Friday, December 29, 2017

The sweet spot

Commercial station Channel 7 reporter Cath Turner was reporting on some nonsense to do with those born to rule royals in Britain. Oh, was it don't invite the Obamas to the wedding next year because then we will have to invite Trumpet. I have noted that Betty Battenberg has learnt her lesson after Diana and now embraces the new housewives to the royal family, from blackish to really old and in between.

Sandringham was mentioned, as that is where the Royals were. It should be an easy place to pronounce, but in Australia it is not. We go between posh, which almost omits the final 'a' vowel to broad Australian where it is flat, nasally and stretched out. I noted Cath Turner's diction was excellent and she hit the sweet spot by pronouncing Sandringham neither in broad Aussie or posh Aussie, but right in the middle.

Let's take an interlude with a picture of the newest Royal housewife. Ah, she is quite attractive without being stunning. Just as well she is only tinted and not too black for The Royals.


So who is this Cath Turner and why is her diction so good and her pronunciation of Sandringham so perfect for Australian ears? Anglo names can be very deceiving. She was an adopted Vietnamese baby who grew up in country New South Wales. I don't think she went to a posh school and to me it all remains a puzzle. Whatever, I class her as a good reporter with excellent diction and pronunciation. Our ABC should snap her up.


22 comments:

  1. Not someone I know. And sadly the ABC seems to be cutting back on talent rather than acquiring it.

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    1. EC, yes while ABC does seem to be doing that, they still have some incredibly talented people on board.

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  2. Well what do you know! I often notice this woman speaking matters royal on television as I work away at the hospital. That television - intended for waiting patients to distract them from how long they are waiting - sits above my head and is difficult for me to totally ignore. With the sound down low I can't usually make out what people are saying or how they are saying it but until your post I had assumed this reporter was British.

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    1. Victor, her words were flowing over me and unnoticed until she said Sandringham. Who is this person? I thought she was worth a quick post, once I learnt about her.

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  3. The ABC should hire Kath Day Knight....

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    1. No Lee, that would really be the wrong Kath to hire.

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  4. Well I wonder how tinted a Royal baby will be with Meghan being the mum - be interesting if there is a throw back to Meghan's mum's side of the family or the Royals!
    Have heard Kath and she's not bad with diction.

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    1. Margaret, I tried to avoid mentioning the throwback. I remember an Indian woman on a tram complimenting another younger Indian woman about her baby daughter, but she concluded with, 'what a pity she is so dark'.

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  5. I don't think I've noticed this reporter.
    I've been watching "The Crown" on Netflix and the Royals certainly have modernized the establishment - divorced royals, divorced to be royals, mixed race royals to be...all very modern now. Good on them!

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    1. Sami, for once I am really tempted by Netflix, and to see that really tempted me. The Royals are rather a business but I prefer the Royles.

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  6. As has been said above, it will be interesting to see the colour of any ensuing enfants. Megan is still swimming in a sea of gush, at the moment. It won't be too long before the journalistic knives are out, and it'll be fun watching how she copes.

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    1. Cro, indeed. There will be very serious hard core internet trawling happening, never mind the future. I suppose you would feel such distaste at a long distance topless photo of her, but carefully study the photo to see just how distasteful it was.

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    2. and criticise her soundly for being a 'tart'.

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    3. Goes without saying.

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  7. Megan is pretty enough and at least she doesn't have the big nose to hand down to future generations, although that might come through from Harry, whose own nose is quite nice. Like has been said before me, the colouring of future generations promises to be interesting.
    I'm happy that Harry has been allowed to choose for himself who he marries.

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    1. River, so what is wrong with large noses? Last night my sister advised me to sleep on my stomach to help my back problems. I said it wasn't comfortable for me. She said, because your stomach is too big. And she can talk! Is it pick on Andrew's defects for 24 hours? Don't worry, the world will love her babies just like our family loves our tinted twin babies. Harry is marrying an American divorcee. That went a bit wrong in the past, but good on him and her. Parasites on society should at least be attractive and or interesting, or smart (bowing my head to Her Maj).

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  8. I just adore you Andrew! Happy Friday! Hugs...RO

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    1. I don't know why RO, but thanks.

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  9. Anonymous8:34 am

    Accents. Since we are staying in your fair city next month, my wife has been listening to TV programs with Aussies talking. She can't understand a word. I can, except for the speaker of the house of representatives. So I shall have to act as interpreter for her. Roderick. P.S. I have just discovered where St. Kilda is from a travel guide.

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    1. Oh dear Roderick. And where do you hail from? Is it hard to understand Order, order order, from our Speaker of the House? Just wait until you are here and have to deal with Asian and Indian accented Australian.

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  10. What's this about noses?, Megan doesn't have prominent snorkel, neither is Harry A feller with a big smeller. just cool it until the off spring arrive. maybe the words of the Indian lady on the Bus will become common chatter world wide. Happy new Year to all.

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  11. Thanks Vest. A very happy new year to you.

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