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I’ve been told that to “root, root, root for the home team” in Australia is something that could get you arrested were you to try it on M Street. I’ve also been told that, in Australia, “date” means something naughty and you should say “fuck” instead, but I think that particular Aussie was having me on. I wonder whether “Roger” is a double-entendre Down Under. Roger Williamson, expatriate Brit and pilot of the Aquadisiac, undoubtedly knows all the jokes: Roger played sidekick to travel writer Tony Horwitz as he explored the South Pacific world of Captain James Cook. In Horwitz’s Blue Latitudes: Boldly Going Where Captain Cook Has Gone Before, the two weave their own adventures into Cook’s story, taking to the beach in Papeete in synthetic white wigs and knee breeches (eyeing a local sunbather, Roger observes: “No great call on the world’s fabric here”) and enjoying a beauty contest at a local bar. (Roger: “Bloke or sheila?” Tony: “Bloke, I think.” Roger: “I like it here. At least I feel challenged.”) Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Horwitz combined elements of Cook’s three 18th-century voyages in his travels, working on a replica of Cook’s ship, experiencing local foods and festivals, and otherwise improving on the work of Cook biographer J.C. Beaglehole (no joke). Get to know the jolly Roger along with Horwitz’s other road pals when Horwitz reads at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 9, at Olsson’s Books & Records, 1200 F St. NW, free, (202) 347-3686; and at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 10, at Borders, 5871 Crossroads Center Way, Baileys Crossroads, free, (703) 998-0404. (Pamela Murray Winters)