Intrepid Optimist

Intrepid Optimist is the place where I can share my stories; fact, fiction and thoughts from the past and present. It’s Written by myself for people who believe adventure knows no age

SOME THINGS IN LIFE YOU JUST DON’T LOSE.

On my way to a meeting this morning I was approached by a Syrian refugee at a rush-hour filled German railway station, who needed help. In English, I gave him the directions he required.

“Thank you so much for your assistance,” He said, in relatively good English. “I asked you because I don’t speak German and I thought you looked English. And may I ask, if  you are from Manchester?”

“Indeed, I am,” I replied, quite astonished. “And how did you guess this.”

“I recognized the dialect.” He answered, and went on to explain that an engineer from Manchester had worked for a while in his uncle’s, Mosul factory, installing textile machinery. Prior to meeting this person, his knowledge of English came from his time at school.

I wished him good fortune in his difficult new life and we parted with a handshake.

The point I am trying to make is not my brief illuminating meeting with this Syrian, but that he thought me to be a Brit, and even recognized the accent – It is now more than fifty years since I left England.

About bbryanthomas

Not so young man about town who, having witnessed and enjoyed life, is presently having fun, writing about those by-gone times and life in general.

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