This author is no longer surprised how patients interpret his advice.
Despite having lived for 34 years in Australia, Randy (or Randolph Melville de Silva, according to his citizenship certificate) still talks like a Sri Lankan. Of course, after all these years, he liberally spices his conversation with phrases like ‘No worries’ and ‘She’ll be right’ – and refers to his pals as ‘Mate’ instead of ‘Machang’. Now an avid Aussie Rules fan, he is a proud, paid up and passionate supporter of the Richmond Tigers. He gets into a bad mood, casting aspersions on the referee’s paternity and visual acuity, on those occasions when the Wallabies lose to the All Blacks or the Springboks.