Well, they were foreign to me. I really got fed up with the English accents for no other reason than that towards the end of the holiday, they started to grate on my nerves. Of course, like Australia, there is no one English accent, however, theirs are much more varied.
For us Aussies, the Geordie accent is not unlike Scottish. In fact they use some Scottish words, such as bairn for baby or young child. They also say tab for cigarette. "Tab mate" means a request for a cigarette or if a rising inflexion is used, it could be an offer of a tab.
Geordie does have at least one wonderful word and I am not sure how it is spelt but I would spell it hoy. It is a multi purpose word. You can hoy something away (in the cupboard perhaps). You can hoy something out, put it in the rubbish bin. I think you may even be able to hoy off home. You can certainly hoy a boy/girl friend.
And when you meet someone, it is not necessary to say to say hello, how are you. You pre-empt that by just saying 'orright', as you shake their hands or give them a peck.
While listening to the car wireless when driving to Blackpool, I became quite excited when their was discussion on the Beeb about internet domain names, because there was an Australian being interviewed. Although an obviously educated Australian, it did give me a thrill to hear him speak.
Blackpool was the only place where a thick English accent beat me. He was a young bartender and I ordered meals. After the fourth time trying to understand him, I just gave up and went back to the table and sent R, who did not do much better. I mentioned this to a couple of people and they just muttered something about Lancashire.
Well you English folk, as much as our accent may grate on you, at least you can understand us.......mostly.
So Bwca, does Pants have an English accent or a Queensland one?