Actress Cate Blanchett is desperately trying to educate her son DASHIELL in the ways of her native Australia - before he becomes too British.

The LORD OF THE RINGS star lives in London with 18-month-old DASHIELL and husband ANDREW UPTON - but has been feeding her son famous Australian sandwich spread VEGEMITE to try and maintain his links with her home country.

However, Blanchett is resigned to the fact Dashiell's accent will be different from her own Aussie twang.

She says, "When he starts to talk and his accent comes English, then that will be strange, but that will simply be the way he talks."

23/06/2003 13:54