"Faffing about" is English slang for "messing about" "doing unnecessary work" that sort of thing.[/quote]
I'm not trying to derail this thread topic but I had to laugh to myself when I read the above explanation. Being born and raised in Houston, Texas to immigrant English parents, it made me think that while I speak English, I really don't speak English... because I had no idea what faff was and thought it was a "typo". I'm currently on a contract job in Iraq and the British 4rifles were just replaced by the Highlanders here at the base where I'm working----I can't understand those guys at all.
ha ha well don't worry you well get them in the end ,it may also be the speed that they talk .
I have had similar problems in the deep south of the usa