The Weekend Australian - Review - - Viewpoints -

AL­THOUGH I thor­oughly en­joy Ian Cuth­bert­son’s television re­views, I think he was off the mark cred­it­ing James Bo­lam with a role in the fa­mous BBC se­ries Z Cars ( Re­view, Novem­ber 10- 11). Bo­lam first came to fame as Terry in The Likely Lads with Rod­ney Bewes. He and Bewes later re­peated their roles in What­ever Hap­pened to the Likely Lads? He was also in The Bei­der­becke Af­fair, but his best per­for­mance, in my opin­ion, was in When the Boat Comes In. John Whit­taker Lin­den Park, South Aus­tralia PER­HAPS Rose­mary Sorensen should have asked writ­ers who do make a liv­ing from their writ­ing (‘‘ Why do writ­ers bother?’’, Re­view, Oc­to­ber 27- 28). Aus­tralia boasts more than 60 pub­lished ro­mance au­thors, many of whom make a liv­ing from their work, some a very good liv­ing. And why not? We claim two New York Times best­sellers among our num­ber, with Aus­tralian au­thors also mak­ing fre­quent ap­pear­ances on other US best­seller and top 100 lists. Yes, it is com­mer­cial fiction we write. Yes, it is looked down on by some mem­bers of the literati as not wor­thy. So be it. But it is pos­si­ble to make a liv­ing from writ­ing in Aus­tralia. To claim any­thing else is a fiction. Trish Morey Ro­mance Writ­ers of Aus­tralia Nor­ton Sum­mit, South Aus­tralia THANK you for pub­lish­ing Mark But­ler’s This Life col­umn on the loss of his dog ( Re­view, Oc­to­ber 27- 28). His de­scrip­tion of a lov­ing, faith­ful dog and its sad pass­ing rang so true with us. We had to have our beloved dog Holly eu­thanased al­most six months ago; we loved her more than both our kids: she cer­tainly gave us more love and af­fec­tion, and much less worry and heartache. I thought in the past week I was al­most ready to start look­ing for an­other dog, but read­ing But­ler’s ex­pe­ri­ence re­duced me to floods of tears and I re­alise we are far from be­ing past our griev­ing. Laraine Booker War­radale, South Aus­tralia CHRIS­TINE Jack­man writes in­struc­tively and en­ter­tain­ingly of Aus­tralian speech, our ac­cent, our di­alect ( Re­view, Novem­ber 3- 4). I’m all for a re­laxed palate and a lan­guorous tongue; and I’m glad Enid Lyons let it live. While at an Amer­i­can univer­sity, it was sheer de­light to have an Aus­tralian vis­i­tor bring his col­lo­qui­alisms to the cam­pus. How­ever, the ar­ti­cle omit­ted one as­pect of our speech: its com­pre­hen­si­bil­ity. Gen­er­ally, this is not a prob­lem among our­selves: we choose our reg­is­ter for the con­text, dis­tin­guish­ing com­mit­tee for­mal­ity from bar­be­cue so­cial­ity, and we are un­der­stood. But there is a prob­lem abroad. In the 14 Asian coun­tries in which I have worked, I am told — ami­ably but re­peat­edly — that of all the Englishes they en­counter, Aus­tralian English causes most dif­fi­culty. I’m there to com­mu­ni­cate, so I have learned to slow down, open my mouth and min­imise our per­va­sive id­iom. The prob­lem ex­ists at home, too. Half the trav­ellers in Queens­land seem to be Asians, and if travel an­nounce­ments are im­por­tant for th­ese cus­tomers, the same need ex­ists for con­scious mod­i­fi­ca­tion by the an­nounc­ers. Jim Farrell Cairns, Queens­land

James Bo­lam

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