Heron Island, Great Barrier Reef, Australia

Saturday 16 May 2009


I may or may not have some thoughts on the Eurovision Song Contest (on first impression, the "Oh dear" and "What the..??" quotients seemed rather low this year). But one thing that struck me was the irritation factor of all the "sincere emotion" quirks, the pants and puffs around every distorted warbling vowel. Our own dear contestant seemed particularly prone to it: "Ha-hah'll show you what Ah'm mayeyade ahv" and so on: but I thought I noticed some oddly American vowels in Patricia Kaas's French accent too (and is such extra aspiration on a "t" quite the thing in French? I'm sure she didn't do that in her earlier years..)

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