I was doing some sorting out in my study today, and found the passport that i used to come to Australia. I"ve been here for seventeen years now! Have just spent the last five days or so, away camping, and visited a couple of different little touristy towns, and it started again...... "So, how are you enjoying Australia? Are you here for long?" as well as blank incomprehension ....I asked a waiter if I could look at his phone book..... he looked at me blankly and then said hopefully "Oh, you want a TOOTH PICK?" Eh...no..... a phone book, please. The kids at school don't understand everything I say... OH still misunderstands me.... It's not as if I'm speaking broad Glaswegian! I speak twice as slowly as I would at home, and try to enunciate my words carefully... but am still regularly misunderstood. I'm proud to be Scottish...... but should i consider having elocution lessons from an Australian, to make my life a bit easier?!