinating conversations.
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