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Fairfield Writers Group is a mix of beginner and experienced writers who meet the second and fourth Saturdays of the month at the Brisbane City Council Library in Fairfield Gardens Shopping Centre, Fairfield road, Fairfield, Queensland. Our passion is writing and we work hard at our craft. Our aim is to encourage, support and help each other to reach new heights in our writing. New members are always made welcome and usually whisked off to the local coffee shop at the end of meetings for sustenance and socialisation with the rest of the crew.

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Wednesday, November 18, 2009


Written for November Homework - Voice and Intensity Exercise

Stanislaw Kowalski was a recent arrival to this country. A specialist in cattle husbandry, he had migrated from Poland
He was going to carve out a new life for himself and the family he hoped to have in the future, but had not learned a single English phrase before boarding the ship that would carry him to Australia.

After struggling a few days, eating what the camp provided, he asked a compatriot what he could buy from the nearby shop so as to bring some variety into his daily fare.
“You go buy appele pie “answered Boris Polanski, “it very good, you see.”
Stanislaw was overjoyed, repeating aloud, so he would not forget,
“appelepie, appelepie…”
“How can I help, asked the shop assistant and Stanislaw answered

This routine went on for a week or so and mixing only with his Polish buddies, Stanislaw had not learned another English word. As soon as he saw Boris again, he ran over to him.
”Boris, appeggggggglepie make me sick, what I say next?”
“Say sandewich, they good and cheap,” Boris told him.
“Sandewich, sandewich…” Stanislaw repeated until he arrived again at the hot bread kitchen.
“What will it be, apple pie?” asked the young lady behind the counter.
“Ah, today you like a sandwich; will it be white or brown, sir?”
“Yes, I know, but do you like it brown or white?”
“Appelepie!” cried Stanislaw.

Author: Helga

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