But some people just naturally have great voices. I don't think I am so gifted, although once at the gay bar Jocks or later as Gay Trade Bar, the barmen asked me to repeat my order. I thought I spoke clearly enough when I ordered two Carlton Colds, and apparently I did, as the barmen then said, I just wanted to hear how you say Carlton Cold again and your accent. I thought, What? I am Australian and I speak Australian. I don't have an accent. Of course, not in the last shower did I come down and instead of a customer trying to pick up a barmen, the barman was trying to pick up me. He was nice, but I did not respond. Oh, life's missed chances. R might have have had something to say about the barman and me going to heaven but then I might have something to say about him and a chef going to heaven.
I remember meeting Jayne and Lance Hattat in Budapest and Marie in London and they did not seem to have accents to me. Nothing about the way they spoke distracted me from what they were saying. R's rels in the north of England certainly do. A segment of his family have retained very strong Geordie accents by way of R's youngest sister's husband who is very proud of Geordie history. But even in Geordie land, accents are diminishing, becoming more British neutral.
A few days ago I heard Nigella Lawson speaking in a radio programme, and oh, her voice is sounding old but I took little notice until she said the word cooker, stove/oven/hotplates for us. The way some British people pronounce cook and book is a curious thing. Is it class based? I don't think so as I can't imagine Queen Lizzie pronouncing the oo sound like that. But what would she know about a cooker.....well, she I am sure knows about books.
One day Fen put up a sound file of her speaking on her blog. I just loved her voice but I don't particularly know why. She just sounded great.
Our former Governor General Quentin Bryce had a voice that really grated on me, as did former PM Julia Gillard. Former NSW Premier Keneally had the most curious voice and accent, but former PM Howard and Abbott had the most horrible voices, the latter with an awful way of speaking.
Current PM Turnbull is fine, as is Leader of Her Majesty's Opposition Shorten,. I don't like Pauline Hanson's voice/accent, nor Christopher Pyne's very much, but none too other in the political world bother me much.
But Jeremy's deep voice and liquid brown eyes makes me think of all sorts of possibilities, in spite of him being a married man with children. Just need to gay up his hair a bit to make him a gay icon.
Funnily, after checking if I had mentioned Jeremy before, here is snip from my last year's Australia Day post. Everything old is new again.
What could have been very tedious, the Australia Day Award announcements on our ABC TV, was very well done. Jeremy Fernandez has always been a favourite ABC Sydney person for me and he was a good choice as the host.