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Two Kinds of Homecoming

‘Where are you from?’ is a question I am often asked.  The thing that makes people ask this does not stand out like a sore thumb, it’s more like it stands out like a sore ear.   (I have often been asked ‘What planet are you from?’ but the reasons for that is entirely different.) I don’t sound like I come from here, and people, used only to the limited accents they hear on TV, have difficulty placing me.   Lacking the nasal inflection of more long-term residence of this continent marks me out as different.   Now, it’s as plain as the nose on my face that I have no real deficiency when it comes to the organ needed for ‘nasal inflection’, but I still can’t get it right.   But as time pass I find it harder and harder to answer that simple, repetitive question.   By the end of this year I will have lived longer in Australia than in the county that gave me my accent – Somerset.   Does 19 years of dwelling, over 35 years ago, still define where I am from?   Is the ‘from’