Yorlyi have a good new year – a Norfolk Island cheerio

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Yorlyi! Yorlyi have a good new year?

Over at Norfolk Island there hasn’t been any internet coverage and that hasn’t altogether been a bad thing (once you get used to it). Yorlyi is Norfolk Island dialect for hello, how’s it going, nice day, you’ll be right, see you later. Kind of a multi-purpose greeting, a bit like Bula in Fiji.

Many of the islanders trace their routes back to upstart Fletcher Christian and his mates and their Tahitian wives and the dialect is a kind of Pidgeon English meets the south seas. They love their Tahitian roots and the Norfolk Islandettes did a great display at the island’s fish fry.

More Norfolk pix and tall tales later, but for now it’s good to be back and ready for more walking, cycling and eating adventures.

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