Boris Johnson dubbed ‘blond British wombat’ by Australian media as he likens younger self to Les Patterson

“My conversation was studded with words like ‘bonzer, mate’ or ‘you little ripper’, and on the streets of London in broad daylight I insisted on wearing the same ‘Stubbies’ daks – shorts of appalling brevity – that I had worn in the bush until my then girlfriend said that it was her or the stubbies daks,” he said.  

“I am not sure how the contest was resolved… My infatuation with Australian dress, manners, vocabulary and general cast of mind was so intense that I had become a kind of unconscious Les Patterson [a coarse character created by Barry Humphries, who also plays Dame Edna Everage] – a self-appointed and unwanted cultural ambassador.”  

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